Past Events of BIGSAS


Workshop on Presentation Skills, 17 January

Conference "Model African Union", 18-23 April (BIGSAS as partner)

BIGSAS Welcome Day, 27 April

Workshop "Media, Culture and Society/History and Film", 24-28 April

Workshop "The Distorted Mirror: Reflections of Time and Space in Speculative Media", 29-30 April

Partner University Conference "African Linguistic Landscapes and Language Interaction in Traditional and Global Contexts", Université Mohamed V de Rabat, Rabat, Morocco, 4-6 May

BIGSAS Denkatelier / Forum for Thought / Les ateliers BIGSAS de la pensée with Euphrase Kezilahabi, 26 May


BIGSAS Journalistenpreis 2017, 29 May

BIGSAS Alumni Meeting, Workshop Day, 30 May

Workshop "Qualitative Data Analysis with ATLAS.ti", 6-7 June

BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, 8-10 June

BIGSASläuft! - 2nd Mainauenlauf 2017, 25 June

Workshop "Female Voices in Islam in 20th Century West Africa", 11-12 July

International Conference "Media Maghreb: Imagining North Africa in Audio-Visual Culture", 13-14 July





BIGSAS Colloquium, 28 January

International Colloquium "Entre ordre et instabilité. Les d´fis de(s) insécurité(s) dans les Afriques en transition", Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin, 10-12 March

Visit of the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mali, Dr. Helmut Schmidt, 1 April

Conference "Beauty and the Norm: Debating Standardization in Bodily Appearance", 6-8 April

Conference "Model African Union", 21-24 April (BIGSAS as partner)

"Asixoxe - Let's Talk" SOAS and BIGSAS Conferences on African Philosophy, 28-29 April and 9 May

Visit of Anka Feldhusen, Head of Division East Africa, Horn of Africa, Sudan, Federal Foreign Office, 2 June

BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures (programme), 2-4 June

BIGSASläuft! - 1st Mainauenlauf 2016, 11 June

BIGSAS in Town 2016, 16 July

BIGSAS Denkatelier / Forum for Thought / Les ateliers BIGSAS de la pensée with Boubacar Boris Diop (information), 28 July

Workshop "Religious Engineering. Alternative Practices in the Context of Global Development?", 28-30 September

Partner University Conference "Media Cities: Mapping Urban Geography and Audiovisual Configurations", University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 10-12 October

BIGSAS Denkatelier / Forum for Thought / Les ateliers BIGSAS de la pensée with Prof Dr D. A. Masolo (information), 20 October

Conference "Thinking through Concepts/Thinking through Data. Processes of Mediation and Pitfalls in Academic Dealings with African Lifeworlds", 21-23 October


Conference "Higher Education Partnership Trends and Policy Issues between African and European Higher Education Institutions", 3-4 November


Workshop "Encounters: Crossing perspectives - Crossing disciplinaries" in collaboration with the Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, 14-16 November


BIGSAS Colloquium, 17-18 November





BIGSAS Colloquium (programme), 30 January

Workshop "Researching Culture and Society", 9-10 February

Round Table with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Rita Süssmuth, 29 April


BIGSAS Journalistenpreis 2015, 29 April

BIGSAS Colloquium (programme), 8 May

BIGSAS participation at 13th Maisel's FunRun 2015

Workshop "Cultural Tourism and Indigenous Groups in Africa: Questions Raised and Lessons Learned, 2-3 June


BIGSAS Festival of African and African Diasporic Literatures, 2-6 June

BIGSAS in Town 2015, 18 July

Conference "Gender Matters: Visions from Africa for the Internationalisation of Higher Education", 4-6 November



BIGSAS Colloquium (programme), 6-7 February

Conference " Wagner and the Voodoo Priest: Sacred Performances in Bayreuth and Elsewhere", 12-14 February

Affirmation of the BIGSAS partnership and network, 5 May

Honorary Doctorate awarded to Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (programme)

Alumni Excursion to Bonn (more information), 6-8 May

BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literature (link), 26-28 June

BIGSAS Colloquium (programme), 7 November

BIGSAS@school Workshop Day "Afrika und Wir", 25 November

Workshop "Burning Questions: The quest for 'modern' energy sources in/for Africa", 14-17 December

Workshop "Religion and Space: Perspectives from African Experiences", 15-17 December





Conference "Archeology of the Future /Archéologie du Futur", 24-26 January


BIGSAS Colloquium (programme), 31 January - 1 February


Visit of Minister of State Emilia Müller, 15 April


BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literature (link), 20-23 June


BIGSAS Journalistenpreis 2013, 10 July


Visit of Dr. Auma Obama, 15 October

International Workshop "Coping with the Quest for Happiness and the Preservation of Integrity of the Biosphere in Africa", 11-12 November


BIGSAS Colloquium (programme), 14 November





BIGSAS Colloquium (programme), 9-10 February


Conference "30 Jahre sozialwissenschaftliche Benin-Forschung in deutsch-beninischer Zusammenarbeit: Themen, Ergebnisse, Ausblicke" (programme), 8-12 March


International Workshop "The Making and Uses of Motor Roads", 7-9 June


Results announcement of the 'Excellence Initiative' call for proposals, 15 June


BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literature (programme and link), 14-16 June


Workshop "Dynamics of Religious Reform Movements in Contemporary Africa", 27-28 June


Workshop "Contextualizing Law", 21 August

BIGSAS Colloquium (programme), 8-9 November


Visit of the Bavarian State Minister of Science, Research and the Arts Wolfgang Heubisch, 19 November






BIGSAS Colloquium "Work in Progress", 13 January / 20 January / 27 January / 3-4 February


BIGSAS Journalistenpreis 2011, 15 April


BIGSAS Festival of African and African Diasporic Literatures 2011, 24-26 May


Workshop "Advanced Research Methods", 27-28 June


Conference "Tracks and Traces of Violence: Representation and Memorialisation of Violence in Africa in Art, Literature and Anthropology", 14-16 July


BIGSAS in Town 2011, 16 July


2nd BIGSAS Career Day, 20 October


Workshop on Ethics in Governance in Africa, 25-26 October

BIGSAS Colloquium (programme), 17-18 November






BIGSAS Colloquium "Advanced Work in Progress", 4-5 February


Workshop Subjects of Writing - Writing the Subject, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, 29 April - 1 May


1st BIGSAS Career Day, 5 May


Workshop "Continuity and Change in the Religious Field: Perspectives from Africa", 12-16 July


BIGSAS in Town 2010, 17 July


International Colloquium Between Order and Instability: Cultures, Languages and Spaces in Transition in Africa, Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin, 20-23 September


BIGSAS Colloquium, 28 October / 4 November / 11 November


Workshop "Documentary Matters", 9-23 November


Symposium "Adaptation to Climate Change in East Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Science Research", Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya, 18-20 November






BIGSAS Colloquium "Advanced Work in Progress" (programme), 29-30 January

BIGSAS in Town 2009, 18 July

Welcome Day, 15 October

Conference "Living Partnership", 22-23 October


Concert by Dobet Gnahoré during "Living Partnership", 22 October


Workshop "Brother- und Sisterhood from an Anthropological Perspective", 5-7 November






Conference "Building Partnership", 3-5 July