Fellows

Our Current Fellows

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  • Dikko Muhammad

    University of Bayreuth,
    Germany

  • About:

    This research explores the traces of indigenous knowledges in the oral and literary works from Northern Nigeria. Some of these knowledges are branded animist by the region’s dominant ideologies of Islam and Westernisation. However, today, animism is understood as "the practice of continually re-enchanting the world as a manifestation of the animist unconscious in order to move the argument away from the charge of essentialism, which is likely to arise if this were seen as the natural, immutable, collective instinct of a people,” (Garuba 266). The present study looks at the heterogeneous nature of indigenous knowledges in the oral tropes, poetry and the novel by both men and women in Northern Nigeria. It studies these works as storehouse of those ideas that demonstrate evidence of indigenous philosophical truths, indigenous belief systems, knowledges, and practices that have been so prevalent in people’s experiences and that manifest in oral and literary representations.

    Project Titel: Indigenous Knowledges in the Oral and Literary Practices in Northern Nigeria


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  • Magugu Vincent Njeru

    University of Moi,
    Kenya

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    Project Titel: Culture, Ideology and Identity in Translated Postcolonial Literature


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  • Oladapo O Ajayi

    University of Bayreuth,
    Germany

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    I am currently completing my PhD thesis at the University of Bayreuth on "Fuji Music and Everyday Life in the Contemporary Yoruba Urban Space”. I am mapping the variegated experiences of Fuji in the contemporary urban Yoruba space. The research explores Fuji’s history, components and transformation, and its formation of and connections to communities (the Yoruba Muslim community is prominent in this context but there are other overlapping communities).

    Bearing in mind the need for a shift of perspective and interrogation by incorporating an indigenous lens of researching Africa studies, I want to find new ways of bringing underrepresented perspectives and knowledge onboard to articulate visions of social development in Africa from the “ground-up” (Simone 2004; Mbembe and Nutall 2008). The proposed project will adopt decolonial research methods which allow for self-reflection and engagement with contextual imaginaries. I am interested in the nuances of everyday life and the indigenous knowledge that articulate visions of social development in Africa. I envisage the project to bring to bear relatable, practical, and solution-oriented findings.

    Project Titel: Popular Arts and the (Re)Imagination of Social Development in Africa


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  • Judith Mgbemena

    University of Wukari,
    Nigeria

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    Project Titel: Nigerian Social Media Jokes: A Sociolinguistics Focus on the Praxis of Humour on National Discourses


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  • Simthembile Xeketwana

    Univerity of Stellenbosh,
    South Africa

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    Project Titel: The implementation of a language policy for multilingual education: extending the teaching and learning of isiXhosa for communicative purposes in teacher education


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Past Fellows and Associates

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  • Dyoniz Kindata

    University of Bayreuth,
    Germany

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    I am a Swahili lecturer in the European Master of Interdisciplinary African Studies Program at the University of Bayreuth. I also conduct research in German-East African (Post)-colonial literature and transnational studies.

    Project Titel: German and Swahili Colonial Newspapers in German East Africa 1885-1918 as multimodal sites of emergence of social knowledge


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  • Andrea Hollington

    University of Cologne,
    Germany

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    Project Titel: Linguistic Biographies – (Meta-)Knowledge Practices With Multiple Insights


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  • Berenike Eichhorn

    University of Leipzig,
    Germany

    Project Coordinator

  • About:

    Berenike Eichhorn is currently a master student and graduate assistant at the Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig. She studied anthropology in her bachelor in Leipzig and has a research focus on East African and Swahili Studies, as well as posthumanism and urban studies. She is responsible for the coordination of fellowships and the reading group, the organisation of the Grant Application Workshops and co-produces the RecAf podcast series Afrikanists Assemble.


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  • Collins Mumbo

    University of Moi,
    Kenya

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    Mr. Mumbo, Collins Kenga, lecturer of Swahili Literature and African Theatre in the department of Kiswahili and Other African languages at Moi University, Eldoret Kenya . I hold an M. Phil and B.Ed (Arts) degrees from Moi University, Kenya. I have taught both masters and undergraduate students at Moi University’s department of Kiswahili and other African Languages. Courses handled at Master’s level include: African Contemporary Drama, African Contemporary Folklore and Swahili Written Poetry. I have supervised five masters desertations to completion and authored a couple of books among them a Kiswahili Play Kosa si Kosa published by Oxford University Press, Kenya 2009. Currently I am writing my doctoral thesis on Pan Aficanism.

    Project Titel: Consceintization Of The African In The Context Of African Integration As Depicted In Kiswahili Litarature


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  • Jauquelyne Kosgei

    Univerity of Stellenbosh,
    South Africa

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    Project Titel: Imaginaries of Oceanic Histories in Oral and Written Texts from the Kenyan Coast
    Associate member in "Oceanic Humanities for the Global South"


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  • Lara-Stephanie Krause

    University of Leipzig,
    Germany

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    Project Titel: Are Colonial Languages Decolonising The (South) African University?


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  • Mingqing Yuan

    University of Bayreuth,
    Germany

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    Project Titel: Circulation of African Texts in China: Translation, Publication and Knowledge Production


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  • Nikitta Adjirakor

    University of Bayreuth,
    Germany

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    Project Titel: Mapping a newly emerging field of African language literature


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