Institute of African Studies

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about us

We see African Studies as part of Area Studies with a particular historical responsibility. Our interdisciplinary institute works within the scope of the humanities and the social sciences.

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STUDIES

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African Studies

We learn to think critically about Africa and its role in a globalised world as well as in the social sciences. Here you find information on our Bachelor and Master programme in African Studies.

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Research

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Diverse, dynamic and changing

We engage in individual and collaborative research projects on Africa in its regional and global entanglements, and we orient towards Leipzig University’s strategic research field “Changed order in a globalised world”.

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The Institute of African Studies at Leipzig University has a weekly newsletter that announces new events, publications and projects.

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CITY LIFE IN AFRICA. ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSIGHTS
by Katja Werthmann

This book introduces readers to the anthropology of urban life in Africa, showing what ethnography can teach us about African city dwellers’ own notions, practices, and reflections. It asks what anthropologists have come to learn about Africans’ views on city life. It provides a critical acclaim of ethnographies in English, French, and German and elucidates anthropology’s contribution to understanding city life in Africa. It highlights the significance of female, African and Diaspora scholars for an emerging urban anthropology of Africa. The book will be an essential read for students and researchers of social anthropology, African and urban studies, but also for professionals in research and development organizations, thinktanks, and other institutions concerned with urban Africa.

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RecAf — New Video Podcast — Afrikanists Assemble
 

Have a look at the first episode of Afrikanists Assemble, a Video Podcast produced by the research project Recalibrating Afrikanistik; a forum that seeks dialogue and exchange. There will be new episodes of Afrikanists Assemble every month centring around changing topics related to the field of Afrikanistik and African Studies.
 

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Information about Coronavirus

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News & Events

Everything you currently need to know from the Institute of African Studies: news, lectures, workshops, colloquia and conferences.

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African Studies Research, 07 December 2022

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We would like to invite you to our first African Studies Research Seminar of the 2022/23 winter semester. Our seminar will take place in-person and online, 11h15 —13h. Our speakers will be:

  • Julia Schweers (University of Oxford) — Citizenship Abroad, Capital at Home — the Value of Dual Citizenship in Ghana

  • Stefanie Mauksch (Leipzig University) — Failing Onwards, Fastly: Entrepreneurial Futures in Sudan

Venue: Room 2.216, at Institute of African Studies (GWZ, Beethovenstr. 15) and
BigBlueButton Link: https://lecture.uni-leipzig.de/b/luk-jyf-uic-4s1

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Institute of African Studies

Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

Head: Prof. Dr. Dmitri van den Bersselaar

Phone: +49 341 97-37030
Fax: +49 341 97-37048