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Members

Membership in BIGSAS is regulated in § 3 of the BIGSAS Regulations. BIGSAS has Members and Associated Members.

Members are the founding members of BIGSAS who are eligible to administer examinations. Additional professors and retired professors may become Members of BIGSAS. Membership is also open to outstanding scholars from all faculties of the University of Bayreuth who hold a doctoral title and supervise Africa-related doctorates. The Steering Committee makes decisions concerning applications for membership at the suggestion of the Dean of BIGSAS.

Associated Members are scholars who are involved in the supervision of doctoral candidates. The prerequisite for associate membership is that a doctoral candidate must already be admitted to BIGSAS. Associate membership is limited to the duration of the supervision relationship.


List of Members (alphabetically)

Member of BIGSAS Erdmute Alber

Prof. Dr Erdmute Alber

Email: erdmute.alber@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-4121

Chair of

Social Anthropology

Research Interests

Political Anthropology, Anthropology of Childhood and Family

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  • Ayeh, Anna: "Female Ways of Knowing Islam in a West African Context: Gender and Embodied Knowledge in Muslim Benin"
  • Ballo Guèdè, Fidèle Coffi: "'Ni pauvre ni riche': identité de classe moyenne ou construction sociale d'une appartence intermédiaire au Bénin?"
  • Houngbedji, Gbeogni Mickael: "'Lehrjahre sind keine Herrenjahre': Die Bedingungen in der Ausbildung und der Umgang mit internationalen Normen und internen Verordnungen zu Kinderschutz bei Schneidern, Schweißern, Maurern und Eisenflechtern in Benin"
  • Irambeshya, Albert: "Social protection for elderly people in the context of rapidly ageing population in Rwanda"
  • Krauß, Rebekka: "Urban illiteracy in Bolivia"
  • Mildner, Carsten: "DEAF-DEAF-DIFFERENT. ambiguities of being deaf in Benin"
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  • Abou Moumouni, Issifou: "Gouvernance de la sécurité au Bénin : les chasseurs néo-traditionnels dans le système sécuritaire"
  • Bochow, Astrid: "Intimität und Sexualität vor der Ehe. Werbung (courtship) und Werte im Wandel in Kumasi und Endwa (Ghana)"
  • Glover, Evam: "Polygyny Among the Middleclass in Ghana: An Anthropological Study of Urban Family Life"
  • Häberlein, Tabea: "Generationen-Bande. Ordnung, Praxis und Geschichte der Generationenbeziehungen bei den Lama (Kabiye) im nördlichen Togo"
  • Kroeker, Lena: "'In between Life and Death' - HIV-Positive Women in Lesotho and their Obstetric Choices"
  • Oldenburg, Silke: "À Goma on sait jamais...Jugend im ganz normalen Ausnahmezustand in Goma, DR Kongo"
  • Sarre, Joh: "'Some call it slum, we call it home!' Aushandlungen von Zugehörigkeit unter den nubischen Einwohner*innen Kib(e)ras, Kenia"
  • Ungruhe, Christian: "Lasten tragen, Moderne befördern. Wanderarbeit, Jugend, Erwachsenwerden und ihre geschlechtsspezifischen Differenzierungen in Ghana"
Member of BIGSAS Eric Anchimbe

PD Dr Eric Anchimbe

Email: eric.anchimbe@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3571

Research Interests

Sociolinguistics, World Englishes, Pragmatics, Applied Linguistics, Political Discourse, Computer-mediated Communication

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  • Ahmad, Usman: "A Study of English-Hausa and Hausa-English Translations"
  • Memunatu, Sheini: "Aspects of Dagombas' English"
  • Otung, Glory Essien: "Power and Identity in Colonial Letters: The Case of Southwest Cameroon"
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  • Oyali, Uchenna: "Bible Translation and Language Elaboration: The Igbo Experience"
Member of BIGSAS Susan Arndt

Prof. Dr Susan Arndt

Email: susan.arndt@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3551

Chair of

English Studies and Anglophone Literatures



Research Interests

Literary and Cultural Studies, Gender and Feminist Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Colonialism and Racism

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  • Assa, Shirin: "MENA Women in Diaspora: Poetics of Intersectional Resistance Versus Geometry of Appropriation"
  • Fulela, Brian: "Post-apartheid Subjectivities: Psychoanalysis and/in Place in the Novels of K. Sello Duiker, Kgebetle Moele and Sifoso Mzobe"
  • Muhammad, Dikko: "Female Voices in Northern Nigeria: An Exploration of Nature, Activism and Identity Politics in the Poetry of Nana Aishatu Ahmad, Angela Miri, and Maria Ajima"
  • Wachira, James: "Nar*Rating Environmentalisms: Non*Human in Figurations Knowledges on Conservation, Endangerment and Environmental Justice in Selected Kenyan Eco-narrative"
  • Yuan, Mingqing: "Kenya-China encounters in literary spaces: histories, presences and futures from the 1960's till the present"
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  • Baas, Renzo
  • Dittmann, Julia: "Ent-Täuschung des weißen Blicks. Rassismussensible Strategien für eine ideologiekritische Filmanalyse"
  • Donsomsakulkij, Weeraya: "Towards A South African Literary "Post-Pastoralism": Alternative Environmentalism and Multispecies Narratives in Selected Post-Apartheid South African Literature"
  • Köppen, Grit: "Performative Künste in Äthiopien: Internationale Kulturbeziehungen und postkoloniale Artikulationen"
Member of BIGSAS Kurt Beck

Prof. Dr Kurt Beck

Email: kurt.beck@uni-bayreuth.de

retired

Research Interests

Social Structure of Non-industrialised Societies, Economic Anthropology, Anthropology of Work, Muslim Societies, Social Anthropology of Islam, Rural Anthropology, Peasant Studies, Nomads, Anthropology and Policy of Development, Knowledge and Technology, Social Science Research Methodology

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  • Azzam, Mai: "Friends for change: Friendship making among activists groups in Khartoum"
  • Mohammed Ali, Rami: "Pursuing Order on Sudanese Hinterland Roads: An Ethnography of Travel Communities"
  • Saeed, Ahmed: "Artisanal Gold Mining in Um Badir, Sudan"
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  • Abd Elkreem, Tamer: "Power Relations of Development: The Case of Dam Construction in the Nubian Homeland, Sudan"
  • Al Hadi, Abu Baker: "Reproductive Dilemmas in the Pro-natalist Sudan: Perceptions of Causes, Treatment Practices, and Consequences of Female Infertility in the Town of Tamboul"
  • Bakhit, Mohamed: "Identity and Lifestyles Construction in Multi-ethnic Shantytowns: a case study of Al-Baraka community in Khartoum, Sudan"
  • Fantaw, Setargew: "Technology-Culture Dialogue: Cultural and Sociotechnical Appropriation of Mobile Phones in Ethiopia"
  • Hänsch, Antonia Valerie
  • Jaji, Rosemary: "Refugee Women and the Experiences of Local Intergration in Nairobi, Kenya"
  • Kastner, Kristin: "Zwischen Suffering und Styling. Nigerianische Migrantinnen beiderseits des Estrecho"
  • Mohammed, Bakheit: "The Religious Men in Jebel Marra: The Process of Learning and the Performance of Islamic Rituals and Practices"
  • Nicoué, Délia: "Migration et Savoirs. Reconstruction ethnographique des itinéraires et périples de l'apprentissage sur le parcours migratoire de jeune Éthiopiennes entre l'Éthiopie et l'Allemagne"
  • Stasik, Michael: "Station Ventures: Road Transport, Roadside Economies and Urban Hustle in Ghana"
Member of BIGSAS Andrea Behrends

Prof. Dr Andrea Behrends

Email: andrea.behrends@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-4106

Chair of

Anthropology in Africa



Research Interests

The Anthropology of Lifeworlds in Crisis, Mobility, Displacement and Emplacement, Doing and Undoing Differences, Feminist Studies, Digitalisation, Resources, and Land, Policies and Travelling Models, Phenomenology, Science and Technology Studies

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  • Jaschek, Saskia: "What makes for a Revolution? Subjektivierungen des Widerstand in der Dezemberrevolution des Sudans"
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Member of BIGSAS Ulrich Berner

Prof. Dr Ulrich Berner

Email: ulrich.berner@uni-bayreuth.de

retired

Research Interests

History of Religions in Europe, Syncretism Research, African Christianity (regional focus on Nigeria, South Africa), Method and Theory in the Study of Religion

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  • Kopecka, Tina: "Hindu Temple Ritual Worship in Durban, South Africa"
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  • Arthur, Justice: "The Politics of Religious Sound. Religious Diversity and Conflict in Ghana"
  • Baiyewu, Timothy: "The Transformation of Aladura Christianity in Nigeria"
  • Debele, Serawit: "Managing Irreecha Ritual: Religion and Politics in Post 1991 Ethiopia"
  • Geda, Gemechu: "Pilgrimages and Syncretism: Religious Transformation among the Arsi Oromo of Ethiopia"
  • Igwe, Leo: "The Witch is not a Witch: The Dynamics and Contestations of Witchcraft Accusations in Northern Ghana"
  • Mtata, Kupakwashe: "Religion and Nature in Africa: The Case of Matobo National Park and its Vicinity"
  • Nrenzah, Genevieve: "Modernizing Indigenous Priesthood and Revitalizing Old Shrines: Current Developments on Ghana's Religious Landscape"
  • Riahi, Idris: "The Modernity of Witchcraft in the Ghanaian Online Setting"
Member of BIGSAS Iris Clemens

Prof. Dr Iris Clemens

Email: iris.clemens@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-4128

Chair of

Educational Science



Research Interests

Processes of Globalization and World Society, Global Relations of the Emergence of Knowledge, Evolution of Ideas, Transformation of Knowledge and Education in the World Society

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Member of BIGSAS Serawit Bekele Debele

Dr Serawit Bekele Debele

Email: serawit.debele@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: + 49 (0) 152 5542 1690

Research Interests

Religion and Politics in Africa, Sexuality, Intersectionality, Area/African Studies

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  • Mulenga Wincierz, Mary: "Towards Theory Building: An Exploration of Experiences and Perceptions Associated with Youth Mentoring Practice in Southern Africa: A Grounded Theory Study in Zambia"
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Member of BIGSAS Martin Doevenspeck

Prof. Dr Martin Doevenspeck

Email: doevenspeck@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-2273

Chair of

Political Geography



Research Interests

Risk and Disasters, Society-environment Relations (Politics of Climate Change, Environmental Governance), Political Geography of Africa (Violent Conflict, Territoriality, Borders), Migration and Mobility

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  • Batano Kusimwa, Godelive: "Political Economy of Child Labour in Cobalt Artisanal Mining Zone of Kolwezi, DRC"
  • Hollstegge, Julian: "Geographies of border-making in South Sudan's southern borderlands"
  • Möller, Carsten: "Moving towards Power? Mobilities within Political Mobilization in Uganda, Kenya and Eastern DRC"
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  • Bock, Stephan: "Translations of urban regulation within the relation of Kigali (Rwanda) and Singapore"
  • Donko, Kamal: "Territory, Identity and Local Politics in the Frontier Zone of Central Benin"
  • Gebauer, Claudia: "'Recently there were a lot of changes' - Translations of the 'Adaptation to Climate Change Paradigm' in Rwanda"
  • Janssen, Jaana: "Schaffung von Gemeinsamkeiten im Kontext kultureller Differenz - Sozialgeographische Perspektiven auf Prozesse von Vernetzung und Relationaler Integration somalischer Postmigranten in Deutschland und Finnland"
  • Kinyera, Paddy: "The Making of a Petro-state: Governmentality and Development Practice in Uganda's Albertine Graben"
  • Morisho, Nene: "A New Institutional Economics Approach to Cross Border Small Business: A Case Study of Goma/Gisenyi Border"
  • Muhire, Blaise: "Land, Power and Identity: The politics of scale and violent conflict in Masisi, DR Congo"
Member of BIGSAS Martina Drescher

Prof. Dr Martina Drescher

Email: martina.drescher@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3579

Chair of

Romance and General Linguistics



Research Interests

Health Communication, French in Africa and North America, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis (also comparative), Language and Emotions

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  • Drabo, Adama: "Female Ways of Knowing Islam in a West African Context: Gender and Embodied Knowledge in Muslim Benin"
  • El Hadari, Taha: "'Ni pauvre ni riche': identité de classe moyenne ou construction sociale d'une appartence intermédiaire au Bénin?"
  • Guadagnano, Laura: "'Lehrjahre sind keine Herrenjahre': Die Bedingungen in der Ausbildung und der Umgang mit internationalen Normen und internen Verordnungen zu Kinderschutz bei Schneidern, Schweißern, Maurern und Eisenflechtern in Benin"
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  • Mbaho Ngawa, Carline Liliane: "La vente des produits de santé dans les cars interurbains au Cameroun : une analyse interactionnelle"
  • Mellie, Didérot Djialla: "Sensibilisation contre le VIH/SIDA au Cameroun: Analyse sémiolinguistique des affiches"
  • Nganga, Simon: "Funeral Performances in Kenya: A Contribution to Communicative Genre Analysis"
  • Peem, Laure: "Traduire des textes sur le VIH et le sida en basaa : Cas des affiches et des dépliants"
Member of BIGSAS Ute Fendler

Prof. Dr Ute Fendler

Email: ute.fendler@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3567

Chair of

Romance Literary Studies and Comparative Literature

Research Interests

French and Francophone Literatures and Media (Film, Television) as well as Comparative Approaches to German/French, Francophone/Hispanophone Literatures and Film, Intercultural Communication, Intermedial Phenomena, Memory, Violence

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  • Benthami, Khadija: "Les récits d'enfance dans la littérature judéo-maghrébine"
  • Boudjekeu Kamgang, Thierry: "Writing the Slave Trade Trauma in Francophone Africa: A Study of Selected Novels"
  • Tsogo Momo, Marie Nadege: "Le cinéma allemand au Cameroun d'Entre-Deux Guerres : Analyse d'un Révisionnisme colonial en images"
  • Seye, Mbaye: "Senegalesische Filme in Mediascape: Mous Sène Absas Filme Madame Brouette und Yoolé"
  • Wandji Ngassa, Eudes Narcisse: "Cinéma et réinvention de l'imaginaire des cineastes Camerounais"
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  • Brahima,  Abraham: "L'intraduisible en question. Problématique linguistique africaine et décolonisation conceptuelle, une lecture critique"
  • Dodounou, Tsevi: "Le mythe de l'Albinos dans les Récits Subsahariens Francophones"
  • El Maarouf, Moulay Driss: "The Local and Global Dynamics of Moroccan Music Festivals"
  • El Naggare, Maroua: "Enfances. De quelques recueils francophones de récits d'enfance"
  • Koto, Yawo: "L'environnementalisme en Afrique francophone. La représentation de l'environnement dans la littérature et le cinéma africains francophones au sud du Sahara"
  • Mbaye, Aminata: "Les discours sur l'homosexualité au Sénégal. L'analyse d'une lutte représentationnelle"
  • Mohamed, Ghousmane: "La perception du milieu naturel à travers la littérature orale Touareg Kel Aïr du Niger"
  • Ndi, Gilbert: "State/Society: Narrating Transformations in Selected African Novels"
  • Ndong, Louis: "Kulturtransfer in der Übersetzung von Literatur und Film am Beispiel von Semèbene Ousmanes Novelle Niiwam und deren Verfilmung Niiwam der lange Weg"
  • Nyada, Germain: "Kindheit, Autobiografik und Interkulturalität. Eine vergleichende Studie zu Kindheitstexten von Laye Camara, Elias Canetti, Jean-Martin Tchaptchet und Yusuf Yeşilöz"
Member of BIGSAS Joël Glasman

Prof. Dr Joël Glasman

Email: joel.glasman@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-464

Chair of

History with a focus on the History of Africa



Research Interests

Francophone West- and Central Africa in the Twentieth Century, particularly the History of the State, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and the History of Humanitarianism

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  • Edeagu, Ngozi: "Writing back to Empire: Newspapers, Non-Elites and Decolonisation in the Global Public Sphere, 1937-1957"
  • Madhuku,  Perseverence: "Combating diseases in Frontier Zones: Measles Outbreaks and Vaccination Campaigns in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe 1900-2010"
  • Nyabwengi, Catheline: "Trends of Women Participation in Violence in Kenya; 1952-2019"
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Member of BIGSAS Joerg Gundel

Prof. Dr Jörg Gundel

Email: joerg.gundel@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-6252

Chair of

Public Law, International and European Law

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​Current supervisionHide
  • Thalhammer, Veronika: "Möglichkeiten der Bindung transnationaler Unternehmen an Menschenrechte aus völkerrechtlicher Perspektive. Eine Untersuchung mit dem Fokus auf afrikanische Gaststaaten und deutsche Gesetzesinitiativen"
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  • Owino, Robert: "International Environmental Law and Trans-boundary Resource Co-operation Frameworks in the Lake Victoria Basin: An Assessment of Effectiveness"
Member of BIGSAS Christine Hanke

Prof. Dr Christine Hanke

Email: christine.hanke@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-4601

Chair of

Digital and Audiovisual Media

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Member of BIGSAS Jana Hoenke

Prof. Dr Jana Hönke

Email: jana.hoenke@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-4137

Chair of

Sociology of Africa

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  • Ndlovu, Patricia Pinky: "A Sociological Understanding of the MinibusTaxi Industry in South Africa: informality, patriarchy and violence"
  • Yang,  Yifan: "Security and Societal Practices of Chinese Mining Projects in Guinea: Travelling Models and Low-status knowledge"
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Member of BIGSAS Dymitr Ibriszimow

Prof. Dr Dymitr Ibriszimow

Email: dymitr.ibriszimow@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3581 / - 5168

Chair of

African Linguistics II



Research Interests

Chadic, Berber, Afro-Asiatic, Comparative, Historical Linguistics, Cognitive Semantics, Ethnolinguistics, Linguistic Geography, History of the People of the Lake Chad Basin

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None

​Supervised and completed projectsHide
  • Bello, Baba Mai: "The Perception of HIV/AIDS among Students in North-Eastern Nigeria"
  • Firsching, Henrike: "'Apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time' - The translation of biblical metaphors in Hausa and Swahili"
Member of BIGSAS Thoko Kaime

Prof. Dr Thokozani Kaime

Email: thoko.kaime@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-4336

Chair of

African Legal Studies

Further Information

Current supervisionHide
  • Zundel, Isabelle: "Claiming LGBTQI+ rights through the African human rights system - Analysis of normative and procedural frameworks"
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None

Member of BIGSAS Said Khamis

Prof. Dr Said Khamis

Email: saidmsera@gmail.com

retired

Research Interests

Taarab and Globalisation, Swahili Novel, Oral Literature

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None

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  • Ndogo, Samuel: "Narrating the Self and Nation in Kenyan Autobiographical Writings"
  • Talento, Serena: "Framing texts/Framing social spaces: the conceptualisation of literary translation and its discourses in three centuries of Swahili literature"
  • Tchokothe,  Rémi: "Transgression in Swahili Narrative Fiction and its Reception"
  • Vierke, Clarissa: "The Poem of the Palanquin. A Text Edition of the "Utendi wa Haudaji" together with a Textual Analysis. Approaching the Style of the Nineteenth-Century Swahili Utendi"
  • Wafula, Magdaline: "Narrative Voice and Focalization in the Narration of Generational Conflicts in Selected Kiswahili Novels"
Member of BIGSAS Georg Klute

Prof. Dr Georg Klute

Email: georg.klute@uni-bayreuth.de

retired

Research Interests

Cultural Anthropology of Work, Money & Politics, Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of Violence and War, Ethnicity, Ethnic Conflicts, State in Africa, Nomadism, Nomads and State, Legal Anthropology, Sociology of Development, Policy of Development

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  • Haile, Aklilu: "Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the "National Question" in Ethiopia: Genesis and Trajectory"
  • Malluche, David:
  • Tandia, Aboubakr: "Modernity, Islam and Peace in Independent Senegal: The dynamics of the role of Islamic authorities in peace building and conflict handling (1962 - 2012)"
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  • Abeshu, Gemechu: "New Forms of Power in the Afar Region of Ethiopia: The Rise of Big Men near the Ethiopia and Djibouti Border"
  • Adera, Kairedin: "Dynamics of Identity Formation and Legal Pluralism: the Case of Customary, State and Religious Dispute Resolutions among the Siltie People, Southern Ethiopia"
  • Badi, Dida: "Recits d'Origine et de Fondation des Communautes Nomades et Sedentaires du Tassili n Azjer (Algerie/Libye)"
  • Borszik, Anne-Kristin: "Dispute Settlement in Eastern Guinea-Bissau: Self-presentations, Stories and Agency"
  • Dahlmanns, Erika: "Die Einheit der Kinder Gihangas. Kulturelle Dynamiken und politische Fiktionen der Neugestaltung von Gemeinschaft in Ruanda"
  • Diallo, Brahima: "Childbearing in Practice: Expectations and Experiences among the Fulbe in Central Mali"
  • Doumbia, Lamine: "Le foncier urbain à Bamako / Mali - Processus dans l'impasse et diligence des acteurs face à l'équation"
  • Eresso, Meron: "Religious Syncretism and Dispute Settlement: A Study of Sufi Shrine in North Eastern Ethiopia"
  • Kuhn, Tobias: "Die Ordnung hinter der Ordnung. Ethnographie einer islamischen Geheimwissenschaft (Senegal)"
  • Mané, Fodé: "A Mediação na resolução de conflitos O caso de Bambadinca"
  • Materna, Georg: "Straßenhandel mit Souvenirs im Senegal: Akteure, Arbeit und Organisation"
  • Mendes, Paulina: "Entre os "saberes locais" e o "saber universal": A modernicação das comunidades Manjaco e MANDJIZAÇÃO do estado na Guiné-Bissau"
  • Scaglioni, Marta: "PEOPLE WITHOUT AN ORIGIN: The 'Abid Ghbonton. A Historical Anthropology"
  • Wijngaarden, Vanessa: "Persistent images of 'the other' in cultural tourism. The interplay between Maasai's and tourists' imaginations and their face-to-face interactions"
Member of BIGSAS Kai Koddenbrock

Dr habil. Kai Koddenbrock

Email:kai.koddenbrock@uni-bayreuth.de

Research Interests

International Political Economy and International Relations, Comparative Politics

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Member of BIGSAS Franz Kogelmann

Dr Franz Kogelmann

Email: franz.kogelmann@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-5160

Research Interests

Current Islamic Movements, Islamic Law in Africa, Islamic Foundations (waqf), Islamism / Political Islam, Muslims in secular / partly Islamic Societies

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  • Ben Amara, Ramzi: "The Izala-movement in Nigeria: Its Split, Relationship to Sufis and Perception of the Sharia Re-Implementation"
  • Chembea, Suleiman: "Competing and Conflicting Power Dynamics in Waqfs in Kenya, 1900-2010"
  • Danfulani, Chikas: "The Re-implementation of Sharia in Northern Nigeria and the Education of Muslim Women 1999-2007"
  • El-Hassab, Ahmed: "Corporate Social Responsibility Conduct/Disclosure In the Experience of Sudanese Islamic Banks, 2008-2010"
  • Ibrahim, Musa: "Sharia implementation, filmmaking, and Muslim discourses: Analysis of contestations and negotiations between culamāɔ and Kannywood filmmakers in northern Nigeria"
  • Wario, Halkano: "Networking the Nomads: A Study of Tablīghī Jamācat among the Borana of Northern Kenya"
Member of BIGSAS Beate Lohnert

Prof. Dr Beate Lohnert

Email: beate.lohnert@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-2277

Chair of

Development Studies in Geography



Research Interests

Urban and Rural Environments, Town and Regional Planning (especially upgrading, low-cost housing, resettlement), Refugee and Migration Research, Integration Research, Social Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, Political Ecology, Conflict Mediation in Land Use,  Participatory Research, Teamwork and Team Management in Planning Processes

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  • Schwarz, Fabian: "Sustainable bioenergy and biofuel potentials from agricultural crops and residues in Uganda and Tanzania"
  • Yajalin, John: "Internal Migration: Neighbourhood Associations and its Consequences on Political Participation in Urban Slums in Ghana"
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  • Arko, Benedict: "Translating Discourses of Local Economic Development: The Case of the Ghana Decent Work Programme"
  • Debelo, Asebe: "Conflicts, Narratives of Entitlement and Competing Views over Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia"
  • Degenhart, Barbara: "Space - Food - Society: Changing Food Consumption Practices of the Emerging Urban Middle Class in Meqele, Ethiopia - A Relational Approach of Local Dynamics and Spatial Manifestations of Socio-Cultural Transformation Processes"
  • Flosbach, Johannes: "Financial Performance of Microfinance Institutions in Ghana and Uganda: Development and Application of the Achievement Stages Model"
  • Megento, Tebarek: "Inter-firm Relationships and Governance Structures. A study of the Ethiopian leather and leather products industry value chain"
  • Mekonnen, Mulugeta: "Transnational Migration-Development Nexus: The Engagement of Ethiopian Diaspora Associations Based in Germany"
  • Narh, Peter: "Negotiating behavioural change: regime interaction in environmental governance in Ghana"
  • Rudic, Christiane: "Housing finance strategies of informal settlement dwellers. Factors of influence and the impacts of planned interventions in Dar es Salaam"
Member of BIGSAS Cassandra Mark-Thiesen

Dr Cassandra Mark-Thiesen

Research Interests

African History

Member of BIGSAS Susanne Muehleisen

Prof. Dr Susanne Mühleisen

Email: susanne.muehleisen@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3564 / - 63

Chair of

English Linguistics



Research Interests

Creole Studies, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Translation Studies, Orality and Literacy, English Word Formation

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  • Kenne, Jocelyne: "Language and Interaction in the Chinese Community in Cameroon: A Sociolinguistic Profile"
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  • Ahmed, Umar: "Gender in Media Discourse: The Discursive Construction of Gender in Nigerian Newspapers"
  • Kamdem, Hector: "The Basic Narrative of National Unity and Peace in Cameroonian Political Speeches: A Discourse Analytical Perspective"
  • Otundo-Künster, Billian: "Exploring Ethnically-Marked Varieties of Kenyan English: Intonation and Associated Attitudes"
  • Turner, Irina: "Businified Political Discourse on the State of the South African Nation: A Dialogue between Presidential Speeches and Newspaper Reports"
Member of BIGSAS Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Prof. Dr Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Email: sabelo.ndlovu-gatsheni@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-4781

Research Interests

Epistemologies of the Global South, Decolonial Thought/Theory, History/Politics (South Africa & Zimbabwe), African History, African Politics, African Development, Empire, Colonialism, Decolonization, African/Black Radical Tradition, Rhodes Must Fall Movements, Decolonization of Knowledge and Universities, African Intellectuals

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  • Jahn, Eileen: "‘Ugesi Ngowethu’: Politics of Access to Electricity Networks in South Africa — A Case Study of the City of Johannesburg."
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Member of BIGSAS Dieter Neubert

Prof. Dr Dieter Neubert

Email: dieter.neubert@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 6131 250 6116

retired


Research Interests

Sociology of Development Policy (NGOs, Emergency Aid, Participation), Political Sociology of Africa (Democratisation, Civil Society, Conflicts and Conflict Regulation), Risks and Disasters, Local Knowledge, Participative Methods, Globalisation

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  • Müller, Sebastian: "Wohltätigkeit – Entwicklung – Unternehmertum im Namen des Islams. Strukturen und Prozesse islamischer glaubensbasierter Organisationen (FBOs) in Tansania"
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  • Boger, Julia: "Coming Full Circle. Return migration and job-hunting experiences of Cameroonian and Ghanaian graduates from Germany"
  • Brinkmann, Felix: "Kleinhandel unter schwierigen institutionellen Voraussetzungen - Reaktionen, Strategien und Lösungen der Händler auf dem Chisokone-Markt in Kitwe/Sambia"
  • Coulibaly, Nonlourou Marie Paule: "Logiques sociales de la solidarité envers les personnes vivant avec le VIH: Etude de cas menée dans les zones transfrontalières de la Côte d'Ivoire avec le Ghana et du Ghana avec le Togo"
  • Daniel, Antje: "Organisation - Vernetzung - Bewegung. Frauenbewegungen in Kenia und Brasilien"
  • Deutschmann, Anna: "Studierende als Akteure im politischen Wandel Afrikas. Eine vergleichende Analyse studentischer Mobilisierung und Organisation in Mali und Kenia"
  • Kagoro, Jude: "Militarization in Post-1986 Uganda: Politics, Military and Society Interpenetration"
  • Memusi, Shilla: "Gender Equality Legislation and Institutions at the Local Level in Kenya: Experiences of the Maasai"
  • Sabbi, Matthew: "Local State Institution-Building and the Unfulfilled Promise of Participatory Development: The case of Ghana"
  • Sackey, Emmanuel: "Dynamic Tensions, Civil Society and Development of the Disability Rights Movement"
  • Šváblová, Alžběta: "A tortuous way forward: Peacebuilding process and actor interaction in postwar Liberia"
  • Umlauf, René: "MOBILE TESTS - EINFACHES WISSEN: Zur Laboratorisierung und Projektifizierung der Malariadiagnose im ländlichen Uganda"
Member of BIGSAS Stefan Ouma

Prof. Dr Stefan Ouma

Email: stefan.ouma@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-2262

Chair of

Economic Geography



Research Interests

Global Commodity Chains and Agricultural Transformations, Financialisation of Nature and Agriculture, Industry 4.0, Critical Logistics

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  • Singo, Leiyo: "Tracing Visions of Socio-ecological Transformation and their Ethical Deliberation in Tanzania: The Case of Land Futures"
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Member of BIGSAS Jonathan Owens

Prof. Dr Jonathan Owens

Email: jonathan.owens@uni-bayreuth.de

retired

Research Interests

Arabic-speaking World, including Sub-Saharan Africa

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Member of BIGSAS Joschka Philipps

Dr Joschka Philipps

Email: joschka.philipps@uni-bayreuth.de

Research Interests

Political Conflicts, Transnational Politics, Postcolonial Studies, Conspiracy Theories, Urban Youth, Protest Movements in sub-Saharan Africa

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Member of BIGSAS Herbert Popp

Prof. Dr Herbert Popp

Email: herbert.popp@uni-bayreuth.de

retired

Research Interests

Economic and Social Geography, Urban Geography, Social Geography of Rural Systems, Geographical Tourism Research, Theory of Regional Geography

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  • Scheffler, Jennifer: "Ethnotourismus in der Kalahari"
Member of BIGSAS Ivo Ritzer

Prof. Dr Ivo Ritzer

Email: ivo.ritzer@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3624

Chair of

Media in Africa



Research Interests

Media Aesthetics, Media Archaeology, Media Anthropology, Media and Cultural Globalization, Film and Television Theory, World Cinema, Transnational Cinema, New Media, Digital Media

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  • Ateh, Tafor: "Audience Response to Cameroonian Films: The Case of Nina's Dowry and Jungle of Heirs"
  • Kamel, Shaden: "Popular Facebook groups exclusively for women and women empowerment in Egypt"
  • Lembcke, Sophie: "Digitalisierung und Future Archives. Posthybride Perspektiven auf künstlerische Objektbefragungen im kolonialen Museum (WT)"
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  • Moyo, Charles: "Icons of Zimbabwe's Crisis and their Interpretation by European Union Officials"
  • Ngum, Yvette: "Understanding Cultures and Identities in Cameroonian Cinema"
Member of BIGSAS Eberhard Rothfuss

Prof. Dr Eberhard Rothfuss

Email: eberhard.rothfuss@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-2278

Chair of

Social- and Population Geography



Research Interests

Pastoralism and Ethnic Tourism in Southern Africa, Afro-Brazilian Identity, Socio-spatial Urban Inequality (Favelas), Collective Governance, Critical (Southern) Theory, Intercultural Hermeneutics

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  • Gruber, Valerie: "Moral Geographies of (Re-)Existence: A Comparative Analysis of Socio-cultural Projects from Afro-descendant Communities in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)"
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  • Hansine, Rogers: "The intraurban dimension of reproductive choices variation in Maputo, Mozambique – a qualitative study"
Member of BIGSAS Cyrus Samimi

Prof. Dr Cyrus Samimi

Email: cyrus.samimi@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-2237

Chair of

Climatology

Research Interests

Climatology, Ecological Climatology, Biogeography, Agricultural Ecology, Remote Sensing, GIS

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Member of BIGSAS Katharina Schramm

Prof. Dr Katharina Schramm

Email: katharina.schramm@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-4170

Chair of

Social and Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests

Anthropology of Global Inequalities

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​Current supervisionHide
  • Schaumann, Eleanor: "Tracing Karakul in Postcolonial Practices and Landscapes"
  • Sharma, Mihir: "Black Lives Matter: Emerging Forms and Subjectivities of Activism in St. Louis, Missouri"
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Member of BIGSAS Rüdiger Seesemann

Prof. Dr Rüdiger Seesemann

Email: ruediger.seesemann@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3553 / - 5432

Chair of

Islamic Studies



Research Interests

Sufism, Islam and Modernity, Islam and Politics, Islamism, Islamic Education, Islamic Knowledge, Religion in Africa

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  • Ayong, Ahmed: "Traditional Islamic Scholarly Culture in Northern Cameroon, 1900 to the Present"
  • Hanif, Mohammad: "Debating Sufism: The Tijāniyya and its Opponents"
  • Issaka-Toure, Fulera: "Islamic Construction of Gender in Accra: The Role of Islamic Religious Authorities in Mediating Marital Conflicts"
Member of BIGSAS Valentina Serreli

Prof. Dr Valentina Serreli

On maternity leave

Email: valentina.serreli@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3554

Chair of

Arabic Linguistics



Research Interests

Arabic Sociolinguistics, Language Attitudes and Ideologies, Language and Identity, Multilingualism and Language Contact

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None

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  • Idhssaine, Abdellah: "Moroccan Language Policy and the Amazigh Language Revitalization"
Member of BIGSAS Gabriele Sommer

Prof. Dr Gabriele Sommer

Email: gabriele.sommer@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3557

Chair of

African Linguistics I

Research Interests

Areal Linguistics, Contact Linguistics, Languages and Societies in Africa

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  • Boutché, Jean: "Fula spoken in the city of Maroua (Northern Cameroon). A sociolinguistic insight into its use by non-ethnic speakers"
  • de Haas, Ricarda: "Spoken Word Goes Digital. Performance Poetry und Social Media in Harare (SIMBABWE) und Johannesburg (SÜDAFRIKA). Eine gendersensible Analyse"
  • Esene Agwara, Angiachi Demetris: "Assessing Rural Multilingualism in Lower Bafut, North West Region of Cameroon"
Member of BIGSAS Eva Spies

Prof. Dr Eva Spies

Email: eva.spies@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-4150

Chair of

Study of Religion



Research Interests

Christianity in Africa, Religious Diversity, Public Religion, Death and Personhood, as well as the connections between Development Cooperation, Moral Knowledge, and Religion

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  • Osei-Tutu, Isaac: "Entrepreneurship and Prosperity Gospel. A Business and Corporate Ethical Perspective on Neo-Pentecostal/Charismatic Economy in Ghana"
  • Rhissa Achaffert, Hamissou: "Penser et faire le développement au Niger : Le rôle des acteurs islamiques locaux"
  • Seyni Mamoudou, Ibrahim: "Les acteurs religieux et l'aide humanitaire à Diffa Department: Study of Religion"
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  • Balogun, Adeyemi: "Being a 'Good Muslim': The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Islamic Reform and Religious Change in Yorubaland, 1954 and 2014"
Member of BIGSAS David Stadelmann

Prof. Dr David Stadelmann

Email: david.stadelmann@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-6077

Chair of

Development Economics

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​Current supervisionHide
  • Wild, Frederik: "Four Essays in Development Economics and Regional Economic Integration"
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  • Frempong, Raymond: "Three Essays in Development Economics"
Member of BIGSAS Alexander Stroh-Steckelberg

Prof. Dr Alexander Stroh-Steckelberg

Email: alexander.stroh@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-4185

Chair of

African Politics and Development Policy



Research Interests

Comparative Democratization, Formal and Informal Institutions, Political Role of Constitutional Jurisdictions, Political Parties/Party Systems/Elections

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  • Kisakye, Diana: "Judges as agents of regional integration: A relational analysis of judicial networks in African regional courts"
  • Saibu, Ghadafi: "Political Parties, Violent Youth and Electoral Insecurity"
  • Wüst, Andreas: "Kulturpolitik in Tunesien, Marokko und Mali nach dem Arabischen Frühling - Förderinstrument für Stabilität?"
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  • Agbele, Fortune: "To Vote or Not to Vote: Understanding the Ghanaian Voter"
  • Bonkat, Lohna: "Surviving in a Conflict Environment: Market Women and Changing Socioeconomic Relations in Jos, Nigeria - 2001-2010"
  • Woldegiorgis, Emnet: "Regionalization of Higher Education in Africa and the Operationalization of the African Union Higher Education Harmonization Strategy"
Member of BIGSAS Clarissa Vierke

Prof. Dr Clarissa Vierke

Email: clarissa.vierke@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-3550

Chair of

Literatures in African Languages



Research Interests

Swahili Literature and Popular Culture, Poetics/Rhetoric, Manuscript Cultures, Orality and Literacy, Swahili Intellectual History, Literature in Multilingual Contexts, African History of Science

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  • Ajayi, Oladapo: "Fuji Lyrics and Everyday life in the Contemporary Yoruba Urban Space"
  • Minerba, Emiliano: "Historical-comparative analysis of the Swahili and Wolof metrical systems"
  • Tarrant, Duncan: "Zanzibari Poetic Imaginaries: Across the Indian Ocean from Muscat to Stonetown"
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  • Raia, Annachiara: "The Utendi wa Yusufu. A Critical Edition of the Swahili Poem of Yusuf and a Study of its Adaptation at the Swahili Coast"
Member of BIGSAS Ulf Vierke

Dr Ulf Vierke

Email: ulf.vierke@uni-bayreuth.de

Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-4501

Research Interests

Material Culture, African Arts, Popular Culture, Photography, Curatorial Studies, Disability Studies

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  • Böllinger, Sarah: "Visuelle Repräsentation von Behinderung in der Mittelschicht Nairobis"
  • Bounakoff, Pierre-Nicolas: "Curators vs Humanitarians: a Kenyan Artist's Dilemma"
  • Maia Schellenberg, Dandara: "Wax Prints: Fashion and Visual Agency in Brazil and Nigeria"
  • Naumann, Lena: "New Sacred Art- Das Gesamtwerk Susanne Wengers im Kontext der nigerianischen Moderne"
  • Opper, Alexander: "Undoing the undoings of the Johannesburg Art Gallery: For the museum yet to become"
  • Peters-Klaphake, Katrin: "Manifestations of modernism in art collections from the Makerere School of Fine Arts environment"
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  • Chepngetich, Pamela: "Spectacles of Displacement, Institutional and Vernacular Photography on Refugees in Dadaab, North-Eastern Kenya"
  • Siegert, Nadine: "(Re)mapping Luanda. Nostalgie & Utopie in der ästhetischen Praxis"
Member of BIGSAS Achim von Oppen

Prof. Dr Achim von Oppen

Email: achim.vonoppen@uni-bayreuth.de

retired

Research Interests

Social History, Religious History, Rural History, History of Space, History of Knowledge

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None

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  • Asaaju, Morenikeji: "Gender and Marriage: An Exploration of Changes in Marital Relations in Southwestern Nigeria, 1914-1960"
  • Diman, Hanza: "Wood for the kitchen: Towards a history of the supply and use of fuelwood in an urban setting of West Africa: The case of Lomé (from 1907 to 2017)"
  • Hailu, Aychegrew: "Towards a History of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Ethiopia since the 1960s"
  • Lar, Jimam: "Vigilantism, State, and Society in Plateau State, Nigeria: A History of Plural Policing (1950 to the present)"
  • Marowa, Ivan: "Environment and Social Memories: Responses to Involuntary Resettlement in North-Western Zimbabwe, c. 1900-2000"
  • Mkumbukwa, Abdallah: "The History of Use and Conservation of Marine Resources in Zanzibar: Nineteenth Century to the Present"
  • Solitoke, Essoham: "L'usage des mémoires et discours dans les pratiques de légitimation : Le cas de l'autorité locale chez les Lokpa du Nord-Bénin et chez les Lokpa et Lama du Nord-Togo, 1898-2010"
Member of BIGSAS Ulrike Wanitzek

Prof. Dr Ulrike Wanitzek

Email: ulrike.wanitzek@uni-bayreuth.de

retired

Research Interests

Family Law, Legal Pluralism

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  • Buchumi, Veronica: "Implementing forster care in Tanzania: A critical assessment of Laws, procedures and Institutions"
  • Kimario, Florencia: "The Best Interests of the Child Principle: A Critical Analysis of the Tanzanian Intercountry Adoption System"
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  • Bello, Sakinatou: "La traite des enfants et l'application des conventions internationales relatives aux droits de l'enfant en République du Bénin"

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