Basler Afrika Bibliographien Verlag

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“Der Verlag der Basler Afrika Bibliographien - Teil der Carl Schlettwein Stiftung - veröffentlicht seit 1971 Forschungsbeiträge zum südlichen Afrika, insbesondere zu Namibia. Der Themenschwerpunkt ist geisteswissenschaftlich ausgerichtet. Der BAB Verlag will den kulturellen Austausch, die Auseinandersetzung mit wichtigen zeitgeschichtlichen Fragestellungen fördern und besonders afrikanischen WissenschaftlerInnen eine Plattform bieten. Unsere (kultur-)historischen, politischen und ethnologischen Publikationen richten sich sowohl an ein internationales studentisch-akademisches Publikum als auch an eine engagierte und allgemein an Afrika interessierte Leserschaft."

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Geschichte Namibias

Marion Wallace, John Kinahan

Geschichte Namibias

Monographie

Mit einem Kapitel von John Kinahan
Sprache: Deutsch
2015
562 Seiten
Illustrationen, Karten, Tafeln, Stichwortverzeichnis
ISBN 978-3-905758-41-2
eISBN 978-3-905758-68- 9

1990 erlangte Namibia, das ehemalige Deutsch-Südwestafrika, als letzte afrikanische Kolonie die Unabhängigkeit. Mit diesem Buch liegt erstmals eine umfassende Einführung in die Geschichte dieses faszinierenden Vielvölkerstaates in deutscher Sprache vor. Die Historikerin Marion Wallace (London) und der Archäologe John Kinahan (Windhoek) bieten einen fundierten Überblick über die historischen Epochen und gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen seit den ersten Niederlassungen von Menschen in den Savannen und Wüsten des südwestlichen Afrikas. Die vielschichtige Darstellung der deutschen und der von Apartheitspolitik und Befreiungskampf geprägten südafrikanischen Kolonialzeit schliesst mit einer Einschätzung von Gesellschaft, Politik und Wirtschaft des unabhängigen Namibias.

Where are you from?

Ulla Dentlinger

Where are you from? ‘Playing White’ under Apartheid

Is part of the Lives Legacies Legends Series

Language: English
2016
140 pages
Illustrations, map
Vol. 12
ISBN 978-3-905758-79-5
ISSN: 1660-9638
eISBN 978-3-905758-97-9
eISSN 2297-461X




“My family did the unthinkable: after getting away with ‘playing white’ for some years, we went one step further and ‘jumped the colour line’. By various obscure and not well-documented processes, we changed our ‘racial classification’ from ‘coloured’ – as defined by the apartheid policy of the day – to that of ‘white’ … The price we paid was anguish, constant fear of detection and a sacrifice of family connectedness. The decades-long process of becoming completely comfortable with my ultimate identity was psychologically so unnerving that I have only recently felt free to talk about it. This is certainly the first time I have ever written about it.”

With these words the fascinating story of Ulla Dentlinger’s life history begins. Growing up in poor, rural Apartheid-Namibia in the early 1950s, Ulla Dentlinger soon learns that her parents are not prone to reminisce about their family’s past. The most mundane information about their background is guarded much like a state secret. As a child, she begins to panic at being asked the question so normal to others: Where are you from?

Only in later years it dawns on her that she had to be a ‘Coloured’. The sense of conflict increases incrementally. Nonetheless, after living in Namibia for the first six years of her life, she grows up in a white area in Cape Town, goes to a white school and bears herself in a German fashion. She has, in fact, jumped the colour line.

Returning to southern Africa in the 1990s, she now openly pursues investigations into her family background. Ulla Dentlinger portrays some of her relatives and their intimate, painful or straightforward stories as well as her own emotional realisation about her enriching heritage.

This book is published in co-operation with Brandes & Apsel

A Path through Hard Grass.

Ruth Weiss

A Path through Hard Grass. A Journalist’s Memories of Exile and Apartheid

Is part of the Lives Legacies Legends Series

With an introduction by Nadine Gordimer
Language: English
2014
276 pages
Illustrations
Vol. 11
ISBN 978-3-905758-39-9
ISSN: 1660-9638
eISBN 978-3-905758-54-2
eISSN 2297-461X

A child of a Jewish family fleeing Nazi-Germany and settling in apartheid South Africa in the 1930s, Ruth Weiss’ journalistic career starts in Johannesburg of the 1950s. In 1968 banned from her home country, and then also from Rhodesia for her critical investigative journalism, she starts reporting from Lusaka, London and Cologne on virtually all issues which affect the newly independent African countries. Peasants and national leaders in southern Africa – Ruth Weiss met them all, travelling through Africa at a time when it was neither usual for a woman to do so, nor to report for economic media as she did. Her writing gained her the friendship of diverse and interesting people. In this book she offers us glimpses into some of her many long-nurtured friendships, with Kenneth Kaunda or Nadine Gordimer and many others. Her life-long quest for tolerance and understanding of different cultures shines through the many personalized stories which her astute eye and pen reveals in this book. As she put it, one never sheds the cultural vest donned at birth, but this should never stop one learning about and accepting other cultures.

The Changing Faces of Aawambo Musical Arts

Minette Mans

The Changing Faces of Aawambo Musical Arts

Is part of the Basel Southern Africa Studies

Language: English
2017
188 pages
Illustrations, maps, index
Vol. 11
ISBN 978-3-905758-83-2
ISSN 2296-6986
eISBN 978-3-905758-94-8
eISSN 2297-444X

How does a peoples’ music reflect their history, their occupations, cultural beliefs and values? These are the core questions that this book addresses in rela-tion to the Aawambo people of Namibia. The author brings to the fore the nuanced views of different people, describing their personal musical experiences – past as well as present. This is the first time that the music and stories of contemporary Namibian musicians is shared alongside those of the elderly. Similarly, it is the first time that some of the traditional Aawambo dances are analysed and described, abundantly illustrated with colourful photographs and several songs. Based on years of personal research, this book will appeal to research scholars, students and other interested readers alike, since its style is accessible but detailed, personal yet objective.

Erika Sutter: Mit anderen Augen gesehen.

Gertrud Stiehle, Frances Lund

Erika Sutter: Mit anderen Augen gesehen.
Erinnerungen einer Schweizer Augenärztin

Teil der Reihe Lives Legacies Legends

Vorwort sowie ein Kapitel von Frances Lund
Sprache: Deutsch
2011
125 Seiten
Illustrationen und Karten
Band 8
ISBN 978-3-905758-30-6
ISSN 1660-9638
eISBN 978-3-905758-66-5
eISSN 2297-461X

Als eine der letzten lebenslangen „demoiselles missionnaires“ engagierte sich die Schweizer Augenärztin Erika Sutter über 30 Jahre während der Apartheidszeit in Südafrika und baute dort gemeinsam mit afrikanischen Mitarbeiterinnnen dörfliche Selbsthilfegruppen auf. Für dieses Buch hat die 1917 geborene Baslerin ihrer Freundin, der Ethnologin Gertrud Stiehle, ihre Lebenserinnerungen erzählt – anschaulich, mit einem scharfen Blick für soziale Fragen, mit feiner Selbstironie und trockenem Humor.

Erika Sutter studierte während des 2. Weltkriegs in Basel und gelangte über Schweden nach Südafrika, wo sie auf der Missionsstation Elim für die Schweizer Südafrikamission tätig wurde. Um den Ursachen von Augenkrankheiten im ärmlichen Lebensumfeld der afrikanischen Bevölkerung präventiv entgegenzuwirken, setzte sie auf die Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe. Zusammen mit ihrer afrikanischen Mitarbeiterin und Freundin Selina Maphorogo baute sie ein nachhaltiges Netzwerk dörflicher Selbsthilfegruppen, den sogenannten „Care Groups“, auf und konnte so die verbreitete Erblindung durch das Trachom weitgehend zum Verschwinden bringen. Für ihre Pionierarbeit wurde Erika Sutter vielfach international geehrt und ausgezeichnet, u.a. 1995 mit der Ehrendoktorwürde der Universität Basel.

Usakos – Photographs Beyond Ruins.

Paul Grendon, Giorgio Miescher, Lorena Rizzo, Tina Smith

Usakos – Photographs Beyond Ruins. The Old Location Albums 1920s–1960s

Ausstellungskatalog

Language: English
144 pages
Illustrations, maps
ISBN 978-3-905758-59-7

The exhibition Photographs Beyond Ruins focuses on a central Namibian town, Usakos. The town’s history is linked to the development of the South African railway system in Namibia, which brought remarkable prosperity to Usakos in the 1940s and 1950s but which caused a major socio-economic decline in the early 1960s. During this time, the South African apartheid administration decided to transform the town according to racial segregation and apartheid urban planning by moving the African population out of their residential area into newly built, racially and ethnically segregated townships which were situated on the town’s outskirts.

The exhibition chooses a particular point in the history of colonialism and apartheid and of community building and forced removals. It places at its centre stage three private archives of photographic collections assembled over several decades by four women residents of Usakos. These photographs constitute personal albums, subjective narratives and aesthetic interventions in the course of a history that denied them visibility and voice as women, residents, citizens and human beings.

Representing the social, cultural and aesthetic variety of life in the ‘old location’ (‘ou lokasie’), the photographs inform the ways in which people relate to them today: with pride and a deep sense of nostalgia and loss. It is this reflection of the past in the present that characterises Paul Grendon’s photographs and which complements the display of the Usakos old location albums. Here, Usakos’ landscape emerges as a palimpsest of scar tissue: a place and space of colonial ruination, interwoven with histories and memories, silences and voices, absences and presences of those who lived and those who continue to make a living there.

This full-colour exhibition catalogue is a joint work by two historians (Giorgio Miescher and Lorena Rizzo), an exhibition curator (Tina Smith) and a photographer (Paul Grendon).

The Politics of Nature and Science in Southern Afr

Maano Ramutsindela, Giorgio Miescher, Melanie Boehi (ed.)

The Politics of Nature and Science in Southern Africa

Monographie

Language: English
344 pages
Illustrations, maps, tables
ISBN 978-3-905758-77-1
eISBN 978-3-905758-87-0

This book brings together recent and ongoing empirical studies to examine two relational kinds of politics, namely, the politics of nature, i.e. how nature conservation projects are sites on which power relations play out, and the politics of the scientific study of nature. These are discussed in their historical and present contexts, and at specific sites on which particular human-environment relations are forged or contested. This spatio-temporal juxtaposition is lacking in current research on political ecology while the politics of science appears marginal to critical scholarship on social nature. Specifically, the book examines power relations in nature-related activities, demonstrates conditions under which nature and science are politicised, and also accounts for political interests and struggles over nature in its various forms.

The ecological, socio-political and economic dimensions of nature cannot be ignored when dealing with present-day environmental issues. Nature conservation regulations are concerned with the management of flora and fauna as much as with humans. Various chapters in the book pay attention to the ways in which nature, science and politics are interrelated and also co-constitutive of each other. They highlight that power relations are naturalised through science and science-related institutions and projects such as museums, botanical gardens, wetlands, parks and nature reserves.