university of bayreuth delegation and federal republic Germany visit moi university

Delegation from University of Bayreuth, The Federal Republic of Germany, who visited Moi University on 8th February this year to assess the
University’s capacity to host one of the Cluster Centres of Excellence

Building on four decades of internationally outstanding research in African studies at the University of Bayreuth (UBT), the “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence seeks to work towards the reconfiguration of African studies, on both the conceptual and the structural level. The cluster is conceived as a transformative space within which to systematically advance the study of African and African diasporic ways of life and world-making via the pursuit of cutting-edge research and theory-building based on new inter- and transdisciplinary formats of research cooperation. The ACCs will be spaces for joint knowledge production by all of the researchers in the cluster, but they are also designed to become independent centres for theory building and reflection on knowledge production in their own right—that is, spaces where the cluster’s African academic partners can develop their own approaches and ideas. As such, the establishment of the ACCs is meant as a contribution towards changing the old pattern of research being conceptualised and funded in the “North” and conducted in the “South”. It will involve capacity building for early career academics, funding of research projects, Ph.D. training in African studies and academic fellowships. The UBT project is funded by the German Federal Government (DFG) to the tune of €51 million annually for an initial period of 7 years.