How do Hausa conceptualisation of, for instance, house or furniture, differ from those of English? Can Swahili poetry create an alternative space in Tanzania? How can one put a multilingual language policy like that of South Africa into effect? How does textual genre relate to the philosophical message? What are philosophical texts in African languages?
These questions echo the multitude of topics and methodologies characterising research in African languages, literatures, and philosophies in Bayreuth.
In our multidisciplinary research, we closely work together with a network of renowned international partners as well as with our colleagues from the Institute of African Studies in Bayreuth (IAS). The staff of African linguistics and literatures in African languages has always played a pivotal role in collaborative research in African studies at the University of Bayreuth, like the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) or the former collaborative research projects (SFB 214 "Identity in Africa-Processes of Its Development and Change", SFB/FK 560 "Local Action in Africa in the Context of Global Influences").