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The First Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in African Studies

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Guest Scholars

1st Cohort (2020-2022)
Dr. Lamine DOUMBIAHide

Postdoc Researcher
Institut Historique Allemand (IHA), Centre de Recherche sur les Politiques Sociales (CREPOS)

Dr. Lamine Doumbia is a postdoctoral fellow of the German Historical Institute Paris (DHIP) within the framework of the transnational research group "The Bureaucratisation of African Societies", based in Dakar at Centre de Recherche sur les Politiques Sociales (CREPOS).

His current research project examines "Land Governance and Bureaucratisation in Bamako, Ouagadougou and Dakar - Mimicry and Hybridisation of Logics".

This project echoes the themes of Lamine’s earlier research but adds an important aspect to the focus: Contrary to popular belief, it seeks to examine not only bureaucratisation on the part of the state, but also the bureaucratisations or bureaucratisation tendencies of those who engage with the state bureaucracy. Furthermore, Lamine analyses the use of bureaucratic technologies and digitalisation, and considers the urban land problem as part of the management of everyday crises in West Africa. From his perspective, diverse actors (individuals as well as federations, associations) use bureaucratic practices, official correspondences, social media and other digital technologies as creative forms of crisis management.

Lamine completed the degree programmes “Applied African Studies: Culture and Society of Africa” (BA) and “Cultural and Social Anthropology” (MA) at the University of Bayreuth. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Georg Klute and Prof. Dr. Mamadou Diawara, he completed his PhD in Anthropology at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) with a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.


Workshop "The Partition of Africa – Social Anthropological Perspective" (2nd to 5th July 2021)


Contact: fakoly.doumbia@gmail.com

Dr. Cornelius Were OKELLOHide

Chairman and Lecturer at the Department of Environmental Sciences
Machakos University, Kenya

Dr. Cornelius Okello is the Chairman and Lecturer at Department of Environmental Sciences, Machakos University. He is also an associate at University of Nairobi’s Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation. He is an environmental scientist with a joint Erasmus Mundus doctoral degree in Marine and Coastal Management from University of Cadiz (Spain) and University of Bologna (Italy) and expert in climate change and freshwater resources. He also has a Joint European Masters in Water and Coastal Management from the University of Plymouth and Universidad de Cadiz. He has extensive experience in teaching, research, management projects, environmental impact assessments and audits, and working in multicultural organizations. Dr. Okello is a recipient on several research grants including National Geographic Society and Global Center on Adaptation. He is currently undertaking research on use of natural infrastructure to adapt to climate change in water sector of delta areas. He has also authored several articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals, with further author credits in three UNEP publications.


Workshop “An Introductory Look at the Geography of Africa (12th to 23rd July 2021)


Contact: cbokello@gmail.com

Dr. Colman Titus MSOKAHide

Sociologist, Senior Lecturer
Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Guest stay from 1st to 10th December 2021


Contact: ctmsoka@gmail.com

2nd Cohort (2021-2023)
​Dr. Joh SARREHide

Freelance Coach, Trainer, Lecturer & Researcher

Joh says about this course: “Over the 16 years of my career as an (academic) researcher, I gained extensive experience in practically applying a broad range of methods, ranging from more open-radar ethnographic research (B.A., M.A. and PhD theses based on own research in Tanzania, Nepal and Kenya) to more structured formats (large-n KAPB-survey for German development cooperation in Tanzania, comparative research project in international relations in Kenya/Uganda etc.). In my writings, I have reflected on the theoretical aspects of these different methods. Additionally, I have always held a keen interest in research ethics and methodological questions arising from ethical considerations, documented e.g. by organizing a workshop on research ethics at VAD-young scholars’-conference in 2014. My experience in teaching courses for both academics and practicians is a benefit when sharing my methodological knowledge and experience with students in ways that are both efficient and accessible. I particularly look forward to teaching this course jointly with my esteemed colleague Dr. Alžběta Šváblová, whom I have known for several years. I am hopeful that students will profit greatly from the broad range of methodological knowledge and experience in research and teaching which we offer.”


EIMAS Spring School on Qualitative Methods (19th to 23rd April 2022)
together with Alžběta Šváblová
at the University of Bayreuth

EIMAS Workshop in Applied Qualitative Methods (5th to 8th December 2022)
together with Alžběta Šváblová
at the Bordeaux Montaigne University


Contact: joh.sarre@uni-bayreuth.de

​​​Dr. Alžběta ŠVÁBLOVÁHide

Alžběta says about this course: “During my PhD (BIGSAS, University of Bayreuth), I gained sound experience with qualitative research methods, both theoretically and also practically, conducting my research project in a highly sensitive context of a post-conflict country. In addition to that, I bring my didactic skills, acquired and applied in various cultural contexts. In 2012, I offered seminars on research design and methodology at the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation at the University of Liberia in Monrovia. Since 2017, I taught BA and MA courses at the University of Bayreuth (for German and international students), and in 2019, I co-taught a week-long research methodology course at the summer school at the University of Sousse, Tunisia. Last but not least, I see a specific added value in co-teaching the EIMAS Spring School with Joh Sarre. Our fields of expertise complement each other, and Joh’s profound knowledge of ethnographic methods combined with my focus on methods used in sociology and political science will be of a particular advantage for the participants.”


EIMAS Spring School on Qualitative Methods (19th to 23rd April 2022)
​together with Joh Sarre
at the University of Bayreuth

EIMAS Workshop in Applied Qualitative Methods (5th to 8th December 2022)
together with Joh Sarre
at the Bordeaux Montaigne University


Contact: alzbeta.svablova@uni-bayreuth.de

​Dr. Nikitta Dede ADJIRAKORHide

Postdoctoral Researcher in Literatures in African Languages

Nikitta's academic research focuses on literature in African languages, particularly, popular cultural forms (hip-hop and poetry), digital literature and aesthetics. Her current research project examines the digital literary networks of Swahili and Ga literature, using a comparative framework to investigate how African language literatures create and inhabit transnational digital networks. She has a PhD from the UBT where she examined how popular practices of hip-hop and spoken word poetry contribute to the construction of people’s lifeworlds, in particular, through ideologies of language, sexuality and aesthetics. She has taught courses on research methodologies in literature, digital literature, African poetry and popular culture. She is also a creative writer whose poetry and non-fiction have appeared in Africa is a Country, Praxis Magazine and Sand Journal.


Workshop: “Popular Culture in Africa - Between Art and Protest” (26th to 30th May 2022)


Contact: nikittadede@gmail.com

Wanelisa ALBERT (Wanelisa Xaba)Hide
Wanelisa Xaba

Decolonial Thinker, Storyteller and Researcher
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Wanelisa is a decolonial thinker, storyteller, and researcher from Cape Town. She holds a Masters in Social Development at University of Cape Town and is currently doing her PhD in the Women and Gender Studies Department at the University of Cape Town. She is the co-founder and curator of "IPotsoyi KwaLanga", a feminist platform dedicated to promoting Black Queer spaces and celebrating Black joy. She is interested in merging decolonial thought and ancestral indigenous knowledge for Black liberation.

Guest stay from 28th November to 1st December 2022

Alfdaniels MABINGOHide
Alfdaniels Mabingo

Performer, Percussionist and Lecturer
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Mabingo is a performer, percussionist, and lecturer at Makerere University and former PhD Fulbright fellow at the University of Auckland. To him, traditional dances, songs, and communal performances, which were a large part of his youth, were not simply enjoyable and cultural; they were also repositories of practical knowledge about human life that, when combined with the rest of the world's knowledge, might have exponential impacts. His research draws on the philosophies of Ubuntu and Sankofa and, examines the interplay between individuality and communality in the pedagogic applications of Ugandan traditional dance. He has published articles and has presented at conferences in Uganda, the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Guest stay from 28th November to 1st December 2022

Sylvie Vernyuy NJOBATIHide
Sylvie Njobati

Founder of Sysy House of Fame and Cultural Activist

Sylvie is a journalist, filmmaker, and advocate for restitution, hailing from a village in Banso, in northwest Cameroon. She belongs to a folk called Nso. She is the creator of the cultural hub “Sysy House of Fame”, where she supports Nso youth in preserving their cultural identity. Inspired, by her lived experience of how colonial legacies continue to legitimise marginalisation and oppression, her works such as "Colonial Dialogue & Reconciliation", critically engage with the issue of colonial histories, legacies, and reconciliation.

Guest stay from 28th November to 1st December 2022

3rd Cohort (2022-2024)
Madeline J. BASSHide
Madeline Bass

Early-Stage Researcher
University of Kent, UK

Madeline recently completed her PhD with the MOVES (Migration and Modernity: Historical and Cultural Challenges) European Joint Doctorate, earning a dual degree from the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Kent. Her research sits at the intersection of Black Studies and Critical Indigenous Studies, informed by a background in Anthropology and Sociology. In her dissertation project she worked with Oromo women in the Horn of Africa and the diaspora, exploring practices of resistance through the lens of Black geography. Her other academic interests include anti-colonial and abolitionist organizing, community archives, and the use of participatory methodologies.

Workshop "Critical African Geographies" (16th to 20th January 2023)

Dr. Mariana DIAS PAESHide
Mariana Dias Paes

Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Workshop "Court Cases and the Writing of African History" (23rd to 27th January 2023)

Prof. Dr. Emnet Tadesse WOLDEGIORGISHide
Emnet Woldegiorgis

Associate Professor and Director
Ali Mazrui Center for Higher Education Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis completed his PhD at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where he also worked as a researcher between 2015 and 2019. He did his joint Master's Degree in Higher Education Studies at Oslo University in Norway, Tampere University in Finland and Aveiro University in Portugal. He is certified in two advanced-level research training in higher education in the Netherlands at the Centre for Institutional Cooperation (ICIS) Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; and training on Leadership and Management of Higher Education Institutions in Maastricht School of Management. Before his PhD, he worked as Head of Quality Assurance Office, Department Head and team leader at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. He has been researching higher education in Africa for the past ten years. He has published several peer-reviewed academic works on theories of regionalisation, internationalisation, academic mobility, economics of higher education, partnership models, decolonisation debates and harmonisation strategies in higher education.

Recent publications:

  • Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2022). Mitigating the digital divide in the South African higher education system in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Perspectives in Education, 40(3), 197-211.
  • Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2022). Configurations of progress and the historical trajectory of the future in African higher education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 54:11, 1839-1853, DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2021.1940955.
  • Woldegiorgis, E. T., & Jonck, P. (2022). Higher Education in the Face of a Global Pandemic. BRILL.
  • Woldegiorgis, E. T. (2021). Decolonising a higher education system which has never been colonised. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 53(9), 894-906.

Workshop "Qualitative Research Methods" (11th to 15th April 2023)

Dr. Remadji HOINATHYHide
Remadji Hoinathy

Institute for Security Studies (ISS), N'Djamena, Chad

Remadji joined the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in 2019 as a senior researcher (based in N'Djaména, Chad) in the Lake Chad Basin Programme and then as a senior Researcher for Central Africa and the Great Lakes from January 2023.  Previously, he headed the Centre de Recherche en Anthropologie et Sciences Humaines (CRASH) in N'Djaména, Chad. A former fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle-Saale, Germany), Hoinathy Remadji holds a PhD in anthropology from the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenber (Germany). 
Remadji's research initially focused on natural resources and their governance. He then researched various socio-political dynamics in Chad, including migration and conflict, religious diversity and radicalisation processes, religious-based violent extremism and security governance. The Lake Chad region and Central Africa are his priorities.

Seminar "Security Dynamics in Africa: an Increasing Trend towards Transnationalisation" (30th May to 2nd June 2023)

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