Warum Afrikastudien an der Universität Leipzig studieren?

Warum Afrikastudien an der Universität Leipzig studieren?


We’re looking for students
who are interested in the continent of Africa and
in European-African history. The most important thing is – an interest in Africa and curiosity. You’ll learn to think more sceptically, critically,
and be more equipped to find the right answers or at least not accept everything. One exciting thing about the program is
that there is a great deal of freedom – so you can sample a wide variety of disciplines. Alongside literature and linguistics,
you can also work on more contemporary topics. We see that students
often arrive with the motivations – – “I want to help” or “I love Africa”. Those are two approaches
that you can come with – – but here they will probably change. […] that you not only better understand
the local situation in an African country, – – but also – – gain a better understanding
of Europe or Germany. This is a whole continent, and to cover the entire
continent with only four professorships is impossible. Therefore, we have to teach the students
how to acquire the knowledge themselves. And that already happens
in the first semester. You have the freedom to
create your own schedule. You can decide for yourself which modules
to take and when. The atmosphere at the institute is friendly
due to its moderate size – – and that is a big advantage
of the department. The studies are surprisingly
difficult because – – you have to learn a new way of thinking. Because you have to learn
how to change your perspective. You need to have enough courage
to present things that you don’t fully understand – – despite having incomplete information. The studies will provide you
with many perspectives – – because there are so many disciplines
that are covered. From journalism, to events,
to administration. Media, tourism,
economy, politics – – or an academic career
is possible. During my studies, I spent a semester
in Dar es Salaam working with a film production company – – and that’s how I ended up in the film industry. And you don’t always see those kinds of
perspectives from the beginning. We do have the feeling that
we’re at a turning point. And the question arises –
what can we, as specialists in African studies, – – actually contribute to this new era.

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