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ACT - Africa Centre for Transregional Research

The Africa Centre of Freiburg is a Competence Centre for Transregional, Reciprocal African Studies and Societal Exchange.

ACT, the Africa Centre for Transregional Research, at the University of Freiburg, is host for African researchers. ACT aims to establish a differentiated image of African reality in the public sphere.

ACT is a competence, service, and information centre for European African studies in teaching, research, and innovation.

With reciprocity of research as its guiding motive, ACT establishes a new form of cooperation between German, European and African researchers.



Movie Talk: "The Empty Grave" with ACT director Andreas Mehler (23.05.2024)

In a film talk at the Kommunales Kino, Andreas Mehler will share his expertise on coming to terms with German colonial crimes on the current film of the month "The Empty Tomb". The event takes place in cooperation with the ABI, freiburg-postkolonial and iz3w. The film will be shown in the original version in Swahili, German and English with German subtitles. Photo: Salzgeber

The next Freiburg Africa Talks are announced!

Germany and Africa - Quo vadis? (18.04.2023)

Racism and Deportation Plans - (How long) is Germany still worth living in? (13.06.2024)

Save The Date!

SDG-University Day Baden-Württemberg 2024

28.06.2024, HS Kehl



Workshop Report: East African Citizenshop in Times of Change (22./29.05.2024)

The two-day workshop, organized by the ACT, ABI and ZASB, brought together reflections on citizenship in times of change from different disciplines and with different emphases. The report is now available!

Recording available: Germany and Africa - Quo Vadis?

On 18.04.2024, Ambassador Christoph Retzlaff and Prof. Dr. Alexander Makulilo spoke about the future of German-African relations. A recording of the Freiburg Africa Talk is now available on the University of Freiburg's video portal.

New Video: "Mortui Vivos Docent"

As part of theproject on reciprocal research into the Alexander Ecker Collection funded by Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste, a new video with Prof. Dr. Albert Gouaffo has been produced and is available both in the project media library and on the University of Freiburg's video portal.

Andreas Mehler and Prof. Dr. Kriegelstein visit Ghana

A high-ranking delegation from the University of Freiburg, led by Rector Prof. Dr. Kerstin Kriegelstein, visited the University of Ghana from 27-29.2.2024.


Workshop: Colonialism in East Africa and its implications today (22.02.2024)

On 22 February 2024, the Institute for Caritas Studies at the University of Freiburg, the Cluster "Peace Work. Coordination, Civil Society and Research" cluster from the Burundi Partnership of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Africa Centre for Transregional Research (ACT) and the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) organize a workshop on "Colonialism in East Africa and its implications today".

Videos: Behind the Scenes at the SDG University Day 2023

During the SDG University Day 2023 at the University of Freiburg, Akua Agyapong, student at the University of Ghana and participant in the ASA project "Decolonize Universities", conducted interviews with some of the speakers. In the dialogue, she delved deeper into the topics of the University Day and how North-South partnerships in higher education can be decolonized. The videos are now available!

Recording available: International Partnerships: Reciprocity and Academic Freedom (05.02.2024)

Akosua Adomako Ampofo's lecture at the Freiburg Africa Talks was recorded and is now available on the University of Freiburg's video portal.

EGA 20.2.2024

Extended Member Assembly of ACT (20.02.2024)

Prof. Dr. Mama Foupouagnigni and Prof. Dr. Andreas Buchleitner presented the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and discussed African-European cooperation in the field of mathematics, moderated by Prof. Dr. Nadja Germann.