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

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Junior Research Groups

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Creating new pathways to academic careers is one of the structural objectives of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence. To pursue this goal has established four independent Junior Research Groups (JRG), which will stand as one of the pillars of the Cluster’s early career support strategy.

Each of the Cluster’s JRGs will consist of three members: one postdoctoral scholar, as group leader, and two doctoral students, recruited and supervised by the postdoctoral group leader, to work on a joint project for a four-year funding period. At the end of the funding period they will be given the opportunity to attain tenured professor positions at the University of Bayreuth. The Cluster proposal stated that out of the four JRGs, two would come with a predefined denomination: Intersectionality and International Relations.


Sexualities, Political Orders and Revolutions in Africa: into the heart of Tunisia, Ethiopia and Sudan

(Start date: 01.01.2021)

The JRG led by Dr. Serawit Debele will investigate histories and politics of sexuality in three African countries. The research aims to shed light on glocal and historical forms of unequal relations in Tunisia, Ethiopia, Sudan, which have all undergone political transformations in the last decade. ...more


Politics of the Unknown. Conspiracism and Conflict

(Start date: 01.03.2021)

This JRG led by Dr. Joschka Philipps will analyse how conspiracy theories shape and are shaped by political conflict. In their research, Philipps and his team will scrutinize the concept of “post-truth” – an expression that was declared the international word of the year 2016 by Oxford Dictionary – and how it applies to postcolonial African politics, specifically in Guinea and Tunisia. ... more


African Knowledges and the History Publication since the 1970s

(Start date: 01.07.2021)

The JRG led by Dr. Cassandra Mark-Thiesen scrutinises the practices of African and Africa-based knowledge production in African Studies, in particular as recorded in the history publications of historical societies and history departments (in West-, East and southern Africa) since the 1970s. Using tools from the digital humanities the group explores apparent trends across this corpus of Africa-based historical writings, which includes thousands of articles. ...more


The political economy of monetary and economic sovereignty in West Africa compared

(Start date: 01.07.2021)

The JRG led by Dr. habil. Kai Koddenbrock, investigates historically and in comparative fashion how West African societies have attempted to increase their political and economic sovereignty with a particular focus on the interaction between governments, finance and labor. The group will attempt to find out historically how most West African countries became exporters of only one or two commodities with the help of foreign capital and military force. ...more


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