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Information für StudienanfängerInnen SoSe 2017

  • Information für StudienanfängerInnen BA Afrikawissenschaften im Sommersemester 2017 bezüglich der STEOP: Factsheet (.pdf)

März 2017

  • Ab 21. März 2017 wenden sich Lehrende und Studierende in studienspezifischen Angelegenheiten bitte bis auf Weiteres an die Vertretung von Monika Baumgartner: Herrn Daniel Görgl
    daniel.goergl@univie.ac.at,
    Telefon: 4277 45128 bzw. zu den Öffnungszeiten (Online-Terminvereinbarung) im SSS-Z "SIAMOS".

  • Die Sprechstunde von Martina KOPF entfällt am Mittwoch, 29. März 2017.

  • Am Donnerstag, 30. März 2017 ist das Sekretariat geschlossen!

April 2017

  • Ab 21. März 2017 wenden sich Lehrende und Studierende in studienspezifischen Angelegenheiten bitte bis auf Weiteres an die Vertretung von Monika Baumgartner: Herrn Daniel Görgl
    daniel.goergl@univie.ac.at,
    Telefon: 4277 45128 bzw. zu den Öffnungszeiten (Online-Terminvereinbarung) im SSS-Z "SIAMOS".

  • Die Sprechstunde von Martina KOPF entfällt am Mittwoch, 5. April 2017.

  • OSTERFERIEN: 09.-23. April 2017!
    Das Sekretariat ist vom 09.-17. April 2017 geschlossen!

Neues Masterstudium ab WiSe 2016

Mit dem Beginn des Studienjahres 2016/17 tritt ein neuer Masterstudienplan in Kraft, der mit einer lange gewünschten Neuerung aufwarten kann. Am Beginn steht weiterhin ein für alle Masterstudierende obligatorisches Grundlagenmodul, in dem breites Wissen zu allen Aspekten der Afrikawissenschaften und deren Beziehungen zu anderen Teilen der Welt hinsichtlich Theorien, Methoden und der gegenwärtigen Trends in den Afrikawissenschaften vermittelt wird, um ein einheitliches Eingangsniveau zu den aufbauenden Spezialisierungsmodulen zu erwerben.

Im Rahmen der curricularen Binnendifferenzierung kann jedoch ab sofort eine Spezialisierung auf afrikanische Literaturen erworben werden! Dabei wird weiterhin der Interdisziplinarität der Afrikawissenschaften Rechnung getragen, indem das entsprechende Lehrangebot u.a. übergreifende Lehrveranstaltungen mit den Bereichen der afrikanischen Sprachenwelt und/oder der Geschichte des Kontinents umfasst.

Wir hoffen, damit Ihr Interesse geweckt zu haben.

Call for Papers: "Journey of education and struggle: Mobility in times of decolonization and the global Cold War"

Stichproben - Vienna Journal of African Studies
(Special Issue Autumn 2018)

Editor: Eric Burton, University of Vienna

Following this journal’s previous issue on Sojourns along the way – narrative perspectives of movement, mobility and moments in between (Stichproben - Vienna Journal of African Studies 28/2015), an upcoming volume will investigate forms of mobility specific to the Cold War period. From the late 1940s to 1990, global Cold War rivalries overlapped with struggles for decolonization and development. For Africans, this historical constellation opened up new channels for venturing abroad in order to gain knowledge, qualifications and experiences. The destinations of these journeys were often the former metropoles, but also a number of other countries – including the socialist “East“, other states of the “South” like Egypt, China or India, as well as countries of the “West” that had no immediate history of colonial possessions. Liberation movements sent freedom fighters to training camps abroad and postcolonial African states invested in the academic and vocational qualification of citizens overseas to keep growing administrative and infrastructural apparatuses running.

While university students were most visible in these journeys of education, there were also other mobile groups of both civil and military character: soldiers, intelligence corps and freedom fighters; vocational trainees, trade unionists, party cadres, “contract workers” (the East European counterpart to the West European “guest workers”), and many more. These groups were disparate, but united by a common understanding that their individual journey was part of a wider struggle for “progress,” “decolonization” and “development”, terms that were filled with different understandings. These understandings were sometimes at odds with the powers that be. This applies especially to those who used mobility to escape the grip of authoritarian regimes.

Studying concrete structures, instances and individual trajectories of overseas education leads us to new insights what decolonization, the Cold War or development policies meant in practice. It enables us to see how young men and women interpreted the world, seized opportunities and pursued their interests at a time when regional dynamics were increasingly intermeshed with global economic and political processes. A focus on mobility complicates simple dichotomies of East vs. West and North vs. South and contributes to what Luise White and Miles Larmer call “un-national histories” of liberation, and, by extension, “un-national histories” of decolonization and development.

For the upcoming special issue, the interdisciplinary Vienna Journal of African Studies invites contributions on the topic of “Journeys of education and struggle”. Articles may follow individual trajectories, discuss institutional structures, or map collective experiences. They can be based on a variety of sources (archival sources, oral history, fictional texts, audiovisual documents etc.) and methods. Particularly welcome are contributions that address the following cross-cutting themes:

Appropriations and transformations: Journeys and sojourns hold opportunities for the appropriation and transfer of ideas, goods, practices and attitudes. At the same time, the value of existing contacts and knowledge could be transformed, lost or rejected. During the period of the Cold War, ideology assumed an especially important role: several models of liberation, modernity, and socioeconomic systems competed with each other, and individuals might be supportive of authorities or confront them, using the models at hand. Why were certain ideas, ideologies and practices taken up, and others not? Which confrontations arose over which issues?

Exclusion and counter-strategies: Movement has often been a means to achieve social upward mobility – but who could seize the new opportunities of the Cold War period, and who could not? Both in societies of origin as well as in the societies where one went, powerful exclusionary effects and discriminatory structures were at work, informed by (historically changing) migration politics and border regimes. How did individuals and groups deal with racism? In which way were both opportunities and experiences gendered? On a larger scale, how did these journeys of education reproduce class relations and other relations of inequality, and how did they challenge them? Which networks emerged?

Routes, institutions and ruptures: While some instances of mobility were organized by state institutions, there were also routes that developed from clandestine networks or relations between non-state institutions, including unions, political parties, and liberation movements, but also private companies, foundations, missions and other organizations based on religious or ethnic categories. Which interests did state institutions and non-state institutions attach to the sending of individuals, and to what extent were their expectations fulfilled? How did changing contexts (e.g., regime changes, wars, economic booms and crises) affect strategies of institutions and individuals?

Language: English, French, German or Portuguese

Length: 6,000 - 8,000 words

Abstract: Please send your abstract, a short CV and, if applicable, a list of your publications to eric.burton@univie.ac.at by 1 June 2017.

Manuscript: Deadline for the submission of the manuscript is 31 November 2017 after which contributions will be submitted to a double-blind peer-review process.


Statement zur Einreisepolitik der USA

The Board and Advisory Council of AEGIS, the Africa Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies, fully support our ASA colleagues in the United States and share their great worries, as expressed in their statement, which can be found here: http://www.africanstudies.org/news/779-asa-board-of-directors-condemns-executive-order-restricting-entry-into-the-u-s

We are sure we also speak on behalf of our 34 Members, all African Studies Centres and Institutes in Europe, and on behalf of many thousands of Africanist scholars all over Europe. We wish to express our solidarity for our African Studies Association (ASA) colleagues in the USA. 

As an association of European-based Africanists we are profoundly opposed to policies or actions anywhere that exclude or inhibit students and scholars at any level from undertaking learning, teaching or research on the basis of their race, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability or place of birth. These concerns extend to such practices of discrimination in a much wider sense. Joining a thankfully growing range of voices across the globe, we strongly assert our ethos of welcome and inclusion in our own institutions, and stand in solidarity with all campaigns of welcome and inclusion everywhere.

The AEGIS Board: Prof. Clara Carvalho, President of AEGIS (Lisbon), Prof. Ton Dietz (Leiden), Prof. Till Förster (Basel), Prof. Amanda Hammar (Kopenhagen), Dr Emmanuelle Kadya Tall (Paris).

The AEGIS Advisory Council: Prof. Ulf Engel (Leipzig), Prof. Leo de Haan (ISS The Hague), Prof. Paul Nugent (Edinburgh), Prof. Alessandro Triulzi (Naples).


Summer School in Kenya (July 2017)

The British Institute in Eastern Africa (www.biea.ac.uk) is accepting applications to its three-week 2017 Summer School in Kenya.

The Summer School targets graduate students from the humanities and social sciences departments from across the world. The aim is to provide advanced practical and field-based training in research methods. The students will spend ten days in the field putting into practice various research methods.

Modules on offer include: Approaches to African Studies by various Disciplines (Anthropology, Archaeology, History and Political Science); Introduction to field research; Practical sampling, mapping and village surveys exercises; Practical ethnographic field work exercises; Practical oral and life history interviewing and focus group discussion exercises and; Ethics, permits and practicalities of doing research in Africa.

Apply at: http://www.biea.ac.uk/summerschool/apply-now/


Sommerintensivkurs Hausa 2017 an der Universität Abdou Moumouni Niamey (Niger)

Das Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines der Universität Abdou Moumouni von Niamey organisiert vom 31.07. bis zum 22.09.2017 einen Sommerintensivkurs Hausa in Niamey. Der Kursverantwortliche vor Ort ist Prof. Laoualy Abdoulaye.

Die Kurse finden statt im Cellule de Recherche et d‘Ingénierie Linguistique, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Université Abdou Moumoum de Niamey, BP: 418, Niamey/ République du Niger.

1) Der Kurs läuft ca. 7 bis 8 Wochen und besteht aus:
4 Stunden Sprachunterricht pro Tag, 8-12 Uhr. Nachmittags können je nach Teilnehmerzahl Veranstaltungen außerhalb der Universität organisiert werden: Auf dem Markt, bei Handwerkern, traditionelle Zeremonien usw...

2) Die Teilnehmer werden in einzelnen Gastfamilien untergebracht, wo nur Hausa als Familiensprache verwendet wird und wo ein einzelner Raum und gewisse Sanitäreinrichtungen zur Verfügung gestellt werden. Die Verpflegung gehört auch zu den Aufgaben der Gastfamilien.

3) Die Kosten bei einer Teilnehmerzahl von 10 bis 20 Studenten sind ungefähr 1600,- € pro Student für die 2 Monate (Gastfamilie + Kursgebühr).

4) Für die Koordinierung in Deutschland und Österreich steht zur Verfügung: Dr. Ari Awagana, Institut für Afrikanistik, Universität Leipzig, Beethovenstraße 15, D-04107 Leipzig. Tel: +49 341 9737034, Fax: +49 341 9737048. awagana@uni-leipzig.de
Sie können sich bei Dr. Awagana für den Kurs anmelden und Informationen über Visum, Flug sowie weitere Informationen zur Vorbereitung bekommen.


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