Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

Welcome to the
Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

The Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies is a Research College within the Institute of African Studies of the University of Bayreuth. During its first phase (2012-2016), "Future Africa – Visions in Time" is the theme of its overall research project.

Founded in October 2012, the "Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies" expands the horizon of the well-established field of African Studies at this University at international, national and local levels. Across a broad range of disciplines, it opens dialogues with other Area Studies as well as with fields of research dedicated to 'systematic' (i.e. non-regional) approaches.

Thus, in its first phase (2012-2016), the Bayreuth Academy fathoms concepts of the future emerging from Africa and its diasporas from different academic perspectives. An essential concern is to engage in general debates about the concept of 'future' through insights gained from regional research, notably African Studies.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding this project and the setting up of its institutional structures during the next four years.

Current Events

Conference "Future Africa and Beyond - Review and Outlook"

(16.06. 2016 - 17.06.2016, Iwalewahaus)

Conference June 2016

’Future Africa and Beyond’- Review and Outlook
Conference after the first four years of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

Towards the end of its first funding period, the Bayreuth Academy convenes an international Conference to review its general project “Future Africa and Beyond: Visions in Time”.

The sessions will be open also for all other interested members and guests of Bayreuth University. To facilitate our organization, please register before June, 15th with

More information about the conference

Please find the programme here

Future Africa - Visions in Time

An Exhibition project by the Iwalewahaus and the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

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more information here, on the website of Iwalewahaus and on the exhibition blog.

Trailer of the Exhibition:

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Kae Sun: Oceans Apart


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The brochure of the Bayreuth Academy is here available as PDF.