Department of Anthropology and African Studies - Mainz

Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien

Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany

Dr. Hauke Dorsch – AEGIS Plenary Representative

Jun.-Prof. ​Dr. Franziska Fay – AEGIS Plenary Representative

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Forum Universitatis 6
55099 Mainz


Research and publications: 

The Department of Anthropology and African Studies (ifeas) at the JGU Mainz is an interdisciplinary institution which covers a broad spectrum of both research and teaching activities. These include social, political, religious and economic anthropology, transnational and humanitarian studies, the politics and sociology of development, media and visual anthropology, modern popular culture, aesthetics as well as African literatures, African music, theater and film and the languages of Africa. 

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Teaching in African Studies: 

The department currently offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology (“Anthropology of the Global”), a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Anthropology (“Ethnologie”), a B.A. in “African Languages, Media and Communication” as well as in African Languages and Linguistics (“Afrikanistik”) and a Ph.D. (Promotion) in Anthropology (“Ethnologie”) and African Languages and Linguistics.  

The focus of the curriculum and research program is on contemporary Africa and its entanglements with other world regions. Teaching and research go hand in hand, and advanced students are actively involved in research projects. Cooperation with African universities and collaboration with African colleagues play a central role in all these endeavors.

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The Department provides working spaces for visiting scholars who have fellowships from other institutions. 

Network and partners: 

Information on our partners and networks can be found in the Department's annual reports.