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New Article by Prof. Joël Glasman

Ignore and rule

What do Europeans do when they hear the war waged by the government of Ethiopia has killed more people than the war in Ukraine?

Conference Africa's Mobility Struggles Eldoret Moi University

Dr. Jochen Lingelbach at the conference "Africa's Mobility Struggles" (Feb 22 - 23, 2023)

Dr. Jochen Lingelbach from the Chair of African History will give a workshop/panel on "Mobility Control" at the conference "Africa's Mobility Struggles" on February 23.

The conference is organized by the research group "Mobilities" within the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence of the University of Bayreuth. It will take place at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Moi University is an African Cluster Center (ACC); the ACCs are partner institutions of the Bayreuth Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" and serve as nodes for joint research initiatives and networks within the cluster.

The conference is open to the public online via Zoom, the program and the Zoom link can be found here.

New Article by Prof. Joël Glasman                                                                                                                          20.02.2023

White Saviourism is a Colonial Legacy. But White Indifference is the Larger One.

The discussion on decolonizing humanitarian aid is important. But it may well feed into false understandings of postcolonial discrimination. The main legacy of colonialism is not compassion. It's indifference.

Successful Dissertation Defense

Catheline Bosibori Nyabwengi finished her doctoral defense successfully on the 2nd of February 2023 with Magna Cum Laude. After the Presentation of her study “Women Fighters in Kenya; 1952-2019” she championed the enquiry by the committee, led by Prof. Behrends.


Award winner: Outstanding Academic Titel (Choice Reviews, 2022)

E.Uchendu & N. Edeagu (ed.), Gender and Patriarchy in Africa

This mulitdimensional work brings together scholars from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, the US and many more.The contributing authors examine patriarchal structures of dominance and systemic hindrances to full equality. The work is among the Editor's Picks for June 2022 and honoured by Choice Reviews as an "outstanding academic work" in 2022.

New article by Robin Frisch

"One country, one government, one flag and soon one currency"

Le franc CFA au Cameroun anglophone (1960-1963)

This article examines the colonial monetarisation of Cameroun in the 1960s. The focus is not only on the politically legitimizing functions of currencies but also on their building capacities of a national identity.

New Article by Prof. Joël Glasman      

"Politics from Nowhere. Humanitarian aid and the history from weightless institutions"

Humanitarian institutions often appear as hovering above the political and local events, as being neutral, impartial and universalistic. But those who  save lifes, act politically. How is that compatible? 

New article from Robin Frisch

Alternativlos? Nein. Warum monetäre Souveränität für die Staaten der Franc-CFA-Zone so wichtig ist.

Seit Jahrzehnten steht der Franc CFA in westafrikanischen Staaten als „neokoloniale“ Währung in der Kritik.  Viele fordern eine Währungsreform. Was monetäre Souveränität bedeutet und wie sie in den Franc CFA-Staaten debattiert wird, erläutert Robin Frisch (Universität Bayreuth) in diesem Megatrends Afrika Spotlight.

New PhD Project: Decolonizing Humanitarianism. Race and Power in the humanitarian sector (by Darja Wolfmeier)

This project explores race inequalities and power relations in the humanitarian sector. There has been barely any academic work on the sociological and practical realities of racial inequalities in emergency aid. This project will offer one of the first historical sociology of racial inequalities of a leading humanitarian organization.

Full project description

New Article by Dr. Jochen Lingelbach

How Polish refugees came to Africa and what this tells us about the history of refugees and colonialism

In this short article the new book "On the Edges of Whiteness" is presented. During World War Two a large group of Polish refugees arrived after an extraordinary odyssey in the British colonies in East and Central Africa. How did the colonial administrators and settlers handle this heavy influx of poor whites? How did Africans view these destitute Europeans? And how did the refugees position themselves in the racist, hierarchical colonial societies?

New exhibition opening
20. April 2023

"Kugali and the Art of Bonzo"

The exhibition opens on the 12th May at 9pm in the Erika Fuchs Haus in Schwarzenbach an der Saale. The exhibition presents great pieces of African storytelling through comics and art. The exhibition was developped in cooperation with students of the University of Bayreuth in the context of a seminar lead by Robin Frisch.

New Article by Prof. Joël Glasman

Are humanitarian standards scientific? What sociology of science can teach us about the Sphere standards.

The myth of humanitarian action supported by data and scientific evidence has had its day – or so argues the author here, drawing on the history of the most widely known standards in the sector. He does not refute the essential role that science can and must play within it, provided it does within the framework of a permanent dialogue with the stakeholders and not on the basis of the exploitation of science.

Neuerscheinung von Prof. Dr. Joël Glasman und Marcia C. Schenck
Nehmt endlich die Welt in den Blick!
Ein Vorschlag, wie die provinziellen deutschen  Geschichtswissenschaften globaler werden können

(Newspaper article in German)
"China hat die größte Armee der Welt, Afrika das schnellste Wirtschaftswachstum, Indien ist die bevölkerungsreichste Demokratie. Es ist an der Zeit, das Studium dieser Gesellschaften als strategische Priorität zu definieren. Um zu entscheiden, wie man zu unserer Welt stehen möchte, muss man sie kennen. Das ist keine Option, es ist unabdingbar im 21. Jahrhundert."

In: Die Zeit N°39, S. 36.
Kostenlos online hier zugänglich.

New article by Robin Frisch

“Fraudonomics”: Cartooning against Structural Adjustment in Togo

This article offers a sensative reading of political oppositional cartoons in Togo in the early 90s, during the period of structural adjustment, which was accompanied by the swift reversal of democartizing trends and the restoration of authritarian rule.  

New Article by Prof. Joël Glasman

The invention of impartiality: the history of a humanitarian principle, from a legal, strategic and algorithmic perspective

It is about the principle of impartiality in the field of humanitarian aid. Therefore he talks about the history and change of impartiality from a fundermental principle of legitimacy from aid organisations to a rather mathematical and alogrithmic principle.

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