About us

The Institute of African Studies has always been characterized by a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Africa. It unites social and economic history, sociology and philosophy of language, linguistics, political science, ethnology and sociology of development in a comprehensive study program.

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The diversity of our team is reflected in the interdisciplinary orientation of our institute.

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A digital African Studies notice board for information exchange on projects and research, based in Leipzig.

Auf dem Bild sehen wir eine Baraza eines Hauses (ein halb-öffentlicher Raum zum sozialen Austausch, der wie eine Veranda aussieht) in Makunduchi, einem Dorf im Süden Zanzibars. Foto: Berenike Eichhorn.


The Cyberbaraza, the Institute of African Studies’ digital notice board, presents the newest output from our academic programmes and research. It is a space for exchange and discussion on all issues relevant to African Studies in Leipzig.

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The Institute’s History

A picture of upcycled milkpowder cans now used as flower pots on a veranda in Zanzibar Town.

The Institute’s History

In 2017 the Institute of Afrikanistik was renamed Institute of African Studies. This makes explicit our identification as an Area Studies institute and points to our interdisciplinary orientation within the social sciences.

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Institute of African Studies

Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

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

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