Welcome to BIGSAS

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) is now part of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence funded by the German Research Foundation in the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments. In the focus of this unique structure of creative and innovative training are approximately 80 Junior Fellows from 24 African, American, Asian and European countries. The doctoral students benefit from a clearly structured, academic and career-oriented training as well as a genuine expertise in the African studies which has increased continuously since the foundation of the University of Bayreuth. The international network with Partner Universities on the African continent creates even more so excellent conditions for the research of our Junior Fellows.













The BIGSAS offices remain closed for public traffic. Please contact us via email if a personal meeting is necessary.


Info for all Junior Fellows in times of Corona (information).


The Cluster’s Stance on Racism and Black Lives Matter

The Academic Committee of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, in its capacity as the Cluster’s highest decision-making body, has released a statement to clarify its stance on racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.


The BIGSAS World - the blog

BIGSAS proudly presents its new blog and invites all Junior Fellows to contribute: The BIGSAS World.


JF Newsletter 05/2020

Find the latest issue of the JF Representatives' Newsletter here.

Digital Literature Festival

"Care, Responsibility and Solidarity: Narrating Resistance in African and African-Diasporic Arts, Academia and Activism", 3-4 July 2020 (programme).



of Azza Ahmed, 10 July 2020 (information). Please note that due to the current situation the defense will take place in camera.

Dates of the SC and the EC

Find the dates of the next meetings of the Steering Committee and the Executive Committee here.


Call for Papers

French Version:

"La problématique de la maladie dans la littérature africaine écrite"


English Version:

"Representations of disease issues in African Written Literature"


Latest issue of BIGSASworks!

Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers Vol. 23 (2019) "Gender and Social Encounters: Experiences from Africa". Edited by Shillah S. Memusi and Adeyemi Balogun.


International Club

Find more information about their activities here.


Statement regarding LIT publishing house.


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Find photos of events here