Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)
The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies is an institution that is sponsored within the framework of the federal initiative of excellence and that offers doctoral students of african studies both encouraging and demanding structures.
The basic aims of the (BIGSAS) can be summarised as follows:
- to bring together excellent young African and non-African scholars to work jointly in the field of African Studies
- to offer a centre of creative and innovative PhD training and research in Germany in the field of African Studies
- to contribute to the creation of an African Universities network and to the development of excellent PhD training structures in Africa in order to avoid an African brain drain
- to bring African and European networks together and create an African Alumni network
- to sharpen the academic and international profile of the University of Bayreuth
Institut für Afrika Studien (IAS)
IAS promotes and coordinates African studies in 12 subject groups distributed over four of the six faculties of the University of Bayreuth. This broad range of disciplines within African studies is unique in the German-speaking countries. The IAS is also responsible for coordinating research and teaching, training junior researchers, and promoting the exchange of information between persons and institutions engaged in research and teaching in or on Africa.
Institute for the Study of Contemporary Religious Fields (IRG)
The Institute for the Study of Contemporary Religious Fields was founded in 1996. It explores and analyses different contemporary religious fields with empirical research methods – mainly qualitative research methods from the social sciences. Furthermore, it is concerned with the further development of theoretical instruments within the Study of Religion.
Director: Prof. Dr. Christoph Bochinger
Projekts and details (German)
Research Programme "Religions, the State, and Society" of the Swiss National Science Foundation
Prof. Dr. Christoph Bochinger is part of the Steering Committee responsible for cconducting the national research programme 58 "Religions, the State, and Society". The research programme has been studying religious change in Switzerland for the last decades and obtained results of practical relevance to the authorities, policymakers, schools and religious communities.