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Fellows 2020/21

Dr. Saheed Adesumbo Bello

stay: 01.02.2021 - 31.07.2021

Saheed Bello is a lecturer, scenographer, director and production manager. He teaches theatre and film theories as well as theatre design and technology at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria. Saheed research focuses on narrative as a mode of historical and philosophical thought. ...more


Dr. Fábio Baqueiro Figueiredo

stay: 01.02.2021 - 31.07.2021

Fábio Baqueiro Figueiredo is a professor of African History at UNILAB, a federal Brazilian university created to foster Africa-Brazil academic exchanges. He is also associated with the Graduate Program in Ethnic and African Studies at Bahia Federal University, where he received his training in History (BA, 2005) and African Studies (PhD, 2012). ...more


Dr. Ann A. Laudati

stay: 01.04.2021 - 31.07.2021

Dr. Ann A. Laudati is a broadly trained human-environmental geographer with specializations in natural resource conflict, war economies, livelihoods and (in)security, conservation and development, political ecology, qualitative field methods, and Sub-Saharan Africa. ...more


Dr. Carla Lever

stay: 01.04.2021 - 31.07.2021

Dr Lever has adapted her original proposal to align with COVID-19 protocols.  As such, she will work on a series of writing projects concerned with South African protest repertoires as performed in service of the concept of ‘home’, whether this be rooted in planetary eco-sensibilities, migratory policies, or urban class politics. ...more


Dr. Stephen M. Magu

stay: 01.04.2021 - 31.07.2021

 As both a lifelong student of world history, politics and inter-state relations and a teacher thereof, Stephen’s scholarship and research centers primarily on Africa’s relations within the continent, with the west and comparatively, ‘South-South’, with BRICs and the ‘east.’ ...more


Dr. Jonas do Nascimento

stay: 01.02.2021 - 31.07.2021

Jonas do Nascimento is a Brazilian sociologist and interdisciplinary researcher. He completed his PhD in Sociology / African Studies at PPGS, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil) in 2019 and was Associated Research Fellow in the BIGSAS at University of Bayreuth (Germany), 2017-2019. ...more


Dr. Hassan Juma Ndzovu

stay: 01.02.2021 - 31.07.2021

Hassan J. Ndzovu is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, Religion and Theology at Moi University, Kenya. He has a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. ...more


Zainab A. Omaki

stay: 01.04.2021 - 31.07.2021

Zainab A. Omaki is a Nigerian prose and screenwriter. She has a Masters degree from the University of East Anglia where she was the recipient of the Miles Morland African Writer’s award. ...more


Dr. Billian Otundo

stay: 01.04.2021 - 31.07.2021

Billian K. Otundo is a Lecturer of Linguistics at the Department of Literature, Linguistics, Foreign Languages and Film Studies at Moi University, where she is also the English Programme Coordinator. ...more


Btihal Remli

Artist in Residence, 01.02.2021 – 31.07.2021

Btihal Remli is a visual storyteller focused on art and documentary photography. She completed a Master Degree in Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. Her master thesis for graduation was a photography book about the cultural spaces in Morocco within the context of Spacial Theory. ...more


Dr. Boubacar Sissoko

stay: 01.04.2021 - 31.07.2021

So, my research focuses on modern and contemporary Muslim civilizations in Mali. How those civilisations affect Malian societies and what can we learn about the bilingualism (French – Arabic) status of Mali? ...more


Dr. Abel Ugba

stay: 01.03.2021 - 31.07.2021

Dr Abel Ugba is based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He is a sociologist of religion and media scholar, who is interested in the dynamics of religiosity in immigration contexts and in the multi-layered and complex entanglements of religion with the media. ...more


Dr. Ester Botta Somparé

stay: 15.04.2021 - 15.07.2021

Ester Botta Somparé, after studying Political Sciences at the University of Bologna, Italy, obtained in 2011 a PhD in social anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris. ...more


Dr. Memory Biwa

stay: 15.01.2021 - 30.06.2021

Memory Biwa resides in Windhoek, Namibia. She studied History, Law and Politics at the University of Cape Town. And completed her doctoral thesis titled, “Weaving the Past with Threads of Memory: Narratives and Commemorations of the Colonial War in southern Namibia”, at the University of the Western Cape in 2012. ...more


Prof. Dr. Nadine N. Machikou

stay: 15.02.2021 - 15.06.2021

Nadine N. Machikou is a full professor of political science, sociology and international relations at the council for higher education in African and Madagascar CAMES (Conseil Africain et
Malgache pour l'Enseignement Supérieur) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. ...more


Dr. Weeraya Donsomsakulkij

stay: 15.03.2021 - 31.05.2021

Weeraya Donsomsakulkij is a lecturer of English Studies and Assistant Dean for quality assurance of Theodore Maria School of Arts, Assumption University of Thailand. She completed her MA degree in Intercultural Anglophone Studies from University of Bayreuth and her Ph.D in English Studies and Anglophone Literatures from BIGSAS, University of Bayreuth. ...more


Dr. Abisoye Eleshin

stay: 01.03.2021 - 31.05.2021

My area of study is African languages and linguistics. My Ph.D. is in Yorùbá (Linguistics), with focus on morphology, and particularly nominalisation. I am presently a Research Fellow at the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos, Nigeria. ...more


Dr. Camminga

stay: 01.03.2021 - 30.04.2021

Dr. Camminga is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the African Centre for Migration & Society, Wits University, South Africa. Their work considers the interrelationship between the conceptual journeying of the term ‘transgender’ from the Global North and the physical embodied journeying of transgender asylum seekers from the African continent. ...more


Prof. Dr. Noah Salomon

stay: 01.01.2021 - 31.03.2021

Noah Salomon is Associate Professor of Religion and Irfan and Noreen Galaria Research Chair in Islamic Studies at the University of Virginia. While at Bayreuth, he will work on two related research projects, both exploring the fate of religion in post-Revolutionary Sudan (2019 to present).  ...more


Prof. Dr. Susanne Gehrmann

Stay: 01.11.2020 - 28.02.2021

Susanne Gehrmann is a professor for African literatures and cultures at the institute of Asian and African studies, Humboldt University Berlin. She holds MA degrees from the Universities of Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle, and Bochum and a PhD in Romance and Comparative literature from the University of Bayreuth ...more


Dr. Eleanor Tiplady Higgs

Stay: 01.10.2020 - 28.02.2021

Eleanor Tiplady Higgs is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar in the humanities. She completed her PhD in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London in 2018 and was Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at University of Cape Town, 2018-2020 ...more


Dr. R. Benedito Ferrão

Stay: 07.11.2020 - 04.02.2021

R. Benedito Ferrão is Assistant Professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies at The College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA. ...more


Dr. Tabea Scharer

Stay: 26.10.2020 - 25.01.2021

Tabea Scharrer is Research Partner at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle, Germany), where she has conducted her post-doctoral research since 2010. ...more


Prof. Dr. Miampika Moundele Landry-Wilfrid

Stay: 06.10.2020 - 06.01.2021

He directs the International Congress of Hispano-African Studies and the research group “Cultural and Literary Imaginaries of Africa and the Diaspora” ...more


Dr. Melina Kalfelis

Stay: 01.10.2020 - 30.11.2020

Melina C. Kalfelis is working as a fellow at the “Africa Multiple” Cluster, where she is currently developing her postdoc project on morality, governance and justice in West African security fields ...more



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