About us – The BIGSAS world

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) is part of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence funded by the German Research Foundation in the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments. In the focus of this unique structure of creative and innovative training are approximately 80 Junior Fellows from 26 African, American, Asian and European countries. The doctoral students benefit from a clearly structured, academic and career-oriented training as well as a genuine expertise in the African studies which has increased continuously since the foundation of the University of Bayreuth. The international network with Partner Universities on the African continent creates even more so excellent conditions for the research of our Junior Fellows.

With this blog – The BIGSAS World – we would like to expand our media profile and visibility. Currently, 83 Junior Fellows are working at BIGSAS to complete numerous scientific dissertation projects. In the past, different editorial team already published a “The BIGSAS World” magazine – an universe which we would like to bring back to life with a new blog following a new concept. This gives the doctoral students the opportunity to present their current research projects in an interactive way, to share their experiences during their doctorate and to create a “BIGSAS family” with an international focus. This should not be without contributions on family life, food or voluntary work (to name a few). The latter categories represent a reference to the compatibility of doctoral studies and everyday life – an aspect that we do not want to neglect.

Who are we?

Sofie Reinl (editor) and Yao Sodjadan (translator).

This blog has been initiated and created by Dina Sodjadan (formerly Falten) in February 2020, who has been the chief editor until March 2021. 

We are looking for new members of the editorial team!

Expanding the public profile of BIGSAS Junior Fellows and beyond, the new blog seeks to publish material with an academic and personal background, generated by Junior Fellows, guests and the editorial team. 

We are therefore looking for new members who are interested to take action in this digital project. The members should be BIGSAS Junior Fellows, who can guarantee an availability for at least 6 months. 

The tasks include:

·      Production, organisation and coordination of articles, interviews, reports etc. 

·      Permanent improvement of the content plan 

·      Photography and design


·      Very good written and spoken English skills

·      Knowledge of other foreign languages, in particularly French are an advantage 

·      Very good planning and organisational skills

·      Very good knowledge of all common MS Office applications (particularly Word)

·      High affinity to social media, media management, blogging etc.

·      If possible, experience with WordPress

We would like to point out that this is an honorary position that is not compensated. Since the involvement in The BIGSAS World is a continuous project, a weekly workload of 2-4 hours should be provided for TBW tasks. The working hours are of course flexible and are to be arranged with the other team members. 

If you are interested, please send an email to bigsas@uni-bayreuth.de 

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