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Call for Photographic Contributions - 14.09.2021


From 15th September to 15th October 2021 the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence is inviting all amateur and professional photographers to participate in a call for photographic contributions on the topic of "African Icons". ...more


Cluster Project “Travelling Knowledge” at World Congress - 25.08.2021


The Africa Multiple Cluster project “Travelling Knowledge and Trans*textuality” (RS Knowledges) has been presented prominently at the World Shakespeare Congress (WSC) in Singapore. This WSC, lasting from 19 to 23 July 2021, has turned out to be the largest and most inclusive Shakespeare Congress ever. ...more


Editorial Board of the Africa Multiple Book Series Now Constituted - 11.08.2021


In order to publish its new book series Africa Multiple: Studies of Africa and its Diasporas the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence in corporation with E.J. Brill Academic Publishers has invited seven scholars to become members of its editorial board. ... more


Cluster Conference "Africa*n Relations: Modalities Reflected" - 31.07.2021


The second International Cluster conference took place from 14 to 17 July 2021. Focusing on the topic of “Modalities” it provided a platform for a wide range of perspectives and debates on the subject. The conference featured four keynotes, four roundtables, and nine panels that were attended by more than 750 registered participants. ... more


Digital Workshop: Fielding the Field - 03.08.2021

   
The workshop Fielding the Field was organized by the Cluster’s Vice Dean of Research Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber, Prof. Dr. Iris Clemens (both University of Bayreuth) & Pamila Gupta (University of Witwatersrand). It was conducted online on 21 May, 2021. ... more


The University of Bayreuth awards BIGSAS Honorary Doctorate to Fatou Sow - 14.07.20221

During its International Conference held from 14th to 17th July 2021, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence announced that keynote speaker Professor Dr. Fatou Sow will receive the BIGSAS honorary doctorate from the University of Bayreuth. The Senegalese sociologist is recognized for her unwavering commitment to the cause of women and her outstanding scholarly achievements in feminist topics on the African continent. ... more


New lecture series in honour of late Okwui Enwezor premieres at Cluster Conference - 07.07.2021

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of African and Global Arts, the  Cluster of Excellence and Iwalewahaus at UBT decided to honour the late Nigerian art curator, historian and writer Okwui Enwezor by establishing an annual lecture carrying his name. The series' premiere will be held on 15.07.2021 by Prof. Dr. Chika Okeke-Agulu, during the International Cluster Conference “Africa*n Relations: Modalities Reflected”. ... more


Cluster publishes Africa Multiple connects 3: COVID-19 and (Im)mobilities in West Africa - 06.07.2021


The Working Paper Series of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple connects” has just published another edition to its series. The latest publication summarizes the findings of a study on COVID-19 and (im)mobilities in West Africa. ...more


Interview with Artist Fellow Btihal Remli: “Fellowship is an exciting opportunity” - 25.06.2021


Btihal Remli – the Cluster of Excellence’s artist fellow – has been staying in Bayreuth since February 2020 having to cope with the challenges imposed by COVID-19 restrictions. Now, at the end of her fellowship she enjoys the exchange facilitated by the lifting of the restrictions and organizes an event as final activity of her stay. ...more


Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence Announces New Book Series - 22.06.2021


In addition to the already existing working paper series, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence is now launching a brand-new book series. The series entitled Africa Multiple: Studies of Africa and its Diasporas will be published in collaboration with E.J. Brill Academic Publishers in Leiden. ...more


UNESCO Conference: "Integrating the General History of Africa into School Curriculum"- 25.05.2021


This Conference will be organized from 25 to 26 May 2021, as a contribution to the Africa Week Celebration by UNESCO and the observance of the Africa Day (25 May). It is also inscribed as an event paving the way towards the Luanda Biennale for a Culture of Peace (4-8 October 2021) ...more


“All time is tea time”: The Prospects and Challenges of the Global Tea Industry - 17.05.2021


The establishment of the International Tea Day (ITD) on 21st May every year provides a welcome occasion to reflect on the origins, development, achievements and challenges of the tea industry. ...more


A Requiem to Allyship - 13.05.2011


To say we must abandon allyship is counterintuitive and outrageous a proposition. But that is what I suggest in this short piece, in favour of coalition that acknowledges the need for a more profound change. ...more


The DAAD Guest Professorship ‘African Economic History’ at the University of Bayreuth - 10.05.2021


From the summer semester 2021 until the end of the winter semester 2022/23, the DAAD guest professorship ‘African Economic History’ will be established at the Department of Economic and Social History at Bayreuth University. ...more


Workshop: “Multifaceted Relations: Africa-Asia” - 07.05.2021


Asia and Africa are two mega-spaces on earth which occupy almost 70% of the world population and cover about 30% of the earth’s total land area. Historically, these two continents have interacted in diverse ways, therefore, creating a new space for cultural creolisation. ...more


New Junior Research Group compares West African policies on monetary and financial dependencies - 29.04.2021


The Cluster’s latest Junior Research Group led by Dr. Kai Koddenbrock looks into the political dimension in the chain of monetary and financial dependencies in West Africa. The JRG will start from early July. ...more


Cluster develops Survey Tool for Interdisciplinary research - 28.04.2021


As a response to the challenges of the pandemic, the Digital Solutions team of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence has developed a new digital tool catering to the needs of the Cluster members regarding their interdisciplinary data collection. ...more


AfriKaleidoskop: New round for the online film and discussion series - 26.04.2021

As part of last year’s established programme AfriKaleidoskop, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence has invited the interested public to a new series of films and discussions. This year’s round of screenings are all on the topic of Afro-European identities and will be shown online followed by an extensive discussion session. ...more


Cluster project scrutinizes links between migration and conflict in Ituri, DR Congo - 27.04.2021


A Congolese-German research team studied the links between conflict the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the migration of Kinyarwanda speakers scrutinizing questions of land access and identity. ...more


The second Working Paper of the Cluster’s series “Africa Multiple connects” deals with Questions of Diasporas - 24.04.2021


The Working Paper Series of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple connects” has just published its second edition. It features a paper of John Ayotunde Bewaji titled “African Studies and the Question of Diasporas”. ...more


 RecAf Spring School 2021 “in” Bayreuth - 18.04.2021


The spring school on the topic of “Popular Culture and Arts in Africa” took place at the end of March. The five-day programme is part of the project “Recalibrating Afrikanistik” which aims to critically examine the history of African Studies and hopes to prepare the discipline for the future.  ...more


Joint Lecture Series of the Universities of Bayreuth and Regensburg: "Globalization and Nationalisms Historical Perspectives on a Complex Relationship" - 09.04.2021


The shut-down of borders and the disruption of global supply chains in reaction to the COVID-19 crisis, Britain's "Brexit among other current developments show that the growing economic entanglements of the world, often abbreviated as globalization, have not put an end to nations, and nation states ...more


Bayreuth International Summer School (BISS) 2021 - with courses in African Studies - 08.04.2021


After the Bayreuth International Summer School had to take place online last year due to the pandemic, the organisational team is doing everything in its power to bring the Summer School back to the University campus in 2021, together with international guest lecturers and professors from Bayreuth ...more


Cluster receives "Gratitude Sculpture” from Dr. Faraj Remmo - 30.03.2021


In recognition of the Cluster's achievements for the general public Dr. Faraj Remmo awarded the Cluster of Excellence with the "Gratitude Sculpture” – making the Cluster part of a group of renowned recipients. ...more


“Africa*n Relations: Modalities Reflected” – Cluster conference to take place in July - 26.03.2021


The second Cluster conference will take place in the middle of July. Focusing on the topic of “Modality” and working in a hybrid format the conference will give the global scholar community a flexible platform for debating important aspects of African Studies today.  ...more


Junior Research Group on post-truth politics in Africa led by Joschka Philipps - 26.03.2021


Dr. Joschka Philipps has been appointed the leader of a newly established Junior Research Group examining “post-truth” politics in Africa. The group is currently recruiting new members and is supposed to start its work in July 2021....more


Remembering the victims of the transatlantic slave trade - 22.03.2021


Every year on 25 March, the “International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade” offers an opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. ...more


International Docorate Program (IDP): “Business and Human Rights: Governance Challenges in a Complex World” - 22.03.2021


The chair “African Legal Studies” at the University of Bayreuth with its director and member of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence Prof. Dr. Thoko Kaime will be part of an International Doctoral Program. The Program called “Business and Human Rights: Governance Challenges in a Complex World” (BHR_Governance) will start in 2021. ...more


Condolences on the Passing of Professor Omar Egesah - 22.03.2021


It was with deep shock and profound sadness that we received the devastating news of the unexpected and untimely passing of Professor Omar Egesah on Thursday, March 18, 2021. ...more


La F/francophonie in Africa: history and current challenges - 20.03.2021

In her contribution on the topic of "Francophonie" Cluster member Dr. Aminata Cécile Mbaye shares her thoughts on the subject that differ from the commonly used narrative used by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. ...more


Celebrating African Poetry - 15.03.2021

In the week leading up to World Poetry Day on 21 March, the Cluster of Excellence celebrates the richness of poetry the African continent has to offer. Every day, a Cluster member or affiliate presents their favorite African poet providing us with a miniscule glimpse into the abundant wealth of African wordsmiths. ...more


Lagos ACC invites four scholars as visiting fellows - 11.03.2021

In order to enhance the discussions and work on the topics close to the Cluster of Excellence’s agenda, the University of Lagos African Cluster Centre (Lagos ACC) has invited four renowned scholars to visit the centre as part of its fellowship programme. ...more


Prof. Dr. Grace Musila joins the Cluster as new Advisory Board member - 03.03.2021


The Cluster’s Advisory Board is complete again. Prof. Dr. Grace Musila, renowned scholar from Witwatersrand University, South Africa, joins the panel of reputed researchers to support the Cluster of Excellence in its endeavors. She replaces Prof. Dr. Arjun Appadurai (New York University, USA) who left the board for personal reasons. ...more


"Child labour retards economic growth" - Interview with Dr. Raymond Frempong - 26.02.2021

In this interview Dr. Raymond Frempong talks about the topic of child labour in general and the findings in his latest research on the issue explaining the main factors prompting a household to send their children to work. ...more


DjumbaiALA team obtains BMBF grant for early-career researchers - 25.02.2021

Six years ago, the founders of DjumbaiALA created a network committed to enhancing intercultural conversations and a non-hierarchical co-production of knowledge in the Global South. Now, the project has been awarded a grant by the BMBF. ...more


Cluster establishes new lecture series in honour of late Okwui Enwezor - 24.02.2021


In recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of African and Global Arts the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence honours the late Nigerian art curator, historian and writer Okwui Enwezor by establishing an annual lecture carrying his name. ...more


Four Junior Research Groups enrich the Cluster's multifaceted agenda - 24.02.2020

In accordance with its early career support strategy the Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth is in the process of establishing four Junior Research Groups. Dr. Serawit Debele and Dr. Cassandra Mark-Thiessen are two of the four new Junior Research Group leaders expected to be appointed. ... more


Dr. Oumarou Boukari: International Mother Language – a transversal perspective - 21.02.2021


On the 21st February 2021, the International Mother Language Day is celebrated globally. Dr. Oumarou Boukari, Assistant Professor of Romance and General Linguistics at University of Bayreuth and member of the Cluster’s Research Section “Moralities” reflects on the background of this day and its value for today’s multilingual societies. ...more


Gil Ndi-Shang "The Radio" - 13.02.2021

In 2012, UNESCO declared 13 February to be "World Radio Day" honouring radio as a powerful medium for celebrating the diversity of humanity. Fittingly, on this date Cluster member Gil Ndi-Shang provides a first look into his latest book called "The Radio and other Stories" which will be published shortly. ... more


New gardens for the Sahara: Social Anthropologist from Bayreuth leads sustainable agriculture project in Chad - 08.02.2021


An unusual project in northern Chad started in January 2021 under the leadership of Dr Tilman Musch, social anthropologist at the University of Bayreuth: In the Tibesti Mountains, an old tradition of horticulture is to be revived and optimised with the instruments of modern sustainable agriculture. ...more


New podcast series on African Mobilities - 03.02.2021


The Cluster of Excellence has started a new podcast based on Sprint Lectures. Cluster scholars as well as invited guests will give insights on African mobilities.  ...more


MuDAIMA project: Understanding the entanglements of the African integration processes - 02.02.2021


The Cluster’s research project “Multiplicity in Decision-Making of Africa’s Interacting Markets: The Functioning of Community Law, the Role of Market Participants and the Power of Regional Judges (MuDAIMa)” aims to contribute to the understanding of the various aspects of integration processes. ...more


Interview with Fellow Dr. R. Benedito Ferrão - 02.02.2021


Just before leaving Bayreuth to go back to teaching in the U.S., Cluster Fellow Dr. R. Benedito Ferrão talked with us about his time in Bayreuth, his interesting research foci and why Shakespeare and Cosima Wagner were somewhat responsible for his application. ...more


“The chair aims to cross-fertilize and inform epistemic changes across disciplines” – Interview with Prof. Dr. Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni - 01.02.2021

While the pandemic was in full swing in 2020, a new chair was established at the University of Bayreuth: Prof. Dr. Sabelo Ndlovu Gatsheni joined the Cluster of Excellence as head of “Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa”. In this interview, the renowned scholar talks about his first weeks in Germany as well as his goals and foci for the new position. ...more


Cluster’s Co-Spokesperson Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler delivers New Year Lecture - 15.01.2021

On 14 January 2021, the annual New Year Lecture of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence was held by Cluster Deputy spokesperson Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler. Her lecture focused on the topic of Polyrhythmic gestures in African arts and featured examples of polyrhythm in African poetry, dance and caligraphy. ...more


Cluster research project "Making a Living: Learning trajectories towards the ability to earn a livelihood" – 17.12.2020


As part of the Research Section “Learning” one projects scrutinizes the ways of becoming an adult and making a living for rural members of the younger generation in West Africa who were part of the global schooling campaigns in the early 2000s. ...more


"Les Fellows sont des ambassadeurs ayant une double mission" – Entretien avec Prof. Dr. Miampika Moundele – 16.12.2020

Prof. Dr. Miampika Moundele is one of the Fellows currently working at the Cluster of Excellence. We talked to him about his experience at the University of Bayreuth in the midst of the global pandemic and his research projects that he is currently working on. (Interview in French and English) ...more


Prof. Dr. Michael Steppat speaks in Moscow on “The Excellence Strategy: Cutting-Edge Research in Germany?” - 15.12.2020


Prof. Dr. Michael Steppat, a member of the RS Knowledges, was invited by Moscow Region State University (MGOU) to speak about “The Excellence Strategy: Cutting-Edge Research in Germany?” in December. ...more


New Year Lecture 2021 held by Cluster’s Co-Spokesperson Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler - 14.12.2020

In January 2020 the annual New Year Lecture of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence was successfully launched. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 edition of the talk will be held as an online-only event and will focus on the topic of Polyrhythmic gestures in African art. The Cluster’s Deputy Spokesperson Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler will be giving the lecture ...more


Congratulations on the University Medal, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wanitzek! - 14.12.2020


Each year the “dies academicus” in Bayreuth celebrates the anniversary of the foundation of the University of Bayreuth. This year, the medal went to the Cluster of Excellence’s founding member Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wanitzek ...more


“Not so long ago Europe was the continent from where people fled” – an Interview with Jochen Lingelbach - 13.12.2020


In 2020, the Cluster member Dr. Jochen Lingelbach published “On the Edges of Whiteness” – a book on the history of Polish refugees in British Colonial Africa. In this interesting interview, the author talks about how his interest in the topic came about and why these historic events have relevance today. ...more


„We must make better use of the expertise from Bayreuth in Berlin!”: Member of German Bundestag Thomas Hacker visits the Cluster of Excellence - 11.12.2020


During a visit at the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence member of German Bundestag Thomas Hacke expressed the wish for thematic collaboration between policymakers in Berlin and scholars in Bayreuth and proposed to develop a regular dialogue between the institution and the national administration. ...more


The Cluster launches App “African Alphabets of the Bayreuth Cluster” (AABC) - 10.12.2020


The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence has developed an app for mobile and desktop devices providing users with keyboards for all common African languages and scripts ...more


Personalia: A note from former fellow Dr. S.N. Nyeck – 04.12.2020

In the first two years, the Cluster of Excellence has successfully hosted 32 fellows for a certain period of time. But even when the stay at the University of Bayreuth is over the Cluster has a strong interest to follow the academic paths of its former fellows creating a network of outstanding scholars affiliated with the institution. This is a summary of activities post-fellowship Dr. S.N. Nyeck sent for us to publish. ... more


Interview with Dr. Christine Vogt-William: "Change in the making" - 04.12.2020


As envisaged in its concept, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence has established a Gender and Diversity Office (GDO). In this interview, Christine Vogt-William, who has been successfully filling the important role of Director of the GDO office, talks about the Cluster’s goals and how her work commits to achieving these.  ...more


Great response for the Cluster’s call for artist fellowships - 04.12.2020

When the Cluster of Excellence issued its call for the artist residency programme in the summer of 2020, it was not clear what kind of response was to be expected. However, with about 200 inquiries and 65 applications the call turned out to be a great success and in December 2020 the new participants of the fellowship programme were finally announced. ...more


Prof. Sabelo Ndlovu Gatsheni: "The Cognitive Empire in Africa: Knowledge, Consciousness, and Epistemic Freedom" - 30.11.2020

Had it not been for the consequences of the cognitive empire, we would not be talking about the colonization and decolonization of African minds today ...more


BATATA – Bioeconomy as societal change in Tanzania - 10.11.2020


How do Tanzanian smallholder farmers and pastoralists envision a flourishing life? The Batata project, an international corporation of an interdisciplinary group of scholars, aims to examine this and other questions regarding the agricultural future of the East African country. ...more


Intersectionality course by Cluster PI goes into another round - 09.11.2020


After establishing the new complementary studies programme on intersectionality and diversity competences in the winter semester of 2019, Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt now offers the next round of lectures on the topic. Starting in November 2020, the lectures will take place every Thursday until the middle of February 2020. ...more


Everyone’s human rights – A series of debates on human rights in Africa - 05.11.2020


From August to October 2020 the chair of African Legal Studies at the University of Bayreuth hosted a series of debates on various aspects of the main topic “Human Rights in Africa”. The events were supported by the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence. ...more


Interview with Dr. Eleanor Higgs, fellow of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence - 30.10.2020


Although the global pandemic has been posing numerous challenges for the work of the Cluster of Excellence, the Cluster’s fellows are still very much an integral part of the Cluster’s research work. In this interview, Dr. Eleanor Tiplady Higgs, who arrived the beginning of October in Bayreuth, talks about her motivation to apply for the fellowship and her field of research.  ...more


The Cluster publishes “Africa Multiple connects” – a series of working papers - 30.10.2020


The Working Paper Series of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple connects” was developed to give a forum to the research conducted within the Cluster. The series’ first edition titled “Figuring out how to reconfigure African Studies” was written by no other than the dean of the Cluster of Excellence himself: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann. ...more


(++Postponed due to current Corona regulations++) Cinema Africa 2020 – Tuesday is “Cinema Africa Day” - 13.10.2020


In November 2020, Tuesdays in Bayreuth will be “Cinema Africa Day”. Each week, the renowned film festival “Cinema Africa” will present a double feature of African movies at Bayreuth’s Cineplex movie theatre, showing a wide range of African cinematic storytelling. ...more


The Cluster's Digital Literature Festival - 05.08.2020


The 10th anniversary of the Bayreuth Literature Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures was held during the height of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The festival team, however, found new formats to present two interesting days of discussions, readings, music and academic contributions on the topic of “Care, Responsibility and Solidarity”. ...more


An interview with Prof. Dr. Ulrike Bergermann - 31.07.2020

How is knowledge produced? How do we get to know something at all, what are the beliefs and ideologies coining the respective sensory impressions, concepts in the mind, and the media shaping, if not enabling thought, and: who is 'we'? I have been wondering about that for a long time. ...more


On Racism – An Interview with Prof. Dr. Stefan Ouma and Dr. Christine Vogt-William - 06.07.2020

Weeks after the death of the Black American George Floyd at the hands of the police there are still mass protests in the USA. His death ignited discussions around the world. ...more


Interview mit Prof. Dr. Stefan Ouma und Dr. Christine Vogt-William zum Thema Rassismus - 06.07.2020

Mehrere Wochen nach der Tötung des Schwarzen George Floyd durch einen Polizisten in USA gibt es immer noch Massen-Proteste in den USA. Diese Ereignisse haben einer Diskussion neues Feuer gegeben, die nun auf der ganzen Welt geführt wird.  ...more


The Cluster’s Stance on Racism and Black Lives Matter - 29.06.2020


The Academic Committee of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, in its capacity as the Cluster’s highest decision-making body, has released an official statement to clarify its stance on racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. The statement is the result of extensive discussion among the members of the Africa Multiple Cluster and reiterates the Cluster’s commitment to actively pursue an anti-racist agenda. ...more


Fellow Dr Taofik Olasunkanmi Adesanmi: “The Cluster offers me a formidably promising platform for connection and interpersonal relationship" - 18.06.2020

When he arrived in Bayreuth the campus was bustling with energy but then everything changed. As his fellowship at the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence is coming to an end we sat down with Dr. Taofik Olasunkanmi Adesanmi talking with him about his academic journey leading up to the fellowship and what is next in line for him. ...more


Statement on Achille Mbembe and the Debate over Anti-Semitism - 14.05.2020

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth seeks to work toward the reconfiguration of African Studies. This agenda requires us to take a position in the current debate about Achille Mbembe, a leading intellectual on the African continent. The recent demand by some public officials in Germany to withdraw the invitation to Mbembe to hold a keynote at the Ruhrtriennale festival in August 2020 on account of purportedly anti-Semitic statements sparked off a public discussion that has partly overshot the mark. ...more


Fellow Portrait Dr. Susanne Mohr: “I am looking forward to stimulating discussions with like-minded colleagues from various disciplines” - 30.04.2020

Dr. Susanne Mohr started her fellowship at the University of Bayreuth right when the Corona crisis was starting to affect the campus the beginning of March. However, the scholar is determined to make the best of her stay benefitting from and contributing to the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence as much as possible for the duration of her fellowship. ...more


#LockdownVoices: Cluster of Excellence creates new facebook hashtag - 28.04.2020

By asking artists associated with the Cluster of Excellence and its members how they cope with the current situation and posting their answers and contributions online the Cluster created its very own hashtag: #LockdownVoices can be found on all social media channels of the Cluster. ... more


Reconfiguring African Studies Workshop at Kenyan Moi University - 27.04.2020


The African Cluster Centre (ACC) of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya invited representatives of other ACCs to discuss questions on the topic of “Reconfiguring African Studies” during a workshop held from 19 to 21 February 2020. ...more


Art meets Science: „From Plastic to Microplastic” - 23.04.2020


The special research section (SFB Microplastics) of the University of Bayreuth and the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence among others invited the renowned South African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi for a visit of a special kind. During a unique “Arts meets Science” collaboration Buthelezi worked while representatives of SFB Microplastics educated the public about plastics and microplastics. ... more


Cluster intensifies research related cooperation with its international network partners  27.04.2020

During a visit at Rhodes University in South Africa the Deputy Spokesperson of the Cluster Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler and the Cluster’s Vice Dean of research Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber discussed the future of the Cluster’s research cooperation within its international network in general and among the Cluster and its five African Cluster Centers in particular. ...more


„On Worlds and Artworks” mirrors work of Research section "Arts and Aesthetics" - 27.04.2020

From 10 to 14 February 2020, the Research Section “Arts and Aesthetics” organized its first workshop with the title “On Worlds and Artworks”. It took place partly in the Research Institute of Music Theater (FIMT) in Thurnau and partly in Iwalewahaus, mirroring the broad range of arts represented in the Research Section. ...more


Workshop on “Data and Theoretical Perspectives on Colonial Letters" - 26.04.2020

The inaugural workshop of the research project “Colonial Letters and the Contact of Knowledges” organized by Glory Essien Otung and Eric A. Anchimbe took place the beginning of March 2020. Titled “Data and Theoretica Perspectives on Colonial Letters” the workshop discussed the outlines of the project offering participants a detailed insight into the project’s aims and objects. ...more


SKAnning Space from Africa: Seeing and Becoming - 23.04.2020


As the culmination of the multilateral postdoc working group “SKAnning Space from Africa: Seeing and Becoming” focusing on the largest radio telescope on earth, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), an interdisciplinary workshop took place in Bayreuth from 10 to 14 February 2020. ...more


The Cluster and Uni BT welcome Professor Ndlovu-Gatsheni - 22.04.2020

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence and the University of Bayreuth have just announced that a new member will join the research organization this summer: Professor Dr. Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni. ...more


The Activities of the Postdoc Working Group “Shakespearean Pasts, African Futurities: Entanglements of Memory, Temporalities and Knowledge(s)” - 21.04.2020


The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence is promoting working formats for postdoctoral researchers and advanced doctoral candidates by inviting working groups to do research on a specific topic within the Cluster setting. Lasting for one term, these working groups may nominate fellows and integrate those already present in the Cluster into their project. ...more


New online lecture series on “African Literature” - 16.04.2020

For the upcoming academic semester the Cluster’s PI Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt has developed a new lecture series. “African Literature – Histories, Pillars and Visions” will review an array of various examples of African literature. Due to the rules of social distancing this lecture series will be held online via zoom. ...more


Cluster Activities Cancelled until 20 April 2020 - 19.03.2020


The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence has issued a statement regarding the latest developments concerning the Corona virus and the implications for the Cluster’s upcoming planned events. ...more


Reconfiguring Mobility Struggles – reflections on a workshop that was not - 16.03.2020


The workshop “Understanding Africa’s Mobility Struggles” planned for the end of March in Uganda was postponed to a later date due to implications of the corona virus. Dr. Jochen Lingelbach, one of the workshop’s conveners, reflects on the situation. ...more


New Year Lecture: Figuring out How to Reconfigure African Studies - 24.02.2020

The dean of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann invited the interested public to the first annual New Year Lecture on 16 January 2020. He took it upon himself to hold the inaugural speech titled “Figuring out how to reconfigure African Studies” giving interesting insights in what it is the Cluster is trying to achieve. ...more


Talking moral talks with Dr. Joe Spencer-Bennett - 22.02.2020

From 29 through 31 January 2020 Dr. Joe Spencer-Bennett was invited by the research section “Moralities” to stay at the University of Bayreuth for an exchange of ideas on the topic of moral communication. During his stay, the professor of Applied Linguistics gave a public lecture on “„Moral talk: debates about its forms, functions and value in political life”... more


Fellow Portrait: Dr. Melina C. Kalfelis - 19.02.2020

The fellowship program of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence was founded with the purpose of strengthening its transdisciplinary agenda. In the academic year 2019/20 a total number of fourteen fellows are hosted at the University of Bayreuth. Dr. Melina C. Kalfelis, who belongs to the first group of Cluster fellows visiting Bayreuth, is currently in Ghana but will be expected to return in June for the remainder of her granted stay. ...more


Symposium Intersectionality - 10.02.2020

Since October 2019, the topic of intersectionality has successfully been added to the studies’ programme of the University of Bayreuth. In the beginning of February, a symposium on the topic brought more scholars and students together for a valuable exchange. ...more


International Conference “Frontiers in Digital African Research”- 05.02.2020


The conference “Frontiers in Digital African Research” held at the Iwalewahaus from 30th January to 1st February 2020 brought together international researchers and specialists from various disciplines involved in the digital transformation of research data processes, be it the constant development of knowledge databases or repositories, modelling theory and practices or legal and ethical considerations revolving around digitalization projects. ...more


Cluster of Excellence’s PI founds new Master's Program - 04.02.2020


The new Master’s Program titled "Global History" launched by the Cluster of Excellence’s Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Joël Glasman and Prof. Dr. Kristin Skottki can boast a successful start. After its take-off this academic semester, application for the upcoming winter semester 2020/21 may be submitted until 15 July 2020. ...more


Art meets Science: „From Plastic to Microplastic” - 03.02.2020

After a first successful visit in 2019, South-African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi will be back at the Iwalewahaus this February. A number of public events will give the interested public an opportunity to watch his artistic process live and engage with the artist while he creates art from plastic waste. ...more


Statement of the "Institut für Afrikastudien" (IAS) and the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence of the University of  Bayreuth - 27.01.2020

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Cinema Africa presented AfriKaleidoskop – a film night at a historic movie theater - 22.01.2020

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence will continue its cinematographic endeavors in 2020. First stop: an invitation to see three outstanding movies during an extensive movie night. More events are planned. ...more


Afrika@School: Teaching children about Africa - 20.01.2020

Since 2018, the Model African Union (MAU) Bayreuth e. V. is organizing “Afrika@School” – a project teaching German school children about Africa. Continuing its success story and supported by the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, the project organizers are planning several events for 2020. ...more


Conference “Africa challenges” is calling for papers - 15.01.2020

The African Studies Association in Germany (VAD e.V.) is organizing the conference “Africa challenges” which will take place at the end of September 2020 in Frankfurt. The conference has just issued a call for papers for its many panels, one of which is convened by Anna Madeleine Ayeh, member of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence. ...more


International Conference: “African Studies and land questions in Africa” - 14.12.2019


From 27 through 29 November 2019, an international conference took place at the University of Cape Town in South Africa debating an issue that is at the heart of African Studies today: Land questions in Africa. Scholars from various fields illuminated the topic from a large spectrum of perspectives and disciplines. ... more


International Postdoctoral Working Groups: Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies calls for proposals - 13.12.2019


The Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies has just released a call for proposals regarding their longstanding Working Group program. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2019. ... more


Research group project scrutinizes refugee camps - 12.12.2019

As part of the Cluster’s Research Section “Mobilities”, the research project “Africa in the Global History of Refugee Camps (1940s to 1950s)” has set out to examine the make-up of refugee camps in Africa looking beyond the Eurocentric history of the topic and focusing on three interrelated case studies. The research project is designed to run for a period of four years. ...more


BIGSAS issues a call for PhD-scholarships for women from the African continent - 11.12.2019

A new call for scholarship applications has been issued within the African Multiple Cluster of Excellence. The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, BIGSAS, offers two scholarships for two female PhD students from the African continent. Applications may be submitted until 9 February 2020. ...more


International Conference – Frontiers in African Digital Research - 28.11.2019

The section "Digital Solutions" within the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence is organizing an international conference for the end of January 2020. The conference "Frontiers in African Digital Research" aims to provide a platform for international scholars and experts to exchange ideas and experiences. ... more


A cinematographic journey across the African continent: Cinema Africa in Bayreuth - 26.11.2019


The film festival “Cinema Africa 2019” brought four extraordinary movies to Bayreuth taking the audience on a unique cinematographic journey across the African continent. Around 280 people attended the four-day film festival and had a chance to discuss the films with each of the directors. The twelfth edition of “Cinema Africa” took place between 21 and 24 October 2019. ...more


Panel Discussion: Racism and the New Right in German Contexts – 24.11.2019


In a Knowledge Lab Panel Discussion taking place on 21 November 2019 invited Cluster members to debate racism in German academia. The group also defined means to an ethical conduct within African Studies in general and the Cluster's Research Environment in particular. ... more


BIGSAS Journalist Award 2019 celebrates outstanding reporting on Africa in German speaking media - 06.11.2019


On 29 October 2019, the BIGSAS Journalist Award was presented for the fifth time. In the presence of a considerable number of guests, the festive ceremony honoured this year’s winners who engaged in outstanding journalism on the African continent. ...more


Interdisciplinary conversations – the cluster’s kick-off conference debated important questions of African Studies today – 05.11.2019


At its kick-off conference, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence welcomed 390 scholars in at the end of October in Bayreuth. The international networking conference “Africa Multiple: Conversations and Building Networks” mainly tackled topics that are high on the Cluster’s agenda. ... more


Call for Papers: “Intersectionality: Theory, Approach, Activism” 30.10.2019

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence and the GeQuInDi network at the University of Bayreuth have issued a call for paper proposals for a three-day symposium on “Intersectionality. Theory, Approach, Activism”. The event will take place the beginning of February 2020. ...more


“Cinema Africa” celebrates its twelfth edition 29.10.2019

At the end of November, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence will present the African film festival “Cinema Africa”. In total, four movies will be shown at Cineplex Bayreuth to demonstrate the wide range of filmmaking that the African film industry has to offer. ...more


Official signing of agreements with ACC 29.10.2019


On Thursday, 24.10.2019, the president of the University of Bayreuth and representatives of the four African Cluster Centres came together to sign the official agreement of cooperation. With the signing of the contracts, the African Cluster Centres, namely the University of Lagos (Nigeria), Moi University (Eldoret, Kenya), Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso), and Rhodes University (Grahamstown/Makhanda, South Africa) have become members of the Cluster allowing for a new intense collaboration in research. ...more


Cluster’s Principal Investigator founds new course of studies - 24.10.2019

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence is supporting the newly founded course of studies “Intersectionality and Diversity Competences” established by the Cluster’s Principal Investigator and member of the Research Section “Knowledges” Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt. The unique course of studies includes a lecture series comprising talks by a number of Cluster members. ...more


The Fragmentation of religious Authority in Muslim Africa. An International Workshop - 23.10.2019

From 10 to 12 October, 2019 the workshop “The Fragmentation of Religious Authority in Muslim Africa” took place at the Indiana University Europe Gateway in Berlin. The workshop explored the topic extensively in one keynote lecture and five discussion panels. ...more


The new call is out – the process for the fellowships of 2020/21 has begun - 22.10.2019

While the first fellows of the winter semester 2019 have just settled in, the Bayreuth Academy in the Cluster is already planning ahead issuing a call for new fellowship applications. In the academic year 2020/21 the Cluster expects to host up to 20 new fellows. ...more


Cluster’s first scholar to be featured on LATEST THINKING - 21.10.2019


Dr. Rémi Tchokothe presented a video on his paper “‘Balladur Visa’ or ‘Visa of Death’? Questioning ‘Migration’ to Europe via the Comoros Archipelago” on the online platform LATEST THINKING making him the first scholar from the University of Bayreuth to do so. ...more


“Fellows enrich the work of the Cluster in multiple ways” - 20.10.2019

The first fellows have arrived at the University of Bayreuth to contribute to various research sections of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence. We talked to the program’s co-founder and Vice Dean of Research Professor Erdmute Alber and to the fellow Doctor Samuel Ndogo from Kenya about their expectations of the Cluster’s fellowship program. ...more


World Music in Fusion – An evening at the Margravial Opera House - 15.10.2019

On 31 October 2019, the first Network Conference of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence will come to a festive close with a unique concert in a unique setting. Five internationally renowned musicians will perform bringing together their traditional instruments for a fusion of styles from classical music to Jazz at Bayreuth’s UNESCO World Heritage site: the Margravial Opera House. ...more


Panel discussion “How to do intersectionality?” - 26.09.2019


A panel discussion that took place on September 19 2019 explored the topic of “How to do Intersectionality” together with renowned expert Prof. Sumi Cho. The debate focused on the methodology and ethics of doing intersectionality analyses, and explored intersectionality as a concept, a theoretical framework and a methodology, but also its implications on the process of policy making and activism. ... more


Workshop “Un-doing post-colonial knowledges. Perspectives from academia-arts-activism” taking place in Bayreuth and Leipzig - 25.09.2019

A workshop that was held between July 19 and 21, 2019 by the Research Section “Knowledges” of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence focused on the topic of “un_doing post_colonial knowledges: perspectives from academia_arts_activism” discussing the manner of how colonial objects should be dealt with today. ...more


FAVT Kampala: Africa Multiple in style - 23.09.2019


In the middle of august 2019, the second to last edition of the FAVT – Future African Vision in Time took off in Kampala Uganda with a series of workshops, conferences – and an impressive fashion show. The festive exhibit opening received a considerable amount of public attention. The roots of this long standing touring exhibit lie in the University of Bayreuth’s Academy of Advanced African Studies and is supported by the Cluster of Excellence. ...more


20th DOCTORAL SCHOOL “FACTORY OF IDEAS” took place in Bahia - 20.09.2019

The Federal University of Bahia opened its doors to special edition of an academic icon: Between 26 August and 6 September 2019 the 20th Doctoral School “Factory of Ideas” took place in Brazil exploring the topic “THE NEW AGE OF EXTREMES: New Forms of Populism, Extremism and Identity Formation in a Transcontinental Perspective”. The Cluster of Excellence supported the traditional exchange of ideas. ...more


BIGSAS Journalist Award 2019 at the end of October 2019 - 20.09.2019


The BIGSAS Journalist Award will be awarded for the fifth time at the end of October 2019. The Award recognizes excellent journalism on Africa in German speaking media. This year, a rather unusual laureate will be announced. ...more


The "Intersectionality and Critical Diversity Literacy (ICDL) Lecture / Workshop Series" – an AMC Measure by the Gender and Diversity Office - 17.09.2019

As envisaged in its concept, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence has established a Gender and Diversity Office (GDO). For the upcoming semester, the GDO has launched an interesting workshop series on “Intersectionality and Critical Diversity Literacy”. ...more


Cluster of Excellence will offer three research formats in the upcoming academic year - 10.09.2019

Sailing under the flag of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African will provide three research formats for the coming academic year 2019/2020 at the University of Bayreuth: the fellowship program, the postdoc working groups and a program for junior academics. ...more


International Conference: The Cluster of Excellence welcomes its network partners in Bayreuth - 23.08.2019

From October 30 to 31 2019, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence will host the international conference “Africa Multiple: Conversations and Building Networks” at the University of Bayreuth inviting all its network partners to a valuable exchange. ...more


African Cluster Centres visit University of Bayreuth to define cooperation goals - 02.08.2019

At the end of July, eight representatives from the four newly founded African Clusters Centres in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa visited the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence ” in Bayreuth in order to define shared goals and new modalities of cooperation. ..more


“FAVT: FUTURE AFRICA VISIONS IN TIME” brings exhibition to Kampala, Uganda - 28.07.2019

“FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time” is an ever-changing touring exhibition combining scientific research with the production of art. In its second to last stop the intriguing presentation will be shown to the public in Kampala, Uganda, from 16th august through 15th September 2019. ...more


Cluster of Excellence launches new Fellowship program for the academic year 2019/20 - 23.07.2019

The invitations are out: The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence will host a total number of 30 fellows in the upcoming academic year. The fellowships at the University of Bayreuth will last between one and six months and are designed to create synergies with the cluster’s particular research goals. ...more


Climate, Migration and Racism – the 9th BIGSAS Literature Festival focuses on main topics of crises - 15.07.2019

On the first weekend of July the BIGSAS Literature Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures celebrated its ninth edition discussing topics such as climate change and war as global causes of crises, also scrutinizing the European narrative about the so called “refugee crisis”. ...more



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