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Cluster Africa Multiple

The ‚Africa Multiple‘ cluster of Excellence seeks to realign Bayreuth’s African Studies focus area in close cooperation with Africa partner institutions. It will highlight the continental and transcontinental entanglements of cultural, linguistic, social, religious, political, economic, and ecological processes. The research conducted in the cluster will thus enable a more precise understanding of these processes.

In line with the credo of Bayreuth's African Studies, ‚Research on Africa only with Africa‘, the cluster will initiate new forms of intercontinental academic cooperation. With the support of a new digital research environment, close cooperation across disciplinary boundaries, a hallmark of Africa-related research in Bayreuth, will be further expanded. ...more

Interview with the chairpersons 

What does the title of the new Cluster of Excellence ‚Africa Multiple‘ mean, and what research topics does it involve? How will interdisciplinary cooperation with African partner institutions be further expanded? What makes the cluster a pioneering pilot project in terms of digitization? These and many other questions are the subject of an interview with Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann and Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler, the joint chairpersons of the Cluster of Excellence. ...more

Participating scientists

Beteiligte Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler des Exzellenzclusters Africa Multiple
​Erdmute AlberHide
Erdmute Alber

Chair of Social Anthropology
Vice-Director, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

Member of the Research Section “Learning”

Areas of Specialisation: Political Anthropology, Anthropology of Kinship, Childhood and Inter-Generational Relations

​Eric AnchimbeHide
Eric Anchimbe

“Akademischer Oberrat”, Privatdozent” at the Chair of English Linguistics
PhD, English Linguistics (University of Bayreuth)

Member of the Research Section “Knowledges”

Areas of Specialisation: Sociolinguistics, World Englishes, Postcolonial Pragmatics, Political Discourse (in Africa)

​Susan ArndtHide
Susan Arndt

Professor of English Studies and Anglophone Literatures

Member of the Research Section “Knowledges”

Areas of Specialisation: Feminism and Gender/Queer Studies, Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies, Futurity and Posthumanism

​Uli BeiselHide
Ulrike Beisel

Junior Professor of Culture and Technology in Africa

Member of the Research Section “Mobilities”

Areas of Specialisation: Science and Technology Studies, Human-Environment Relations, Medical Anthropology

​Iris ClemensHide
Iris Clemens

Chair of Educational Science
Member of the Research Section “Learning”

Areas of Specialisation: Global Transmission of Knowledge, Network Theory, Concepts and Ideas Related to Education

​Martin DoevenspeckHide
Martin Doevenspeck

Professor of Political Geography
Vice Dean, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)

Spokesperson of the Research Section “Mobilities”

Areas of Specialisation: Migration, Border Studies, Conflict, Resources 

​Martina DrescherHide
Martina Drescher

Chair of Romance Linguistics
Vice Dean, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)

Member of the Research Section “Moralities”

Areas of Specialisation: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Genre Analysis, Language and Emotions, Francophone World

​Ute FendlerHide
Ute Fendler

Chair of Romance and Comparative Literature
Vice-Director, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

Spokesperson of the Cluster Proposal “Africa Multiple”

Member of the Research Section “Arts & Aesthetics“

Areas of Specialisation: French and Francophone Literatures and Film, Intermedial Phenomena, Memory, Popular Culture

​Joël GlasmanHide
Joël Glasman

Professor of African History

Member of the Research Section “Mobilities”

Areas of Specialisation: Colonial and Postcolonial History, Refugee and Migration Studies, History of the State

​Christine HankeHide
Prof. Dr. Christine Hanke

Chair of Digital and Audiovisual Media

Member of the Research Section “Knowledges”

Areas of Specialisation: Digital Media Theory, Image and Film Theory, Science and Technology Studies, Postcolonial Theory

​Susanne MühleisenHide
Susanne Mühleisen

Chair of English Linguistics

Member of the Research Section “Learning”

Areas of Specialisation: Creole Studies, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Translation Studies, Orality and Literacy

​Ivo RitzerHide
Ivo Ritzer

Junior Professor of Media in Africa

Member of the Research Section “Arts & Aesthetics”

Areas of Specialisation: Media Aesthetics, Media Anthropology, Media Archaeology

​Eberhard RothfußHide
Eberhard Rothfuß

Chair of Social and Population Geography

Member of the Research Section “Moralities”

Areas of Specialisation: Urban Studies, Development Geography, Governance and Climate Change

​Cyrus SamimiHide
Cyrus Samimi

Professor of Climatology
Deputy Director, Institute of African Studies

Member of the Research Section “Mobilities”

Areas of Specialisation: Climate & Environmental Change, Human-Environment Interaction, Remote Sensing

​Katharina SchrammHide
Katharina Schramm

Chair of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Spokesperson of the Research Section “Knowledges”

Areas of Specialisation: Anthropology of Science and Technology, Race and Racism, Citizenship and Political Subjectivity

​Rudolf SchüßlerHide
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schüßler

Chair of Philosophy II (Ethics)

Member of the Research Section “Moralities”

Areas of Specialisation: Practical Ethics, Theories of Justice, Conflict Resolution

​Rüdiger SeesemannHide
Rüdiger Seesemann

Chair of Islamic Studies with Focus on Africa
Director, Institute of African Studies

Spokesperson of the Cluster Proposal “Africa Multiple”
Member of the Research Section “Learning”

Areas of Specialisation: Sufism, Islam and Modernity, Islam and Politics, Islamic Education, Islamic Knowledge, Religion in Africa

​Eva SpiesHide
Eva Spies

Junior Professor of Religious Studies with Focus on Africa

Spokesperson of the Research Section “Moralities”

Areas of Specialisation: Christianity in Africa, Religious Diversity, Development Cooperation and Religion

​David StadelmannHide
David Stadelmann

Professor of Development Economics

Spokesperson of the Research Section “Affiliations”

Areas of Specialisation: Political Economics and Development

​Alexander StrohHide
Alexander Stroh

Junior Professor of African Politics and Development Policy

Member of the Research Section “Affiliations”

Areas of Specialisation: Comparative Democratisation, Political Parties and Elections, Judicial Politics and Constitutionalism

​Rémi TchokotheHide
Rémi Tchokothe

“Akademischer Rat” at the Chair of African Linguistics

Member of the Research Section “Arts & Aesthetics”

Areas of Specialisation: Literature and Migration, African Youth Languages in the Diaspora, Literary Market for African Languages and Literatures, Intercultural Translation

​Clarissa VierkeHide
Clarissa Vierke

Professor of Literatures in African Languages

Spokesperson of the Research Section “Arts & Aesthetics”

Areas of Specialisation: Swahili Literature and Popular Culture, Manuscript Cultures, Poetics and Aesthetic Experience, Textual Networks in the Indian Ocean, Literature in Multilingual Contexts

​Ulf VierkeHide
Ulf Vierke

PhD, Anthropology (University of Bayreuth)
“Akademischer Oberrat”; Director, Iwalewahaus

Member of the Research Section “Arts & Aesthetics”

Areas of Specialisation: African Arts, Popular Culture, Photography, Disability Studies

​Ulrike WanitzekHide
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wanitzek

Professor of Law by special appointment; “Akademischer Oberrat” at the Institute of African Studies
Director, Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam

Member of the Research Section “Affiliations”

Areas of Specialisation: Family Law, Land Law, Legal Pluralism, Law of Regional Integration

​Volker WieseHide
Volker Wiese

Chair of Civil Law III (German and International Law of Civil Procedure)

Member of the Research Section “Affiliations”

Areas of Specialisation: Law of Civil Procedure, Mediation and Arbitration, Private European and International Law, Legal Harmonisation

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