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Knowledge for Tomorrow - Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities in Sub-Saharan and North Africa

Welcome to our website of the project "Knowledge for Tomorrow - Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities in Sub Saharan Africa and North Africa".

This project is financed by the Volkswagen Foundation and coordinated by a team based at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Its objective is to support excellent research in the Humanities in Sub-Saharan and North Africa and to reinforce the collaboration between African post-doctoral scholars and their German partners.

After a first round in 2013, eleven African scholars are now being funded by the Initiative from 2016 - 2020.

Their research projects deal with a variety of themes such as cultural heritage found via archeological excavations, the study of religious knowledge and networks, the archeology of colonial encounters in Ghana and Tanzania, the impact of migration on families and individuals in Djibouti, South Africa, and Morocco, or the production of a bilingual dictionary in Uganda.

The eleven projects, starting in late 2016, combine historical, sociological and archeological research perspectives in order to understand the heritage of a certain region, or current dynamics and conflicts as well as the potentials of various systems of personal or religious resources in Africa. The projects are led by postdoctoral scholars from seven African countries and are based in these scholars’ research centers.

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Reinwald of the Department of African History at Leibniz University Hannover is coordinating the program. The whole group of researchers will convene regularly at workshops to be held either in the research sites or at Hannover University.

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