Institut für Afrikanistik - Leipzig

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Institute of African Studies
Universität Leipzig, Germany

Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

Post: Universität Leipzig - Institut für Afrikanistik
Postfach 100920
04009 Leipzig

Tel: +49 341 97 370 30
Fax: +49 341 97 370 48




Research and staff


Current research lines (with name of responsible team unit leader): Two research programmes are currently co-ordinated at the institute (both by Ulf Engel), the PhD Research Training Group 1261 “Critical Junctures of Globalisation” (a Graduiertenkolleg which is funded from 2006-2015 by theDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the DFG Priority Programme 1448 “Adaptation and Creativity in Africa: Technologies and Significations in the Production of Order and Disorder” (2011-2017; a decentralized research network with 12 projects approved for an initial two-year period and based at different German universities. This project is carried out under the auspices of former Federal President Dr. Horst Köhler).

The institute participates actively in the newly established Centre for Area Studies (CAS), which is funded by the federal Ministry of Higher Education (2010-2013). Two of its staff members are joint appointments.

Current research projects (timeline, funding agency):

  • Changing Stateness in Cameroon, Ghana and Ethiopia (2011-2014, DFG)
  • New regionalisms in a Changing World Order: Mapping Latin America and Africa (Saxonian Ministry of Higher Education and Arts, 2013-2014)
  • Series of documentation projects: missionary photos in IMPA online data bank; digital missionary sources from Moshi, Tanzania (various sources of funding)

The Institutes history dates back to the late 19th century. The linguistic tradition of the time was opened to include history and other disciplines in the 1960s. The Institute is part of the Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies.