Fousseyni Touré – De Bamako à Bâle : une expérience inoubliable

Fousseyni Touré – De Bamako à Bâle : une expérience inoubliable

Fousseyni Touré
Fousseyni Touré

Je suis arrivé à Bâle un dimanche 9 septembre 2019. Les objectifs du séjour étaient la recherche et la participation aux activités scientifiques de Centre d’Etudes Africaines de l’Université de Bâle (CEAB). Du tain qui me ramenait de Zurich, mes premières impressions ont d’abord porté sur la beauté du paysage. Mon séjour à Bâle est le fruit d’une rencontre scientifique qui a eue lieu à Dakar lors de l’école d’été du Codesria en 2018. En tant que lauréat de cette école d’été, financée par la Fondation Oumou Dilly, j’ai postulé pour une bourse de recherche de trois mois que la Fondation a mise à offerte aux lauréats de l’école d’été.

Arrivé à Bâle j’ai eu l’opportunité de participer à une école d’été, mais c’est surtout le séminaire sur la recherche qualitative du Professeur Elisio Macamo qui a été un tremplin pour moi. Ces cours furent une grande expérience en termes de pédagogie et également en termes de renforcement des acquis méthodologiques. Contrairement aux idées reçues, l’analyse qualitative est un vrai défi pour les sciences sociales.

Au cours de ce séminaire j’ai rencontré des étudiants de divers horizons. Certains beaucoup moins âgés que moi, d’autres beaucoup plus âgés. Cela m’a rappelé un adage Malien : « on est jamais assez vieux pour apprendre ! » Au cours de mon séjour, j’ai également assisté au congrès de la Société Suisse d’Etudes Africaines. Cet espace de rencontre m’a permis de me rendre compte que seul le monde de la recherche ne connait pas de frontières. Ce fut une occasion pour moi d’adhérer à la Société et d’étoffer mon carnet d’adresses.

A Bâle j’ai aussi bénéficié du soutien et de l’accompagnement du personnel du Centre d’Etudes Africaines. Le cadre de travail qui m’a été offert, en plus du code d’accès à l’immense base de données, m’a permis de recadrer mon projet de thèse et de commencer la rédaction.

Sur le plan culturel, Bâle est une ville accueillante avec ses nombreux musées et ses foires. Les nombreuses lignes de tram permettent une circulation facile et les gens sont toujours disponibles à vous indiquer le chemin. Avec mon vélo, je me déplaçais facilement dans la ville. Mes escapades le long du Rhin jusqu’au canal de Huningue ont été des moments agréables pour apprécier la tranquillité et la beauté des espaces verts. J’ai également participé à des séances de barbecue pendant les week-ends avec des amis Bâlois. La rencontre avec les étudiants africains a permis de recréer une « Petite Afrique » autour des différents plats que nous nous partagions souvent les uns chez les autres.

Mon séjour à Bâle fut une expérience inoubliable !

 

 

Lerato Posholi – Basel: a beautiful calm city for intellectual life

Lerato Posholi – Basel: a beautiful calm city for intellectual life

Lerato Posholi
Lerato Posholi

I came to Basel with the goal to spend a few months doing some focused reading for and writing of my PhD, as well as to open up opportunities to engage with international scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and to form new friendships. I am now six months into my one-year research visit, and I can happily say that the University of Basel has been the best place for me to pursue these goals.

Two main experiences form the highlight of my Basel research visit. The first has to do with my intellectual needs and aspirations, and the other with personal growth. In my short stay here, I have experienced the intellectual vibrancy and rigour of the University of Basel. My intellectual needs have been greatly supported by both the Europainstitute and Centre for African Studies, and my work has benefitted greatly from the mentorship and supervision from Prof Ralph Weber (Europainstitute) and Prof Allais and Prof Shalem(University of the Witwatersrand).

Lerato Posholi
Lerato Posholi

I have also had the opportunity to participate in a number of intellectually stimulating seminars and talks. Some highlights include a workshop (hosted by the Centre for African Studies) with one of the key scholars that I am reading for my thesis (Prof Walter Mignolo). I also presented at ECAS 2019 and was fully funded to attend the conference by the Centre for African Studies. Through these engagements, I had the opportunity to share ideas I was working on in my PhD, to have them challenged and to receive constructive feedback on how to develop them further. I was also seamlessly integrated into the university system and was able to participate in a number of opportunities for graduate students including a weekend writing retreat, graduate seminars and writing workshops hosted by the G3S.

On the personal side, my time in Basel has presented the opportunity to reconnect with friends that I met in the CODESRIA summer school in Dakar, as well as form new friendships with other graduate scholars from Africa and the world more broadly. The G3S has been particularly instrumental in providing a space for these new friendships to emerge and grow. I am humbled by how much I have learned about the richness and diversity within Europe, and this has helped me critically reflect on how I continue my scholarship.

 

I also took up the opportunity offered by the canton to learn German, and it has been one of my best experiences in Basel. German is a difficult language and I am not sure how well I will be able to speak the language at the end of my course. But learning German has been a fun experience that has awakened a love for learning new languages that I did not know I have.

The city of Basel, with its beauty and calm, has been a productive place for thinking and writing my PhD thesis, as well as a great place to discover new hobbies and form new friendships. I’ve enjoyed the serenity and greenery that the city offers. Basel is definitely one of my top favorite cities now.

 

Calvin Minfegue – Opening up to the diversity of a city…

Calvin Minfegue – Opening up to the diversity of a city…

Calvin Minfegue
Calvin Minfegue

Being awarded a fellowship from the Oumou Dilly Foundation for joining the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel was a fantastic opportunity in my academic career but also to be immerged in Basel as a city.
Basel appears to me as a structured living space marked by the nourishing udder of the Rhine, which seems to give it a particular imprint. Basel is also a striking human diversity where many cultures and ways of being in the world intertwine to give something plural. Although the city is predominantly German-speaking, it may come as a surprise to see a lady speaking Spanish on the street or a couple expressing themselves in Lingala in a tram.

The city is sublimated by a singular architecture. You can take the pulse of the city at festive events such as the fairs, which gives a different look to the space around the University’s main campus for example. Basel is also and perhaps above all particular places, necessarily dependent on the preferences and sensibilities of each individual. But how can we pass by Basler Munster without being marked by this impressive architecture, this roof of glazed tiles that can be seen from a distance? A stroll along the landscaped banks of the Rhine gives you a chance to rest for a while. Beyond that, the city’s location makes it easy to rally French and German cities and open up to different local experiences.

This public side was complemented by a personal experience of living in a building housing with people representing at least eight nationalities. This was something fascinating and it is undoubtedly a circumstantial expression of what is Basel today, at least in my view…

 

 

 

Lerato Posholi

Lerato Posholi

Lerato Posholi

Ms Lerato Posholi is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL Centre), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her current research interests are in curriculum studies, philosophy of education, and epistemology.

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Calvin Minfegue

Calvin Minfegue

Calvin Minfegue

Calvin Minfegue is a doctoral candidate at the Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon) – political sociology – and at the University of Grenoble-Alpes (France) – political geography – (2016-2019). His research focuses on a critical examination of the links between territoriality and conflict in border situations from fields of central Africa (border between Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea,

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Fousseyni Touré

Fousseyni Touré

Fousseyni Touré

Fousseyni Touré est titulaire d’un diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) obtenu à l’Institut de Pédagogie Universitaire, IPU (ex ISFRA) de Bamako en 2016. Son sujet de mémoire a porté sur La montée du religieux musulman dans le débat public actuel au Mali. Le cas de SABATI 2012.

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02/2020 – Project Staging Times at the Festival Buja Sans Tabou, Bujumbura

February 2020

“Staging Times” is a project supported by the Fondation Oumou Dilly, which links African theatre and African photography. By creating an intra-African network between artists from six countries (Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenia, Burundi, Malawi, South Africa), it explores different dimensions of how visual and performing arts can interact. At the Festival Buja Sans Tabou in Bujumbura (Burundi), Staging Times presented three theatre performances, a photo exhibition in public spaces and an exhibition of several young Burundian photographers.

www.stagingtimes.com


„Staging Times“ est un projet soutenu par la Fondation Oumou Dilly, qui relie le théâtre africain et la photographie africaine. En créant un réseau intra-africain entre des artistes de six pays (Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Burundi, Malawi, Afrique du Sud), il explore les différentes dimensions de l’interaction entre les arts visuels et les arts performatives. Lors du festival Buja Sans Tabou à Bujumbura (Burundi), Staging Times a présenté trois représentations théâtrales, une exposition de photos dans les espaces publics et une exposition de plusieurs jeunes photographes burundais.

www.stagingtimes.com


 

12/2019 – TALK TALK TALK at the African Biennale of Photography, Bamako

December 2019

TALK TALK TALK as a platform for exchange and network building is an initiative of the African Photographic Society (APS). During the Biennale of Photography in Bamako it provided a stage for renown experts like publishers of journals, gallery owners and artists Within three sessions they reflected about new modes of collaboration in an African context. The Fondation Oumou Dilly supported these events.

https://vimeo.com/channels/talktalktalk


TALK TALK TALK en tant que plateforme d’échange et de création de réseaux est une initiative de la Société Photographique Africaine (APS). Pendant la Biennale de la photographie à Bamako, elle a offert une scène à des experts de renom comme éditeurs de revues, propriétaires de galeries et artistes. Au cours de trois sessions, ils ont réfléchi sur des nouveaux modes de collaboration dans un contexte africain. La Fondation Oumou Dilly a soutenu ces événements.

https://vimeo.com/channels/talktalktalk


 

Emma Asige Liaga

Emma Asige Liaga

Emma Asige Liaga

Emmaculate Asige Liaga is a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2017-2019).
Her research seeks to investigate the strategies of peacebuilding in South Sudan. The research situates itself within the ‘local turn approach’ debates, more