This conference explores new trends and debates in researching the role of missionaries in the production of knowledge on Africa. Scholars have become increasingly aware that missionaries were responsible for much of the knowledge about Africa produced in the days before the establishment of university disciplines. Both the positive and negative aspects of these “Aufklärer” in Africa will be examined at this conference, which convenes specialists researching and teaching at universities in Africa, Europe and Northern America.
Date: Basel 30.11.2007 and 1.12.2007,
Venue: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Klosterberg 23, CH-4051 Basel (Switzerland)
Convenors: Prof. Patrick Harries, Department of History and Centre for African Studies, University of Basel (Switzerland) & Prof. David Maxwell, Department of History, University of Keele (UK).
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