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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news

African Studies - NEWSLETTER

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

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RELANGUAGING LANGUAGE FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN TOWNSHIP SCHOOL
by Lara-Stephanie Krause

Multilingual Matters has just published a book of a member of our institute: With Relanguaging Language, Lara-Stephanie Krause writes a detailed, conceptually innovative linguistic ethnography of South African English classrooms.

  • Here is a link to a short blog post in which the author explains the concept of relanguaging
  • With the code at the bottom of the poster you can order the book for 50% less until the 31st of December

Erasmus+ Appications Summer Semester 2023

Dear students,
the deadline for the Erasmus + applications for Summer Semester 2023 is the 20th of September 2022!
Please be sure to send in the following to Lara Krause via email:

  • Letter of Motivation
  • Application Form (Online Erasmus Uni Leipzig)
  • Transcript of records
  • Language Certificate of language of instruction at your chosen host university

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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contact

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