Welcome to BIGSAS

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) is now in the second phase funded by the German Research Foundation as part of the Excellence Initiative since 2007. In the focus of this unique structure of creative and innovative training are approximately 100 Junior Fellows from 27 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.











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Studies Programme

Courses for the summer semester 2018 now online.


JF Newsletter 05/2018

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


of Morenikeji Asaaju, 26 June 2018, 01.45 pm, S 106, FAN C (information).


BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures

"Space, Resistance, Feminism", 25-27 June 2018, Iwalewahaus (programme).



"Mining Collections - Some configurations of African Modernisms in Institutional collections", 29-30 June 2018, Iwalewahaus (programme).

Latest issue of BIGSASworks!

Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers Vol. 18 (2018) "Living in African Cities: Urban Spaces, Lifestyles and Social Practices in Everyday Life".


Gender and Diversity Programme

dates (update: 20/03/18).


International Club

Find more information about activities here (update: 14/03/18).



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