African Studies

Organization & statutes

The management is incumbent upon the statutes of the IAS. The current spokesperson is Rüdiger Seesemann, professor in Islamic Studies, his deputy is Cyrus Samimi, professor in Climatology. The IAS has Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, and two academic staff members under its direct management.

Executive Board

In accordance with its statutes the IAS is governed by an Executive Board composed of elected representatives of the participating faculties of the University of Bayreuth as well as representatives of academic institutions under the direct management of IAS. The Executive Board meets at least twice each semester.

Members of the Executive Board

Erdmute Alber, professor of Social Anthropology, faculty V
Martina Drescher, professor of Romance Languages and General Linguistics, BIGSAS
Ute Fendler, professor of Romance Literatures and Comparative Studies, faculty IV
Franz Kogelmann, PhD, Islamic Studies, IAS
Achim von Oppen, professor in African History, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
Eberhard Rothfuß, proffessor in Social and Population Geography, faculty II
Cyrus Samimi, professor of climatology, faculty II
Rüdiger Seesemann, professor in Islamic Studies, faculty IV
Eva Spies, professor in Religious Studies, faculty V
Rémi Tchokothe, PhD, African Literatures, faculty IV
Ulf Vierke, PhD, Iwalewahaus
Ulrike Wanitzek, professor of Law in Africa, faculty III

Executive Director

The members of the Executive Board elect a spokesperson and its deputy to serve for a period of two years.

Current Executive Director

Rüdiger Seesemann
Professor in Islamic Studies

Current Deputy Director

Cyrus Samimi
Professor in Climatology

Academic Staff

The IAS has two academic staff members who represent Africa-related research and teaching in their respective disciplines and who fulfil central functions within the IAS.

  • Franz Kogelmann, Islamic Studies, at the same time academic co-ordinator of IAS
  • Ulrike Wanitzek, Law, Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL)


Franz Kogelmann - Coordination
Daniela Löwinger - Office

Guests of the IAS

To promote or improve contacts with Africa the Institute has funds enabling it to invite guests to Bayreuth. The guests are distinguished scholars. They are able to profit from the excellent opportunities for access to and presentation of research materials offered by African Studies in Bayreuth.

Our database gives a review on the current, future and former guests of the Institute of African Studies.


Statutes of the Institute of African Studies (in German)

Members of the IAS