Work Groups

What is a Work Group (WG) and how does it work?

Work Groups should be initiated by Junior Fellows and meet their particular needs. A WG is meant to be a forum of discussion; its organisation is up to you. You choose the topics and the thematic or methodological orientation you want to give to your discussions - it all depends on your interests and needs. You choose the format: texts readings, round tables, mini conferences and finally you determine the frequency of the meetings (special funds are available). Junior Fellows at any stage of their work, who are interested in a common topic may gather to exchange thoughts about it. The minimum number of participants in order to found a new WG is two Junior Fellows but participation is open to other (PhD) students of the UBT.

The Work Groups are part of the requirements of the PhD programme at BIGSAS (§ 10 of the Doctoral Regulations).

Download the guideline here.


Current Work Groups

BIGSAS currently has the following Work Groups, they are open and any interested person is encouraged to join:171010_BIGSAS_Seminar_5750k

Previous work groups:

  • A disciplinary in-between: negotiating creativity
  • Afrofuturism
  • Bayreuth Work Group on Governance in Africa
  • BIGSAS Lesekreis
  • BIGSAS Thesis Reading Group
  • Career Day – Perspectives after the doctorate
  • ClimateCultureSpace
  • Conceptualising mobile knowledge in African contexts
  • East African Community
  • Economics of Africa
  • Environment-Society Interface in Africa
  • Family and Youth
  • Food Security and Organisational Features of Development Projects
  • Gender in Africa
  • Governance in Africa
  • HIV/AIDS from a Social and Cultural point of View
  • Knowing, Learning, and Schooling in Africa
  • Land, citizenship and politics in an Sub-Saharan African context
  • Media in Africa: Approaches and Analyses
  • Methodology of research and scientific writing in African literatures
  • Migration
  • On Mind and Nature: Reading Gregory Bateson (former: Reading Radical Constructivism)
  • Performativity and Mediality in an African context
  • Place-Making, Belonging and Identity
  • Postcolonialism?
  • Public Health Issues in Africa
  • Sexualities that matter: Queering in Africa
  • State-Society Relations
  • The Making of Meaning: Theories and Methods in Communication
  • Tourism in Africa: Chances and Challenges
  • Tracks and Traces of Violence
  • Uncertainty and Trust
  • Writing Academic English
  • Youth