Institute of African Studies


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Everything you need to know about the Institute of African Studies at a glance. Find out, for example, about currently planned lectures, workshops, colloquia and conferences.

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New Video Podcast – Afrikanists Assemble

Take a look at episode 31 "Crucial Questions" of Afrikanists Assemble, a Video Podcast produced by the research project Recalibrating Afrikanistik; a forum that seeks dialogue and exchange.

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Independent module de-registration

Independent deregistration from modules and thus from the examinations of the Faculty of History, Art and Regional Studies is still possible in the winter semester 2023/2024 until January 6, 2024.

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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!


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

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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.


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.
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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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Die erste Seite des Korans von Mamadou Chétima (Zinder/Niger). Hier ist die erste Sure al- fâtiha des Korans, die fette Schrift ist in Arabisch, die Übersetzung zwischen den Zeilen in 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

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