Manape Precious Shogole: Guest of the Bayreuth Academy from 9-19 November 2016

Manape Shogole will be in Bayreuth, working with us from November 9th till 19th, 2016. Two things will be in the focus of her stay: With Dr. Katharina Fink she'll discuss issues around fashion, the entangling of temporal concepts, as well as the impact of style and performance on inner city spaces in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Furthermore, as Manape Shogole being a poet and a host of spoken word scene in Johannesburg as well, she will contribute to the literary scene in Bavaria, acting as the Academy's annual 'City Writer' of 2016. With her attentive eye for questions around feminism, exclusive mechanisms of contemporary society's and the time-traveling capacity of literature, she will work on the poetic estate of a local poet, Hilde Marx, who was forced to go into exile to the US in the 1930s, after being persecuted by the National Socialist regime. Together with Dr. Katharina Fink, Manape Shogole will 'update' the topics of Hilde Marx for a contemporary audience.

Manape Shogole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Witwatersrand. She graduated with a triple major in Anthropology, Geography and International Relations (2015). Additionally, her training is inmarketing and advertising. Currently, she's finishing her Anthropology honours programme (2016) under the scope of South Africa’s socio-economic issues. The title of her research report is “Thrift Shopping and the construction of personhood.”. It deals with self-styling, body represention , fashion and the creation of self using second-hand clothes from the street markets in the Johannesburg CBD. Shogole teaches in the Anthropology department, working with first years students on topics related to ‘decolonialisation’ and ‘everyday resistence’.

Contact Manape: Manape.n@gmail.com
Programme in Bayreuth: katharina.fink@uni-bayreuth.de

Konferenz "Future Africa and Beyond - Review and Outlook"

16.06. 2016 - 17.06.2016 im 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 doris.loehr@uni-bayreuth.de.

Hier finden Sie das Programm

The aim of the Conference is twofold. Firstly, it will assess the results achieved so far, after almost four years of the Bay-reuth Academy’s existence; and secondly, it will embark on an outlook into its own future: the winding-up of its current project and its transition towards a permanent role in African Studies and Bayreuth University at large. Participants of the conference will be the members of the Bayreuth Academy it-self, their current guest Fellows in the context of Working Group G „Future(s) as societal project(s) – actors and their visions in Africa and beyond”; invited guests from inside and outside Bayreuth University; and representatives of Academy Advisory Board and of Partner Projects of the Bayreuth Academy.

The Conference comprises three types of sessions: Opening Keynotes on the performance of the project as a whole; five Panels to review research results in more detail, with papers addressing the general project theme through the lens of the five Sub-projects and their Working Groups; and three Roundtable Discussions, with short statements opening up prospects for the years to come, notably further fields to be explored, the importance of the project for critical area stud-ies, and the future role of Bayreuth Academy in its University. In line with the specific features of the Bayreuth Academy’s profile, each session aims at bringing into dialogue a variety of different disciplines; Africa-related and other fields of ex-pertise; members with guests, both local and international; and senior with postdoctoral scholars.


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Arbeitstagung Doing Area -Transregionale Herausforderungen

Eine Kooperation zwischen der Bayreuth Academy der Universität Bayreuth und AFRASO (Afrikas Asiatische Optionen) der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt


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Arbeitstagung von 5 Projekten, die aus dem BMBF-Programm „Stärkung und Weiterentwicklung der Regionalstudien“ gefördert werden am 29./30.1.2016 in Frankfurt/Main Campus Westend
Organisiert von Dr. Doris Löhr (Bayreuth Academy) & Dr. Stefan Schmid (AFRASO)


29./30.1.2016 in Frankfurt/Main Campus Westend 

“Future Africa and Beyond” Lecture Series Winter 2015/16

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Am 10. Dezember beginnt die dritte Staffel unserer öffentlichen Vorlesungsreihe "Future Africa and beyond".

Hier finden Sie alle Termine.

Hier finden Sie das komplette Programm als PDF.


Geschichte(n) der Zukunft: außereuropäische Herausforderungen

aag Vom 9.-10. Oktober 2015 fand in Bayreuth die Tagung „Geschichte(n) der Zukunft: außereuropäische Herausforderungen“ statt. Sie wird veranstaltet vom Arbeitskreis Außereuropäische Geschichte (AAG) des Verbandes der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands (VHD) in Zusammenarbeit mit der Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (Profs. Lachenicht und von Oppen, Teilprojekt 1). Weitere Informationen finden sie hier.


“Future Africa and Beyond” Lecture Series in Summer 2015

News_WS2014.2015_Lecture series Vol. I On 7th May, the Bayeuth Academy’s Lecture Series on “Future Africa and Beyond” has started its next round. After its beginnings last winter, it will reach reach its climax during summer 2015, with a remarkable concentration of presentations by distinguished scholars from a variety of disciplines and locations around the world. More

Please find the program here as PDF


Moses Serubiri, the new City Writer in Bayreuth

City Writer_Moses Serubiri Welcome to this year’s City Writer in Bayreuth! During May and June 2015, Moses Serubiri (Uganda) will live in Bayreuth and take some close looks at it. Invited jointly by the Bayreuth Academy, the University and the City, he will write and publish about new perspectives, new stories, unheard-of fictions, and necessary comments arising from his encounters. His visions on the life and the future of Bayreuth will offer a remarkable reversal of perspective in a place in which so much is written and discussed about Africa and its futures. More

Vom 2. bis 4. Oktober 2014  fand die Konferenz “Catastrophe or catalyst? African and African Diasporas’ visions arising from World War One” an der Bayeuth Academy of Advanced African Studies statt.

Organisiert wurde sie vom Teilprojekt 1 „Jenseits von Europa - Geschichte(n) der Zukunft im modernen Afrika“

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The conference drew attention to non-European dimensions of the war that are hardly attended to during the current commemorations of its centenary: the experiences of violence and sacrifice, but also of mobilisation, connectedness and unfulfilled promise that the involvement of Africa and its diasporas in this war meant for them. The focus was on the extent to which these experiences became catalysts of new ideas, demands and struggles for political, economic and social change; of the emergence of new political, social and religious movements; and of radically altered visions of Africa’s future. For details see press release and review.

Teilnehmer_innen der Konferenz in der Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

BA Members and Guests

Bayreuth Academy MitarbeiterInnen und Gäste während der Arbeitsgruppe am 16. Januar 2014


Die erste Klausurtag der Bayreuth Academy vom 24.-25. Oktober 2013

Auma Obama Visit 1

Auma Obama Visit 2

Am 15. Oktober hat unser Mitglied des Beirates, Dr. Auma Obama, die Academy besucht.
Die Mitarbeiter_innen hatten hier die Gelegenheit ihre Projekte und Forschungsfragen innerhalb der Bayreuther Academy mit ihr zu diskutieren.

Wissenschaftliche Veranstaltungen und Panels:


Workshop „Changing Futures through Time“ im Rahmen der Arbeitsgruppe A der Bayreuth Academy, 16./17. Jan. 2014. Details hier

Arbeitsgruppe B der Bayreuth Academy, “Multiple Futures through Time”, Nov. 2013 bis Januar 2014 (Org. Teilprojekt 1 Geschichte(n) der Zukunft), Details hier

Workshop „Sharing/Dividing Futures“ im Rahmen der Arbeitsgruppe A der Bayreuth Academy, 12./13. Dez. 2013. Details hier

Workshop „Future“ im Rahmen der Arbeitsgruppe A der Bayreuth Academy, 9./10. Juli 2013.

Internationale Eröffnungskonferenz der Bayreuth Academy „Conceptualising Future. Current Debates in Regional and Systematic Research“, im Rahmen der Arbeitsgruppe A, Bayreuth, 4.-7. Juli 2013 (Org. Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt, Prof. Dr. Achim von Oppen). Details hier

Öffentliche Ringvorlesung "Diasporen in Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft". Universität Bayreuth, Profillinie Diasporen im Emerging Field Kulturbegegnungen und transkulturelle Prozesse, Sommersemester 2013. Details hier. (Profillinie an der Universität Bayreuth in Kooperation mit BIFAS, Bayreuth Academy u.a.: S. Lachenicht, U. Fendler unter Mitarbeit von U. Bauer und P. Piesche)

Arbeitsgruppe A der Bayreuth Academy, „Conceptualising Future. Current Debates in Regional and Systematic Research“, Mai bis Juli 2013 (Org. Susan Arndt, Achim von Oppen) Details hier

Workshop „Time“ im Rahmen der Arbeitsgruppe A der Bayreuth Academy, 10./11. Juni 2013.

Eröffnungsveranstaltung: „Future Africa – Visions in Time“. Universität Bayreuth (03.12. 2012), (Organisator_Innen: Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt, Prof. Dr. Achim von Oppen).

Reflexionen zum Namen und Logo der Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies von Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt und Prof. Dr. Achim von Oppen

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"What’s in a name?" 
Begrüßungsrede von Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt

zur Eröffnung der Konferenz vom 4-6 Juli, 2013

'Conceptualising, Future' -
Current Debates in Regional and Systematic Research
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Reflexionen zum Logo 
der Bayreuth Academy von Prof. Dr. Achim von Oppen
Reflexionen über das BA-Logo von Achim von Oppen,
anlässlich der Eröffnungsveranstaltung am 3.12.2012
im Studentenwerk Oberfranken, Universität Bayreuth