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

Winter Semester 2021/2022 — Opening week

 

Dear BA and MA students, 

We are very excited that you decided to join our institute and look forward to welcoming you at our official orientation week (4-8 October 2021)
Please join us for the official semester opening and guest lecture on 4 October from 10h to 12h in Hörsaal 8 in the Hörsaalgebäude
The full program for our orientation week can be found here.

 

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SoSe 2021 retake exams dates

Here you find the online retake exams dates for the modules:

  • 03-AFR-1203 Hausa II, 27.09.2021, 9–11am
  • 03-AFR-1403, Hausa IV, 27.09.2021, 11am–1pm
  • 03-AFR-1204 Swahili II, 30.09.2021, 9am–8pm (via moodle)
  • 03-AFR-1404, Swahili IV, 30.09.2021, 9am–8pm (via moodle)

For the retake exams you have to register via the examination office (benbanik@uni-leipzig.de) until 24.09.2021!

RecAf Digital Young Scholars Workshops

As part of the ‘Recalibrating Afrikanistik‘ research project, Moi University (Eldoret, Kenya) is hosting a series of digital workshops for young scholars to present their research and spark conversation amongst peers and staff from the RecAf partner universities.
 

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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

  • Our University’s crisis management team will provide regular updates here.
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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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end-term lecture — 21 July 2021

What the upcoming African university has to discuss regarding the contemporary decolonial turn in African studies underway in Europe and the United States.
Abdourahmane Seck (Gaston Berger University, Senegal)

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