African Studies

Modern Art and Media

The 'Modern Art and Media’ unit based at Iwalewa House is an interdisciplinary enterprise focusing on the interface between media studies and art history of Africa (and the African diaspora) that is unique in the German-speaking countries. It is interested in the development of intercultural and practice-oriented competencies in the professional areas of exhibitions and media production. These topics are at present being taught mainly in the two B.A. degree courses "Culture and society in Africa" (subsidiary subject art and literature) and "African languages, literatures and art". Contemporary art (especially photography, performance, object art, concept art and media art) and associated questions of popular culture and the media it is generated by (cinema, music and music videos, radio, television, internet) are the subject of research and exhibitions at Iwalewa House.