16. November 2017

Dear friends,

We would like to invite you to our upcoming

poetry slam competition

Date: Thursday, 16th November 2017
Time: 7pm
Location: Department of African Studies, Altes AKH Campus, Seminar room 1 (1st floor)

If you would like to take part in the poetry slam, kindly send an e-mail to Anissa Strommer <anissa.strommer@gmail.com >with three poems in advance. As usual, the top three will be rewarded with cash prizes!

Thanks for your attention and see you soon!

Your VAW team

 15. November 2017

 14. November 2017

 10. November 2017

Radiosendung im Rahmen der Sendereihe „Welt im Ohr“ auf ORF Ö1 Campus


SENDETERMIN: Freitag 10.11.17, 20:00-21:00 Uhr

Schon in der Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts bereisten Neugierige, darunter auch Österreicher,  den afrikanischen Kontinent um diesen zu entdecken, zu beforschen oder zu missionieren. Eine Faszination ging von dem „schwarzen Kontinent“ aus, wenngleich gerade frühe Missionen wenig erfolgreich waren, schrieb doch der Forschungsreisende Sir Samuel White Baker 1867 „von der Missionsstation St. Croix [Heiligenkreuz]/aus/ist kein einziger Mensch zum Christenthume bekehrt worden“.

Heute, gut 150 Jahre später, ist die Forschung und Wissenschaft über Afrika nicht nur Teil vieler unterschiedlicher Fachrichtungen wie der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, der Internationalen Entwicklung, der Wirtschaft oder anderer global ausgerichteter Studienprogramme, sondern sie ist zu einer eigenen, auch universitären, Disziplin geworden. In weiten Teilen der Erde gibt es Institute für Afrikawissenschaften, Afrikastudien oder Afrikanistik wenngleich mit unterschiedlicher Ausrichtung.

In dieser Sendung befassen wir uns mit den Afrikawissenschaften per se, ihrer Entstehung – auch im Lichte der kolonialen Vergangenheit – mit Teildisziplinen, der Relevanz in der heutigen Gesellschaft und der Frage was eine/n Afrikawissenschafter/in ausmacht…sofern es diese/n gibt.


Dr. Tomi Adeaga, M.A., Institut für Afrikawissenschaften, Universität Wien
Immanuel Harisch, BA BA, Studienassistent am Institut für Afrikawissenschaften, Universität Wien
Mag. Dr. Peter Rohrbacher, Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Universität Wien
Mag. Dr. Arno Sonderegger, Privatdoz. Institut für Afrikawissenschaften, Universität Wien



 9.-11. November 2017

Workshop: Studying Housing in Interdisciplinary Perspective

9-11 November 2017

Department of African Studies, Seminar Room 1 and 3

We are very pleased to welcome our international cooperation project partners as well as other renowned scholars within the field of housing and urban research to take part in our first research workshop in Vienna. Our participants have a varied academic background and come from eight Universities in three different continents. For more details about participants and selected topics see our workshop program. 

Workshop Program as pdf
Die Vorträge finden alle im Seminarraum 3 statt.

 09. November 2017

 1.-2. November 2017

Mabia Workshop Part II

Date 1-2 November, 2017
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm (on both days)
Department of African Studies, University of Vienna, Seminar room 1 

Wednesday Nov. 1


Adams Bodomo (University of Vienna)
Mabia: its etymological genesis, geographical spread, and some salient genetic features

A. Agoswin Musah, Samuel Alhassan Issah, Samuel Awinkene Atintono (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)
A comparative study of the pronominal systems of three Mabia languages

Abdul-Razak Sulemana (MIT, USA)
The Existential Construction in Buli

Lunch Break

Asangba Reginald Taluah (University of Cologne, German)
A Literary Analysis of the Kasena Dirge: Its Nature and Form

James Azure Ababila (University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)
Women in Gurenε Proverbs: implications for the teaching and learning of Gurenɛ

Samuel Atintono (University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)
Documenting Endangered Gurenɛ Oral Genres in Northern Ghana: Some Reflections


Thursday Nov. 2

Avea Nsoh (University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)
A preliminary analysis of the Adverb Class in Farefari

Hasiyatu Abubakari (University of Vienna)
The Verbal System of Kusaal

Samuel Alhassan Isaah (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany)
Morphological Focus Marking in Kasem

Lunch Break

Martin Kyiileyang (University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)
Critical analysis of the narrative language of Dagaaba folktales

Osman Nindow (University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)
The Status of the Bilabial Nasal in Dagbani: Coda, Word final consonant or Syllabic

John R. Rennison (University of Vienna)
How good a Mabia language is Koromfe? A brief comparison of Koromfe and Mòoré

 24. Oktober 2017

 23. Oktober 2017

 20. Oktober 2017

 17. Oktober 2017

Wednesday Seminar des Instituts für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
Afrika Kolloquium des Instituts für Afrikawissenschaften

Joost Fontein: "Political accidents and unfinished death in Zimbabwe"


Dienstag, 17.10.2017, 17.00 Uhr
Seminarraum 3, Institut für Afrikawissenschaften

On 16th August 2011 Zimbabwe awoke to the news that retired General Solomon Mujuru, aka Rex Nhongo (his war alias) - former deputy commander of ZANLA and Zimbabwe's first black army commander, husband of the (then) Vice-President, Joyce Mujuru, and long-term confidante of President Mugabe, widely regarded as ZANU PF's 'kingmaker' - had died in a mysterious fire at his home on Alamein (or Ruzambo) farm, in Beatrice, 60 km south west of Harare. In this paper I have two purposes. Firstly I use Solomon Mujuru's death as way into a discussion of 'political accidents' in Zimbabwe's recent history, in order to explore the efficacies of rumours and the politics of uncertainty that I have argued elsewhere turns, in part, on the excessivity of human materials. The death of Mujuru is particularly useful beacuse the controversies that surrounded it, and the various investigations and official inquest that followed, turned not only on the inconsistencies of different witness accounts, and the woeful incompetence of the police and the fire brigade's response, but also in a large part on the contested role of a state-appointed pathologist and the obscurities of Mujuru's burnt remains, which later provoked (unfulfilled) family demands that his remains be exhumed and re-examinied. This illustrates how proliferating rumour and dissent can turn on the excessive indeterminacy of material substances, as much as on, or rather in entanglement with, contested narratives and representations. The two are of course intertwined. My second purpose, however, is to explore how the efficacies of rumours and uncertainities provoked by such 'political accidents' - which constitute a particular kind of death in Zimbabwe - relate to, illustrate, reinforce, and are in part dependent upon the broader uncertainties that can surround all death in Zimbabwe. This paper therefore makes a double movement of its own, focusing first on the specificities of a very particular kind of death in Zimbabwe, and then adjusting focal resolution in order to explore what these particularities reveal about death in general, and especially about the entangled political, epistemological and ontological uncertainties which suggest that death is, in a sense, never finite, never complete, interminable, and potenially always in the (un/re)making.



The importance and the need for the Global African Diaspora to tell its story in its own words with Beatrice ACHALEKE

Monday, Oct 16th, 2017 at 7pm
Seminar room 1, Department of African Studies, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5, 1090 Wien

In this talk Béatrice Achaleke, a powerful, polyvalent, multitalented and socially engaged Writer, will talk about Writing and/with/in the Global African Diaspora and also about Africa related global issues. Her multifarious fields of action are: e.g. Empowerment of the African Diaspora and of African Women, Diversity, African Diaspora and Writing. She was living before here in Vienna, she settled herself recently in Johanesburg in South Africa, where she is writing, creating and leading fascinating projects. Achaleke was recently aknowledged as one of the hundred top difference makers in South Africa.

Chair of Lecture: Prof. Adams Bodomo, Director, Global African Diaspora Studies (GADS) Research Platform & Head, Department of African Studies, University of Vienna

Invitation by Global African Diaspora Studies (GADS) Research Platform and the Department of African Studies


 02.10.2017: GADS Seminar and Special Departmental Lecture

Questions and Answers on the Global African Community

Dr. Runoko Rashidi

Monday Oct 2, 2017 at 7pm
Seminar room 1, Department of African Studies, Spitalgasse 2,
Hof 5, 1090 Wien

In this talk Dr. Runoko Rashidi, an independent scholar on African Diaspora Studies, will first give a general visual synopsis of the origins of humanity in Africa and then describe the spread of African people globally before, during, and after the enslavement period.

Runoko Rashidi is an anthropologist and historian with a major focus on what he calls the Global African Presence – that is, Africans outside of Africa before and after enslavement.  He is the author or editor of eighteen books, the most recent of which are My Global Journeys in Search of the African Presence and Assata-Garvey and Me: A Global African Journey for Children in 2017.  His other works include Black Star: The African Presence in Early Europe, published by Books of Africa in London in November 2011 and African Star over Asia: The Black Presence in the East, published by Books of Africa in London in November 2012 and revised and reprinted in April 2013 and Uncovering the African Past: The Ivan Van Sertima Papers, published by Books of Africa in 2015.  His other works include the African Presence in Early Asia, co-edited by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima.  Four of Runoko’s works have been published in French.

Chair of Lecture: Prof. Adams Bodomo, Director, Global African Diaspora Studies (GADS) Research Platform & Head, Department of African Studies, University of Vienna

Invitation by Global African Diaspora Studies (GADS) Research Platform  and the Department of African Studies.


In der Fachbereichsbibliothek sind in diesem Raum die Bücher aufgestellt. In der Mitte ist der Gang, hinten sieht man drei große Karten, die den Kontinent Afrika zeigen, Tisch und Sessel zum Arbeiten und die rote Coach.

Fachbereichsbibliothek Afrikawissenschaften © Carl-Phillip Bodenstein

Freitag, 29. September 2017
10.00-12.00 Uhr, Seminarraum 1

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