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  • Prof. Dr. Rose Marie Beck

    University of Leipzig,

    Professor of Afrikanistik (Languages and Literatures)

  • About:

    Prof. Dr. Rose Marie Beck is a linguistic anthropologist with interests in postcolonial linguistics and the sociology of linguistics. Her research interests have progressed from interaction and conversation analysis to ethnomethodology, praxeology and Science and Technology Studies. She has published about “speaking objects” and media in popular culture, HIV/AIDS prevention in Eastern Africa, on urban languages, language and development, and language philosophy. In 2010 she received an award for an article on HIV-prevention (Beck 2009, 2016) by the KfW for practically relevant development research, a study at the intersection of the sociology of knowledge production, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. Regionally she focuses on Eastern Africa and Swahili, Herero (Namibia), but with some interests in Central and Southern Africa. Empirically she works in the fields of Swahili Studies, urban studies, medical anthropology, science and technology studies. She is principal investigator in the project „Recalibrating Afrikanistik”, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation 2019-2026 (2027), and “Doing the City” (DFG, 2017-2020).


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    +49 (0)341 - 97 37031

    office: 2.2.05 (house 2, 2nd floor, room 05)

    consultation hour:
    We. 9:00-11:00 pm
    and upon appointment

  • Prof. Dr. Anne Storch

    University of Cologne,

    Professor of African Studies

  • About:

    African languages, in particular Benue-Congo, Nilotic and the Atlantic area. Fieldwork in Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Jamaica, Qatar, South Africa.

    My research combines cultural and social contexts and histories of languages, the semiotics of linguistic practices, epistemes and ontologies of colonial linguistics, but also linguistic description. I have contributed widely to the analysis, description and documentation of registers and choices, and focus on African languages not as systems and discrete entities, but as social practice, ways of speaking and parts of flexible and complex repertoires. I’m particularly interested in epistemic language, local metalinguistic knowledges, indirect communication, meaningful noise and silence. More recently, I have developed a research interest in the field of Critical Heritage Studies, exploring what makes languages part of ’intangible heritage’, associates them with emotion, prestige, and symbolic wealth.

    +49 (0)221 470 2708

    Postal address:
    Institute for African Studies
    University of Cologne
    50923 Cologne

    Office address:
    Meister-Ekkehart-Str. 7
    2nd floor

  • Prof. Dr. Clarissa Vierke

    University of Bayreuth,

    Professor of Literatures in African Languages

  • About:

    Clarissa Vierke, born in 1979, has been professor of Literatures in African Languages at the University of Bayreuth since 2014. With a scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation, she studied African Languages, Anthropology and Literatures in African Languages at the University of Bayreuth and the Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden. She wrote her PhD about the specific poetics of a narrative peotic genre from the Swahili Coast in Eastern Africa. Since then, she has worked on manuscript cultures in Eastern Africa and travelling texts along the East African Coast from Kenya to Mozambique and across the Indian Ocean. She has also expanded her interest in Aesthetics to focus on other poetic genres.

    In 2012, she won the Wissenschaftspreis of the University of Bayreuth and the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-prize of the German Research Council (DFG).

    +49 (0)921 / 55-3550

    University of Bayreuth
    Literatures in African languages
    95440 Bayreuth
    Room: Room: 1.10 (GW I)
    Fax: +49 (0)921 / 55-3641​

Six Universities

  • Logo Wukari University
    Federal University Wukari
    Language and (forced) migration, African languages in teaching, literatures in African languages
  • Logo Leipzig University
    Leipzig University
    Linguistic anthropology, non-representational linguistics, languages and languaging, critical sociolinguistics
  • Logo Stellenbosh University
    Stellenbosh University
    South Africa
    Education, multilingualism, identity politics
  • Logo Bayreuth University
    University of Bayreuth
    Literatures in African languages, popular culture, knowledge and epistemology
  • Logo Cologne University
    University of Cologne
    Colonial linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, metalinguistics
  • Logo Moi University
    Moi University Eldoret
    Cooperation with the Department of Literature, Theatre & Film Studies and the department of Kiswahili and other African languages.
  • Network of Universities

    Six German and African universities aim to foster academic exchange and support and promote young scholars to recalibrate Afrikanistik.

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