Members of the Academic Advisory Board 2015

John Akomfrah, Smoking Dogs Films, London

João Paulo Borges Coelho, Professor of History at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo

Ottmar Ette, Professor of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature at the University of Potsdam

Thomas Krüger, President of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Bonn

Elísio Macamo, Professor for African Studies in the Dept. of Sociology, University of Basel

Birgit Meyer, Professor of Religious Studies and Theology, University of Utrecht

Matthias Middell, Professor of Global History, Director of the Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig

Auma Obama, PhD, German and Film Studies, Director of Sauti Kuu Foundation, Nairobi

Gloria Wekker, Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, specializing in Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, African American Studies and Caribbean Studies, University of Utrecht


The Bayreuth Academy mourns the death of our dear colleague and member of the Advisory Board, Prof. Naomi Luchera Shitemi, on September 28th, 2013. Naomi Shitemi was Professor of Kiswahili in the Area of Language Use, Communication and Translation at Moi University, Eldoret .

We all feel the loss and are at the same time touched by the warm-hearted obitary of our colleagues at BIGSAS.