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Institutions at the University of Bayreuth

Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

The Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies is an inter- and transdisciplinary research college at the University of Bayreuth. It started its research on the topic of “Future Africa – Visions in Time” on the 1st of October, 2012. The project has been expanded and extended till the end of 2018 under the theme “Future Africa and Beyond – Visions in Time”....more

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) is part of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence funded by the German Research Foundation in the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments. In the focus of this unique structure of creative and innovative training are approximately 80 doctoral candidates, the Junior Fellows, from more than 25 African, American, Asian and European countries.

The Junior Fellows benefit from a clearly structured, academic and career-oriented training as well as a genuine expertise in the African studies which has increased continuously since the foundation of the University of Bayreuth.

The international network with Partner Universities on the African continent creates even more so excellent conditions for the research of the Junior Fellows.


Institute of African Studies (IAS)

The IAS promotes and coordinates African studies in 12 subject groups distributed over the six faculties of the University of Bayreuth. This broad range of disciplines within African studies is unique in the German-speaking countries. The IAS is also responsible for coordinating research and teaching, training junior researchers, and promoting the exchange of information between persons and institutions engaged in research and teaching in or on Africa. ...more


The Iwalewahaus as part of the University of Bayreuth presents changing exhibitions of contemporary non-European art, especially contemporary art from Africa and the African Diaspora. The house is tasked with researching, documenting and teaching Africa's contemporary culture. The focus is on visual arts as well as African everyday culture, media and music. The Iwalewahaus offers space for lectures on African contemporary culture, meetings, concerts, film screenings and readings. ...more

Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies

The Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) offers structured and highly specialised LLM and PhD programmes to aspiring lawyers from all Partner States of the East African Community and beyond to qualify them for leading positions in the region. The thematic focus of the TGCL is on regional integration law with a special emphasis on the law of the East African Community. ...more

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