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Literatures in African Languages

Brady Blackburn is a research associate under the chair of Literatures in African Languages (Prof. Dr. Clarissa Vierke) as part of the research project Recalibrating Afrikanistik (RecAf for short). He studied English Literature during his undergraduate in Denver, USA, during which time he did a semester abroad at the University of Ghana, Legon before obtaining his MA in African Verbal and Visual Arts at the University of Bayreuth. He is currently pursuing his PhD, for which he is researching the publication of periodicals in African languages.

His main research interests are the production and consumption of African-language literature with a particular focus on West African languages. He is also fascinated by sociolinguistics, language ideologies, reading cultures, and LINGOs. He co-produces the video podcast Afrikanists Assemble, published on YouTube. In the background, he runs the NGO Untold International, which provides language arts resources and education in rural Ghana.

Brady Blackburn can be contacted with any questions regarding Recalibrating Afrikanistik or its events.

Academic Degrees

Ongoing Doctorate, University of Bayreuth


MA, African Verbal and Visual Arts, University of Bayreuth


BA, English, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, USA

Professional Background

Since 2020

Research Associate, Professorship of African Language Literatures, University of Bayreuth

2016 & 2017

Program Leader, Ghana, Council on International Educational Exchange

Since 2014

Chief Executive Officer, Untold International



Organizer, RecAf Spring School at the University of Bayreuth


Co-producer, Afrikanists Assemble video podcast, ongoing (published monthly)


Workshop at the RecAf Winter School at the University of Leipzig: "Literary Magazines in Africa"


DAAD Prize (German Academic Exchange Service)


Literatures in African Languages

Brady Blackburn
Research Associate

E-mail: Brady.C.Blackburn@uni-bayreuth.de

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