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Chair for Sociology of Africa - Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke

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Welcome to the Chair for Sociology of Africa

The Sociology of Africa chair group engages in internationally renowned research and teaching that centres on two themes: International Political Sociology from Africa, and Peace and Conflict Studies/Critical Security Studies.

Our African Studies programs have been reformed and will be starting as completely new programs:

B.A. Interdisciplinary African Studies
(from October 2022; with a strong cross-disciplinary part and the possibility to specialize in politics and sociology); instructed in German!

M.A. African Studies: Critical Perspectives on Society, Politics and Culture
(instructed in English; from October 2023; applications starting spring 2023)

The chair is holding courses in and for the following degree programs:

  • B.A. & M.A. African Culture & Society (KuGeA) - terminating soon
  • B.A. Interdisciplinary African Studies (starting winter term 2022)
  • M.A. African Studies: Critical Perspectives on Society, Politics and Culture (instructed in English; starting winter term 2023)
  • M.A. European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies (EIMAS)
  • B.A. Culture and Society (subject "Sociology"), M.A. & combination subject Sociology
  • M.A. Development Studies

Further, we contribute to the following programs, among others:
B.A. International Economics and Development, B.A. Geographies of international Development, Focus on Africa (GEFA), M.A. Global History, International Legal Studies (Supplementary Studies)

Our research

      • contributes to the development of Global Political Sociology, with a focus on Africa.

      • is at the intersection of Global Political Sociology, International Relations/Political Science and African Studies, and from there, develops theoretical and methodological innovations.

      • is part of the Cluster of Excellence Africa Multiple. We also build towars a new interdisciplinary research focus on peace and conflict at the University of Bayreuth (see research projects HIERARCHIES, ÜBERGÄNGE/TransitionalConflicts).
      • involves international collaboration on the ERC-project "Africa's Infrastructure Globalities (INFRAGLOB), with focus on China and Brazil.

      • fosters further regional networks, among others with DRC, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.

      During the Bayreuth International Summer School in July 2022, the chair offered a course on the topic "China-Africa Engagements: Narratives, Myths and Realities" in cooperation with Dr. Obert Hodzi (University of Liverpool).

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