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Call for Papers “Afr(io)futurism: Debates, Contestations, Interventions” Hide

Call for Papers

Afr(io)futurism: Debates, Contestations, Interventions

February 18-19, 2022, University of Bayreuth

Convenors: Dr. Britta Frede, Dr. des. Xin Li, Dr. Mario Faust-Scalisi, Dr. Gilbert Ndi Shang

What might be an African’s futures? This question is part and parcel of both Afrofuturist and Africanfuturist movements. They focus on intersections of culture, philosophy, aesthetics and history in the imagination of possible futures. While Afrofuturism is mainly concerned with afro-cultural expressions in the African diaspora (especially in the United States), Africanfuturism is an affirmation of the inadequacy of Afrofuturism in addressing the continent, the peoples who live it and in accounting for the different historical realities that shape continental Africa’s contribution to the futurist imaginary.

What both movements have in common is that they imaginatively construct interrelated futures with deep historical and spiritual roots shaped by the trajectories of human experiences in Africa and among its diasporas. Although distinct in emphases, Africanfuturism and Afrofuturism are interconnected strains of thought primarily aided by their use of multimedia and by their commitment to interdisciplinary interventions in the making and theorizing of futures. In order to capture both the divergence and convergence of these two streams of futuristic consciousness and sensibilities, we adopt the term Afr(io)futurism as a conceptual bridge to investigate the interventions, debates, contestations taking place between these two perspectives. From such a position, we conceptualize futures as nonlinear, plural, and inevitably entangled with power structures, silences, (ab)negation, and aesthetics. Thus understood, Afr(io)futurism stretches far beyond the fields of speculative fiction and the Arts.

The workshop convenors invite interdisciplinary contributions about case studies reflecting on concepts of Afr(io)futurism while dealing with political movements, economic visions, historical references or religious doctrine, practice, or aesthetics and literatures crisscrossing temporalities and spatialities in Africa as well as in African diasporas. 

Our workshop aims at exploring the following issues:

  • What constitutes multiplicity in Afr(io)futurism? What kinds of utopias and aporias are put forth and which ones are silenced and evaded in Afr(io)futures?
  • How does power work along or against the actualization of alternative futures?
  • How does one negotiate between established structures and the agency to create desired futures in Africa and its diasporas?
  • How is contestation contextualized and to what extent does it facilitate convergence of solidarity between Africa and its diasporas?
  • What is the role of spirituality and religion in Afr(io)futurist visions of the future?

The deadline for paper proposals is 15 November 2021. An abstract of 250 words shall be send to britta.frede@uni-bayreuth.de . Proposals should feature the working title, the names and affiliations of the presenter(s), together with the contact information of the presenter(s). The abstract should provide a clear agenda of your planned presentation and its focus, that the organizers can allocate the proposed papers into relevant focus groups to facilitate reflective and engaged discussion. The workshop will be organized hybrid. This allows us to integrate participants from abroad and to react to pandemic related short-term changes to regulations. Therefore, participation is possible without physical presence but we would like to motivate to plan to attend in person if possible. However, travel funds for physical attendance cannot be provided by the organizers.

Studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d)Hide

Das Ressort Digital Solutions des Exzellenzclusters „Africa Multiple“ der Universität Bayreuth sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine

Studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d)

Das Tätigkeitsfeld umfasst:

  • Unterstützung bei der Bearbeitung von digitalen Sammlungen, Datenaufbereitung und -verarbeitung
  • Mitarbeit bei der Organisation und Durchführung von Veranstaltungen (online, hybrid oder Präsenz) z.B. Workshops oder Konferenzen)
  • Mitarbeit an Erstellung von Podcasts
  • Administrative Unterstützung des Resorts sowie Recherchetätigkeiten


  • 20 Stunden / Monat (vorerst, eventuell spätere Erhöhung möglich)
  • Nach Absprache flexible Arbeitszeiten
  • Vergütung gemäß den geltenden Regelungen für studentische Hilfskräfte

Wir erwarten:

  • Sichere EDV-Anwendung (z.B. MS-Office, wünschenswert: Datenbanken, Dokumentationswesen)
  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse der deutschen und englischen Sprache in Wort und Schrift
  • Gute kommunikative Kompetenz und schnelle Auffassungsgabe
  • Selbstständigkeit, Teamfähigkeit

Wünschenswert wäre Interesse an einer längerfristigen Mitarbeit

Bei Interesse richten Sie Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung (zusammengefasst in einer pdf-Datei) ausschließlich per E-Mail und mit dem möglichen Beginn des Arbeitsverhältnisses unter dem Betreff „SHK-Ressort Digital Solutions“ an: sabine.lieske@uni-bayreuth.de

Eingehende Bewerbungen werden unabhängig von Gesichtspunkten wie Herkunft, Staatsangehörigkeit, Religion, Geschlecht, Identität oder Behinderung der*s Absender*in gelesen. Bewerbungen von Gruppenangehörigen im Sinne von Gender und Diversität sind ausdrücklich erwünscht.

Weitere Informationen zum Exzellenzcluster Africa Multiple finden Sie unter:

Open Field, Assistant Professor of Art History, Florida State UniversityHide

The Department of Art History at Florida State University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment with a 2/2 teaching load.  The field of specialization is open; we seek a scholar whose research interests will contribute to our faculty strengths and attract new constituents to our programs (BA, MA, PhD). The ideal candidate will demonstrate how their methodological, theoretical, and evidentiary perspectives in research and teaching will intersect and expand departmental activities in medieval, early modern, Ibero-American colonial, Caribbean, contemporary African, African diasporas, modern and contemporary art, the visual cultures of the Americas, our program in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies (MCHS), and in our study-abroad centers in FSU’s International Programs.  


New faculty will participate in our robust undergraduate and graduate programs at the MA/PhD levels. Our department boasts a diverse group of graduate students who teach and mentor a large undergraduate population in Tallahassee, Valencia, Florence, London, and in distance learning courses. Graduate students direct our annual graduate symposium, study at the John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL, participate in opportunities in our consortium with the Newberry and Folger Libraries, and organize film screenings and exhibitions in our MCHS program.   


As one of the largest programs in the Southeast, the Department of Art History resides in the College of Fine Arts and has a long history of graduate education. As a Research 1 institution, FSU supports faculty research at the highest level and allocates funds for research and conference travel. Additional competitive internal funding is available through the FSU Council on Research & Creativity. 


Florida State University is located in Tallahassee, the state capital, at the confluence of spring-fed river systems that provide a lush environment for outdoor activities, in proximity to the Caribbean and the greater Americas. The site of the art history department, the William Johnston Building, is located on land that is the ancestral and traditional territory of the Apalachee Nation, the Muscogee Nation, the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. 

We especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, first generation scholars, and scholars committed to forms of analysis that address race, gender, and intersectional equity.


The Department of Art History invites applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position, beginning August 2022. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and teaching a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advising and supervising graduate students at the Masters and Doctoral levels, and contributing to the intellectual life of the university, including service commitments. The teaching load for this position will be two courses per semester (fall and spring).


PhD (disciplinary specialization is open), or equivalent international degree, from an accredited institution or the highest degree appropriate in the field of specialization with a demonstrated record of achievement in teaching, academic research, and service.  The candidate must exhibit evidence of an independent program of scholarly research and show promise of a strong teaching contribution to academic programs. 


Application deadline is November 29, 2021

If qualified and interested in a specific Faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu. Search for Job ID# 50097 

If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include education details even if attaching a Vita.


  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae (cv)
  • research statement
  • teaching philosophy
  • publication or writing sample (c. 6—10K words)
  • Statement on advancing diversity (Florida State’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion can be referenced here: https://faculty.fsu.edu/diversity
  • contact emails for 3 recommenders; we will request letters at a later date.

For more information about our department and programs, please visit the above websites. 

Equal Employment Opportunity  

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. 

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be accessed at: 


Apply Link:  http://www.jobs.fsu.edu/   

Job ID#:  50097

Contact Info: Inquiries about this position may be directed to: Adam Jolles, Chair, Department of Art History (ajolles@fsu.edu).

Student Assistant  (w/m/d) with the Junior Research Group Politics of the Unknown"Hide

** This call is also available in English and French.

Die Junior Research Group (JRG) „Politics of the Unknown“ des Exzellenzclusters „Africa Multiple“ der Universität
Bayreuth sucht ab dem 15.10.2021 eine

Studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d)

Das Tätigkeitsfeld umfasst:

  • Transkribieren von Interviews und Focus Group Diskussionen (auf französisch)
  • Unterstützung der JRG-Mitglieder bei administrativen Aufgaben (Uni-intern und bürokratische Unterstützung ausländischer Doktoranden in Bayreuth)
  • Kommunikation mit externen Wissenschaftler*innen und Künstler*innen innerhalb und außerhalb des Forschungsprojekts
  • Recherchetätigkeiten zu den Themenfeldern Verschwörungstheorien, politische Soziologie, Afrikawissenschaften, biographische Sozialforschung, Mixed Methods
  • Unterstützung bei Organisation und Durchführung von Veranstaltungen (z.B. Blockseminar, Workshops)


  • 20 bis 40 Stunden / Monat (je nach Kapazitäten; bitte bei der Bewerbung angeben)
  • Nach Absprache flexible Arbeitszeiten
  • Vergütung gemäß den geltenden Regelungen für studentische Hilfskräfte

Wir erwarten:

  • Sehr gute Französisch- und Englisch-Kenntnisse
  • Erfahrung in Transkription und sozialwissenschaftlicher Methodik
  • Kommunikative Kompetenz, Aufgeschlossenheit und schnelle Auffassungsgabe
  • Selbstständigkeit, Eigeninitiative, sicheres Auftreten und Teamfähigkeit
  • Erfahrungen im Bereich Büro- und Projektmanagement und gute EDV-Kenntnisse
  • Fachliches Interesse an der Thematik der Junior Research Group und an einer längerfristigen Mitarbeit

Wir bieten:

  • Ein interdisziplinäres Umfeld in einem spannenden Forschungsprojekt
  • Möglichkeiten zur inhaltlichen Mitarbeit und erste Erfahrungen in transdisziplinärer Forschung

Bei Interesse richten Sie Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung (inkl. CV und Motivationsschreiben) zusammengefasst in
einer PDF-Datei) ausschließlich per E-Mail und mit dem möglichen Beginn des Arbeitsverhältnisses unter dem Betreff „HSK JRG Politics of the Unknown“ an: joschka.philipps@uni-bayreuth.de

Eingehende Bewerbungen werden unabhängig von Gesichtspunkten wie Herkunft, Staatsangehörigkeit, Religion,
Geschlecht, Identität oder Behinderung der*s Absender*in gelesen. Bewerbungen von Gruppenangehörigen im
Sinne von Gender und Diversität sind ausdrücklich erwünscht.

Weitere Informationen zum Exzellenzcluster Africa Multiple finden Sie unter: www.africamultiple.uni-bayreuth.de

Mitarbeiter:in "IT / Website Mainentance im IwalewahausHide

*English text below*

Gerne würden wir DICH im Iwalewahaus -Team willkommen heißen:

IT / Websitepflege gesucht

Für die Pflege der Website des Iwalewahaus suchen wir eine:n Mitarbeiter:in, für 5h / Woche als studentische Hilfskraft. Neben Kenntnissen in der Pflege von CMS sind Sprachkenntnisse in deutsch und english unbedingt erforderlich.

Das CMS ist Fiona7 (wird auf Fiona8 umgestellt). Als Projektorganisationstool wird gitlab genutzt.

In erster Linie geht es um die Erstellung der Events im Programm und Ausstellungsankündigungen. Inhalt wird geliefert, bei der Umsetzung ist ein ästhetischer Blick unbedingt erforderlich, sowohl bei der Bild als auch in der Text-Umsetzung.

Kenntnisse in der Gestaltung von barrierefreien Websites von Vorteil, aber kein muss.

Zeitpunkt: Ab September 2021

Für Fragen oder Bewerbungen melde dich bitte bei Inken Bößert, inken.boessert@uni-bayreuth.de

We would like to welcome YOU to the Iwalewahaus team:

IT / Website Maintenance

For the maintenance of the website of the Iwalewahaus we are looking for a student assistant for 5 hours per week. Besides knowledge in CMS maintenance, language skills in German and English are absolutely necessary.

The CMS is Fiona7 (will be converted to Fiona8). The project organisation tool is gitlab.

The main task is to create the events in the programme and exhibition announcements. Content is provided, an aesthetic eye is absolutely necessary in the implementation, both in the image and in the text implementation.

Knowledge of accessible website design an advantage, but not a must.

Starting date: September 2021

For questions or applications please contact Inken Bößert, inken.boessert@uni-bayreuth.de

Call For Applications: 2022-2023 International FellowshipsHide

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) invites scholars working in the field of African Studies to apply for fellowships in the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (BA).

In the academic year 2022-2023, the BA offers up to twenty short- and long-term fellowships, divided into the three categories (a) Individual Fellowships (b) Fellow-Tandems and (c) Fellow Groups. The fellowships are designed to enable scholars of African Studies, while immersed in a vibrant community of researchers from more than fifteen academic disciplines, to pursue projects significant to the Cluster’s theoretical and thematic agendas, in particular to the general theme of the 2022-23 academic year, Spatialities (see further below).

Fellows will be in residence for periods ranging from one to ten months, during which they will carry out their research in an efficiently managed environment with excellent working conditions. In order to create synergies among fellows as well as between Cluster members and international scholars, we highly encourage the application in tandem or as groups.


The Bayreuth Academy Fellows are part of an international group of junior and senior scholars –professors, postdoctoral researchers, and doctoral students– affiliated with the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence to advance research and scholarly debates in African Studies. They will enjoy membership status in the Cluster for the duration of their fellowship. Apart from pursuing their research and engaging in informal exchanges with other Cluster members, Fellow activities include:

• participating in Cluster events while in residence; these include regular Thursday afternoon lectures, seminars, and discussion groups;

• presenting a 45-minute talk based on the Fellow’s research within the BA;

• attending occasional social events for Fellows;

• submitting during or after the fellowship at least one publication on the fellowship project, if appropriate in a publication outlet of the Cluster of Excellence (Working Papers, etc.);

• optional participation in one of the BA’s postdoctoral working groups;

• offering of discussion sessions for doctoral students and contributing to existing formats such as summer schools.

In addition, Fellows are expected to collaborate with Bayreuth-based scholars. One avenue for collaboration is to create synergies with one of the Cluster’s six Research Sections. The latter serve as umbrellas for the Cluster’s research projects and revolve around specific overarching themes. The six sections are: (a) Moralities, (b) Knowledges, (c) Mobilities, (d) Arts & Aesthetics, (e) Affiliations, and (f) Learning. We encourage collaboration with individual Cluster members as well, and we are also looking forward to proposals that contribute to the Cluster agenda in general without relating to a Research Section. Here, we are especially interested in proposals that promise to advance one of our most prominent objectives, the reconfiguration of African Studies in a broad sense.

Particularly welcome are Fellow projects that speak to the annual theme of the 2022-23 academic year, Spatialities, e.g., by exploring the multiple spatialities of entangled African lifeworlds. Connecting to debates in critical area studies, the heuristic angle of spatialities invites us to focus on the relational processes of construction and constitution through which ‘areas’ emerge, change and de-/re-territorialize. Such perspectives help cast a fresh view on African interconnections and the dense presence of Africa in the world as well as of the world in Africa. Other possible synergies with the annual theme may include inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to co-create new imaginaries and innovative productions of multiple social, material, and artistic spaces.

Fellows have the opportunity to team up with Fellows and other Cluster members in research groups for joint work on common research interests, or common publications, and are encouraged to publish results of their work in one of the Cluster’s outlets.

Please find more details about the Fellowship Programme in the Call text. The Instructions sheet explains how to apply for a Fellowship and leads you to the application form. The amount and components of the Fellowship are detailed in the Financial Regulations sheet. You can find these documents below in pdf format.

The closing date is 20 September 2021, 23:59 CEST.

For further questions, please contact the coordinator of the BA, Robert Debusmann:

ASAA 2022 - 4th Biennial Conference: "Africa and the Human: Old questions, new imaginaries"Hide

What does it mean to be human today in Africa, African in the world today, and what can Africa contribute to thinking the human? The idea of the human is increasingly threatened by destabilising transformations as the world gradually moves to what is defined by some as the abyss of modernity and the aftershocks of the postmodern. Will prevalent ideas of being human and/or being African survive? Should the idea of the human and African be saved, and as we move into the Anthropocene/posthuman, what or who will or should count as human and/or African in the end? As the old certainties of the enlightenment are questioned and rejected and the promises of neoliberal democracy shattered – labelled as both fraudulent and farcical – what alternatives remain to imagine the human from Africa?

The conference will aim to contribute to resurgent scholarly interest in questions of what we humans share – even while recognising our profound differences – as the basis for grappling with the contours of our collective futures. The resurgence of anticapitalist, decolonial, antipatriachal, anti-racist, pro-science, ecological justice movements and other struggles for social justice have questioned the problematic triad of human justice, human destructiveness and human dignity. What new ideas can Africa bring to these questions and struggles, and what new spaces can be created for knowledge production?

We envision the conference as a carnival of ideas, a laboratory of concepts and a space for ideological experimentation about Africa and the human. Selected outputs will be published in the HUMA-ASAA “Encounters” series. Co-hosted by HUMA, Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town, we aim to create an interdisciplinary space of conversations between the disciplines – social sciences and humanities (SSH) and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) – focusing on the production of new knowledges about Africa and the human. Scholars, activists, artists and policymakers across different generations, disciplines and sub-fields in SSH and STEM are invited to propose panels on the conference theme.

ASAA2022 conference programme

(subject to change)

  • 11 May 2021: Start of pre-conference debates
  • 03–08 Apr 2022: Pre-conference tours
  • 09–10 Apr 2022: Pre-conference arrivals
  • 11–12 Apr 2022: ASAA2022 pre-conference workshops and meetings
  • 13 Apr 2022: ASAA2022 conference opening and plenaries
  • 14 Apr 2022: ASAA2022 conference debates
  • 15–16 Apr 2022: ASAA2022 parallel conference sessions
  • 17–22 Apr 2022: Post-conference tours

  • Find the flyer of the conference here.
  • Find the main website of the conference here.

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