The Basel Papers on Political Transformations

Editors: Till Förster, Lucy Koechlin

The Basel Papers on Political Transformations are a quarterly series seeking to contribute to theoretically informed and empirically grounded understandings of actors and processes of political transformations in Africa and beyond.

The working paper forms part of a research group on political transformations, based at the Seminar of Social Anthropology, University of Basel. The editors welcome contributions across disciplines.

Proposals can be submitted to Lucy Koechlin.

Published Papers


2017(13/14)Badoux, M.; Förster, T.; Koechlin, L.; Sanogo, A.African Cities, by Comparision: Urban Land, Politics and Agency in East and West Africa [PDF (1.7 MB)]
2017(11/12)Ammann, C.; Förster, T.; Sanogo, A.; Unseld, F.Secondary Cities - The Urban Middle Ground [PDF (5.3 MB)]
2016(10)Chappatte, A.; Förster, T.; Kaiser-Grolimund, A.; Staudacher, SMobilities - In and Out of Africa [PDF (7.6 MB)]
2015(9)Koechlin, L.Conceptualising Corruption, Conflict and Cities in Africa: Towards a Typology of Urban Political Articulations [PDF (2.3 MB)]
2015(8)Kesselring, R.Moments of Dislocation: Why the Body Matters in Ethnographic Research [PDF (1.5 MB)]
2014(7)Mulugeta, A.‘Development Facilitators’, Land Acquisition and Governance in Pastoralist Areas of Ethiopia [PDF (3.3 MB)]
2013(6)Kaufmann, A. A.; Ammann, C. Talking of Differences, Propagating Unity. Politics of Ethnicity in Urban Liberia and Guinea [PDF (862 KB)]
2013(5)Dolo, A.; Förster, T.l; Geuder, J.; Houssouba, M.; Klute, G.; Koechlin, L.; Olivier de Sardan, J.-P.; Touryffe, A.Mali - Impressions of the Current Crisis / Mali - impressions de la crise actuelle [PDF (2.0 MB)]
2012(4)Förster, T.Statehood in a Stateless Society - Political Order and Societal Memory in Northern Côte d'Ivoire [PDF (1.2 MB)]
2011(3)Bauer, K.; Engeler, M.; Förster, T.; Heer, B.; Heitz, K.; Kaufmann, A. A.The Emic Evaluation Approach - Epistemologies, Experience, and Ethnographic Practice [PDF (961 KB)]
2011(2)Kaufmann, A. A."But things are coming small small, that's how we're seeing it": Agency of a Liberian Women's Organisation in a Context of Insecurity, Scarcity, and Uncertainty [PDF (628 KB)]
2011(1)Förster, T.; Koechlin, L. The Politics of Governance: Power and Agency in the Formation of Political Order in Africa [PDF (2.5 MB)]