Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

Welcome to the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

The Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies is an inter- and transdisciplinary research college at the University of Bayreuth. It started its research on the topic of “Future Africa – Visions in Time” on the 1st of October, 2012. The project has been expanded and extended till the end of 2018 under the theme “Future Africa and Beyond – Visions in Time”.

Emerging from the University of Bayreuth’s prominent focus on African Studies (at the Institute of African Studies), the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies provides a framework for ground-breaking research projects which connect to debates across various fields. It allows research into Africa and the African Diasporas to be put into academic discourse with other research facilities, thereby, opening up new perspectives even across the boundaries of regional (Area) studies.

The Academy’s focus is on Cultural and Social Studies, but it is also open to other fields of study. Its research findings, as well as its debates concerning major current issues have profound impacts on culture, education, the general public, and politics. The primary focus of the Bayreuth Academy during its first phase (2012 – 2016) is the overall project “Future Africa – Visions in Time,” which is further divided into five sub-projects. The extension phase focusses on the diaspora: “Future Africa and beyond – Visions in Time”.

The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) along the lines of its funding priority “Stärkung und Weiterentwicklung der Regionalstudien (area studies)”.

All upcoming Dates and Events of the Bayreuth Academy for the next months

BA Dates SS2017

Please find all the upcoming dates and events of the next months, that are part of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, here.


Subject to change! The document is always marked with the date of the latest update.

Future Africa - Visions in Time

An Exhibition project by the Iwalewahaus and the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

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more information here, on the website of Iwalewahaus and on the exhibition blog.


Film about the exhibition


Kae Sun: Oceans Apart


"A collection of thoughts, reflections and discussions" by the members of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

 Please find the Blog here

Please find the latest Newsletter here - you can subscribe for the Newsletter here.

The brochure of the Bayreuth Academy is here available as PDF.