Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies / Working Groups / • Winter 2013-2014 (Multiple Futures)

Working Group B "Multiple Futures Through Time

The current Working Group of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies will discuss "Multiple Futures Through Time" in Winter Semester 2013-14 to address the great diversity of conceptualisations of 'future' in Africa, in African diasporas, and in other parts of the world. The Working Group comprises 26 Resident Fellows and at least 12 Guest Fellows, attending different parts of the session period (21 Nov. 2013 to 31 Jan. 2014). These participants will explore, in a systematic and comprehensive perspective, how these nations are shaped by, and have shaped in turn, different historical contexts. More

Opening Session of Working Group B on Nov 21st

Working Group B "Multiple Futures through Time" - opened on Thursday, 21st November at 18.30 at the Bayreuth Academy. A short introduction to the Working Group theme was followed by a lecture by Ottmar Ette (University of Potsdam, Literary Studies, Member of the Academy's Advisory Board) on 'World Literature / Literatures of the World. The Challenge of TransArea Studies'. Members of Sub-project 1 "Histories of the Futures", facilitator of this Working Group, took over the introductions and chair. Professor Ette presented thoughts from a current book project, focusing on Erich Auerbach's "Mimesis" and his "Philology and Weltliteratur" towards general questions of future concepts that can be situated in the context of a 'plurilogical philology'.