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04.12.2018

Experts for Africa

The International African Institute and the Global History of African Studies, 1926 to 1980

  • Afrika Vortrag
  • 16:00 Uhr (04.12.) - 18:00 Uhr (04.12.)
  • DHIP

Dr. Stefan Esselborn (Technische Universität München), Experts for Africa. The International African Institute and the Global History of African Studies, 1926 to 1980

Vortrag in englischer Sprache

Abstract (auf Englisch):

In 1926, a motley group of scholars, missionaries and colonial administrators with an interest in African languages, cultures and societies met in London to found the International Institute for African Languages and Cultures (IIALC), later also known as the International African Institute (IAI). Rooted in the colonial reform movement of the 1920s and its quest for a culturally »adapted« colonial development of Africa, the new Institute soon grew into a central hub for Africanist research. By connecting scholars from different nations and disciplines, distributing funds and setting research agendas, the IAI played a pivotal role in the emergence, professionalization and institutionalization of African Studies as a specialized field of knowledge. The Institute’s history serves to illustrate the field’s changing topography and disciplinary composition, its entanglements with colonialism, the vital role played by transnational actors such as missionary societies or American philanthropic foundations, as well as the often-complicated relationship between Africanists and Africans.

Der Vortrag findet statt im Zusammenhang mit einem Treffen der deutsch-französischen Arbeitsgruppe um die Geschichte des International Institute for African Languages and Cultures (IIALC) (Leitung: Prof. Dr. Anne Kwaschik (Universität Konstanz) und Prof. Dr. Céline Trautmann-Waller (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)).

Mehr Informationen zur Publikation von Stefan Esselborn, Die Afrikaexperten. Das Internationale Afrikainstitut und die europäische Afrikanistik, 1926–1976, Göttingen 2018.