The research focus of our chair is on the history of statehood since the 19th century. Thematically, we deal in particular with questions from the sub-disciplines of social, economic and political history. The variety of topics at our chair ranges from the role of humanitarian organizations in East Africa after the Second World War, protest movement research in francophone Africa, the history of "neoliberalism" in Africa, to the postcolonial confrontation with Bayreuth's history.
We are working on introducing practical-theoretical approaches, as well as governmentality research, into broad historical debates in African studies. Our research is located in West and Central Africa, in particular Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin and Togo, and in East Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.