Benjamin Brühwiler

Dr. Benjamin Brühwiler

Assistant lecturer (Departement Geschichte)


Hirschgässlein 21
4051 Basel

Benjamin Brühwiler has been an assistant in the area of African History since the fall semester of 2016. Together with Julia Tischler, he is organizing the research seminar "African History" in the spring semester of 2018.

Brühwiler holds a PhD in history from Michigan State University in the United States. His dissertation is entitled "Moralities of Owing and Lending: Credit, Debt, and Urban Living in Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam" and was written under the supervision of Laura Fair. An 18-month research stay in Tanzania was financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation. His post-doc research project examines clinical trials with the antimalarial drug mefloquine, which were conducted in the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s in Ndola. The trials were organized as public-private partnerships involving the WHO and the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche.

Brühwiler is also the coordinator of student mobility and international cooperation at the history department.


Upcoming Papers and Panels:
- Conference Panel: Co-convenor (with Tanja Hammel) of panel "African Contributions to Global Health", Conference of the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD), June 27-30, 2018, Leipzig University.
- Conference Paper: "Creating Networks of Meaning Through Credit and Debt: Cosmopolitan Corner Communities in the 'African Section' of Colonial Dar es Salaam", 52nd Biennial Meeting of German Historians (Historikertag), September 25-28, 2018, University of Münster.


Brühwiler, Benjamin. 2015. Moralities of Owing and Lending: Credit, Debt, and Urban Living in Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam. Ph.D. Thesis, Michigan State University.

Brühwiler, Benjamin. 2017. "Interweaving Threads of Credit and Debt: Trading (Through) Textiles in Colonial Dar es Salaam" in Business History, vol. 60, issue 4, pp. 474-491.

Brühwiler, Benjamin. 2014. "Trustworthy Trader or Creditworthy Debtor? Competing Moralities and Trader Subjectivities at the Kariakoo Market in Dar es Salaam" in Stichproben - Vienna Journal for African Studies, no. 27, pp. 27-54.

Brühwiler, Benjamin. 2012. “Blackface in America and Africa: Popular Arts and Diaspora Consciousness in Cape Town and the Gold Coast” in Toyin Falola and Tyler Fleming, eds., Music, Performance, and African Identities (London: Routledge), 125-143.

Book Reviews:
Brühwiler, Benjamin. Review of Moyd, Michelle R., Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa. H-Soz-u-Kult, H-Net Reviews. May, 2016.

Research Interests

- African History
- Urban History and Urban Studies
- History and Anthropology
- History of Capitalism
- Oral History
- History of Medicine
- Gender & Masculinities
- East African and the Indian Ocean
- Slavery & Diaspora
- Global Ageing

Mitgliedschaften und Ehrungen

Fellowships and Awards:
2014: Doc.Mobility, Swiss National Science Foundation
2012-13: Fellowship for Prospective Researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation
2012: Nelson Mandela Museum/Michigan State University Museum Graduate Curatorial Fellowship 2012
2011-12: Milton E. Muelder Graduate Award, History Department, Michigan State University
2011: International Studies and Programs Pre-Dissertation Research Grant for Tanzania, Michigan State University
2010: Rita S. Gallin Award for the Best Graduate Paper on Women and Gender in Global Perspective
2009-10: Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2009/2010

Professional Affiliations:
- African Studies Association
- American Historical Association
- Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies
- Tanzanian Studies Association
- Swiss Society for African Studies