Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)
Prof. Dr. Eva Spies and Prof. Dr. em. Ulrich Berner are Principal Investigators (PIs) at BIGSAS, the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies. The graduate school for African Studies is part of the Excellence Cluster “Africa Multiple: Reconfiguring African Studies” and provides a supportive and demanding structure for doctoral candidates within the field of African Studies.
Institute for African Studies (IAS)
Prof. Dr. Eva Spies, Prof. Dr. em Ulrich Berner, and Dr. Magnus Echtler work in close cooperation with the Institute for African Studies (IAS) regarding both their research and their teaching.
The IAS supports and coordinates African Studies within 12 departments of the university of Bayreuth, which are spread across four of the university’s six faculties. This broad spectrum of departments involved in African Studies is unique in Germany. The IAS coordinates research and teaching, the training of junior scholars and supports exchange of information between people and institutions that are engaged in researching and teaching in and about Africa.
Junior Research Group Contemporary Islamic Cultures
Prof. Dr. Christoph Bochinger, Prof. Dr. Paula Schrode, and Dr. Benjamin Weineck are involved in the junior research group “Islamic Cultures” in Bayreuth that is in close cooperation with the Department for Islamic-religious Studies (DIRS) of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Supported by the federal ministry for education and research, two junior research groups were established at the DIRS. One deals with the topic “Norm, Normativity, and Norm Changes” and is situated in Erlangen, the other one deals with the topic “Contemporary Islamic Cultures” at the University of Bayreuth; the groups enhance each other through fruitful cooperation and exchange.
More information about the junior research group can be found here (in German).
Research Program “Religions, the State and Society” of the Swiss National Science Foundation
From 2006 to 2012, Prof. Dr. Christoph Bochinger was chair of the steering committee of the National Research Program 58 “Religions, the State and Society” of the Swiss National Science Foundation for the support of academic research
The Research Program scrutinized the change of the religious landscape of Switzerland in the past decades. In 2012, the research findings have been published.
As follow up program, a synthesis project has been initiated, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Jörg Stolz, University of Lausanne, that is equally supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Project description: The Role of Religions for the Constitution of Values (in German)