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The First Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in African Studies

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Dr. Ulf Vierke

Director of Iwalewahaus

Iwalewahaus, becks & BayFinK

  • Geographic focus: East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda), lusophone Africa (Angola and Mozambique), Namibia
  • Thematic focus: Material culture, African arts, popular culture, photography, curatorial studies, disability studies


University of Bayreuth
Wölfelstraße 2, Room 202
D-95444 Bayreuth

Phone: + 49 921 55-4501


Professional Background

Since 2019

Principal Investigator of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth

Since 2017

Head of the project Bavarian Research and Information Centre Inclusion and Disability (BayFinK)

Since 2014

Founder and Head of the Office of the Commissioner for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Diseases (becks), University of Bayreuth

Since 2012

Sub-Project Leader of "Revolution 3.0", Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies.

Since 2012

Principle Investigator of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth

Since 2010

Director of Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth

2007 – 2019

Head of the Digital Archive Project DEVA (Digitisation, Editing, and Net­working in African Studies), University of Bayreuth

2004 – 2009

Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit C1), Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth


PhD at University of Bayreuth

2003 – 2004

Freelance Curator


Research Associate at Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth

2000 – 2002

Research Associate at Fichtelgebirgsmuseum Wunsiedel

1997 – 1999

PhD Scholarship in the DFG-funded Research Training Group “Intercultural Relations in Africa”, University of Bayreuth

1989 – 1996

Magister studies in Social Anthropology, Ethnology, Islamic Studies, and Law at the University of Bayreuth

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