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The Cluster publishes “Africa Multiple connects” – a series of working papers


The Working Paper Series of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple connects” was developed to give a forum to the research conducted within the Cluster. The series’ first edition titled “Figuring out how to reconfigure African Studies” was written by no other than the dean of the Cluster of Excellence himself: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann.

As the Working Paper Series of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, Africa Multiple connects offers a forum for research conducted and presented by researchers affiliated to the Cluster. The series also accommodates papers such as invited lectures, workshop contributions, or conference papers submitted by the Cluster’s guests and visiting scholars.

The Cluster’s series Africa Multiple connects complements the existing Working Paper sub-series published under the umbrella of the University of Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers: academy reflects, the sub-series featuring research by fellows and postdoc working groups of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, which is now part of the Africa Multiple Cluster; and BIGSASworks!, the platform for publishing research-related articles and edited volumes by Junior Fellows of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS).

In October 2019, the series issued its first edition titled “Figuring out how to reconfigure African Studies”. This particular Working Paper is the revised transcript of the New Year Lecture by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann, dean of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth, which won the coveted funding of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Government. The agenda of reconfiguring African Studies features not only in the lecture title, but is also prominent in the cluster's agenda. However, drafting a successful proposal is one thing; implementing the agenda is another. The paper explores the various layers, levels, and intricacies implied in the reconfiguration of African Studies, and also highlights the conceptual shift required to steer the study of Africa in new directions.

Seesemann, Rüdiger:
Figuring out how to Reconfigure African Studies.
Institute of African Studies
Bayreuth, Germany : Institute of African Studies , 2020 . - V, 15 S. - (University of Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers ; 24 ) (Africa Multiple Connects; 1) https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00005120

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