“Moving with Africa”In 2017, the University of Basel has the opportunity to host the 7th European Conference on African Studies, which will attract up to 2000 scholars working on the social, political, economic and cultural development of African societies. The fact that the Centre for African Studies Basel together with the Swiss Society for African Studies are entrusted with the organisation of Europe’s most important convention in the field speaks for the position of Basel and Switzerland as an international hotspot for research on, in, with and for Africa. It is based on Switzerland’s and Basel’s long-term and lively ties to various regions, states and institutions in Africa – in the academic realm, but also in the area of business as well as development cooperation.
It is one of the Centre for African Studies’ foremost aims to valorise and critically reflect these ties in order to make our academic engagement with Africa relevant and accessible beyond academia. With the Business and Development Forum we offer a platform for the exchange between academics and decision makers in business, government and development cooperation. The aim is to discuss opportunities and challenges for international business arising from Swiss-African relations as well as the expectations by African societies and stake-holders towards these relations. Parallel panel sessions will pay special attention to business and society, technology and infrastructure as well as capacity and knowledge.