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Ibrahim Bachir Abdoulaye, M.A.

Ibrahim Bachir Abdoulaye is a PhD candidate at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) and researcher within the "Religious engineering. The making of moralities, development and religion in Niger" project at the "Africa Multiple" Cluster of Excellence.

Research Areas

  • Turkey's policies towards African States
  • Islamist Movement and Political Islam
  • Religious Violence and Security issues
  • West Africa and the Sahel

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Prof. Dr. Andrea Behrends

For more than 20 years, Andrea Behrends' research concerns lifeworlds in crisis due to flight, conflict, and intervention in African contexts. This includes studies on resource governance and conflicts over distribution. Furthermore, she explores contingencies of belonging to understand the diversity in coexistence. She is also leader of a subproject within the BMBF-funded "Postcolonial Hierarchies" network.

Research Areas

  • Mobility, belonging, conflict, intervention, and resources
  • Anthropology of knowledge
  • Feminist and post-colonial studies
  • Chad, Sudan

(Photo: Niklas Reinhart)


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Dr. Eylem Camuroglu Cig

Dr. Eylem Camuroglu Cig is a postdoctoral researcher at the Media Studies Department at the University of Bayreuth and works at the intersections of Media Studies, Communication Studies and Political Theory. Her research currently focuses on transformation of public sphere in contemporary Turkey under neoliberal Islam, protest movements, resistance and multitude. Furthermore, she explores Turkey’s “third way” combined with construction business and their impact on public sphere in African context. She is also one of the co-founders of Beyond All Borders Association in Frankfurt.

Research Areas

  • Protest movements, 21. Century social movements and multitude
  • Transformation of media and public sphere
  • Islamic Neoliberalism in Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa

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Prof. Dr. Martin Doevenspeck

Martin Doevenspeck’s research interests are located at the interface of migration studies and political geography. He is a project leader within the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" and spokesperson of its Section "Mobilities." Additionally, he is Deputy Head of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) and member of the Executive Board of the Institute of African Studies.

Research Areas

  • Migration, (im)mobility, and borders
  • Risk and conflict
  • West and Central Africa

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Dr. Julia Eichenberg

Julia Eichenberg lectures in Modern European History at the University of Bayreuth. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the "London Moment" project (Volkswagen Foundation), focusing on exile collaboration during the Second World War in Great Britain, and Co-PI within the "Conflicts.Meanings.Transitions" research network. Additionally, she is the spokesperson of the German Association for Historical Peace and Conflict Studies" (Arbeitskreis Historische Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, AKHF).

Research Areas

  • Cultural and social history of war and paramilitary violence
  • History of diplomacy, law, and International Relations
  • European history, including Eastern and Western Europe

(Photo: Niklas Reinhart)


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Prof. Dr. Joël Glasman

Joël Glasman is professor of African history and coordinator of Global History at Bayreuth. His work focuses on the "bureaucratization of the world" since the 19th century. He is particularly interested in security forces, humanitarian aid agencies, and governmentality approaches. Additonally, he is leader of a subproject within the "Postcolonial Hierarchies" network (BMBF-funded).

Research Areas

  • State in Africa
  • History of bureaucracy
  • Francophone West Africa

(Photo: Niklas Reinhart)


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Prof. Dr. Isabel Heinemann

Isabel Heinemann will be Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Bayreuth (from February 2023 on). She focuses on entanglements of racism, gender, and knowledge and the long-term effects of political, epistemic, and physical violence in historical perspective. Her research particularly concerns National Socialism, the Second World War, and Nazi extermination policies as well as their impacts on European societies after 1945.

Research Areas

  • National Socialism, the Holocaust, the Second World War
  • History of gender and transnational feminism
  • Global history of racism and eugenics

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Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke

Jana Hönke is a Professor of Sociology of Africa at the University of Bayreuth. She is the leader of the INFRAGLOB project (ERC-funded) and of subprojects within the Peace and Conflict Research networks "Postcolonial Hierarchies" and "Conflicts.Meanings.Transitions" (both BMBF-funded).

Research Areas

  • Governance practices in South-South relations
  • Political geographies, post-colonial studies, and critical security perspectives
  • Sub-Saharan Africa, China, and Brazil

(Photo: Niklas Reinhart)


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Jaschek, Saskia, M.A.

Saskia Jaschek is a PhD candidate at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) and a freelance journalist working on Sudan’s military coup d’état 2021 and the following war.

Research Areas

  • Sudan
  • Dynamics of Revolution and Counterrevolution
  • Street Protests and other forms of Resistance
  • Political Subjectivation, Narratives and Identities of Social Movements

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Kingsley Jima, M.A.

Kingsley Jima is a Political Science Doctoral Candidate at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) as well as a Research Associate on the project “Politics of the Unknown. Conspiracism and Conflict” at the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth.

Research Areas

  • Diplomacy
  • Regional integration
  • Politics and policies integration
  • Nigeria

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Prof. Dr. Melina C. Kalfelis

Melina C. Kalfelis is a Junior Professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Social Belonging. Her work focuses on North-South relations in transnational architectures of security and development as well as everyday politics of vigilance in comparative perspective.

Research Areas

  • Global Anthropology and Transnational Politics
  • Anthropology of Violence and Crime
  • Trust, Belonging, and Intimacy
  • West Africa (especially Burkina Faso) and Western Europe (especially France)

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Prof. Dr. Benjamin Kirby

Benjamin Kirby is a Junior Professor for the Study of Religion, with a special focus on global entanglements. Ben’s research explores questions of religious politics, masculinity, and urban mutuality, particularly regarding Islam and Christianity.

Research Areas

  • Politics of religion, especially sociality and resistance
  • Infrastructure as a lens for studying religion
  • Tanzania, Southern Africa, Indian Ocean

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Dr. habil. Kai Koddenbrock

Kai Koddenbrock is the leader of the Junior Research Group "The political economy of monetary and economic sovereignty in West Africa compared" at the "Africa Multiple" Cluster of Excellence. His research intersects International Relations and International Political Economy. He also facilitates the DFG network "Politics of money" together with Benjamin Braun.

Research Areas

  • Financial dependencies
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • West Africa, DRC

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Dr. Maria Ketzmerick

Maria Ketzmerick is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Chair for Sociology of Africa at the University of Bayreuth. She conducts research on security from a post and de-colonial perspective to better understand the complex interrelationships between locally rooted social dynamics, transnational politics, and global change. She is also leading a subproject within the "Postcolonial Hierarchies" network (BMBF-funded).

Research Areas

  • Critical security studies
  • Global studies approaches, postcolonial theories, and decolonization
  • Central Africa, especially Cameroon

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Dr. Cassandra Mark-Thiesen

Cassandra Mark-Thiesen leads the Junior Research Group "African Knowledges and the History Publication since the 1970s" at the "Africa Multiple" Cluster of Excellence. Within the project, she examines global inequalities and contestation in knowledge production.

Research Areas

  • Labor history, particularly in mining
  • Memory and commemoration
  • West Africa, especially Ghana and Liberia

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PD Dr. Florian Kühn

Florian Kühn is a coordinator of the BMBF-funded research network "Conflict.Meanings.Transitions". He has more than two decades of experience in studying violence and its political organisation, within the state or outside state structures. His research mainly focuses on the interactions of "local" social orders and international interventions.

Research Areas

  • State-building, peace-building, and the liberal peace
  • Political economy of conflicts and non-state violent groups
  • Afghanistan, West and Central Asia, and the Middle East

(Photo: Niklas Reinhart)


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Dr. Marcus Mühlnikel

Marcus Mühlnikel is a senior lecturer at the Institute for Franconian Regional History, affiliated with the universities of Bamberg and Bayreuth. His research focuses on the experience of war.

Research Areas

  • History of the Empire
  • Political violence
  • Franconia

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Lea Levenhagen, M.A.

Lea Levenhagen is a PhD candidate and member of the research project "The London Moment". Her research focuses on European financial experts in London exile during the Second World War and their ideas for a post-war economic order.

Research Areas

  • History of Economic Theories
  • History of International Relations

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Dr. Bretton (Bret) McEvoy

Bret McEvoy is a researcher within the “Conflict.Meanings.Transitions" research network. His research addresses how political actors interpret their roles in histories of injustice and engage their consequences through projects of accountability, denial and resistance. In "Conflicts.Meanings.Transitions" he examines the entangled corporate responsibilities of arms manufacturers in (post)colonial violence.

Research Areas

  • Justice, human rights and (historical) accountability
  • Critical race/whiteness and postcolonial studies
  • Feminist theories and masculinities studies
  • Non-state actors
  • USA, Europe (UK and Germany) and North-South relations

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Ouma

Stefan Ouma is the Chair of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography at the University of Bayreuth. His research interests lie in the economic geography of globalization and development, drawing primarily on insights from heterodox economics, political ecology, and post- and decolonial work.

Research Areas

  • Global supply chains and financialization of land and agriculture
  • Digital transformation of labor
  • West and East Africa, New Zealand, Germany

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Hamissou Rhissa Achaffert, M.A.

Hamissou is currently a doctoral student at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS). He is working in the research programme "Religious Engineering: the Making of Moralities, Development and Religion in Niger" funded by the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth. Before joining this programme, he worked on a research-action project on open science in Haiti and Sub-Saharan Africa (SOHA) and in another on the legacies of slavery in Niger (LESLAN).

Research Areas

  • Religious Activism
  • Islamic Knowledge
  • Islamic Education
  • Violence and /(in)Security
  • Coloniality/Decoloniality in the Sahel

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Patricia Pinky Ndlovu, M.A.

Patricia Pinky Ndlovu is a Ph.D. candidate at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) and researcher within the "Postcolonial Hierarchies" network. Her research deals with racialized capitalism, patriarchy, and violence in South Africa's minibus taxi industry.

Research Areas

  • Gender dynamics in the workplace
  • Decolonial feminist theory
  • South Africa

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Prof. Dr. Cyrus Samimi

Cyrus Samimi is the Head of the Research Group of Climatology at the University of Bayreuth. He is also a Vice Dean for Digital Solutions in the Cluster of Excellence Africa Multiple and Director of the Bavarian Research Institute of African Studies (BRIAS). He has conducted research on various topics, including climate change, food insecurity, political instability, resource governance, and the politics of change.

Research Areas

  • Climatology and Ecological Climatology
  • Biogeography
  • Agricultural Ecology
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, Near East, Middle East, Southern Germany, and the Alps

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Prof. Dr. Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with emphasis on Africa. He is a leading decolonial theorist with over a hundred publications in the fields of African history, politics, development, and decolonial theory. Furthermore, he is leader of a subproject within the "Postcolonial Hierarchies" network (BMBF-funded).

Research Areas

  • Coloniality of power and decoloniality
  • Nationalism
  • Zimbabwe and South Africa

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Dr. Joschka Philipps

Joschka Philipps is the leader of the Junior Research Group "Politics of the Unknown. Conspiracism and Conflict" at the "Africa Multiple" Cluster of Excellence. Being a political sociologist, he analyses how conspiracy theories shape and are shaped by political conflict.

Research Areas

  • Post-truth politics and postcolonial theory
  • Urban youths, gangs, and protest
  • Guinea

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Prof. Dr. Bernt Schnettler

Bernt Schnettler is Chair of Sociology of Culture and Religion at the University of Bayreuth. He has conducted a number of empirical studies using qualitative methods, including computer-based presentations, religious experiences, and Holocaust commemorations. His current joint research with sociologists at the University of Cali focuses on the analysis of the peace process in Colombia, combining ethnographic methods with visual sociology.

Research Areas

  • Social Theory and Research
  • Visual Sociology and Video-Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Ethnography
  • Sociology of Knowledge, Culture, and Religion

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Dr. Jan Sändig

Jan Sändig is a researcher within the INFRAGLOB project and co-coordinator of the "Conflicts.Meanings.Transitions" network. His research mainly focuses on local and transnational contestations over large-scale investment projects for agriculture and mining.

Research Areas

  • Social movements, protest, and violence
  • Corporations and conflict
  • West and Central Africa, particularly Nigeria, DRC, Guinea

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Nicolai Teufel, M.A.

Nicolai Teufel is the leader of the education program Learnopolis.net (funded by the DAAD and BMBF) between the University of Bayreuth and three universities in Ukraine.

Areas of expertise

  • International collaboration for teaching and learning
  • Digital education
  • Practical experience with humanitarian aid to Ukraine

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Dr. Adam Sandor

Adam Sandor is researcher within the BMBF-funded "Postcolonial Hierarchies" network. His research focuses on South-South cooperation in transnational security initiatives and stabilisation missions. He has several years of experience as a consultant.

  • International intervention and security
  • Rebel governance
  • Sahel, especially Mali

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Dr. Nathaniel Umukoro (Visiting)

Nathaniel Umukoro is a visiting Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellow. His research focuses on democracy, public health, and conflict in Nigeria. Currently, he examines Nigeria's food security policies from a social perspective, particularly regarding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Areas

  • Democracy, inequality, and conflict management
  • Social protection and health care
  • Nigeria

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Alexander Schwarz, M.A.

Alexander Schwarz is a PhD candidate and researcher within the "Conflicts.Meanings.Transitions" network (BMBF-funded). His research mainly concerns paramilitary groups, known as Freikorps, after the first World War.

Research Areas

  • Antisemitism, nationalism, and paramilitarism
  • Recruitment and violence
  • Franconia and the Weimar Republic

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Darja Wolfmeier, M.A.

Darja Wolfmeier is a PhD candidate and researcher within the "Postcolonial Hierarchies" network (BMBF-funded). She examines racial inequalities and power in the humanitarian sector.

Research Areas

  • Critical race theory and decolonial studies
  • Humanitarian agencies

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