African Studies


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