Simone Bleuer studied contemporary history, modern history, German linguistics and literature at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). In her Master’s thesis she investigated mechanisms of cultural productions and transformations in the Africa discourse of the Swiss Bethlehem Fathers in the 1940s. Her focus lied on functions and tensions of representations of the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ and considered possibilities and limits of the visual and textual reporting about colonial Zimbabwe.
Barbara Miller studied contemporary history, sociology, social work and social politic at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). In her Master’s thesis she analysed representations of the local population in Africa through the publications of the SMB from 1950 to 1967. Her focus in this was on the process of ‘othering’ in the context of the missionary relationship between Switzerland and colonial Zimbabwe.