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

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Student Assistant (f/m/d)Hide

The Gender and Diversity Office of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth is interested in hiring a

Student Assistant (f/m/d)

The range of tasks:

  • Management and processing all digital recordings of the Gender and Diversity Office (GDO) events in the next year – so that these can be processed into the Panopto format, vetted with input from the GDO [and that of the other participants] and finally fed into the Digital Research Environment (DRE). There will also be transcription work involved, which is necessary for publication purposes.
  • Work on the Intersectionality Critical Diversity Literacy [ICDL] Bibliographical Database that would need such assistance both before it is launched and when it has been launched with regard to technical maintenance and liaising with the DRE team for updates and any other mode of software synchronisation.
  • Setting up and Coordination of ZOOM meetings with the African Cluster Centers Gender and Diversity Officers for collaborative meetings.

General conditions:

  • 20 hours a month [i.e. 5 hours a week]
  • Flexible working hours by arrangement
  • Compensation in accordance with the applicable regulations for student assistants

The applicant is expected to have the following:

  • Very good EDP [electronic data processing] knowledge (e.g. Microsoft Office, Databases and Documentation Systems administration)
  • Very good written and verbal skills in English and German
  • Experience in the areas of office and project management
  • Very good communicative competence and quick thinking
  • Independence, individual initiative, self-confidence and the ability to work in a team
  • Basic knowledge of Intersectionality and Critical Diversity Literacy Approaches

Additionally desirable:

  • Other foreign languages (e.g. French)
  • Basics of Content Management Systemen (CMS Fiona)

Please address your applications in English to the Director of the Gender and Diversity Office, Africa Multiple Excellence Cluster, Dr. Christine Vogt-William. Please send your applications only via Email in a single PDF document (max. 30 MB) by 20 February 2021 to africamultiple-gdo@uni-bayreuth.de. Please address your enquiries to Dr. Christine Vogt-William [Christine.Vogt-William@uni-bayreuth.de].

All submitted applications will be considered independent of the following aspects: ethnic identity, citizenship, religion, gender, (dis)ability. Applications from group members in terms of diversity are expressly encouraged.

Further information about the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence can be found at:


The announcement is also available in PDF format in both German and English 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

Studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d)Hide

Das Exzellenzcluster „Africa Multiple“ der Universität Bayreuth sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt zur Verstärkung des Teams des Ressorts „Internationalisation and Public Engagement“ eine

Studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d)

Das Tätigkeitsfeld umfasst:

  • Unterstützung bei multimedialen Projekten
  • Unterstützung bei den Social-Media-Aktivitäten des Clusters


  • 40 Stunden/Monat
  • Vergütung gemäß den geltenden Regelungen für studentische Hilfskräfte
  • Nach Absprache flexible Arbeitszeiten
  • Arbeiten im Home-Office nach Absprache möglich

Wir erwarten:

  • Erfahrung bei der Erstellung & Bearbeitung von Videos
  • Erste Kenntnisse im Storytelling
  • Erfahrungen im Umgang mit verschiedenen Social-Media-Kanälen
  • Hohe Online-Affinität
  • Kenntnisse im Umgang mit Adobe Suite und MS-Office
  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse der deutschen und englischen Sprache in Wort und Schrift
  • Interesse am Entwickeln kreativer Ideen und Projekte
  • Selbstständige, sorgfältige und strukturierte Arbeitsweise

Wünschenswert wären:

  • Studium der Medienwissenschaften, Online-Medien-Management, Werbung und Marktkommunikation, Medienwissenschaften oder vergleichbare Studiengänge
  • 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-IPE Africa Multiple“ an Renate Crowe (africamultiple-international@uni-bayreuth.de). Rückfragen bitte an Renate Crowe. Bewerbungsschluss ist der 15.02.2021.

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. 

Um diese Stellenausschreibung im PDF-Format herunterzuladen, klicken Sie bitte hier.

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.
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.

For more information, please click here.

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.

For more information, please click here.

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

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