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Cluster of Excellence EXC 2052 - "Africa Multiple: reconfiguring African Studies"

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Global Network

Over the last forty years, research in African studies at Bayreuth has been developed and undertaken in close cooperation with a large number of universities on the African continent. Thirty African universities have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of African Studies (IAS). Some of these collaborations have been intensified in the context of special programmes.                              

                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


BIGSAS Partner Universities


A unique network has evolved from cooperation between Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) and the BIGSAS Partner Universities.

Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin

Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

Mohammed V University of Rabat, Rabat, Morocco

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique

University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa


Institutional Collaborations

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Dakar   

The Point Sud Centre for Research on Local Knowledge  in Bamako (Mali) 

Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in Africa at the University of Ghana, Legon

University of Bordeaux, especially its research centre Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM).

Indiana University in Bloomington (USA)

Centro de Estudos Afro-Orientais (CEAO) at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) (Brazil).


Network of African Institutes Worldwide

A network of African institutes worldwide was launched in 2017 in Bayreuth to advance research approaches from different perspectives. Founding members are e.g.

Institute of African Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea

Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan

Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), San José, Costa Rica

Universidad de Oriente (UO), Santiago de Cuba, Kuba



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