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

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Call for Applications: BIGSAS-Scholarships for Female African Scholars based on the ContinentHide

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, BIGSAS, invites outstanding female African scholars based on the continent to join an international community of early career researchers working in the field of African Studies. BIGSAS provides a centre for creative and innovative doctoral training based on the inter- and multi-disciplinary research environment of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth.

In 2021, BIGSAS is awarding two scholarships within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For these, BIGSAS will nominate candidates who have successfully passed the application procedure. The final selection will be made by the DAAD. The scholarship periods begin in October 2021 at the earliest (including a German language course starting in summer 2021, if applicable). The scholarships are awarded for a total scholarship period of up to four years.

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Call for Proposals:Postdoctoral Working Groups 2021/22Hide

Call for Proposals:
Postdoctoral Working Groups

Expanding on the successful format established in previous years, the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (BA) offers opportunities for postdoctoral academics based at the University of Bayreuth to convene international and interdisciplinary Working Groups. The Working Groups convene for one or two semesters and are designed to create space for the joint discussion of research results emerging from ongoing or starting projects. The Working Group program is particularly committed to promoting and connecting younger postdoctoral scholars. The next groups are planned for the summer semester 2021 and the winter semester 2021/22.

As part of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, the Bayreuth Academy solicits proposals referring to the Cluster’s theoretical framework, in particular to its core concepts of Multiplicity, Relationality and Reflexivity in Africa and its diasporas. We especially welcome postdoc Working Groups who refer to the annual theme of Modalities (summer semester 2021) or Medialities (winter semester 2021/22). We welcome comparative perspectives involving Europe or other parts of the world that engage with questions of global entanglements and concomitant theoretical perspectives. Proposals for Working Groups that create synergies with one or more of the Cluster’s Research Sections are particularly encouraged.

Proposals should feature interdisciplinary and self-reflexive encounters and preferably build bridges between African Studies and other research areas at the University of Bayreuth.

The Working Groups will feature the following elements:

  • regular meetings with presentations and discussions, extending over one semester (ca. three months) and to be attended by the conveners, fellows and guests, members of the Bayreuth Academy within the Cluster, as well as interested Cluster members;
  • a fellowship, which allows the members of the Working Groups to invite an international researcher to Bayreuth for a period of up to three months to participate in their activities. It is supplemented by other external and internal (short-term) guests;
  • accompanying events on the Working Group’s theme with a public impact (e.g., a conference, workshop, or outreach activities).

We invite applications for themes, formats and facilitators for Working Groups from groups (consortia) of postdocs based at the University of Bayreuth in the summer of 2021 and the winter of 2021/22. Proposals should include plans for preparatory work before and a wrap-up phase after the semester featuring the main activities. Financial resources of up to 15,000 Euros are available for the invitation of visiting guests, the organization of workshops and public events connected to the Working Groups. In addition, the Working Group has the possibility to invite a fellow to the Bayreuth Academy for a stay of up to three months.

The minimum number of conveners is three postdocs, who should come from different disciplines in African Studies and may include non-Africanists. At least two conveners need to be based at the University of Bayreuth. The activities of the Working Groups should result in some form of publication (edited volume, special issue of a journal, or a contribution to the University of Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers).

If you intend to apply, please read carefully the call text. Use the application template. Both documents are available on the call site.

For further information or questions, please contact the Research Coordinator of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence Robert Debusmann    

Please send your application by email to the head of the Bayreuth Academy and Vice Dean of Research of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, Professor Dr. Erdmute Alber      

The deadline for applications is January 7, 2021.

  • To fnd the complete call for proposals, please click here.
  • To access the application template, please click here.
Call for Applications: 2021-2022 International Fellowships Hide

Call for Applications:          
2021-2022 International Fellowships

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).

Funded through the Excellence Strategy of Germany's federal and state governments since 1st January 2019, the aim of the Cluster is to reconfigure African Studies at the conceptual and the structural levels. The Cluster is conceived as a transformative space for the systematic study of African and African diasporic ways of life, enabling new forms of inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation. The BA was founded in 2012 as a space for engaged scholarship and debate in the study of Africa and is now part of the Africa Multiple Cluster.

In the academic year 2021-2022, 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 academic year 2021-22, Medialities. 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.

Should you be interested in applying, please begin by reading the information about the Cluster’s theoretical and thematic agendas available at www.africamultiple.uni-bayreuth.de. All proposals must demonstrate the candidate’s commitment to the Cluster’s aims and objectives and detail the proposed contribution to one of the Cluster’s Research Sections. The application process is facilitated through an online form that also allows you to upload the required documents. The fellowship program is an important part of the Cluster´s publication strategy, therefore a special emphasis in the application should be put on outcoming publications.

The application process is facilitated through an online form that also allows you to upload the required documents:

The closing date is 10 December 2020, 23:59 CET.

For further information and questions, please contact the coordinator of the BA, Robert Debusmann: robert.debusmann@uni-bayreuth.de.

For further details please refer to the Call text as well as the Instructions and Financial Provisions.

Call for papers: "5th Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies Conference, Moi University, 6 – 8 September 2021"Hide

The 5th Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies Conference invites papers reflecting on the practices of joy that concretize, symbolize and help to explain that resilience in East African contexts of adversity. We are interested in the circulation of individual and collective joy amidst public peril. We read these pursuits of joy as radical acts of refusal. Refusal of surrender, defeat, unhumaning. While seemingly quotidian, often ephemeral, and sometimes conservative, these acts of refusal are generative for understanding East African modes of insisting the self into being, against all odds. In contexts where, as Audre Lorde would say, we were never meant to survive, East Africans have not only survived, but flourished; squeezing joy out of unlikely sites, sometimes laughing in the face of death, literally.

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Call for Papers: „La problématique de la maladie dans la littérature africaine écrite”Hide

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