Language and Short Courses 2018/2019

Bayreuth International Summer School - African Studies - Multiple and Intercontinental African Studies - Multiple and Intercontinental

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Course location
Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1
  • July 2019 (Registration Deadline April 30, 2019)
Target group

International undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students


The seminar will start with an examination of the history of the very expression "African philosophy" and the questions that it raised. As an example, why was Tempels’ Bantu Philosophy celebrated by some and criticised by many? How should we read it today? Those are the main questions that we will raise.

A second part of the seminar will be devoted to the discussion of “Orality and African Philosophy”, followed by a third part on “Philosophy and the Tradition of written Erudition in Africa”, in which we will discuss Islamic philosophy in West Africa.

The Archives of (Collective) Pain:
Ethnographic perspectives on Violence and Remembering from the Global South

This course examines the contribution of ethnographically-oriented social sciences to the understanding of violence in a variety of contexts, particularly in Latin America and Africa, ranging from the violence of everyday life to the institutionalised forms of state terror and violent contestation over control of the state. Likewise, particular attention will be paid to the ways in which various individuals, communities and institutions narrate and commemorate the experience of war and terror. The course deals with the problem of meaning, space, voice, experience, body, subjectivity, and otherness as central interpretative matrices. It also addresses critically important questions regarding the problem of writing on violence, as well as other methodological-ethical dilemmas inherent to this kind of work.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • July 2019 (Registration Deadline April 30, 2019)
Price only on request
Further information on dates and prices.

The course fee includes tuition fees, an excursion and meals (daily lunch + a welcome & farewell dinner). Please check our website for further information:

Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1
Language requirements

A very good command of the English language (preferably level B2) is a requirement for your participation in the course. Please provide proof of your language level by submitting a language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge) with your application.

Submit application to

Please send your documents (completed application form, CV, brief personal statement, and language proof) either in digital or printed form to:

Fax: +49 921557397

Postal mail:
Universität Bayreuth
Summer School
Universitätsstr. 30
95447 Bayreuth

Is accommodation organised?
Accommodation is arranged by the organiser.
Type of accommodation

Hostel or hotel


Daily lunch, a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner are included in the registration fee.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

City tours, guided visits, BBQ, film evening, excursions, etc.

Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

University of Bayreuth

The University of Bayreuth has been ranked among the top 50 universities in the THE World University Ranking "THE Young University Ranking" in the last years! An interdisciplinary profile in study and research, innovation, and an international orientation are the guiding principles of the university, a modern campus university. The university is a centre of international research, with innovative structures characterised by their "interface philosophy".

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