Professor of African Studies (Languages and Literatures)
Dean of the Faculty of History, Art and Area Studies
Speaker of Deans, Member of Pandemic Crisis Management Team
Award 2010, "KfW-Förderpreis für praxisrelevante Entwicklungsforschung”, category “Exzellenzpreis”
I am interested in PhD candidates with a general interest around the sociology of language, especially postcolonial linguistics, language philosophy, Science & Technology Studies. They are expected to work with empirical data from an ethnographic perspective that takes into account Actor-Network-Theory, Non-Representational Theory, ethnomethodology or praxeology in the fields of urbanity, medicine, verbal and popular art, education, politics, philosophy and science.
- since 09/2010
Professor of Afrikanistik (African Languages and Literatures), Institute of African Studies, Leipzig University.
- 04/2008 - 03/2009
Research Fellow Reader, Institute for Historical Anthropology, Goethe-University Frankfurt.
- 04/2006 - 09/2006
Locum professor, Africa-Asia-Institute, Institute for African and Ethiopian Languages, Hamburg University
- 04/2003 - 09/2007
Research Fellow, Institute of African Linguistics, University of Frankfurt
- 09/1999 - 03/2003
Lecturer for Swahili, Institute of African Linguistics, University of Frankfurt.
- 04/1995 - 03/1998
Research Fellow, Institute of African Languages, University of Cologne.
- 04/1994 - 09/1994
Research Fellow, Institute of General Linguistics, University of Cologne.
- 03/1996 - 07/1996
Guest researcher, Department of African Languages, Leiden University, Netherlands.
- 03/2000 - 07/2008
Habilitation & Venia Legendi in African Languages, University of Frankfurt.
- 09/1994 - 02/2000
Ph.D in African Languages, University of Cologne
- 04/1986 - 09/1993
M.A. African Languages, German Languages and Literatures (Germanistik), Education Studies, University of Cologne.
Prof. Dr. Rose Marie Beck is a linguistic anthropologist with interests in the sociology of knowledge practices and postcolonial linguistics. She has extensively published on “speaking objects” (PhD 2001) and media in popular culture, HIV/AIDS prevention in Eastern Africa, on urban languages, language and development and language philosophy. Her research interests have progressed from interaction and conversation analysis to ethnomethodology, to praxeology and more recently to postdisciplinary approaches such as Science and Technology Studies, Actor Network Theory, Nonrepresentational Theory and Posthumanist Theories. Regionally she focuses on Eastern Africa and Swahili, Herero (Namibia), but has also interests in Central and Southern Africa.
Particularly she is interested in the "invention" of language and the ideas and practices that are inherent in the notion of language itself. This interest materializes in the project Recalibrating Afrikanistik (2019-2026, Volkswagen Foundation "World Knowledge - Rare Subjects") that aims at opening the discipline of Afrikanistik, the study of languages and literatures originating in colonial times, towards the Area Studies.
The research project "Doing the City - Sociospatial navigation in Urban Africa" looks at urban practices of knowledge practices and knowability of cities. The aim is to contribute to urban theory "from the South".
- Recalibrating Afrikanistik (RecAf)Beck, Rose MarieDuration: 10/2019 - 09/2026Funded by: Stiftungen InlandInvolved organisational units of Leipzig University: Afrikanistik; Graduiertenzentrum Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften
- Doing the City. Socio Spatial Navigation in Urban AfricaBeck, Rose MarieDuration: 11/2017 - 10/2020Funded by: DFG Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftInvolved organisational units of Leipzig University: Afrikanistik
- Beck, R. M.2016. Tusidanganyane - let's not fool ourselves! Knowledge production and HIV prevention in Nairobi (Kenya)Sociolinguistic Studies. 2016. 10 (1). pp. 15-43
- Beck, R. M.Language as Apparatus: Entanglements of Language, Culture and Territory and the Invention of Nation and Ethnicity.Postcolonial Studies. 2018. 21 (2). pp. 1-24
- Beck, R. M.Speakaboutablity and the resistance of the phenomena-that-can-be-represented-with-the-word-“Neger” (2020)
- Beck, R. M."Deep Language" Crossing BordersIn: Beck, R. M.; Kai, K. (Eds.)Abdilatif Abdalla : Poet in Politics. Tanzania: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers. 2015. pp. 3-10
- Publikationspreis: KfW-Förderpreis für praxisrelevante Entwicklungsforschung 2010, Kategorie Exzellenzpreisshow detailsBeck, Rose Marie (Afrikanistik)awarded in 2010 by Verein für Socialpolitik, KfW.
Introduction to African Studies (BA 03-AFR-1100, MA 03-AFR-1711)
Postcolonial Theory, Theory from the South (03-AFR-1302)
Culture and Technology (03-AFR-1605, 03-AFR-2109)
Urban Africa (03-AFR-2112)
MA- and doctoral colloquia
Research Colloquium of the Institute of African Studies
2020: Winterschool "Postcolonial Debates: Politics of Knowledge Practices in and around African Languages and Literatures" ("Recalibrating Afrikanistik")
2018: Achille Mbembe's Critique of Black Reason (03-AFR-1711)
2017: Summerschool "Seeing the self through the lens of the other" (StiL, Universität Leipzig)
2016 Knowledge production in times of Ebola
2016 Multilingualism (University of Stellenbosch)
2014 Discourses about HIV/AIDS in Africa
Introduction to African Languages
Urban Languages in Africa
Popular Culture and Verbal Art
Performance & Performativity
Science & Technology