Author Archive | Bamako

Programme 2016

21-23 February 2016 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso),
African Courts: Actors, Institutional Developments and Governance
Conveners: Prof Alhassan Sulemana Anamzoya, University of Ghana, Legon, Dr Jan Budniok, University of Hamburg, Dr Hamani Oumarou, LASDEL, Niamey and Prof Alexander Stroh, University of Bayreuth. In collaboration with CGD Ouagadougou and Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

2-8 March 2016 in Bamako (Mali),
Making a Better Life: Training, Work and Mobility of Youth in Western and Central Africa
Conveners: Prof Ute Roeschenthaler (University of Mainz), Prof Augustin Emane (University of Nantes), Dr Moussa Sissoko (Point Sud Bamako), Prof Ibrahima Thioub (CARTE and Cheikh Anta Diop University Dakar). In collaboration with Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

20-24 September 2016 in Stellenbosch (South Africa),
Imaginaries of Afflication, Healing and Medicine. Sickness and the Representation of Africa
Conveners: Prof Rose Marie Beck (University of Leipzig), Prof Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht), Prof Joseph Tonda (University Omar Bongo Libreville) and Prof Abdallah Daar (STIAS/University of Toronto). In collaboration with STIAS Stellenbosch and Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

1-6 October 2016 in Stellenbosch (South Africa),
Political Subjectivity in Times of Transformation: Classification and Belonging in Postcolonial Africa
Conveners: Dr Katharina Schramm (University Halle-Wittenberg) and Dr Lindsey Reynolds (Stellenbosch University). In collaboration with STIAS, Stellenbosch University and Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

6-12 October 2016 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso),
The Challenges of Research in Contexts of Proximity
Conveners: Prof Mamadou Diawara (Goethe University Goethe Frankfurt), Dr Fatoumata Ouattara (IRD Marseille). In collaboration with CGD Ouagadougou and Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

10-14 Dezember 2016 in Bamako (Mali),
Sahelian Identities in Times of Crisis, Past and Present
Conveners: Prof Baz Lecocq (Humboldt University Berlin), Prof Isaie Dougnon (University of Bamako), Dr Amy Niang (University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg). In collaboration with the University of Bamako and Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

Programme 2015

10-12 April 2015 in Dakar (Senegal)
African Mobilities and Postcolonial Border-Regimes,
Conveners: Prof Heidrun Friese (TU Chemnitz) and Dr Judith Albrecht (TU Chemnitz). In collaboration with Prof Ibrahima Thioub of CARTE/University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar and Point Sud Bamako.

4-8 August 2015 in Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Place and Mobility: People and Cultural Practices in Cosmopolitan Networks in Africa, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean,
Conveners: Dr Fernando Rosa (University of Stellenbosch), Dr Patrick Desplat (University of Cologne) and Dr Shaun Viljoen (University of Stellenbosch). In collaboration with STIAS, the University of Stellenbosch and Point Sud Bamako.

9-11 August 2015 in Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Crossing boundaries. An interdisciplinary conference on the challenges and chances of research on the Indian Ocean-Africa-connection,
Conveners: Dr Franz Kogelmann (University of Bayreuth), Prof Louis Paul Randriamarolaza (University of Antananarivo), Prof Eva Spies (University of Bayreuth). In collaboration with STIAS, University of Stellenbosch and Point Sud Bamako.

20-24 October 2015 in Dakar (Senegal)
The Great War in Africa: Economic, Cultural and Political Consequences of the First World War on African Societies,
Conveners: Prof Elikia MBokolo (IMA/EHESS Paris), Prof Jean Bernard Ouédraogo (EHESS/CNRS Paris), Prof Catarina Madeira-Santos (IMA/EHESS Paris) and Dr. Michael Pesek (Humboldt University Berlin). In collaboration with CARTE, University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar and Point Sud Bamako.

3-6 December 2015 in Dakar (Senegal)
Afrika Nko: Africa in the World-Translation: Disputing the Sense of African Social Realities,
Conveners: Prof Mamadou Diawara (Goethe University Goethe Frankfurt), Prof Frieda Ekoto (University of Michigan), Prof Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo (CNRS, Paris), Prof Ebrima Sall (Codesria, Dakar). In collaboration with the University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar, Codesria and Point Sud Bamako.

Programme 2014

The series of workshops and conferences of the Programme Point Sud 2014 was organized by the Goethe University in Frankfurt, the centre for research Point Sud in Bamako et the partner institutions of the Programme Point Sud. The six events of the Programme 2014 focused on political actors and their agency on the institutional level (constitutions, courts) as well as on political culture. Another key subject was culture as an artistic and political resource to envision the future development on the continent and to negotiate colonial and postcolonial history. All workshops thus showed a strong sociopolitical relevance for the societies in Africa.

17th to 21th Mai 2014 in Dakar (Sénégal)
Imaginary of Renewal
Convenors:  Prof Ute Fendler, Dr Ulf Vierke, Dr Viviane Azarian, Nadine Siegert, Maroua El Naggare and Aminata Cécile Mbaye (all from the University of Bayreuth). In collaboration with Point Sud in Bamako and CARTE/University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar.

6th to 10th October 2014 in Bamako (Mali)
Political Culture in Africa – the Narrative Foundations of Authority and Leadership
Convenors:  Prof Georg Klute (University of Bayreuth) and Prof Elisio Macamo (University of Basel). In cooperation with Point Sud/University of Bamako.

14th to 15th of November 2014 in Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Peace through Institutions? Constitutional Choices for Divided Societies
Convenors:  PD Dr Andreas Mehler (GIGA Hamburg), Prof Christof Hartmann (University Duisburg-Essen), Prof Pierre du Toit and Dr Nicola de Jager (both from the University of Stellenbosch). In collaboration with STIAS/University of Stellenbosch.

25th to 29th of November in Dakar (Senegal)
Photographs of 19th and 20th Century Africa: Changing Perspectives and Object Histories in School Textbooks and Digital Archives
Convenors:  PD Dr. Sissy Helff (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Dr Kokou Azamede (University of Lomé). In collaboration with Point Sud in Bamako and CARTE/University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar.

4th to 11th of December 2014 in Niamey (Niger)
African Courts: Actors, Institutional Developments and Governance
Convenors: Dr Jan Budniok (University of Mainz), Dr Alexander Stroh (GIGA Hamburg), Dr Hamani Oumarou (LASDEL, Niamey) and Dr Alhassan Anamzoya (University of Ghana). In collaboration with Point Sud in Bamako and LASDEL/University Abdou Moumouni in Niamey.

17th to 22st of December 2014 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Culture as a Resource – Understanding the Role of Art and Cultural Performance in Envisioning the Future
Convenors: Prof Dorothea Schulz (University of Cologne) and Dr Nadine Sieveking (University of Leipzig). In collaboration with Point Sud in Bamako and CDG/University of Ouagadougou.


Point Sud, in cooperation with Northern universities and research centers, educates African graduate students predominantly in social anthropology, while graduate students from the Global North are provided access to a top-level international research setting. Continue Reading →


The organisation of international workshops and conferences has always been an important activity of Point Sud in order to promote the dialogue between scholars and scientists from all over the world. Accordingly, Point Sud has hosted various events of different sizes ranging from small workshops for young researchers to conferences with over 150 participants from all over the world. This tradition continues up to the present. Continue Reading →

Programme 2012-2013

Due to the current political crisis in Mali and a travel warning issued by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we were unfortunately not be able to host the Programme Point Sud 2012-2013 in Bamako. Instead, we expanded the programme to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Dakar (Senegal) in order to sustain this platform for dialog between scholars from Germany, Africa and the world. This was made possible through the unconditional commitment by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main. We are most grateful for their ongoing support.

4th-10th January 2013 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
How does transnational mobility transform cultural production? Informality and remediation in African popular cultures

20th-24th January 2013 in Dakar (Senegal)
South-South-relations and Globalization: Chinese migrants in Africa, African migrants in China

27th – 31st January in Dakar (Senegal)
African Episteme: Africa N’ko, Speaking of Africa in the World. Debating the African Colonial Library
Press Review

26th February – 3rd March 2013 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Follow-up workshop on the critical study of religious diversity in Africa – empirical and theoretical perspectives

Current Research

  1. The press (print.) in Mali. Bakary Doumbia (Communication).
  2. The impact of mobile phones on the fixed phone booths of the telephone company in Bamako. Issa Fofana (Geography).
  3. The impact of the urban area development in Bamako on the rural area of the decentralised administrative unit of Baguinéda in the district of Kati. Fatoumata Camara (Geography).
  4. Exploitation of construction materials: urbanization in Bamako and environmental problems in the commune of Kalabancoro. Evariste Fousséni Camara (Anthropology).
  5. The contribution of CSCOM to the access to urban health care: The case of CSCOM in Niamakoro and Niaréla. Mamadou Diarra (Geography).
  6. Woman, public space and society: The problem of female leadership in West Africa. Comparative study in Mali and Burkina Faso. Youssouf Kouyaté (Anthropology), Hamara Kéïta (Anthropology), Boubacar Camara (Anthropology), Néné Gallé Sylla (Anthropology), Mrs. Diallo Aminata Koné (History).
  7. The socioeconomic reintegration of Malian homecomers from Ivory Coast. Bakary Fouraba Traoré (Sociology), M’Baye Bathé (Law).

Programme 2011-2012

Celebrating the Nation, Debating the Nation: Independence Jubilees, National Days and the Politics of Commemoration in Africa

Body, Health and Modernity in the Prism of Law in Africa

Competition and Cooperation in African Religions: Workshops on Concepts and Methods for the Critical Study of Religious Pluralism in Africa

New Spaces for Negotiating Art (and) History in African Cities
Images from the workshop and the program

Hello Hello Bamako: What is the Future of Mobile Telephones in West Africa?
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Past Research

  1. Decentralisation and governance in Africa: Comparative study on the appropriation concerning the rural communal reform in Mali and Burkina Faso. Dr. Moussa Sissoko (Geography), 2007.
  2. Migration and social conflicts in the South of Mali. Bakary Camara (Law), 2007-2009.
  3. Appropriation of fiscal instruments through the elaboration of the communal budget: The case of Kalabancoro (district of Kati). Moussa Djiré, Amadou Kéïta, Dembélé Rokia Traoré (Droit, Anthropologie), 2006-2007.
  4. Appropriation of the fiscal system: the case of Kalabancoro (district of Kati). Moussa Djiré, Amadou Kéïta, Dembélé Rokia Traoré (Law, Anthropology), 2006-2007.
  5. Participation of citizens and land use in the rural commune of Bancoumana (district of Kati). Bréhima Kassibo, Bouréïma Touré (Anthropology), 2006- 2007.
  6. From customary to legal legitimacy through the appropriation of decentralisation in the rural commune of Nyansanari (cercle de Djenné). Bréhima Kassibo, Soumaïla Oulalé (Anthropology), 2006- 2007.
  7. Conflicts over the control of resources (water and land) and power in the context of migration in the communes of Loulouni and Zégoua. Almamy Sylla (Anthropology), 2006-2008.
  8. Grassroots-Diplomacy. Evariste Camara (Anthopology), 2006-2008.
  9. Evaluation of environmental changes due to human action through the application of teledetection and the geographic information system. Dr. Moussa Sissoko (Geography), 2004-2007.
  10. The State and the process of decentralization in the Office of Niger: The dynamics of land use in Kala. Souleymane Traoré (Anthropology), 2003-2004.
  11. The Management and Access to Natural Resources in the Interior of the Niger-Delta: The Pastoral Land Use and the “burgutières” in the Urube Duude. Adama Diawara (Anthropology), 2003-2004.
  12. Pastoralism and migration between the Niger-Delta and the Office of Niger. Bouréma Touré (Anthropology), 2003-2004.
  13. Fishing in the irrigation networks of the Office of Niger: The formation of camps by fishermen in the context of multiple activities. Bouréma Kansaye (Anthropology), 2001-2003.
  14. Dynamics of appropriation of agricultural techniques in the Office of Niger. Birama Diakon (Anthropology), 2001-2006. Doctoral thesis, defended in 2006 at the University of Bayreuth (Germany).
  15. Agronomy and social sciences: farmers’ strategies of seed selection. Soriba Diakité (Agronomy), 2001-2003.
  16. A social memory of development. Prof. Dr. Mamadou Diawara (Anthropology), 2000-2005.
  17. Nutrition and malnutrition as seen from the village: Study of the nutritional situation of children from birth through infancy in 3 villages of the Cinzana commune. Aly Barry (Nutrition), 2000-2001. Doctoral thesis, defended in 2001 at the University of Mali.
  18. Analysis of health care systems in the Office of Niger: Improving maternal and infant health in Manialé with traditional medicine. Jana Armelle Ndjock Tecky (Medicine), 1999-2001. Doctoral thesis, defended in 2001 at the University of Mali.
  19. Farming migration and transfer of knowledge from the Dogon country to the Office of Niger. Isaie Dougnon (Anthropology), 1998-2003. Academic level: Doctoral thesis, defended in 2003 at the University of Bayreuth (Germany).
  20. Local and universal farming knowledge about destructive rodents in the region of the Office of Niger. Wamian Diarra (Agronomy, Rodentology), 1998-2003. Doctoral thesis, defended in 2003 at the University of Aix en Provence (France).
  21. Farming knowledge and photoperiodism of sorghum in the Office of Niger. Mamoutou Kouressy (Agronomy, Genetics), 1998-2000.
  22. The Office of Niger confronting the knowledge of farmers. Mohamed Daouda Diallo (Agronomy), 1998-1999.