There are six professors of anthropology at the University of Bayreuth, including one junior professor and two emeritus professors, together with their teaching and research assistants, and the anthropologists at Iwalewa House. Research and teaching is related in all cases to the African continent, with the exception of one professorship which has Polynesia and America as its regional focuses.
Anthropology in Bayreuth sees itself as a descriptive, comparative and reflexive science of cultural differences. A strong emphasis is laid on present-day cultures and on fieldwork, which permits direct contact with the cultural worlds studied.
Major research areas relating to Africa in anthropology at Bayreuth are: