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 and inaugurated in a festive event on December 3rd, 2012, the "Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies" will expand 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 will open 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 will fathom 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.

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The secretary's office is closed between the 18th of December 2014 and the 6th of January 2015

Current events

The secretary's office is closed between the 18th of December 2014 and the 6th of January 2015

15.1.2015
6 p.m.

BA Room 112 New Year Reception & Party

22.1.2015
6 p.m.

Campus GWI, H26

Public Lecture („Future Africa and Beyond“ Series)
Elisa Maria da Conceição Pereira Reis (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil):
‘The new 'great transformation' and the challenging agenda of the social sciences’

Please find the programme for all the Public Lectures here

23.4.2015
6 p.m.

Campus, GWI or GWII

Public Lecture („Future Africa and Beyond“ Series)
Susan Arndt (University of Bayreuth)
‘Narrating Futures’

Please find the programme for all the Public Lectures here




The latest Newsletter of the Bayreuth Academy is out!

Newsletter022014 Firstpage


Read and download here.