Author Archive | Bamako

Programme 2017

26th-28th January 2017 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso),
African Peacemaking seen from Below. Experiments, Experiences and Alternatives
Conveners: Prof Ulf Engel (University of Leipzig), Prof Augustin Loada (CGD Ouagadougou), Dr Antonia Witt (Goethe University Frankfurt/Peace Research Institute Frankfurt). In collaboration with CGD Ouagadougou and Point Sud Bamako.

17th-21st March 2017 in Stellenbosch (South Africa),
Middle Classes, Protest and Social Change in Africa and Beyond
Conveners: Prof Henning Melber (Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala), Prof Hennie Kotzé (Stellenbosch University), Dr Antje Daniel (University of Bayreuth), Dr Florian Stoll (University of Bayreuth). In collaboration with STIAS Stellenbosch and Point Sud Bamako.

19th-26th July 2017 in Lamberene (Gabon),
The Promises of the Biomedicine in Africa. Court of the Past Promises, Tribune for the Future Promises?
Conveners: Prof Lucia Candelise (University of Geneva), Prof Martina Drescher (University of Bayreuth), Prof Augustin Emane (University of Nantes), Prof Marina Maestrutti (University Panthéon Sorbonne/CETCOPRA), Prof Anne-Marie Moulin (University Paris Diderot et Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). In collaboration with CERGEP Libreville and Point Sud Bamako.

26th-30th September 2017 in Stellenbosch (South Africa),
Decolonization and the Politics of Wildlife in Africa
Conveners: Dr Bernard Gissibl (Leibniz Institute for European History, Mainz), Dr Felix Schuermann (University of Kassel). In collaboration with STIAS Stellenbosch and Point Sud Bamako.

22nd-26th October in Bamako (Mali),
Afrika Nko – Speaking of Africa in the World and Redefining the Social Sciences and the Humanities: Words and Validation of Knowledge
Conveners: Prof Mamadou Diawara (Goethe University, Frankfurt), Prof Elísio Salvado Macamo (University of Basel), Dr Moussa Sissoko, (Point Sud). In collaboration with Point Sud Bamako.

29th November – 4th December in Niamey (Niger),
Linking Borderlands Research and Policy in Africa and Europe: Tackling Translation Challenges
Conveners: Prof Gregor Dobler (University of Freiburg), Dr Mareike Schomerus, Overseas Development Institute, London. In collaboration with LASDEL Niamey and Point Sud 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

Collective projects

CHAMPS: Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network

Funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Partner : Centre de développement des vaccins au Mali (CVD-Mali).

Participants at Point Sud : Prs : Mamadou Diawara, Tiéman Diarra, Moussa Sissoko, Issa Fofana, Yacouba Dogoni, Bakary F Traoré, et Moriba Sissoko


New insights into migrations in Kayes (2018-2019)

Funded by the Swedish cooperation.

Participants at Point Sud : Mbaré Fofana, Mariam Sissoko, Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye.


Individual research projects


  1. L’effectivité du droit de l’environnement dans le secteur minier au Mali. Mbaye Mbathé (Law), PhD thesis, USJP de Bamako.
  2. Economie transfrontalière et développement local participatif : La contribution de la filière de l’anacarde au développement de la zone Sikasso-Korhogo et Bobo-Dioulasso dans un contexte de coopération transfrontalière. Yacouba Dogoni, PhD thesis, Institut supérieur de formation de recherche Appliquée (ISFRA), Encadreurs : Prs. SISSOKO Moussa et NIANG Abdoulaye (Sociology).
  3. Impacts des stratégies de développement sur les exploitations agricoles au Mali : Adoption des variétés améliorées de riz en zone Office du Niger. Yacouba Sangaré, PhD thesis, Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (Sénégal), Encadreur: Pr. FOUNANOU Mathurin (Economist).
  4. Forme urbaine et mobilité des individus à Bamako, Issa Togola, PhD thesis, Université Félix d’Houphouët Boigny à Abidjan (RCI). Encadreur : Pr ALOKO N’GUESSAN Jérôme (Geography)
  5. Mobility in situ: Debating emigration and return in Western Mali (MOBILIMA).Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye (Point Sud, Bamako & CNRS, France, Institut des mondes africains) Abstract

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?
Please consult the web site for further information about the workshop: