9 November at 18 o’clock the Scientific Society Swakopmund invites you to the presentation “Cape Cross? African seaside histories and colonial resistance in the 19th century” by the historian Dag Henrichsen (Centre for African Studies, University of Basel).
When we reflect about “Cape Cross” we should ask whether we only speak about an object, or, better, a monument of some historical significance – the padrão – or a culturally defined space and place. In this presentation Dag Henrichsen will talk about a place in western Namibia which from the perspective of European imperial history is called “Cape Cross” but which from the perspective of local African history offers a plethora of different names and spatial conceptualisations. The presentation reflects on “Cape Cross” as an African landscape of belonging, African seaside historical experiences in the 19th century and early resistance politics when “Cape Cross” developed into a lucrative guano mining site.