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Student Assistants (f/m/d)Hide

The Digital Solutions Department of the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" at the University of Bayreuth is looking for two

 

Student Assistants (f/m/d)

Field of Activity:

  • Support in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of workshops, meetings and conferences - both digitally and on site or hybrid
  • Preparing and maintaining necessary infrastructure for digital events
  • Assistance in data preparation and processing
  • Assistance in the creation of digital collections
  • Conducting literature and internet research
  • Support with podcasts

General Conditions:

  • 20 hours per month (negotiable)
  • Flexible working hours by arrangement; home office and/or on site
  • Compensation according to the current regulations for student assistants

Requirements:

  • Good computer skills/experience (e.g., with MS Office, Zoom, MS Teams, database management, documentation management, etc.).
  • Database experience would be an advantage 
  • Very good English language skills; German language skills would be ideal
  • Basic skills in office and project management desirable
  • Communication skills, reliability, independent working style and initiative 


If you are interested, please send your application to: sabine.lieske@uni-bayreuth.de

Incoming applications will be read regardless of aspects such as origin, nationality, religion, gender, identity or disability. Gender and diversity applications from group members are strongly encouraged.

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

For more information on the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple", please visit: www.africamultiple.uni-bayreuth.de

Postdoctoral Researcher in (m/f/d) in African StudiesHide

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in African Studies
The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence

Application deadline: 15 September 2022

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 a position (100 %) for a

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in African Studies

to commence on October 1, 2022 or as soon as possible after this date. The contract period will end on December 31, 2025. If the personal and collectively agreed conditions are met, the salary will fall into the pay grade E 13 TV-L.

The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with the Dean and the board members of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence in the development of new conceptual approaches and thematic fields designed to advance the cluster agenda. The position also offers the opportunity for independent research within the framework of the Africa Multiple Cluster, and in conjunction with its African Cluster Centres in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Prerequisite for applications is a track record in the study of Africa and a doctoral degree in the humanities, the social sciences, or in another academic discipline represented in or complementary to the Cluster (for an overview, see https://www.africamultiple.uni-bayreuth.de/en/Research/1research-sections/index.html).

The successful candidate needs to have the capacity for teamwork in an interdisciplinary research environment. Her*his tasks include the provision of academic services to support the Dean, such as preparing and documenting meetings, corresponding and liaising with cluster members at the five Cluster locations, providing bibliographical resources, drafting conceptual notes, and supporting the cluster’s publication strategy. We particularly encourage candidacies of researchers with administrative experience and proven expertise in theory and method in African Studies. Familiarity with intersectional approaches and decolonial thought is desired. Fluency in English (spoken and written), the cluster’s working language, is required. German language skills are welcome but not a precondition. Additional language skills, especially in French and African languages, will be an asset.

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. Women and 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, a full CV, copies of degree certificates or diplomas, the contact data of two academic references, and a short outline of ideas about the current state and future directions of the field of African Studies. Applications should be submitted via the online application portal, indicating the password “Africa Multiple.” Review of applications will start immediately after the end of the deadline, September 15, 2022.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann, ruediger.seesemann@uni-bayreuth.de

Call for Papers: The “African Operatic Voice”Hide

Call for Papers:
The “African Operatic Voice”[1] – Opera and Music Theatre in Africa and the African Diaspora

Venue: University of Bern
Date: 7.-10.9.2023

Deadline: 1st October 2022

Opera is a global genre that defines itself through continuous reinvention and transformation in new cultural settings. This conference positions itself in the framework of the latest scholarship on opera studies which shifts its sole focus from Europe to transnational and interdisciplinary research on opera and music theatre. As international scholarship emerges to explore the transcultural medium of opera production in Africa and its diaspora, with its socio-political and aesthetic specifics, a pan-African perspective has yet to be explored (Euba 1989; Olorunyomi & Duro-Lapido 2008; André et al. 2012; Nii-Dorthey 2015; Mhlambi 2016; André 2018; Roos 2018; Pistorius 2019; Matzke et al. 2020). This four-day conference aims at highlighting the diversity of opera and music theatre across a variety of African and African diasporic contexts and identifies some of the paradigm shifts that have been, and are currently, taking place. Building on our edition on opera and music theatre in Africa and its diaspora in the Boydell and Brewer series African Theatre Volume 19 (Matzke et al. 2020), in which we started to explore where opera and music theatre is performed and how the genre is understood, this conference intends to investigate these questions in more depth. For this event we outline three pillars of opera studies, namely aesthetics in general, specific social functions of opera and music theatre in societies and institutional structures. These three pillars will be explored through interdisciplinary presentations in a conference in which practitioners, such as composers, singers and directors will be integrated. For this emerging research field such in-depth interdisciplinary and pan-African discussions are essential.

As the notion of “African opera” is most often defined by either traditional African composition techniques, or by a libretto in an indigenous African language, or by a story focusing on an African theme (van der Hoven & Maasdorp 2020), the first pillar of this conference will focus on the aesthetics of opera and music theatre in Africa and its diaspora. In this section the conference will shed light on libretti of opera compositions in Africa and its diaspora for the first time. Often African opera libretti are either completely written in English or use both English plus an indigenous language. Questions that arise pertain to the following: What compositional and semantic challenges lie in writing a libretto in more than one language? How does one deal with details that get lost in translation for the audience? Apart from the libretti, this section will furthermore revisit the frequently asked questions on aesthetics ‘What does opera mean in African and African diasporic contexts?’ and ‘How do scholars and practitioners approach and utilize these terms?’ (van der Hoven et. al. 2020). These discussions aim to develop a broader understanding of different opera compositional techniques in Africa and create a necessary differentiation on if and how they are reflecting national, pan-African and/or global techniques. What are the different ways in which the genre of opera and traditional African musical genres potentially merge with each other and how does this impact on genre transformation and the porousness of genre boundaries? Other questions that arise in this instance are whether the genre contains practices and legacies of the colonial, the postcolonial and the decolonial? To round this part off, this section also needs to address the role of dance in African opera and music theatre compositions.

The second main pillar of the conference will discuss the different roles which opera and music theatre can have in comparison to other arts in society and state through an interdisciplinary approach. We are interested in learning how these functions differ in different African countries and why. One of the major historical roles opera and music theatre fulfilled since the 19th century is nation-building and the constructions of a national identity. In Africa nation-building was addressed not only aesthetically by creating an “African operatic voice” but through four different characteristics, such as performances for commemoration days, portraits of political icons, renegotiations of historical figures or events and, last but not least, the retelling and re-performing of African myths and rituals (André 2012, Omojola 2020, Kasule 2020, van der Hoven 2022). Opera and music theatre in Africa therefore created performative archives of memory too, as theatre studies scholar Yvette Hutchison described it for South African theatre performances (Hutchison 2013). In an interdisciplinary approach the concept of nation-building in opera and music theatre needs to be further critically discussed to determine its usefulness at a time in which the idea of nation constructions is obsolete.

While theatre has a long history of “political theatre” (Lehmann 2002) and Applied Theatre (Warstat et. al. 2017) the political and social function of music theatre and opera has been more complicated. Still, we would like to discuss the different ways, in which music theatre and opera engage(d) with issues of social change in Africa from Applied Theatre to social critique, as we witness a trend of new social critique and realism with topics such as political protest, current social issues such as migration, xenophobia or gender violence in South Africa. The conference wants to explore the reasons for topical (re-)configurations, which might incline a new function of opera and music theatre in society. We also put up to critically debate if and how new opera and music theatre productions reflect notions of protest (Muyanga 2020) and Black empowerment (André 2018) and concepts of decolonisation. Thereby this pillar shifts the focus to specific opera and music theatre compositions in Africa and its diaspora of the late 20th and early 21th century and their different performance practices.

The third pillar for the event will focus on institutional structures of African opera landscapes, which so far have received hardly any scholarly attention other than some pioneering work in South African mini-dissertations (see Kunju 2013; Olivier 2014; van der Hoven 2022). In the current situation as a matter of course the short and medium impact of the Covid pandemic on African opera production needs to be addressed and reflected on in particular as it might destabilise and change current institutional structures. A focus on institutional structures includes a wide range of topics such as who are the decision-makers in the opera industry, what role does funding, politics and race play, can a Black empowerment be witnessed (André 2018), what choices of performance locations and audience development are made. With an increasing globalization, mobility and digitalization, it needs to be asked ‘Is opera production in Africa shaped for and by a local or a global opera market?’ (van der Hoven & Maasdorp 2020). Highlighting institutional structures of opera production in Africa shall critique current praxis of opera historiography, which focuses on the Global North, and provoke change. Opera historiographies of different African countries need to be situated in historical musicology and not only in departments of ethnomusicology, theatre studies and African studies as well to start reflecting on approaches of postcolonialism or decolonization.

Special invitations will be extended to papers dedicated to the following aspects:


  • What does Opera Mean in African and African Diasporic Contexts?
  • Colonial, Postcolonial and Decolonial Practices of Opera and Music Theatre
  • Challenges of Libretti
  • Genre Transformation
  • Institutional Structures and Black Empowerment
  • Female Creators
  • Performing for a Local or Global Market? Performing Venues and Audiences
  • Short and Medium Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Opera Historiography in Africa
  • Nation Building and the Construction of National Identities
  • Aesthetics of Commemoration
  • Performative Archives of Memory: History, Politics, Myths and Rituals
  • Applied Theatre, Theatre of Social Critique and Protest
  • Dance in Opera and Music Theatre
  • International Collaborations

Please send abstracts (max. 300 words) for a 10-minute in-put presentation or 20-minute lecture or panel discussion within the thematic framework of the conference, as well as a short vita (max. 100 words) in English including contact details by 1st October 2022 by email to Prof. Dr. Lena van der Hoven (lena.vanderhoven@unibe.ch). Contributions from the humanities and social sciences (music, media, theatre and cultural studies, sociology, literature) are equally welcome. Young academics are strongly encouraged to apply. The selected speakers will be notified by 1st November 2022 and the conference programme will be published online www.musik.unibe.ch/aov . The conference will take place preferably in person but will provide a hybrid option if needed.


[1] See Bode Omojola (2020) and Kofi Agawu (2001) for the expression.

Zwei Studentische Hilfskräfte (w/m/d)Hide

Die Geschäftsstelle des Exzellenzclusters „Africa Multiple“ der Universität Bayreuth sucht zum 1. Oktober 2022 zur Verstärkung des Teams des Ressorts „Research“

zwei Studentische Hilfskräfte (w/m/d)

Das Tätigkeitsfeld umfasst:

  • Unterstützung bei der Betreuung von internationalen Fellows der Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (Fahrdienste, Amtsgänge, Anlaufstelle für Fragen)
  • Korrekturlesen und Layouten von englischsprachigen Texten
  • Unterstützung bei der Datenerhebung, Datenverarbeitung und Dokumentation (z. B. E-Mail-Abfragen, Pflege von Informationsbeständen, Recherchen)
  • Erstellen und Bearbeiten / Gestalten von Unterlagen
  • Unterstützung bei der Organisation und Durchführung von Hybrid-Veranstaltungen


Rahmenbedingungen:

  • 10 bis 20 Stunden / Monat (bitte bei der Bewerbung angeben)
  •  Teambezogenes Arbeiten
  •  Nach Absprache flexible Arbeitszeiten
  • Vergütung gemäß den geltenden Regelungen für studentische Hilfskräfte


Wir erwarten:

  • Sehr gute EDV-Kenntnisse (z.B. MS-Office, Dokumentationswesen)
  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse der deutschen und englischen Sprache in Wort und Schrift
  • Technisches Grundverständnis, z.B. beim Umgang mit Video-Peripheriegeräten
  • Erfahrungen im Bereich Büro- und Projektmanagement
  • Erfahrung bei der Bearbeitung von Texten
  • Sehr gute kommunikative und interkulturelle Kompetenz, schnelle Auffassungsgabe
  • Selbstständigkeit, Eigeninitiative, sicheres Auftreten und Teamfähigkeit


Wünschenswert wären:

  • Weitere Fremdsprachenkenntnisse (z.B. Französisch, Portugiesisch, Arabisch …)
  • Führerschein der Klasse B und Bereitschaft, UBT-Kleintransporter mit bis zu neun Sitzplätzen zu fahren
  • Interesse an einer längerfristigen Mitarbeit


Bitte 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-Research Africa Multiple“ an:
liane.wisotzki@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.

Weitere Informationen zum Exzellenzcluster Africa Multiple finden Sie unter:
www.africamultiple.uni-bayreuth.de

Call for Applications: 2023-2024 International FellowshipsHide
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
2023-2024 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 2023-2024, the BA offers up to twelve short- and long-term fellowships, divided into the two categories (a) Individual Fellowships and (b) Fellow-Tandems. 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. Fellows will be in residence for periods ranging from one to six 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 a tandem.

WHO ARE THE BAYREUTH ACADEMY FELLOWS?

The Bayreuth Academy Fellows are part of an international group of junior and senior scholars – professors, postdoctoral researchers, and doctoral students – affiliated with the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence to advance research and scholarly debates in African Studies. They will enjoy membership status in the Cluster for the duration of their fellowship. Apart from pursuing their research and engaging in informal exchanges with other Cluster members, Fellow activities include:

  • participating in Cluster events while in residence; these include regular Thursday afternoon lectures, seminars, and discussion groups;
  • presenting a 45-minute talk based on the Fellow’s research within the BA;
  • attending occasional social events for Fellows;
  • submitting during or after the fellowship at least one publication on the fellowship project, if appropriate in a publication outlet of the Cluster of Excellence (Working Papers, etc.);
  • optional participation in one of the BA’s postdoctoral working groups;
  • offering of discussion sessions for doctoral students and contributing to existing formats such as summer schools.

In addition, Fellows are expected to collaborate with Bayreuth-based scholars. One avenue for collaboration is to create synergies with one of the Cluster’s six Research Sections. The latter serve as umbrellas for the Cluster’s research projects and revolve around specific overarching themes. The six sections are: (a) Moralities, (b) Knowledges, (c) Mobilities, (d) Arts & Aesthetics, (e) Affiliations, and (f) Learning. We encourage collaboration with individual Cluster members as well, and we are also looking forward to proposals that contribute to the Cluster agenda in general without relating to a Research Section. Here, we are especially interested in proposals that promise to advance one of our most prominent objectives, the reconfiguration of African Studies in a broad sense.

Fellows have the opportunity to team up with Fellows and other Cluster members in research groups for joint work on common research interests, or common publications, and are encouraged to publish results of their work in one of the Cluster’s outlets.

ELIGIBILITY AND TYPES OF FELLOWSHIPS

(A) INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIPS

Scholars with a PhD and proven track record in African Studies are eligible to apply. They may come from any discipline in the humanities and the social, technical and ‘hard’ sciences. Africa-based scholars are encouraged to apply. The duration of the fellowship may range from one to six months between 1st October 2023 and 31th July 2024; the exact duration will be determined based on the suggestion and availability of the successful applicants and in agreement with the respective academic hosts. During the fellowship period, residence at the University of Bayreuth is mandatory.

Fellows will be given office space and access to the excellent African Studies library holdings at the University of Bayreuth. In terms of remuneration, fellowships include monthly living and mobility allowances that may vary according to the Fellow’s employment status and accompanying family members, and travel subsidies. For long-term Fellows (whose fellowship term is longer than four months), the fellowship may come in the form of grants to be used for a “teaching buyout” at the Fellow’s home institution. Further information on financial provisions is available on the call page indicated below.

(B) FELLOW TANDEMS

In addition to individual fellowships, the BA will fund joint initiatives where applicants form Fellow Tandems. These consist of two applicants  (both holding a PhD degree) who aim to work on a common theme during their stay in Bayreuth. At least one of the Fellows must be an Africa-based scholar. Members of the African Cluster Centres are especially welcome. Fellow Tandems are expected to contribute to the Cluster's core topics through at least one joint publication at the end of the fellowship period. Applications for Fellow Tandems should elaborate on the steps to be taken towards this end, which may also include workshops or the integration of other cooperation partners. Additional funding will be made available for such activities.

HOW TO APPLY

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 the Cluster agenda and/or 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. As the fellowship program is an important part of the Cluster´s publication strategy, applicants should put a special emphasis on publications resulting from the project pursued during the fellowship.

The application form together with instructions is available here; the closing date is 15 September 2022, 23:59 CEST.

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


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Please note that the application forms will be accessible from the second week of August!

Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in (m/w/d) | Research fellow (m/f/d)Hide
2022-humboldt

Exzellenzcluster „Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS)

Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in (m/w/d) mit vorauss. Vollzeit - E 13 TV-L HU (Drittmittelfinanzierung befristet bis 31.12.2025)

Der Exzellenzcluster „Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) untersucht die gegenwärtigen Auseinandersetzungen um das Modell der liberalen Demokratie und Marktwirtschaft aus historischer, globaler und vergleichender Perspektive. Es verbindet die in Berlin vorhandene Expertise in den Sozialwissenschaften und Regionalstudien und arbeitet mit Forschungseinrichtungen in allen Weltregionen und Praxisinstitutionen aus Politik, Kultur und Gesellschaft zusammen (http://www.scripts-berlin.eu). Die Forschung des Clusters ist in vier Research Units (Rus) organisiert: Borders, Orders, (Re-) Allocation und Temporality. Die RU (Re-) Allocation untersucht Auseinandersetzungen um das liberale Skript im Hinblick auf die Verteilung von Ressourcen.

Aufgabengebiet:

  • Wiss. Dienstleistungen in der Forschung im Exzellenzcluster „Contestations of the Liberal Script“ (SCRIPTS), insb. Bearbeitung eines eigenen interdisziplinären Forschungsprojektes zum Themenbereich der RU (ein regionaler Fokus auf Afrika wäre wünschenswert)
  •  Entwicklung von Theorien und Konzepten zu Contestations of the Liberal Script auf Basis der systematischen Analyse der Projektergebnisse der RU (Re-) Allocation und der Zusammenarbeit mit Postdoktoranden der anderen RUs und des Theory Networks
  • Verbreitung wiss. Ergebnisse durch die Erstellung von Publikationen sowie die Teilnahme an Workshops und Konferenzen
  • inhaltliche Vorbereitung, Planung und Co-Leitung von regelmäßigen Meetings und Workshops der RU (Re-) Allocation
  • Mitarbeit am Fortsetzungsantrag des Clusters


Anforderungen

  • Abgeschlossenes wiss. Hochschulstudium und für den Cluster einschlägige Promotion im Bereich der Sozialwissenschaften, Geschichte oder Area Studies
  • Erwünscht sind, hervorragende Fachkenntnisse zum Forschungsgegenstand des Clusters, sehr gute theoretische und methodische Kenntnisse in den Sozialwissenschaften und/oder Regionalstudien mit Bezug zur RU (Re-) Allocation
  • sehr gute Englisch- und Französischkenntnisse
  • Forschungserfahrungen in Afrika oder einer anderen außereuropäischen Region sowie Erfahrungen in der Koordination wiss. Arbeitsgruppen sind von Vorteil.

Inhaltliche Rückfragen können an Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert (andreas.eckert@hu-berlin.de) gerichtet werden

Bewerbungen (Anschreiben, Lebenslauf und relevanten Zeugnissen) richten Sie bitte innerhalb von 3 Wochen unter Angabe der Kennziffer DR/076/22 an die Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin, Cluster of Excellence „Contestations of the Liberal Script“ (SCRIPTS), Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin oder bevorzugt per E-Mail in einer PDF-Datei an geschichte.afrikas.1@hu-berlin.de.

Zur Sicherung der Gleichstellung sind Bewerbungen qualifizierter Frauen besonders willkommen. Schwerbehinderte Menschen werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt. Bewerbungen von Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund sind ausdrücklich erwünscht. Da wir Ihre Unterlagen nicht zurücksenden, bitten wir Sie, Ihrer Bewerbung nur Kopien beizulegen.


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Department of Asian and African Studies

Research fellow (m/f/d) with full-time employment - E 13 TV-L HU (fixed-term basis, limited until December 31, 2025)

The Cluster of Excellence „Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) analyzes the contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global and comparative perspective. It connects the academic expertise in the social sciences and area studies in Berlin, collaborates with research institutions in all world regions and maintains cooperative ties with major political, cultural and social institutions (http://www.scripts- berlin.eu). The Cluster’s research programme is structured around four Research Units (RUs): Borders, Orders, (Re-)Allocation and Temporality. The RU (Re-)Allocation investigates contestations of the liberal script with regard to the distribution of resources.

Job description:

  • Scientific services in research within the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS), esp. exploring innovative research perspectives in the context of the RU (Re-)Allocation that bridge the gap between prevailing epistemological and empirical approaches in the social sciences and area studies
  • research on an individual research project within the thematic framework of the RU (a regional focus on Africa is desirable)
  • theorizing Contestations of the Liberal Script based on the systematic and comprehensive analysis of the RU (Re-)Allocation’s results and by collaborating with postdoctoral fellows of the other Research Units and of the Theory Network
  • disseminating research results through publications, workshops and conferences
  • preparing, planning and co-directing the RU (Re-)Allocation’s regular meetings and workshops
  • preparing material and reports for the renewal proposal of the Cluster

Requirements:

  • Completed university degree as well as PhD in social sciences, history and/or area studies relating to the RU (Re-)Allocation, very good English and French skills
  • research experience in Africa or in another non-European world region as well as experience with coordinating research groups is an asset

Questions can be directed to Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert (andreas.eckert@asa.hu-berlin.de).

Please send your application (incl. curriculum vitae, list of publications, copy of doctoral diploma, research proposal for own research project in SCRIPTS (max. 3.000 words)), and quoting the reference number DR/076/22 to: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS), Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany or preferably in electronic form in a single pdf file to geschichte.afrikas.1@hu-berlin.de.

The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.

Please visit our website www.hu-berlin.de/stellenangebote, which gives you access to the legally binding German version.

ASG 2022 Conference: Call for papersHide
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Reimagining Migration in(out) of Africa in the Post-Pandemic World.


Taking Stock and Building Resilience


Thursday 29th September – Saturday 1st October 2022
African Studies Group (ASG) &
African Research and Engagement in Australia (AREiA) initiative
The University of Melbourne, Australia.


Conference Themes

The ‘Reimagining Migration in(out) of Africa’ Conference seeks to bring together scholars (students, faculty, and researchers), advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and community members within and outside Australia for a conversation on the increasing politicisation of mobility in and out of the African continent and the experiences of migrant communities and their resilient cultures. It builds on our 2021 Solidarity in Diversity Conference and the 2020 Borders, and Identities and Belonging in a Cosmopolitan Society Conference.

The 2022 ASG conference is dual delivery (online and in-person at the University of Melbourne), and it is organised around three main themes:

1. Migration discourses in academia

Migration discourses permeate academia with varying perspectives. The fluid nature of migration issues warrants that we continue to engage in debates grounded in the experiences of migrants. Considering different factors propel people to migrate or limit their ability to migrate, the experiences of migrants add value to the theories that emerge from academia. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted migration and migrant livelihood. As it may appear that the world is heading toward a post-pandemic world, we need to take stock of the accumulated experiences and resilience of migrants that have been built over these past years. Contributions under this theme will examine the various facets of these debates. The following questions will guide the deliberations: 

  • Why/should people move freely? Are some migrants more worthy than others?
  • To what extent is migration scholarship based on migrant experiences and stories?
  • How do migrants cope and build resilience in host nations?
  • What are the contributions of migrants to their host communities?
  • How has the pandemic shaped the flow of people and resources?

2. Migration and policy framing

The politicisation of migration influences policy framing and implementation of such policies. Under this theme, government officials whose work intersects with policy framing, NGOs and policy think tanks, and political entities that provide and justify their stands on migration policy and legislation will unpack what informs their policy framing and legislation. Contributions will explore the questions:

  • What informs migration policy framing and legislation?
  • To what extent are migrant experiences factored into policy and legislation that concern them?

3. Migration in practice and migrant experiences

While different stakeholders, including governments, NGOs, and scholars, engage in migration issues, ‘real’ people are impacted by such discourses. This conference grounds or highlights the experiences of migrants in host communities who have been affected by different policies and legislations. This theme seeks to unpack the lived experiences of navigating systems in host countries from a migrant perspective. Contributions under this theme will examine the questions: 

  • What are the lived experiences of migrants in building resilience around challenges such as discrimination, stereotyping, employment difficulties, mental health and the COVID 19 pandemic?
  • How do migrants perceive themselves and their contributions to host countries?

Conference Structure

The ‘Reimagining Migration in(out) of Africa in the Post-Pandemic World’ conference will comprise five key elements: 

1. A Masterclass: The keynote speaker will deliver a two-hour masterclass. The class will focus on building specific skill sets, such as communicating research to a broader audience and the art of constructive scholarly debate on migration issues.

2. Academic presentations and student symposium: Academics and Postgraduate students at the University of Melbourne and their peers in other universities working on migration and migration issues will present their research and engage in debates alongside the conference’s themes. As a student-led conference focusing on issues relevant to students of African descent and other marginalised groups and communities, the conference will provide a much-needed platform for networking. These students will build their confidence by presenting their research and debate in a scholarly but accessible fashion.

3. Sharing of experiences by practitioners and community: Practitioners and Community members working on issues related to the conference themes or the lived experiences of migrants will be invited to present their work.

4. Debate: A structured debate will be convened to engage conference participants. A motion capturing the essence of the theme of the conference will guide the debate. In doing so, it is hoped that participants will get the opportunity to sharpen and articulate their arguments and engage in constructive and collegial debate.

5. By the fireside conversation: we are exploring hosting an informal yet structured conversation with a distinguished migration scholars and/or activists about their work.

The five elements of the conference are distinct but interrelated.

Background

Migration is a universal human experience. It is propelled by a human desire for safety, dignity, and a better life. Yet, migration has become deeply politicised globally. Populist debates on the cost of migrants to host societies have driven some governments to adopt exclusionary policies underpinned by racism, xenophobia, and anti-immigration sentiments. The COVID- 19 pandemic showed that optimism about global solidarity among states, groups and individuals worldwide is highly exaggerated. Instead of a more interdependent global system, the past two years reflected nationalistic politics and international competition for scarce resources, thus exacerbating existing inequalities. Indeed, at one of the most vulnerable times of humanity, nation-states introduced border closures and the use of health concerns as the rationale for the exclusion and further marginalisation of those who are most in need. In this scenario, migrants were often cast as carriers of the virus and a threat to public health, leading 4 to racial profiling and racialised attacks on some ethnic minorities, including, for example, Africans in China (HRW, 2020) and Asian/Chinese people in some Western countries (Wang, 2021).

While migration has remained a divisive issue in international/national policy framing and practice, some host nations embrace the economic benefits of globalisation. Indeed, the movement of goods, finance and capital has been almost frictionless. Still, the movement of people is entangled in complexities. Whereas mobility is relatively smooth for some – passport holders of global North countries, the highly skilled, and the global elite – it remains restrictive for others, particularly unskilled and semi-skilled people from the global South. Border crossing has become the focus of many Western governments who continue to use highly racialised anti-immigration sentiments for electoral gains.

Efforts to restrict/ease migration by African countries, transit and recipient governments, and even international organisations often ignore the rights and voices of migrants. Yet, African migrants remain resilient and continue to contribute to their origin and host communities in no small way. So, how do African migrant communities build resilient cultures? According to Akbar and Preston (2019), social resilience takes stock of individuals and groups’ transformative capacities to deal with challenges in the face of institutional racism. At the same time, it recognises how institutional inequalities, power dynamics and social structures shape these capacities (Preston et al., 2021). On the other hand, social-ecological resilience emphasises coping mechanisms in the face of external pressures (Cretney 2014). The socialecological approach to resilience which views a complex issue like migration as an external threat tends to be at the centre of many national policies.

Importantly, national and international migration policies have failed to address the persistent drivers that cause people to make the difficult decision to leave their homes to seek safety and a better life. Efforts have instead focused on short-term strategies to placate anti-immigrant and nationalist constituents. Our interest in social resilience is to understand the experiences of migrant communities and their resilient cultures. This agenda requires stocktaking and soul searching to highlight the progress and limitations around migration scholarship, policymaking, and community relations to identify how we can forge better relationships in the emerging post-pandemic world.

Africans cross borders every day, but most of such movements happen within the continent. In scholarly discourse, however, there is a disproportionate focus on African migrations to the 5 global North. This discourse obscures the dynamic nature of mobility within the African continent and the global South. We invite contributions and conversations that consider migrations within and out of Africa as part of this conference.

Rationale

Whereas the world seems to be emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, old problems such as extremism, climate change, poverty and inequality continue to exert pressure on fragile economies. Meanwhile, old geopolitical rivalries are playing out in areas such as the Ethiopian military campaign in Tigray and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The conditions that fuel the crossing of borders seem to be increasing at a time of waning global cooperation and public resentment against migration. Perhaps, the most vivid example is the recent display of racism towards black and brown people fleeing the Ukrainian crisis (Fernandez 2022). However, populist narratives of migration as a threat are hardly limited to Europe or the United States. In 2019, there were a series of xenophobic attacks on other African nationals in South Africa, leading to deaths and the destruction of several foreign-owned shops and businesses. As indicated earlier, the majority of migration is between global South countries, and xenophobia is often a concern in such contexts. Yet, it may not always be institutional racism in quite the same way as in situations of global South to North migration – in fact, there is insufficient research on this.

Indeed, migrants of all ethnic backgrounds face challenges globally, but those from Africa and other developing countries are often the focus of politicised debates on the impact of migration. Notably, there are two competing perspectives in origin and host communities. The positive holds that migrants contribute to the economies of their origin countries through remittances and knowledge and technological transfer. They also bolster their host communities through socio-cultural enrichment and active engagement in economic activities. They are often engaged in labour locals do not want to do (4-D labour – dirty, demeaning, dangerous, difficult). However, the opposing view is that migrants cause a ‘brain drain’ – depriving their origin countries of needed human resources. And that in the host countries, migrants are primarily ‘free-riders’ – living off state benefits without contributing much to the local economy. And even when they engage in economic activities, their willingness to take lower payments drives down wages, depriving locals of job opportunities.

Both perspectives tend to either gloss over or exaggerate the lived realities of migrants. That is why a more critical engagement with the empirical and conceptual dynamics of migration in 6 the emerging post-pandemic world is required. In particular, there is the need to better understand the racialisation of migration regimes, the contributions of migrants to origin and host countries and how we can imagine Afro-futures through the lens of migration and the lived realities of migrants.

Deliberations on migration in academia, policy framing, and community practice often occur in silos. While these stakeholders sometimes speak to each other, policy framing hardly reflects the experiences of migrants. The engagement of these multiple stakeholders on a single platform, especially in Australia, where these migration discourses are ongoing, will engender a more critical dialogue and contribute to a better understanding and appreciation of the net benefit of migration and migrants to both the origin and host communities.

Call for Papers/Presentation Proposals

We invite papers and presentation proposals of up to 300 words on any related topic, particularly those focused on migrations in(out) of Africa and the global South and the experiences of migrant communities and their resilient cultures.

For academics and graduate researchers: Submit your abstracts here OR copy & paste the following link to your browser: https://forms.gle/5LviCK36A8Wy4HsV9.

For practitioners and community members: Submit your presentation proposals here OR copy & paste the following link to your browser: https://forms.gle/hP7BYbGV5oMdKZwf9. If you wish to propose roundtables or different presentation formats, please contact the organising team at africanstudiesgroup@gmail.com.

Funding & Logistical Support

We appreciate the generous funding from the Scanlon Foundation and the Philanthropist Stephen Ho. We also thank the Anthropology and Development Studies Department, the School of Social and Political Sciences and the entire Faculty of Arts team for their support.

Partners

  • Scanlon Foundation
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Africa Research and Engagement Centre
  • The Institute of Postcolonial studies
Eine Universitätsprofessorin / einen Universitätsprofessor (m/w/d)Hide
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An der Universität Würzburg ist in der Philosophischen Fakultät
(Historische, Philologische, Kultur- und Geographische Wissenschaften)
am Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte eine Stelle in Vollzeit für
eine Universitätsprofessorin / einen Universitätsprofessor (m/w/d) der Besoldungsgruppe W2 für

World Regions and Area Studies in Comparative Perspective

im Beamtenverhältnis auf Lebenszeit zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt zu besetzen.

Die/der Bewerber/in soll einen neuen Forschungsschwerpunkt zu den Weltregionen unter dem räumlich-zeitlichen Aspekt des Global Change etablieren. Profilgebend soll eine vergleichende Area-Forschung in historischer Perspektive sein. Der neue Forschungsschwerpunkt hat interdisziplinären, fakultätsübergreifenden Charakter. Erwünscht sind daher Bewerbungen aus allen einschlägigen Fächern der Geistes-, Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften (Altertumswissenschaften, Geschichtswissenschaften, Humangeographie, Philologien, Politikwissenschaft, Regionalstudien, Sozialanthropologie, Soziologie, Theologie).

Die Querschnittsprofessur wird die geistes-, kultur- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Regionalstudien universitätsweit zusammenführen. Erwünscht ist in diesem Zusammenhang ein sehr großes Engagement bei der Intensivierung der interdisziplinären Drittmittel- und Verbundforschung an der Universität Würzburg.

Unabdingbar sind daher ein entsprechend anschlußfähiger Forschungsschwerpunkt in einem einschlägigen Fach, ein ausgeprägtes Interesse an aktuellen kultur- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Theorien und Fragestellungen sowie interdisziplinäre Kooperation. Die/der Bewerber/in sollte über eine breite methodische Expertise und über Erfahrung in vergleichender Analyse verfügen. Herausragende Publikationen, internationale Kontakte und Beteiligung an Drittmittelprojekten werden vorausgesetzt. Erfahrungen in der universitären Lehre sowie bei der Betreuung von Abschlussarbeiten sind für die Stelle erforderlich. Zudem ist die aktive Mitwirkung bei der akademischen Selbstverwaltung Voraussetzung.

Formale Einstellungsvoraussetzungen sind ein einschlägiges abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium, pädagogische Eignung und besondere Befähigung zu wissenschaftlicher Arbeit, die in der Regel durch die herausragende Qualität der Promotion nachgewiesen ist. Weiterhin werden eine Habilitation oder der Nachweis gleichwertiger wissenschaftlicher Leistungen in einem einschlägigen Fach der Geistes-, Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften, die auch im Rahmen einer Juniorprofessur oder außerhalb des Hochschulbereichs erbracht worden sein können, vorausgesetzt.

Eine Ernennung in das Beamtenverhältnis kann gemäß Art. 10 Abs. 3 BayHSchPG grundsätzlich nur bis zur Vollendung des 52. Lebensjahres erfolgen. Darüber hinaus wäre eine Beschäftigung im Rahmen eines privatrechtlichen Dienstverhältnisses möglich.Die Universität Würzburg misst einer intensiven Betreuung der Studierenden und Promovierenden große Bedeutung zu und erwartet von den Lehrenden ein entsprechendes Engagement.

Die Universität Würzburg strebt eine Erhöhung des Anteils von Frauen in Forschung und Lehre an und bittet deshalb entsprechend qualifizierte Wissenschaftlerinnen ausdrücklich um ihre Bewerbung. Schwerbehinderte Bewerberinnen oder Bewerber werden bei ansonsten im Wesentlichen gleicher Eignung bevorzugt eingestellt.

Bewerbungen sind mit den üblichen Unterlagen (datierter, unterschriebener Lebenslauf, Schulabschlusszeugnisse, Zeugnisse über akademische Prüfungen, Schriftenverzeichnis, Verzeichnis der akademischen Lehrveranstaltungen, Verzeichnis über bisherige Drittmittelprojekte) bis zum 08.08.2022 einzureichen an den Dekan der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg. Es wird gebeten, einen Bewerbungsbogen auszufüllen und diesen, bitte als Word- Dokument, per E-Mail (berufungsverfahren.phil@uni-wuerzburg.de) an das Dekanat zu senden.

Die Bewerbung beinhaltet das Einverständnis der Bewerber/innen zur elektronischen Erfassung der Bewerbungsunterlagen, der Erstellung von Kopien, der Aufbewahrung und der eventuellen Weitergabe der Bewerbungsunterlagen an die Gutachter sowie der Rückgabe der Bewerbungsunterlagen erst nach Abschluss des Verfahrens.

Bewerbungsbogen und weitere Informationen zur Bewerbung unter

www.phil.uni-wuerzburg.de/berufungen/

Factory of Ideas 2022Hide
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Factory of Ideas 2022

African Liberation: Public History, Power and Citizenship

2022 November 4-12
CEA & FLCS, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique

This edition of the doctoral school will be organized by the Salvador Bahia Factory of Ideas, the Institute of Literature and Social Sciences and the Centre of African Studies of the Eduardo Mondlane University, and the Excellence Cluster Africa Multiple, University of Bayreuth. The program will concentrate on the topic “African Liberation: Public History, Power and Citizenship” in multidisciplinary perspectives (history, sociology, arts, literature, philosophy) to reflect on the changing versions of history over the decades in relation to needs and questions in the present.

During the programme, classes and discussions of projects will alternate. There will be streamed and “offline” practical workshops around the students’ research projects, “using digital archives on African Liberation”, “engendering analytical perspectives on African Liberation”, and “arts as archives”. The working formats are workshops and courses. Each workshop consists of 4 hours, presentations of the research of the students and discussions. The duration of a course is also 4 hours.

The language of the doctoral school will be English, but there will be both consecutive translation into Portuguese and YouTube automated subtitles in English for all broadcast activities. The total teaching load is 61 hrs, which makes it roughly equivalent to a normal graduate course (in Brazil, this corresponds to 4 credits).

The doctoral school will focus on the topic “African Liberation” as a more comprehensive, long, multiple, collective process. It will also reflect on the entanglements of political and cultural citizenship, on the one hand, and power relations, both inside the newborn nations and between them and their former metropolitan spaces. Finally, it will examine how these dynamics impact on the making of public history on “national liberation”. Classes and discussions will focus on the multiple medialities involved in the field of public history, considering biographies and published memories, but also cultural production at large (including music, cinema and literature, but also the university as privileged places of mediation for conflicting or converging narratives, as well as collective agendas.

How to apply?: please send your application before the 28th of August 2022 to liviosansone.ufba@gmail.com and ute.fendler@uni-bayreuth.de.

Documents to be sent: 

  • Motivation letter (please elaborate on your interest in the topic and how it is related to your own research/study interests; max 2 pages) -
  • Short synopsis of the topic of the thesis (master or PhD; max 2 pages) -
  • CV

There is some financial support available for a limited number of applicants. Please state if you can take in charge your travel expenses and/or the expenses for the stay.

For full announcement, please click here

Studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d)Hide

Die Geschäftsstelle des Exzellenzclusters „Africa Multiple“ der Universität Bayreuth sucht zum 01.08.2022 eine 

Studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d) 

Das Tätigkeitsfeld umfasst: 

  • 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 
  • Unterstützung der administrativen Koordination der Geschäftsstelle des Exzellenzclusters (z.B. Vor- und Nachbereitung von Teammeetings, Bürologistik) 
  • Unterstützung bei Datenerhebung, Datenverarbeitung und Dokumentationswesen zur Sicherstellung einheitlicher Prozesse (z.B. E-Mail-Abfragen, Datensätze-Pflege) 
  • Korrektur- und Recherchetätigkeiten 

Rahmenbedingungen: 

  • 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 
  • Interesse an einer längerfristigen Mitarbeit 

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 

Bei Interesse richten Sie Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung (zusammengefasst in einer pdf-Datei) ausschließlich per E-Mail und mit dem möglichen Einsatzzeitraum unter dem Betreff „SHK-Geschäftsstelle Africa Multiple“ an: Konstanze.Rau@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

Herzliche Einladung zur Fortbildung: „Afrika im (Geographie-) UnterrichtHide

Liebe Studierende, Lehrende und Interessierte,

das Projekt Lern- und Ressourcenplattform Afrika (PLURA) in Kooperation mit dem Zentrum Globales Lernen/Didaktik der Geographie, lädt Sie herzlich zur Fortbildung „Afrika im (Geographie-) Unterricht“ ein.

Ziel dieser Veranstaltung ist, ausgehend von stereotypenbehafteten Darstellungen „Afrikas“ in Lehr- und Lernmaterialien, aktuelle didaktische Ansätze zu präsentieren und zu diskutieren. Neben dem theoretischen Input werden Darstellungen „Afrikas“ in verschiedenen Materialien analysiert und reflektiert. Darüber hinaus sollen die Teilnehmenden die Möglichkeit bekommen, selbstständig Materialien (weiter-) zu entwickeln und zu erörtern.

Vorgestellt und diskutiert werden zudem Unterrichtsmaterialien, die zur Dekonstruktion eurozentrischer Raumbilder und zu einer vielfältigen, multiperspektivischen Wahrnehmung beitragen sollen und im Rahmen des Projekts Lern- und Ressourcenplattform Afrika (PLURA) entwickelt wurden.

Die Veranstaltung findet am 06. Juli von 14 – 18 Uhr im S 23 im GEO-Gebäude der Universität Bayreuth statt. Durch die Veranstaltung leiten die Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Didaktik der Geographie, Frau Prof. Dr. Gabriele Schrüfer und ihre wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin Larissa Sarpong.

Wir freuen uns, wenn Sie dabei sind!

Anmeldung: Bitte bis zum 04.07.22 per Mail an zgl@uni-bayreuth.de

Durch finanzielle Förderung ist diese Veranstaltung kostenfrei!

Herzliche Grüße von
Doris Löhr und Kirstin Wolf

Ansprechpartnerinnen:

Kirstin Wolf

Zentrum Globales Lernen
Handy: 0170 9631 951
E-Mail: kirstin.wolf@uni-bayreuth.de

Dr. Doris Löhr

Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence
E-Mail: doris.loehr@uni-bayreuth.de

Call for papers: "Reimagining Migration in(out) of Africa in the Post-Pandemic World. Taking Stock and Building Resilience"Hide

Reimagining Migration in(out) of Africa in the Post-Pandemic World.
Taking Stock and Building Resilience
Thursday 29th September – Saturday 1st October 2022
African Studies Group (ASG) &
African Research and Engagement in Australia (AREiA) initiative
The University of Melbourne, Australia.


The ‘Reimagining Migration in(out) of Africa’ Conference seeks to bring together scholars (students, faculty, and researchers), advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and community members within and outside Australia for a conversation on the increasing politicisation of mobility in and out of the African continent and the experiences of migrant communities and their resilient cultures. It builds on our 2021 Solidarity in Diversity Conference and the 2020
Borders, and Identities and Belonging in a Cosmopolitan Society Conference.

Call for Papers/Presentation Proposals

We invite papers and presentation proposals of up to 300 words on any related topic, particularly those focused on migrations in(out) of Africa and the global South and the experiences of migrant communities and their resilient cultures.

For academics and graduate researchers: Submit your abstracts here: https://forms.gle/5LviCK36A8Wy4HsV9
For practitioners and community members:
Submit your presentation proposals here: https://forms.gle/hP7BYbGV5oMdKZwf9.

If you wish to propose roundtables or different presentation formats, please contact the organising team at africanstudiesgroup@gmail.com.


  • For more information regarding the conference, please click here.
Studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d)Hide

Das Ressort Digital Solutions des Exzellenzclusters „Africa Multiple“ der Universität Bayreuth sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine

Studentische Hilfskraft (w/m/d)

Das Tätigkeitsfeld umfasst:

  • Unterstützung bei der Bearbeitung von digitalen Sammlungen, Datenaufbereitung und -verarbeitung
  • Mitarbeit bei der Organisation und Durchführung von Veranstaltungen (online, hybrid oder Präsenz) z.B. Workshops oder Konferenzen)
  • Mitarbeit an Erstellung von Podcasts
  • Administrative Unterstützung des Resorts sowie Recherchetätigkeiten

Rahmenbedingungen:

  • 20 Stunden / Monat (vorerst, eventuell spätere Erhöhung möglich)
  • Nach Absprache flexible Arbeitszeiten
  • Vergütung gemäß den geltenden Regelungen für studentische Hilfskräfte

Wir erwarten:

  • Sichere EDV-Anwendung (z.B. MS-Office, wünschenswert: Datenbanken, Dokumentationswesen)
  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse der deutschen und englischen Sprache in Wort und Schrift
  • Gute kommunikative Kompetenz und schnelle Auffassungsgabe
  • Selbstständigkeit, Teamfähigkeit

Wünschenswert wäre 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-Ressort Digital Solutions“ an: sabine.lieske@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.

Weitere Informationen zum Exzellenzcluster Africa Multiple finden Sie unter:
www.africamultiple.uni-bayreuth.de

Relating the Cluster Centres: The Africa Multiple Mobility ProgrammeHide

Realising the growing interest in collaborative research at the various centres, the possibility to visit one of the centres is crucial. The Africa Multiple Cluster therefore establishes a mobility programme.

The objectives are:
(1) To join ongoing projects in order to share expertise and to learn from one another
(2) To join a research group in order to work together on a new project or to create synergies between projects and/or Research Sections
(3) To give lectures and seminars at the respective centres. This can take place in the context of PhD programmes as well as in the context of ongoing or envisaged projects.
(4) To utilise library holdings and/or archival collections of the respective centre to be visited
It is recommended to combine (1) or (2) with (3).

The stay will be financed for up to 4 weeks, with a possible renewal for another month (e.g. if necessary in archive-based research). The allowances will be the respective local ones (please see the table below).

Eligibility
Members of the Cluster can apply for this mobility allowance. This applies in particular to Cluster members at the five Centres (Bayreuth, Eldoret, Lagos, Makhanda, Ouagadougou); and to members of the University of Bayreuth.

The mobility scheme also includes the UFBA / Salvador de Bahia, being the only privileged partner outside of Africa in the Global South. We foresee an extension of the programme to other privileged partner institutions or cooperation partners after the first year of the programme.

Application:
The application will be handled by a committee, i.e. the Vice Deans of Research and of Internationalisation, together with two ACC directors and a gender & diversity representative of one of the ACCs. Please send your application to africamultiple-international@uni-bayreuth.de within the respective deadline.

The application should include
- A letter of motivation that elaborates on the outline of the objectives of the stay describing the activities planned at the host institution. The letter should include a statement that there is no possibility to finance the stay via other funding e.g. in the framework of an ongoing research project, or a conference/workshop trip.
- A letter of invitation by the host institution and the confirmation of the planned activities
- Envisaged outcome (e.g. paper, lecture, publication)
- A cost plan: estimated travel costs, per diems (according to the attached list).

The deadlines for 2022 are: 31st March, 30th June, 30th September

Funding
The stay can be financed for up to 4 weeks. The allowances will be equivalent to the respective local ones (please see the table below). A self-financed longer stay, up to one month, is possible, subject to visa regulations. Matched funding would also be welcome if e.g., the home institution can take in charge the travel costs, the host institution will take in charge the per diems.

Decision
A Committee (see Application) will select eligible applications. The selection accompanied by a list of all applications will be reported to the Cluster Management Board. The Management Board will take the final decision.




Costs you can apply for
International travel: flights (economy), train/public transport
Per diem/accommodation: according to the local rates (see table)
Health insurance: It is strongly advised that you have your own insurance
Visa cost: yes

In short:
Lagos: stay/per diem approx. € 750/month, accommodation in the University guesthouse for visiting researchers approx. € 300/month.
Moi/Eldoret: stay/per diem incl. overnight stay approx. € 1.200/month.
Ki-Zerbo/Ouagadougou: stay/per diem incl. overnight stay in guest house approx. € 915/month
Rhodes/Makhanda: stay/per diem approx. € 468/month, overnight stay approx. € 430/month
Bayreuth max € 2500/ month (equivalent to guest per diems)

Overview of the Centres regularities (6th Feb 2022, details are subject to change)

Fellowship
amounts
BayreuthLagosMoiOuagadougouRhodes
Living
allowance
a. 2500€
b. 1000 € (fellows
 with a salary)
ca. 750 €/ monthSubsistence
(incl.
accommodation)
 = €1,200 per
 month
for academic staff:
 20.000 CFA per
 day, 600 000
 month (<1000 €
 per month) for
 Guest House room
 and for eating.
468€/month
Mobility
 allowance /
 Accomodation
500 € + 250 €
 partner + 250 €
 children (all
amounts p.m.)
University housing
 for visiting scholars (full apartment = two rooms with all facilities, subsidized by the UNILAG): ca. 300 €/ month. Will be paid directly to the Uni and not deduced from allowance
Accommodation
 cost is paid
 separately,
 R6000 to 10 000
 (8000R = 430€)
 in other words,
 it is an
 ADDITIONAL
 cost to be borne
 by the
 Centre/Acc.
Health
insurance
No extra
 allowance; fellows
 are advised to take
 an extra insurance
 if necessary
advisable to have a
health insurance
Staff Fellowship
 Health insurance
 = €75 per
 month, is paid
advisable to have a
 health insurance
advisable to
 have a
ealth insurance
Praktikum im Bayerischen AfrikabüroHide

Das Bayerische Afrikabüro mit Sitz in Addis Abeba sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt einen Praktikanten (m/w/d) in Vollzeit.

  • Dauer: mindestens drei, maximal sechs Monate
  • Ort: aufgrund der Sicherheits-/Pandemielage am Standort Addis Abeba soll das Praktikum virtuell absolviert werden
  • Vergütung: eine Vergütung des Praktikums ist vorgesehen

Das Bayerische Afrikabüro untersteht der Bayerischen Staatskanzlei und fördert den Auf- und Ausbau langfristiger Partnerschaften zwischen afrikanischen und bayerischen Akteuren in den Bereichen der wirtschaftlichen, der wissenschaftlichen, der kulturellen und der entwicklungspolitischen Zusammenarbeit. Geographisch konzentriert sich die Arbeit des Büros vor allem auf die vier Schwerpunktregionen Bayerns in Afrika (Äthiopien, Senegal, Südafrika und Tunesien) sowie auf panafrikanische Initiativen unter Einbezug der Afrikanischen Union.

Ihre Aufgaben:

  • Unterstützung bei der Begleitung und Weiterentwicklung konkreter Kooperationsformate zwischen bayerischen und afrikanischen Akteuren
  • Unterstützung bei der Beobachtung, Recherche und Berichterstattung über politische und sozioökonomische Entwicklungen in Äthiopien, Senegal, Südafrika, Tunesien und auf Ebene der Afrikanischen Union
  • Unterstützung bei der Organisation von Veranstaltungen des Afrikabüros
  • Unterstützung bei der Konzeption und Vorbereitung von Delegationsreisen der Bayerischen Staatsregierung/des Bayerischen Landtags nach Afrika

Ihr Profil:

  • EU-Staatsbürger/in, vorzugsweise mit einem klaren Bezug zu Bayern
  • Student/in oder Absolvent/in (vorzugsweise bereits mit abgeschlossenem Bachelorstudium) mit (sehr) guten Leistungen und internationaler Ausrichtung
  • Sehr gute schriftliche und mündliche Ausdrucksfähigkeit in deutscher und englischer Sprache; Kenntnisse des Französischen, Arabischen oder Amharischen sind von Vorteil
  • Praktische Vorerfahrung in einem internationalen Berufskontext
  • Klar dargelegtes Interesse an der Zusammenarbeit mit dem afrikanischen Kontinent
  • Fähigkeit, selbstständig und flexibel in einem interkulturellen Team an mehreren Standorten zu arbeiten
  • Zuverlässigkeit, Diskretion und hohe Leistungsbereitschaft

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