Sites of Contestation. Encounters with the Ernst and Ruth Dammann Collection in the Archives of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien

  • Language: English
  • 2021
  • 126 pages
  • Illustrations
  • ISBN 978-3-906927-31-2
  • eISBN 978-3-906927-32-9
Julia Rensing, Lorena Rizzo, Wanda Rutishauser (eds.)

Sites of Contestation. Encounters with the Ernst and Ruth Dammann Collection in the Archives of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien

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This book is a collection of essays written by emerging scholars at the University of Basel on the basis of their subjective encounters with a specific archival collection housed in the Basler Afrika Bibliographien in Basel. The Ernst and Ruth Dammann collection consists of around 8100 images, 750 audio recordings and numerous manuscripts, diaries and notes. The German couple conducted research on Namibian oral literatures and languages as they were spoken and performed across the country in the early 1950s. Based on in-depth engagement with the textual, visual and audio records assembled in this intricate collection, the authors of this book critically interrogated the implications of opening a colonial archive, exploring alternative ways of reading and understanding the historical material. As unique examples of close reading and listening, the essays propose creative ways of attending to the politics of race, gender, famine, ethnography, biography and fiction in colonial knowledge production.

Sites of Contestation – Introduction Julia Rensing & Wanda Rutishauser
1 On Wide Open Plains – Traces of Resilience in Namibian Oral Storytelling
Naemi Hüberli
2 Worlds Apart? Biographies and Interventions in the Dammann Collection
Julia Rensing
3 Alice in Dammann Land: A Curious Adventure Through the Ernst and Ruth Dammann Archive at the Basler Afrika Bibliographien (Namibia, 1953–54)
Natashia Collier
4 Adelheid Mbuandjou: Fragments of Life Narratives in the Dammann Collection
Wanda Rutishauser
5 The Image-Text Event: Framing Famine in Namibia in 1953
Natalia Krzysztofek & Vishruti Shastri
List of Illustrations
Archival Sources
Bibliography

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