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

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Studentische Hilfskraft (m/w/d)Hide

Die Geschäftsstelle des Exzellenzclusters „Africa Multiple“ der Universität Bayreuth sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine

Studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d)

Das Tätigkeitsfeld umfasst:

  • Unterstützung der administrativen Koordination der Geschäftsstelle des Exzellenzclusters (z.B. Vor- und Nachbereitung von Teammeetings, Bürologistik, Protokollwesen)
  • Unterstützung bei Datenerhebung, Datenverarbeitung und Dokumentationswesen zur Sicherstellung einheitlicher Prozesse (z.B. E-Mail-Abfragen, Datensätze-Pflege)
  • Korrektur- und Recherchetätigkeiten
  • Unterstützung bei der Vorbereitung, Durchführung und Nachbereitung von Workshops, Meetings und Konferenzen - sowohl digital als auch in Präsenz oder in Hybridform
  • Sicherstellung der notwendigen Infrastruktur bei digitalen Veranstaltungen


  • 20 bis 40 Stunden / Monat (bitte bei der Bewerbung angeben)
  • Nach Absprache flexible Arbeitszeiten; Home-Office und/oder vor Ort möglich
  • Vergütung gemäß den geltenden Regelungen für studentische Hilfskräfte

Wir erwarten:

  • Sehr gute EDV-Kenntnisse (z.B. MS-Office, MS Teams, Zoom, Verwaltung von Datenbanken, Dokumentationswesen)
  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse der deutschen und englischen Sprache in Wort und Schrift
  • Erfahrungen im Bereich Büro- und Projektmanagement
  • Sehr gute kommunikative Kompetenz und schnelle Auffassungsgabe
  • Selbstständigkeit, Eigeninitiative, sicheres Auftreten und Teamfähigkeit

Wünschenswert wären:

  • Weitere Fremdsprachenkenntnisse (z.B. Französisch)
  • Grundkenntnisse mit Content Management Systemen
  • Führerschein der Klasse B und Bereitschaft, UBT-Kleintransporter mit bis zu neun Sitzplätzen zu fahren
  • 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-Geschäftsstelle Africa Multiple“ an: natalie.roethlingshoefer@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.

Die Unterlagen werden nach Besetzung der Stelle gemäß den Anforderungen des Datenschutzes gelöscht.
Weitere Informationen zum Exzellenzcluster Africa Multiple finden Sie unter: www.africamultiple.uni-bayreuth.de

Um diese Ausschreibung als PDF-Datei zu finden, klicken Sie bitte hier.

Advanced Doctoral School of Ethnic and African Studies: "PANDEMICS AND UTOPIAS"Hide

The pandemic situation caused by the emergence of a new coronavirus in the first months of 2020 unfolded in a global context already characterized by a significant range of ongoing transformations, both in terms of the redesigning of forms of electoral political legitimacy within States, combined with the redefinition of hegemonies, alliances and rivalries in international relations, and in terms of the formation of broad and diffuse coalitions around global political agendas, concentrated especially on the relationship between human society and the environment, and on fighting diverse structural manifestations of racism around the world. Given this complex panorama, it is important to ask to what extent the current pandemic crisis represents an opportunity for paradigm growth and change, or whether, conversely, it constitutes the prelude to an entrenchment of discriminatory practices and a steady weakening of the most vulnerable at the global and local level.

In this event, we want to expand the reflections already started in the year 2020 when we held a cycle of eight meetings, dealing with themes around the pandemic such as culture of violence, xenophobia, racism, datacracia, fascisms and hygienism. This year, the Fábrica de Ideias journey will deal with the pandemic in contexts of durable inequalities, looking through the lens of critical epidemiologies and information dissemination strategies in a scenario where fake news spreads at the speed of contagion by the coronavirus.

Due to its high international studies course, the activities will have an English-Portuguese translation.

Main goal

Reflect on the impacts of the pandemic from the point of view of social reconfigurations imposed by social isolation, as well as the effective participation of the State in the conduct of this global crisis and in the manufacture of new political agendas in transcontinental contexts.

The four main topics the event seeks to explore are durable inequalities and pandemics, critical epidemiology, research methods strategies to circulate information, and masculinity, pandemics and authoritarianism.

Specific Objectives

  • Investigate the grammar of the pandemic (lockdown, new normal, immunological paradigm, etc.) in the light of contemporary theories and classical sociological thinking to revisit old concepts and their applications in pandemic contexts.
  • Reflect on emerging possibilities arising from the global collapse of political agendas and polarized narratives that sustained the 20th century;
  • Facing the economic crises ahead and their impact on social reinvention processes;
  • Understand the emergence of new agendas and new global players and the challenges posed to the construction of a post-pandemic world.

Organizational Information

The XXI edition of the advanced and intensive course “Factory of Ideas - Doctoral School” will be held entirely on a virtual platform for five weeks from May 4 to June 10, 2021. For the first time, the course will rely entirely on distance learning through a set of 12 lives.

The virtual platform used will be Streamyard and the whole program will also be published on the Youtube Channel of the event.

For more information please follow this link to the website.

Bayreuth Summer School: "Multifaceted Relations: Africa – Asia"Hide

Please note, the following course details are subject to change.

Multifaceted Relations: Africa - Asia

Week 1 - Asia and Africa: The Way Two Continents Interact

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. The burgeoning of cosmopolitans and cultural creolisation were earmarks of this mobility as Swahili civilisation has proven this. Numerous archaeological remains, such as Indo-Pacific beads, Arabian jewellery, Chinese stoneware and porcelain, bear witness to the connections, contributions, and complexity of Asian and African interactions.

A short disruption followed, while large parts of both continents were colonised by European empires between the late 19th century and the mid-20th century, but resumed interaction as the two continents emerged from colonial rule. Under the influence of globalisation, the mobility between Asia and Africa has become an unprecedented phenomenon.

The main purpose of the course is to explore the cultural interaction between Asia and Africa during their historical progress. For this, topics include:

  • Overviewing the history and culture of Asia and Africa: similarities and differences
  • Cultural interaction between Asia and Africa in the course of history: the Indian ocean and the ancient world system
  • Cultural interaction between Asia and Africa: African communities in Asia and Asian communities in Africa: Asian and African diaspora
  • Asian engagement with Africa in a contemporary world: a case of South Korea
  • The role of civil societies in the course of cultural interaction between two continents



Prof. Dr. Yongkyu Chang
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea


Dr. Franz Kogelmann
University of Bayreuth, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler
University of Bayreuth, Germany

Week 2 - Asian Presence in Africa: Examples from East and Southern Africa

Using Asian diaspora literature in East and Southern Africa this course will provide an overview of Asian presence in Africa. It will demonstrate how these examples of literature have framed conversations between peoples, cultures, ideas and regions.

The course will address the ambivalent and diasporic histories of Asians in imperial and postcolonial East and South Africa and analyse how Asian cultures consciously construct ambivalent diasporic subjectivities as the basis of new forms of African Asian identities. We will demonstrate how such ambivalence reveals itself in the way Asian diaspora writing disavow dominant, nationalistic, even binaristic accounts of colonial relationships and create, instead, a narrative that skirts the borderlines of both colonial and nationalist discourses. In a sense this constitutes a strategy of contesting both colonial history and the hi/stories of the postcolonial nation-state especially in East Africa. The consequence of this strategy though, is that while histories of the Indian people in Africa are uncovered as “scraps” of imperial history their narration tends, on the other hand, to silence those aspects of Asian experiences that align them to African anti-colonial resistance.The course will show how Asian writings resolves this contradiction by recasting Indian histories in Africa in diasporic terms even as it indicates their uncertain affiliations to and identifications with nationalist narratives of resistance which are themselves already in competition.


Prof. Dr. Peter Simatei
Moi University, Kenya


Dr. Franz Kogelmann
University of Bayreuth, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler
University of Bayreuth, Germany

  • For more information regarding application and registration, please click here.
Two Doctoral Researchers (m/f/d)Hide

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth, funded by the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments, invites applications for part-time positions (75%) for

Two Doctoral Researchers (m/f/d) in the Junior Research Group ‘Politics of the unknown. Conspiracism and conflict’

to start on July 1, 2021. The contract period will be four years. If the personal and collectively agreed conditions are met, the salary will fall into the pay grade E 13 TV-L. The doctoral researchers will pursue their degrees within the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), the graduate school of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence. A presence in Bayreuth as the main place of work is required.

The two positions are part of the transdisciplinary research project ‘Politics of the unknown. Conspiracism and conflict’ led by Dr. Joschka Philipps. The project focuses on the critical role of conspiracy allegations, whether considered true or false, in contemporary politics in West Africa (Guinea) and North Africa (Tunisia). Given the widespread media buzz surrounding conspiracy theories, fake news, and the often-dismissive criticism against them, this project aims at understanding conspiracism without pathologizing it, considering conspiracy allegations a social phenomenon that illuminates the political conflicts in which it is embedded. Bringing together researchers and artists from Africa and Europe, it combines multiple methodological and disciplinary approaches, including ethnographic, quantitative, and historical research, as well as artistic photography, critical geography, and theater.

The PhD candidates will ideally focus on specific disruptive events or political concerns that have attracted public suspicion (e.g., a pandemic, revolution, an international humanitarian or military intervention, the death or murder of a given politician, etc.), potentially also in virtual spaces such as social media. Their research should include an ethnography of what we call the “politics of the unknown”: how people react to situations that are often too complex to be known in detail and too urgent to be ignored, how rumors, suspicions, (fake) news, and conspiracy allegations circulate, how they are embraced and rejected, and what they “do” in politics, i.e., how they affect and potentially restructure the political field. A mixed methods approach is encouraged, as is an intersectional perspective on how conspiracism relates to gender, class, race, and inter-communal dynamics.

Candidates must have a Master’s degree in sociology, political science, anthropology, or a related discipline. They are expected to have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research, epistemological and methodological reflection, and in empirical fieldwork. They should be self-motivated, skilled in interpersonal communication, and be able to design and conduct their own research project. While their main task will be the completion of their doctoral thesis, the candidates will also contribute to the project by providing academic services such as co-organizing workshops and independently supervising research assistants. As the working language of the cluster is English, proficiency in English (spoken and written) or the capacity and willingness to learn English is required. PhD theses can also be written in French.

The University of Bayreuth values the diversity of its employees as an enrichment and is expressly committed to the goal of equal opportunities for the sexes. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are very welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the Best Practice Club "Familie in der Hochschule e.V.", and has successfully participated in the HRK audit "Internationalization of the University". Persons with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration if equally qualified.

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a CV, a copy of their Master’s degree (or an official letter certifying the completion of the Master's studies within the specified time frame), the contact data of two academic references, and a 3–5-page research proposal. One writing sample (e.g., a published academic article, an unpublished seminar paper, your MA thesis, or a blog post) may be submitted but is not required (in case of co-authored writing samples, specify your contribution).

Please apply online:

Applicant portal Uni Bayreuth with the required documents indicating the password “JRG Politics”.

The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled in accordance with data protection requirements.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2021. Interviews will be held via Zoom in the first two weeks of May 2021.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Joschka Philipps to obtain further information via e-Mail: joschka.philipps@uni-bayreuth.de

  • To find this call in both English and French in PDF format, please click here.
Three PhD students (m/f/d/)Hide

The Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory in Frankfurt/Main is a world leader in fundamental research on law. Its three research departments with more than 60 scholars, the unrivalled collections of its specialized library, and its numerous national and international co-operations make it the central research hub for a global scientific community investigating the past, present and future of legal regimes.

We are looking to recruit from July 2021 onwards three PhD students (m/f/d/) for the newly established research group “Legal Connectivities and Colonial Cultures in Africa” directed by Dr. Inge Van Hulle, with respect to the following themes:

  • (1) Legal connectivities and concession regimes
  • (2) Legal connectivities and colonial labour regimes
  • (3) Legal connectivities with respect to gender and reproductive rights

The legal history of colonialism has for a long time been embedded in the paradigm of the nation state, where the focus lies on investigating the history of individual colonies within a single colonial or national legal tradition. State-centrism in colonial legal history means that the colonies and metropole are often separated from developments that took place on a regional or international level. However, insights from global history, histoire croisée and entangled history, have illustrated the impact on historical developments of the movement and the spatial interconnectedness of people, goods and ideas. This project starts from the premise that the same may be said for the movement of legal concepts and ideas in and about Africa during the colonial period of the late nineteenth- and twentieth centuries. The
project maps the connectivities of legal developments in colonial Africa across the local, regional and international level by identifying normative exchanges, for example, between international treaty- and diplomatic negotiations, lobby groups, colonial governments and local actors. Here, the actions of and networks between historical actors who often held plural and conflicting allegiances take centre-stage.

Job description
Your key responsibility is to develop and complete a doctoral dissertation within the confines of the research group in one of the three themes described above. Doctoral students are expected to publish and disseminate their research findings in close co-operation with the other members of the research group.

Your Profile
A university degree in law, humanities or social sciences that has been completed with above-average success is required. You have an excellent command of English, both spoken and written and are proficient in either French or German. Knowledge of African languages is not a requirement but will be considered as an asset.

Your curriculum vitae shows the potential to conduct research at an internationally high level. You work meticulously and are able to handle deadlines. You work independently and have a strong interest in interdisciplinary, archival and comparative work. You have the ability to play an active collaborative role in the research group.

Our offer
The PhD positions (39 hours per week) are paid the equivalent of 65% of the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVöD Bund), level E13, and are primarily intended to enable the preparation of a doctoral thesis.

The positions are fixed-term appointments for three years; in exceptional cases, a position can be extended for one additional year.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all

Application process
The application should be in English or German and should contain the following documents:

  • Cover letter naming your research project and explaining to what extent your profile meets the selection criteria
  • Names and addresses (by post and electronically) of three scientists who have agreed to issue you with a letter of reference
  • Detailed CV containing a list of any publications you might have
  • Copies of your school leaver’s certificate and degree certificate
  • Preliminary research project (up to five pages) fitting within one of the three themes
  • Written sample of approx. 20 printed pages (e.g. master thesis sample, journal articles, book chapters, etc.)

Your application must be submitted online via the following link by the closing date of May 1, 2021:

Please forward your application documents to your indicated reviewers. If you are shortlisted, we will request a review.
If your application is convincing, we will invite you to a selection interview.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. I. Van Hulle (vanhulle@rg.mpg.de). For questions as to the
terms and conditions of employment please contact Ms. Anna Heym (jobs@rg.mpg.de).

To access this opportunity in PDF format, please click here.

Two Doctoral Researches (m/f/d) in the Junior Research Group "Sexualities, Political Orders, and Revolutions in Africa"Hide

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth, funded by the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments, invites applications for part-time positions (75%) for

Two Doctoral Researchers (m/f/d) in the Junior Research Group "Sexualities,
Political Orders, and Revolutions in Africa"

to commence on July 1, 2021. The contract period will be four years. If the personal and collectively agreed conditions are met, the salary will fall into the pay grade E 13 TV-L. The doctoral researchers will pursue their degrees within the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), the graduate school of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence.

The two positions are part of the newly established Junior Research Group “Sexualities, Political Orders, and Revolutions in Africa”, which pursues an ambitious research agenda bringing together various disciplines and field sites in Ethiopia, Sudan, and Tunisia, which have recently experienced profound political transformation. The project explores the possibilities, imaginations, and meanings these revolutionary moments have generated for queer communities in the three countries. The project relies on intersectionality as a theoretical and methodological guideline stressing that social justice is only possible through a coordinated struggle against multiple and intersecting systems of oppression. Prerequisites for application are Master’s degree (with distinction) in anthropology, sociology, literature, history, religious/Islamic studies, or a closely related field, and the ability to co-design and conduct empirical fieldwork in Sudan and Tunisia. Also required is fluency in English (the Cluster’s working language) and a good command of Arabic; German language skills are welcome but not a precondition.

Apart from working on their individual dissertations, the successful candidates are expected to

  • have the capacity for teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation in the context of the Junior Research Groups;
  • be willing to participate in the organisation of workshops and academic events;
  • work closely with the Gender and Diversity Office in the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence on matters of Intersectionality and Critical Diversity Literacy;
  • actively participate in work-groups, colloquia and other venues and events where academic exchanges and debates take place.

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence and the University of Bayreuth view the diversity of its staff as an asset and are expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Persons who can help make the research profile of the cluster and the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.

Applications should include a cover letter laying out the candidate’s motivation for applying, a CV, copies of degree certificates or diplomas, the contact data of two academic references, and a research statement of maximum 2500 words outlining ideas for a PhD topic that fits the thematic requirements above. Please apply online:

Applicant portal Uni Bayreuth with required documents indicating the password “GRGIntersectionality”.

The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled in accordance with data protection requirements.

Application Deadline: 22 March 2021.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. Serawit Debele, E-Mail: Serawit.Debele@uni-bayreuth.de

Call for Participation: PANAFEST / EMANICIPATION DAY 2021Hide

Call for Participation:

Organized by the PANAFEST Foundation in collaboration with the Ghana tourism authority and the leaders and people of the central region of Ghana
Under the auspices of the government of the republic of Ghana

Date: July 23rd to August 2nd 2021

Venues: PANAFEST 2021 is a hybrid global African festival
Main festival venue: Cape Coast, Ghana & in virtual space

Theme: Securing the African family: Our soul, our health, our wealth


The Pan African Arts Festival originally known as the Pan African Historical Theatre Festival is a landmark biennial event which is celebrated in the spirit of "Re-uniting the African Family: Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance." celebrated since 1992, the festival addresses the most traumatic interuption that ever occured in the natural evolution of African societies which profoundedly eroded the self-confidence and freedom for self-determination of the whole people. The festival conciously makes the most prominent European edifices through which the slave trade was conducted as sites and black drops for manifestations, ceremonies and performances aimed at purging the pain of diaspora, acknowledging the residual effects of the trade on the continent and re-uniting the two sides of the African family to forge a positive future in the contemporary global environment. Alongside the healing processes, PANAFEST celebrates the strengths and resilience of African culture and achievements of Africans. It is designed to help African reconnect with their strengths.

The 2021 Edition of Panafest

Last year the African family came together in large numbers to participate in ceremonies, rites performances and conferences, which PANAFEST has become known for. Certainly, the context of the commemoration of the infamous milestone of the 400 year anniversary of the documented arrival of Africans in the English colony of Virginia, and the declaration of 2019 as the ‘Year of Return’ provided a poignant focus for the festival.

  • To find the complete call for participation, please click here.
  • For the official website of the festival, please click here.

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