Anthropology at Bayreuth is represented by four Professors, their staff, and by anthropologists working at the Iwalewa Haus. In both teaching and research, there is a strong focus on African cultures and societies.
At Bayreuth, anthropology is understood to be a critical and highly reflexive discipline concerned with cultural difference. A strong emphasis is put on long-term fieldwork and thus on first-hand ethnographic knowledge.
Main areas of interest include:
- work and consumption,
- creativity and technology,
- traffic in Africa,
- state and rebellion,
- political authority and violence,
- kinship and intergenerational dynamics,
- contemporary art,
- popular music and media,
- youth and popular culture