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 PhD 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.


of Grit Köppen, 5 December 2016, 3 pm, S 17, GSP (information).


Public Lecture

"‘Women Speak’ and ‘Men Listen’ in Arsii Oromo Custom: Baye bayee songs – poetized rites of passage and protest against gender power relations", Prof. Dr. Mamo Hebo Wabe, 6 December 2016, 6.30 pm, Iwalewahaus (information).


Public Lecture

"On the traveler, photographer and extraordinary Pancho Guedes", José Luís Tavares, 16 December 2016, 7 pm, Iwalewahaus (information).


BIGSAS Guest Profile

Prof. Dr. Jane Knight (profile).


Gender and Diversity Programme

dates (update: 01/12/16).


International Club

Find more information about activities here (update: 16/11/16).












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3-4 November 2016,
International Conference "Higher Education Partnership Trends and Policy Issues between African and European Higher Education Institutions"

(photos of this event)

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