Institute of African Studies


Module 03-AFR-1302 "Postkoloniale Kritik"

The seminar "Postkoloniale Debatten" (03-AFR-1302) willl start on Thursday, the 26th of October in Room S 127.

The lecture "Postkoloniale Theorie" (03-AFR-1302) will start on Friday, the 27th of October in Room S 302.

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Erasmus+ Applications - winter term 2024/25 and summer term 2025

Dear students,
the deadline for the Erasmus+ applications fot the winter term 2024/25 and the summer term 2025 is 31st of January 2024!

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Belated module registration for winter semester 2023/24

Until 31st October 2023

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Modul registration Winter semester 2023/24

You have register for all modules and courses that you would like to take. Please use TOOL to register for modules or courses...


How South Africa went from a strong economic nation to a risky location

South Africa’s economic power is shrinking, companies are going bankrupt and the population is suffering. The reason for this is massive and widespread power cuts, which have been becoming more frequent for years now. In the ranking of Africa’s economically strongest countries, South Africa is only…

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New Video Podcast – Afrikanists Assemble

Take a look at the newest episode of Afrikanists Assemble, a Video Podcast produced by the research project Recalibrating Afrikanistik; a forum that seeks dialogue and exchange.

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Multilingual Matters has published a book by one of our institute members.

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Prof. Beck during a presentation.

News & Events

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

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A bird's eye view of the roofs of Zanzibar Stone Town, showing roofs made of different materials from brown, rusty corrogated iron to new, read, shiny plastic roofs.

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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A thatch-roofed round hut directly in front of the Chinese-built glass block that is the Faculty of Business at the University of Botswana in Gaborone.

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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A big satelite dish in Accra, Ghana that was converted into an AVN telescope and belongs to the Square Kilometer Array project.
A selfie with four PhD students and their supervisor in their midst.


Bundles of electrical wires, assorted cables and water pipes attached to houses throughout the Stone Town Zanzibar.

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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A graphic logo of the project Recalibrating Afrikanistik project.
This is the first page of Mamadou Chetima’s Quran, showing the first sura al-fâtiha. The bold print is Arabic and the translation between the lines is old Kanembu.
Electricity pole and cables photographed from below against the background of an urban neighbourhood in Ibadan, Nigeria.
A mining pit in Burkina Faso that is covered with a tarp and connected to a solar panel.
Hands holding on to a yellow handrail on a bus in Dar es Salaam.
A picture of the Julius Nyerere Building for Peace and Security in Addis Ababa on the left side, and the African Union Headquarters on the right.


Institute of African Studies

Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

Head: Prof. Dr. Katja Werthmann-Kirscht

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