Till Förster

Prof. Dr. Till Förster

Professor (Professur Förster)


Münsterplatz 19
4051 Basel


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 studied social anthropology and art history at the Universities of Mainz, Bonn and Cologne and obtained his PhD from the Free University in Berlin in 1985. His dissertation examined everyday conflicts and their transformation through divination among the Senufo of northern Côte d’Ivoire.

Research topics

Till Förster has specialized 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).