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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.

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We are thrilled to announce that our new English-language Master of Arts programme in African Studies: Critical Perspectives on Society, Politics and Culture has officially launched. It will be starting in winter semester 2023/24 and is now accepting applications for admission from March 15 until July 15!

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What makes our programme unique:

  • The freedom to choose your own individual study focus, while centering Africa as an epistemic site of knowledge production

  • An interdisciplinary emphasis on the social sciences, combining the insights of sociology and politics, social and cultural anthropology, history, and the study of religion, each with a focus on Africa

  • A university on the forefront of interdisciplinary African research in Europe, with dozens of UBT professors and lecturers doing Africa-related research, a vast collection of Africa-specific book and media resources available through the university library, and the prestigious “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence and the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies making UBT a hub for African Studies

If this programme sounds like a great fit for you or someone you know, check out its website for more information. We can’t wait to hear from you!

We encourage prospective students to apply early (especially if they need a visa).

Another new program, the B.A. Interdisciplinary African Studies admitted its first students in the winter semester of 2022/23. The program has a strong cross-disciplinary component and offers the opportunity to specialize in politics and sociology. It is taught in German. 

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.

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