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60407-01 - Übung: Why Family Archives Matter – Visual Traces of Longing and Belonging in Cameroonian Family Photo Archives 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Jürg Schneider (juerg.schneider@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Why would anybody be interested in old family photographs? In addition, from families that are not necessarily our own? Why invest time and energy in working with the (seemingly) most mundane examples of historical photography? The course will answer such questions.
Drawing on a small collection of photographs from two Cameroonian families from the period 1920 to 1990 students are given the opportunity to deal practically with methodical and theoretical challenges in working with photo sources such as the relationship between individual images and series or the question of how to create meaningful and relevant narratives with limited information that surpass the biographical in the narrower sense. Working with the families’ photographic material (supplemented by some non-photographic sources) opens up unexpected thematic fields and takes the students far beyond the national borders of Cameroon. This is a truly transnational und transdisciplinary project.
Students from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are explicitly invited to take part in the course. Research work carried out can serve as a basis for a later Ba or MA thesis. The language of instruction is German and English, but basic knowledge of French would be helpful and facilitate access to additional resources.
Lernziele Understanding the potential and limits of working with visual sources.
Understanding the interconnectedness and conditionalities of different levels and dimensions in researching family photographs: global and local, micro and macro, private and public, cultural and political, etc.
Tracing anti-colonialism and anti-racism in the West African diaspora cultural movements in France.
Literatur Campt, Tina M. 2012. Image Matters. Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Lawrance, Benjamin N., Osborn, Emily Lynn, and Roberts, Richard L., ed. 2006. Intermediaries, Interpreters, and Clerks. African Employees in the Making of Colonial Africa. Edited by David Henige Thomas Spear, Michael Schatzberg, Africa and the Diaspora. History, Politics, Culture. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press.
Aitken, Robbie, and Eve Rosenhaft. 2013. Black Germany. The Making and Unmaking of a Diaspora Community, 1884-1960. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. 2000. Black Paris. The African Writers' Landscape. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
Weblink African Photography Initiatives


Teilnahmebedingungen Students from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are explicitly invited to take part in the course. The course is especially interesting for students who wish to write their thesis based on a photographic source material.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung In addition to the formal course registration please introduce yourself to the course convenor by email (juerg.schneider@unibas.ch) with a short note explaining your motivation to take this course.

Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Block
Datum 01.03.2021 – 04.06.2021
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben

First session (preparatory) on Wednesday 10 March 2020, 12:15-13:45 via Zoom, four block sessions on Saturday 17 and 24 April, 8 and 29 May (9:15-12:00, 13:15-16:00), if the conditions allow, on site.

Keine Einzeltermine verfügbar, bitte informieren Sie sich direkt bei den Dozierenden.

Module Modul: Archive / Medien / Theorien (Bachelor Studienfach Geschichte)
Modul: Areas: Afrika (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Interdisciplinary and Applied African Studies (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Praxis (Master Studienfach Geschichte)
Modul: Transfer: Archivpraxis (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Active participation with written assignments based on individual research.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Zentrum für Afrikastudien