In der Übersicht
Apartheid South Africa (1948 to 1994) occurred during the decolonising cold war period just as the cultural landscape of Switzerland was changing because of migration. This section covers the intersection between the politics of the African diaspora and the emergence of New Swiss Cinema with reference to James Baldwin’s essay A Stranger in the Village.
2. The political and historical encounters between Swiss and American filmmakers and South African artists and intellectuals in 1950s Johannesburg in the film Come Back, Africa.
3. The intersection between the Suisse Romande Mission amongst the Tsonga in Southeast Africa (1875 to 1970) and apartheid ethnolinguistic nationalist ideology. We will work with Black South African testimonies and indigenous histories in the Oral archive located at the Basler Afrika Bibliographien.
4. The role of an Alpine imagination in a eurocentric mental map and colonial explorations and cartographies of Africa as expressed, and challenged, in the South African literary imagination. We will reference the works of writers Lewis Nkosi and JM Coetzee.
5. The aim of music recorded by Miriam Makeba and Abdullah Ibrahim in political exile in Switzerland to create new perceptions of history and geography.