Centre for African Studies - Basel

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Centre for African Studies Basel


Universität Basel
Rheinsprung 21
CH-4051 Basel

Tel: +41 61 207 34 82


Teaching and training

Since 2002 the Centre for African Studies Basel offers an MA in interdisciplinary African Studies. In addition, there are numerous other options to focus on Africa during your undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Basel.

PhD studies on Africa are conducted in various disciplines as well as in interdisciplinary African Studies and there is a lively community of PhD students. The Centre coordinates the Graduate Network African Studies Basel, bringing together all PhD students with Africa-related projects at the University and in cooperation with the Swiss Society for African Studies promoting the exchange especially with the Unviersity of Geneva.  The PhD programme in African Studies is part of the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) at the University of Basel. The Centre for African Studies contributes to this programme with a training module on Methodological Challenges in Area Studies.

Our bi-annual Basel Summer School in African Studies alternates with the CODESRIA/CASB Summer School in African Studies and Area Studies in Africa For further information see our website.

Our continuing education programme CAS in African Affairs and Intercultural Competence aims at professionals dealing with Africa and combines the development of academic knowledge and practical skills.

Libraries and resources

The Centre is based on the wealth of resources relevant for African Studies in Basel. Our Information Portal provides an overview of the holdings, in particular to the archives of Mission 21 (Library on Third World Countries and Missiology) and to the Basler Afrika Bibliographien (Namibia Resource Centre - Southern Africa Library).

Research association

The Centre for African Studies welcomes on a regular basis visiting scholars in the framework of research and teaching projects. Scholars interested in a research association for the time of their stay in Basel apply to the coordination office of the Centre using the form available in for download on our website and submitting adequate documentation (research proposal, CV, credentials).