Prof. Dr. Till Förster
Till Förster holds the chair of social anthropology since 2001 and is founding director of the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He has specialised on visual culture and political transformations in West- and Central Africa. He has conducted field research in northern Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon for many years and heads two research groups on Political Transformations and Visual Culture. His recent publications focus on questions of governance and social creativity in northern Côte d’Ivoire and on urban visual culture in Cameroon. Till Förster is author of several books and numerous articles, among them Zerrissene Entfaltung: Alltag, Ritual und künstlerische Ausdrucksformen im Norden der Côte d’Ivoire (Köppe 1997). He is also co-editor of Non-State Actors as Standard Setters (Cambridge University Press 2009) and has edited with Sidney Kasfir African Art and Agency in the Workshop (Indiana University Press 2013).
Focus in Research
Focus in Teaching
General anthropology, phenomenological epistemology and methodology, visual culture and art, political anthropology, urban anthropology