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Doris Löhr holds a PhD in African Linguistics from Goethe-University Frankfurt.

Currently she works as academic coordinator of the unit Internationalisation & Public Engagement within the 'Africa Multiple' Cluster of Excellence at University of Bayreuth. In 2012 she became the academic coordinator and managing director of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies for the project “Future Africa - Visions in Time” (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF), a position she held for six years.

After she had received her Master degree (Magister in African Languages and Cultures, Social Anthropology, and Education Sciences) from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, she worked at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies for two years as a lecturer.

During her doctoral studies within the framework of the DFG-funded interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centre SFB 268 ’History of Culture and Language in the Natural Environment of the West African Savannah‘, at Goethe-University Frankfurt, she undertook multifaceted linguistic field research in North-Eastern Nigeria and completed a grammatical description of the formerly undocumented Malgwa language (Afroasiatic language phylum, Chadic language family).

Subsequently she held the position as a lecturer and postdoctoral staff at the Institute of African Studies at Leipzig University for five years before she joined a DFG funded joint project of the Department of Asia-Africa Studies at University of Hamburg together with the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, as postdoctoral research fellow for three years. Within the general topic ’A study of Old Kanembu in Early West African Qur’anic manuscripts and Islamic recitations (Tarjumo) in the light of Kanuri-Kanembu dialects spoken around Lake Chad‘, she focussed on a linguistic description of the Kanembu varieties spoken in Nigeria, Niger and Chad.

During the last five years Doris Löhr has participated in regular advanced trainings for science managers, organised by the Zentrum für Wissenschaftsmanagement at University of Speyer, in the areas of leadership, coordination, quality management and crossmedial science communication.

Currently, she serves as a board member of African Studies Association Germany (VAD) and as chairperson of CrossArea Verband für Transregionale Studien, Vergleichende Area Studies und Global Studies e.V. Löhr is also founding member of the Fachverband Afrikanistik, a member of the Society for Endangered Languages and associated member of the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Afrikaforschung, Goethe-University. In 2022, she was appointed as a member of the ZIAF’s Scientific Advisory Board.

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Publications

Monographs/ Edited Books

2022

African Studies Centres Around the World. A Network-Based Inventory. München: AVM.edition (Co-editor Ute Fendler), open access https://www.avm-verlag.de/res/user/avm/media/9783960915874-fendler-africanstudiescentres.pdf

2012

Kanuri, Borno and Beyond. Current Studies on the Lake Chad Region. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe. 208 S. (Co-editors Eva Rothmaler & Georg Ziegelmeyer)

2011

Topics in Chadic Linguistics VI. Comparative and Descriptive Studies. Papers from the 5th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages. Leipzig, June 11-13 2009. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe. 203 S. (Co-editor Ari Awagana)

2004

Mensch und Natur in Westafrika. – Ergebnisse aus dem Sonderforschungsbereich "Kulturentwicklung und Sprachgeschichte im Naturraum Westafrikanische Savanne". [Cultural development and language history in the West African savanna] Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. 537 S. (Co-editors Klaus-Dieter Albert & Katharina Neumann)

2002

Die Sprache der Malgwa – Nárá Málgwa. Grammatische Erstbeschreibung einer zentraltschadischen Sprache Nordost-Nigerias. Frankfurt: Peter Lang. 336 S.

Articles in Edited Books and Journals

2017

Grammaticalized verbal forms in Kanuri/Kanembu. For Proceedings of 7th WOCAL congress, August 2012, Buea (Cameroun). (with Eva Rothmaler) Mankon, Bamenda : Langaa Research & Publishing, 2017. - p 564-591

2011

Die Kanuri/Kanembu Manuskriptkultur / The Kanuri/Kanembu manuscript culture. In: Quenzer, J. (Ed.) Ausstellungskatalog Faszination Handschriften. 2000 Jahre Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa. Manuscript cultures, Newsletter 4. Universität Hamburg, Asien-Afrika-Institut. 61-67. (with D. Bondarev)

2011

Differential subject marking in Kanuri: agentivity, pragmatics, and split-intransitive. In: Löhr, D., E. Rothmaler & G. Ziegelmeyer (Ed.) Kanuri, Borno and Beyond - Current Studies on the Lake Chad Region. Köln: Köppe. 27-57. (with D. Bondarev, P. Jaggar & A. Tijani).

2011

Bə́lantə́ zə́la átə yáwe ‘sending an eagle up to water’ – Multiword expressions in Malgwa. In: Löhr, D. & A. Awagana (Ed.) Topics in Chadic Linguistics VI. Comparative and Descriptive Studies. Papers from the 5th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages. Leipzig, June 10-13, 2009. Köln: Köppe. 131-143.

2010

Coding temporal subordination in Malgwa. In: Ziegelmeyer, G. & N. Cyffer (Ed.) Aspects of Co- and Subordination. Köln: Köppe. 101-117.

2009

Reduction of dialectal features in Kanuri as outcome of language contact. In: Cyffer, N. & G. Ziegelmeyer (Ed.) When Languages Meet – Language Contact and Change in West Africa. Köln: Köppe. 23-41.

2009

Lake Chad and the migratory routes to Borno: A linguistic trail? In: Tourneux, H. (Ed.) XIIIth Mega-Chad Conference “Migrations and spatial mobility in the Lake Chad Basin”, Maroua, 31.10.-3.11.2005. Montpellier/Marseille: Editions de l'IRD, collection "Colloques et seminaires". 665-681.

2009

Loanwords in Kanuri, a Saharan language. In: Haspelmath, M. & Tadmor, U. (Ed.) Lexical borrowing in cross-linguistic perspective. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 166-190. (with H.E. Wolff & A. Awagana)

2009

Loanwords in Hausa. Results from the Loanword typology project. In: Rothmaler, E. (Ed.) Topics in Chadic Linguistics V. Comparative and Descriptive Studies. Papers from the 4th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages. Bayreuth, 30-31 October 2007. Köln: Köppe. 37-49. (with A. Awagana)

2008

Convergence in Saharan and Chadic Tense-Aspect-Systems. Afrika und Übersee 88: 265-299. Special volume: Johannes Lukas (1901-1980) - 25th anniversary of his death. (with H. E. Wolff)

2008

Revisiting the aspectual domain in Malgwa (Central Chadic). In: Takács, G. (Ed.) Semito-Hamitic Festschrift for A.B. Dolgopolsky and H. Jungraithmayr. Berlin: Reimer. 173-185.

2007

Predication focus in Malgwa. In: Tourneux, H. (Ed.) Topics in Chadic Linguistics IV: Comparative and Descriptive Studies. Papers from the 3rd Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages. Villejuif, November 24-25, 2005. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe. 87-101.

2007

Nigerian Kanuri (Sub-)Dialects Reconsidered - a Corpus-based Approach. In: Payne, D. L. & M. Reh (Ed.) Advances in Nilo-Saharan Linguistics. Proceedings of 8th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium, University of Hamburg, Aug. 22-25, 2001. Köln: Köppe. 165-182.

2006

Encoding Focus in Verbal Morphology: Predication Focus and the “Kanuri Focus Shift”. In: Fiedler, I. & A. Schwarz (Ed.) Papers on Information Structure in African Languages: Berlin: ZASPiL, 46: 185-209. (with H. E. Wolff)

2004

Types, patterns and kinds of lexical distribution and their correlations. In: Ibriszimow, D. & E. Rothmaler (Ed.) Tesserae of Borno. In memoriam William Seidensticker. Frankfurter Afrikanistische Blätter 16: 26-50. (with D. Ibriszimow)

2004

Westwärts zieht der Wind - Migrationen im südlichen Tschadseegebiet. In: Albert, K.D., D. Löhr & K. Neumann (Ed.) Mensch und Natur in Westafrika. – Ergebnisse aus dem Sonderforschungsbereich "Kulturentwicklung und Sprachgeschichte im Naturraum Westafrikanische Savanne". Weinheim: Wiley. 169-195. (with H. Jungraithmayr & R. Leger)

2003

The Malgwa - a historical overview and some ethnographic notes. Borno Museum Society Newsletter 56 & 57: 23-43.

2003

Locative-directional verbal extensions and prepositions in Malgwa. In: Lébikaza, K. K. (Ed.) Actes du 3e Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Africaine Lomé 2000. [World Congress of African Linguistics 3]. Köln: Köppe. 189-206.

2002

The Malgwa in Maiduguri. In: Kawka, R. (Ed.) From Bulamari to Yerwa to Metropolitan Maiduguri - Interdisciplinary Studies on the Capital of Borno. Köln: Köppe. 127-143.

2001

Saharanisch. In: Mabe, J. E. (Ed.) Afrika-Lexikon. Ein Kontinent in 1000 Stichwörtern. Stuttgart, Wuppertal: J.B. Metzler, Peter Hammer. 532.

Ostsudanisch. In: Mabe, J. E. (Ed.) Afrika-Lexikon. Ein Kontinent in 1000 Stichwörtern. Stuttgart, Wuppertal: J.B. Metzler, Peter Hammer. 708-709.

2001

Masakwa from a linguistic point of view. In: Kahlheber, S. & K. Neumann (Ed.) Man and environment in the West African Sahel –- an interdisciplinary approach. Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereichs 268, 17. Frankfurt. 85-103.

2001

Historical implications of a linguistic environment – towards a systemic approach. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium 1999. Berichte des SFBs 268, 14. Frankfurt. 179-190. (mit D. Ibriszimow, R. Kawka, C. Mtaku, R. Vogels & I.M. Waziri).

1999

Traces of a lost gender distinction? A Study of Malgwa (Central Chadic) zoonymes. Frankfurter Afrikanistische Blätter 11: 145-155.

1998

Sprachkontakte bei den Malgwa (Gamergu) in Nordostnigeria. In: Fiedler, I., C. Griefenow-Mewis & B. Reineke (Ed.) Afrikanische Sprachen im Brennpunkt der Forschung. Linguistische Beiträge zum 12. Afrikanistentag Berlin, 3.-6.10.1996. Köln: Köppe. 251-269.

1997

The development of Kanuri orthography from 1854 until the present. In: Cyffer, N. & Th. Geider (Ed.) Advances in Kanuri scholarship. Köln: Köppe. 77-113.

1996

Masakwa dry season cropping in the Chad basin. In: SFB 268 (Ed.) Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereiches 268, Vorträge Internationales Symposium, Frankfurt/Main 13.12.-16.12.1995. Frankfurt. 349-356. (with B. Zach, H. Kirscht, K. Neumann, E. Platte)

Doris Löhr

Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence


Research Interest

Regional:

  • West Africa
  • Lake Chad region (Nigeria, Niger, Chad)

Thematic:

  • Areal linguistics (language and migration, language contact), Endangered languages
  • Chadic (Afroasiatic) and Kanuri/Kanembu (Nilosaharan) grammars
  • The use of African languages in the social media

Selected Papers:

  • Collaborative interdisciplinary research projects as catalysts for research on
    African languages - lessons learned?” – Invited Keynote at the conference of the Language Association of Eastern Africa, “Enhancing Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research on Languages in Eastern Africa”,  in Nairobi & virtually, 13th August 2021
  • “The use of African languages in the social media and their impact on
    socio-cultural trends and developments”, paper at the Workshop “Future Africa – Visions in Time”, organised by the Bayreuth Academy and Centro de Estudos
    Afro-Orientais (CEAO), Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador de Bahia, 25-26.4.2019.
  • ”Current African Studies in Germany: How can Prospective Africanists be
    Prepared to Encounter and Study “Africa Multiple”?”, paper at the Joint
    Conference Seoul/ Hankuk IAS-HUFS and IAS- Universität Bayreuth, “African Studies: 'The Different and The Similar- Africa in an Ever-changing, Multi-faceted
    and Multi-layered World”, South Korea, 25.-28.10.2018.
  • “Networking in African Studies“, paper at the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) Second Biennial Conference, “African Studies and Global Politics”,  IAS University of Ghana, Accra, 12-14.10.2017.
Doris Löhr

Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence


Publications

2022

Ndongo Samba Sylla: Live as African : On the Relevance of Thomas Sankara’s Agenda for Economic Liberation. - Bayreuth, 2022. - VII, 19 S.
doi:10.15495/EPub_UBT_00006796

African Studies Centres Around the World : A Network-Based Inventory. - Ute Fendler, Doris Löhr (Hrsg.). - München : AVM – Akademische Verlagsgemeinschaft München, 2022. - 220 S.
doi:10.23780/9783960915874

2017

Doris Löhr, Eva Rothmaler: Grammaticalized verbal forms in Kanuri/Kanembu. In: Gratien G: Atindogbé, Evelyn Fogwe Chibaka (Hrsg.): Proceedings of the 7th World Congress of African Linguistics, Buea, 17-21 August 2012. Volume 2. - Mankon, Bamenda : Langaa Research & Publishing, 2017. - S. 564-591.

2011

Doris Löhr: Bə́lantə́ zə́la átə yáwe "sending an eagle up to water" : Multiword expressions in Malgwa. In: Doris Löhr, Ari Awagana (Hrsg.): Topics in Chadic Linguistics. Teil VI. Comparative and Descriptive Studies. Papers from the 5th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages. Leipzig, June 10-13, 2009.. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2011. - S. 131-143.

Dmitry Bondarev, Philip J. Jaggar, Doris Löhr, Abba Isa Tijani: Differential subject marking in Kanuri : agentivity, pragmatics, and split-intransitive. In: Doris Löhr, Eva Rothmaler, Georg Ziegelmeyer (Hrsg.): Kanuri, Borno and Beyond : Current Studies on the Lake Chad Region. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2011. - S. 27-57.

Doris Löhr, Eva Rothmaler, Georg Ziegelmeyer: Introduction. In: Doris Löhr, Eva Rothmaler, Georg Ziegelmeyer (Hrsg.): Kanuri, Borno and Beyond : Current Studies on the Lake Chad Region. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2011.

Dmitry Bondarev, Doris Löhr: Die Kanuri/Kanembu-Manuskriptkultur = The Kanuri/Kanembu manuscript culture. In: Manuscript Cultures : Newsletter, 4 (2011). - S. 61-67.

Topics in Chadic Linguistics. Teil VI. Comparative and Descriptive Studies. Papers from the 5th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages, Leipzig, June 11-13 2009. - Doris Löhr, Ari Awagana (Hrsg.). - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2011. - 202 S.

Doris Löhr, Eva Rothmaler, Georg Ziegelmeyer: Kanuri, Borno and Beyond : Current Studies on the Lake Chad Region. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2011. - VIII, 208 S.

2010

Doris Löhr: Coding temporal subordination in Malgwa. In: Georg Ziegelmeyer, Norbert Cyffer (Hrsg.): Aspects of co- and subordination : case Studies from African, Slavonic, and Turkic Languages. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2010. - S. 101-117.

2009

Doris Löhr: Lake Chad and the migratory routes to Borno : a linguistic trail?. In: Henry Tourneux, Noe Woin (Hrsg.): Migration et mobilité dans le bassin du lac Tchad : Actes du XIIIe colloque international du Réseau Méga-Tchad, Maroua, 31 octobre-3 novembre 2005. - Marseille : IRD Éditions, 2009. - S. 665-681.

Ari Awagana, Doris Löhr: Loanwords in Hausa : Results from the Loanword typology project. In: Eva Rothmaler (Hrsg.): Topics in Chadic Linguistics. Band V. Papers from the 4th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages, Bayreuth, October 30-31 2007. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2009. - S. 37-49.

Doris Löhr, H. Ekkehard Wolff, Ari Awagana: Loanwords in Kanuri, a Saharan language. In: Martin Haspelmath, Uri Tadmor (Hrsg.): Loanwords in the World's Languages : A Comparative Handbook. - Berlin : de Gruyter Mouton, 2009. - S. 166-190.

Doris Löhr: Reduction of dialectal features in Kanuri as outcome of language contact. In: Norbert Cyffer, Georg Ziegelmeyer (Hrsg.): When Languages Meet : Language Contact and Change in West Africa. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2009. - S. 23-41.

2008

Doris Löhr, H. Ekkehard Wolff: Convergence in Saharan and Chadic Tense-Aspect-Systems. In: Afrika und Übersee, 88 (2008). - S. 265-299.

Doris Löhr: Revisiting the aspectual domain in Malgwa (Central Chadic). In: Gabor Takács (Hrsg.): Semito-Hamitic Festschrift for A.B. Dolgopolsky & H. Jungraithmayr.. - Berlin : Reimer Verlag, 2008. - S. 173-185.

2007

Doris Löhr: Frajzyngier, Zygmunt ; Johnston, Eric: A Grammar of Mina. Berlin, 2005. In:Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 28, S. 236-238: 2007

Doris Löhr: Nigerian Kanuri (Sub-)Dialects Reconsidered : a Corpus-based Approach. In: Doris Payne, Mechthild Reh (Hrsg.): Advances in Nilo-Saharan Linguistics : Proceedings of 8th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium, University of Hamburg, Aug. 22-25, 2001. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2007. - S. 165-182.

Doris Löhr: Predication focus in Malgwa. In: Henry Tourneux (Hrsg.): Topics in Chadic Linguistics. Band IV. Comparative and Descriptive Studies : Papers from the 3rd Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages, Villejuif, November 24-25, 2005. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2007. - S. 87-101.

2006

Doris Löhr, H. Ekkehard Wolff: Encoding Focus in Verbal Morphology : Predication Focus and the "Kanuri Focus Shift". In: Ines Fiedler, Anne Schwarz (Hrsg.): Papers on Information Structure in African Languages. - Berlin : ZAS, 2006. - S. 185-209.

2004

Mensch und Natur in Westafrika : Ergebnisse aus dem Sonderforschungsbereich 268 "Kulturentwicklung und Sprachgeschichte im Naturraum Westafrikanische Savanne". - Doris Löhr, Klaus-Dieter Albert, Katharina Neumann (Hrsg.). - Weinheim : Wiley-VCH, 2004. - 537 S.

Doris Löhr, Herrmann Jungraithmayr, Rudolf Leger: See und Sand – der Tschadsee in Nordost-Nigeria und der Sahel Burkina Fasos. 1. "Westwärts weht der Wind" - Migrationen im südlichen Tschadseegebiet. In: Klaus-Dieter Albert, Doris Löhr, Katharina Neumann (Hrsg.): Mensch und Natur in Westafrika : Ergebnisse aus dem Sonderforschungsbereich 268 "Kulturentwicklung und Sprachgeschichte im Naturraum Westafrikanische Savanne". - Weinheim : Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2004. - S. 169-195.
doi:10.1002/3527605754

Dymitr Ibriszimow, Doris Löhr: Types, patterns and kinds of lexical distribution and their correlation. In: Dymitr Ibriszimow, Eva Rothmaler (Hrsg.): Tesserae of Borno : in memory of William Seidensticker (1938-1996). - Köln : Köppe, 2004. - S. 26-50.

2003

Doris Löhr: Awagana, Elhadji Ari: Grammatik des Buduma. Münster, 2001. In:Afrika und Übersee, 86, S. 267-274: 2003

Doris Löhr: Locative-directional verbal extensions and related prepositions in Malgwa. In: Kézié K. Lébikaza (Hrsg.): Actes du 3e Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Africaine, Lomé 2000. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2003. - S. 189-206.

Doris Löhr, Gisela Seidensticker-Brikay: The Malgwa : a historical overview and some ethnographic notes. In: Borno Museum Society Newsletter, 56/57 (2003). - S. 23-43.

2002

Doris Löhr: The Malgwa in Maiduguri. In: Rupert Kawka (Hrsg.): From Bulamari to Yerwa to Metropolitan Maiduguri : Interdisciplinary Studies on the Capital of Borno. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2002. - S. 127-143.

Doris Löhr: Die Sprache der Malgwa (Nárá Málgwa) : Grammatische Erstbeschreibung einer zentraltschadischen Sprache Nordost-Nigerias. - Frankfurt am Main : Lang, 2002. - 336 S.

2001

Dymitr Ibriszimow, Rupert Kawka, Doris Löhr, Christopher Yusuf Mtaku, Raimund Vogels, Ibrahim M. Waziri: Historical Implications of a Linguistic Environment : Towards a Systemic Approach. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium 1999. - Frankfurt am Main : 2001. - S. 179-190.

1997

Doris Löhr: The development of Kanuri orthography from 1854 until the present. In: Norbert Cyffer, Thomas Geider (Hrsg.): Advances in Kanuri scholarship. - Köln : Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 1997. - S. 77-113.

1996

Norbert Cyffer, Doris Löhr, Editha Platte, Abba Isa Tijani: Adaptation and delimitation : some thoughts about the Kanurization of the Gamergu. In: Vorträge: Internationales Symposium - SFB 268 - Frankfurt/Main, 13.12.-16.12.1995. - Frankfurt am Main : Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg, 1996. - S. 49-66.

Barbara Zach, Holger Kirscht, Doris Löhr, Katharina Neumann, Editha Platte: Masakwa dry season cropping in the Chad Basin. In: Vorträge: Internationales Symposium - SFB 268 - Frankfurt/Main, 13.12.-16.12.1995. - Frankfurt am Main : Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg, 1996. - S. 349-356.

Doris Löhr

Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence


Dr. Doris Loehr
Academic Coordinator / Ressort Internationalisation & Public Engagement in the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple"

Office: Nürnberger Str. 38 ZAPF Gebäude 3, Room 3.3.10

Phone: (+49) 921 / 55-4794
E-mail: Doris.loehr@uni-bayreuth.de

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