Vaccine Inequity (completed project)

Uli Beisel, Richard Rottenburg

This project interrogates how fair access can be built into the design of vaccines and critically, their manufacturing processes.

Water contexts of Freetown (completed project)

Lorenz Gosch

This project engages with the social life of water in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The haunting of colonialism (completed project)

Fazil Moradi

This study examines the future inscribed into the restitution of artworks originating from the Kingdom of Benin and asks how current articulations of provenance research retain colonial technologies.

Technoscapes in Africa (completed project)

Richard Rottenburg, Siri Lamoureaux, Alena Thiel

This collaborative project examines the coproduction of technicisation and spatial orders across Africa by focusing on the interlacing of datafication and remote sensing into techno-scientific assemblages in the domains of health and environment.

Living in a forest landscape (Completed Project)

Laura Matt

This project engaged with different readings of the Northern Sierra Leonean landscape by examining how farming, hunting and logging practices relate to scientific accounts of forest loss.

Civil Drones in Africa (COMPLETED PROJECT)

René Umlauf

Based on the increasing use of civil drones, this project examined new spatial formats that emerge through the development, testing and translation of new technical infrastructures in Africa.

Performing State Boundaries (Completed Project)

Christof Lammer

This project investigated how boundaries between state, civil society and kinship are performed in participatory rural development projects in Sichuan Province, China.


Ronn Müller

The "House of Resources" project addressed the issue of immigration and integration by supporting immigrants to rely more on their own experience and knowledge in their efforts to become involved in and strengthen the pluralistic civil society structures in Halle.

Science at the Ugandan Parliament (Completed Project)

Kerry Holden

This project explored evidence regimes in parliamentary deliberations in Uganda and asked how new epistemic orders emerge to influence political decision-making.

Inscriptions of body prostheses (Completed Project)

Herbert Muyinda

This project examined the cultural, normative and political inscriptions of assistive devices for disabled bodies being more than technical replacements for the body.

Secularism, Higher Education, and the State in Chad (completed project)

Remadji Hoinathy

This project examined how secularism is negotiated in higher education institutions in Chad amidst a growing importance of religious actors in this milieu.

Religion and Trust in Biomedicine (Completed Project)

Sylvanus Spencer (1963-2021)

This project investigated how religious beliefs and practices influenced trust in biomedical measures prescribed during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Digital Imaginaries (Completed Project)

Julien McHardy, Richard Rottenburg

The project brought together artistic and scholarly contributions to reflect on how African imaginaries of possible futures shape and are shaped by the workings of digital technologies on the continent.

Curriculum Development (Completed Project)

Richard Rottenburg, René Umlauf, Herbert Muyinda, Keith Breckenridge

The aim of this project was to publish five open access volumes of case studies that stimulate curiosity about how science and technology play an important role in African contexts. The volumes will be published by Brill in 2023-2024.

Conflict Resolution in Sudan (COMPLETED PROJECT)

Guma Kunda Komey

This collaborative action-oriented research project between the Centre for Peace and Development Studies, the University of Bahri, and the Carter Center focused on grassroots communal peacebuilding mechanisms.

A World without AIDS (Completed Project)

Vinh-Kim Nguyen

This project examined how the efficacy of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV in trials has been proven and translated into African sites of implementation.

Ghana’s Biometric Population Register (Completed Project)

Alena Thiel

The project dealt with e-ID programs and their negative sides, including the influence of the private sector in their planning, design and implementation. For this purpose, the example of the Ghana Card was examined in more detail.

Concerning issues: Making things political in Durban (Completed Project)

Eva Riedke

Eva's dissertation focused on 'issue' politics and processes of 'issue-ification' unfolding in Durban, South Africa. Using an STS and pragmatism-inspired approach, she is concerned with tracing specific trajectories of 'issue-ification' in relation to HIV/AIDS, development, service delivery and p...

The Emergence of Global Taxpayers (Completed Project)

Johanna Mugler

This project explored transnational legal and fiscal expert networks and the organisational environments in which they negotiate international tax norms, rules and standards for an increasingly digitalized global economy.

Customary and International Law: Peacebuilding in the Sudan (Completed Project)

Philippe Gout

This project examined the impact of transnational legal pluralism in the context of international peacebuilding. It provided a new understanding of the peacebuilding model and its influence on the local legal system in Sudan.

Better Bananas (completed project)

Sandra Calkins

In the face of Malthusian dystopias and their impetus to grow more and better food, this project focuses on biofortification, one recent high-tech agricultural solution for micronutrient deficiencies in Uganda.

Kinship and Politics (Completed Project)

Tatjana Thelen, Christof Lammer

This project critically questioned the inherited idea that modernity implies a decline of the political function of kinship in Western history.


Enrico Ille

This project examined date production along the Nile River in northern Sudan as it has been shaped by changes in climate, landscape and social conditions, and how these have affected the livelihoods of local farmers.

Translating Global Health Technologies (Completed Project)

Richard Rottenburg, Uli Beisel, René Umlauf, Sung-Joon Park

The project examined the introduction of new health technologies in Rwanda and Uganda and the changes they brought. It focused on bidirectional change and showed that the process is better captured not as transfer but as translation.

Our Fellow Creatures (Completed Project)

Amy Field

The research project addressed the impact of the constitutional protection of animals on regulatory actors and farmers in Germany, and on the diverse understanding of the value of animals when they are processed into food during their life cycle.

Oil and Social Change in Niger and Chad (Completed Project)

Andrea Behrends

The project examined social transformations in the newly emerging African oil states of Niger and Chad. Special attention was given to how narratives and technologies of oil trigger re-negotiations and alterations in the perception of space.

Adaptation and Creativity in Africa (Completed Project)

Richard Rottenburg, Andrea Behrends, René Umlauf, Uli Beisel, Ronn Müller, Sung-Joon Park, Siri Lamoureaux, Eva Riedke

This research programme examined the ways in which technologies and significations are entwined and untwined while they travel.

The Promise of Access to Justice in Rwanda (Completed Project)

Stefanie Bognitz

This PhD project has analyzed contemporary re-makings of legal institutions in Rwanda and considered repercussions of the aftermath of genocide and its legal redress. Currently Stefanie works on the publication of her dissertation.


Daniele Cantini

This research project looked at the configurations of society, legitimacy, knowledge and power in Egypt, from the vantage point of the higher education sector, which Daniele Cantini has been researching since 2007. According to both local and international sources, the educational sector in Egypt...

Virtuous Language (Completed Project)

Siri Lamoureaux

Siri explored how identity and the gendered moral means of enacting it in semiotic practice are realized through Christianity among the Moro Nuba in Sudan.

Trust in Medicine After the EVD Epidemic (Completed Project)

Sung-Joon Park, Uli Beisel, Lorenz Gosch, Sylvanus Spencer (1963-2021), Susan Erikson

Drawing on empirical evidence from the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Uganda, this project examined the conditions under which trust in modern medicine emerges in African contexts.

Race/Trouble (Completed Project)

Katharina Schramm

This project inquired into race trouble and the reverberations of classificatory violence in contemporary political and scientific practices around human origins.

The Local Making of a South Sudanese State (Completed Project)

Timm Sureau

Without assuming a ready-made Western model, Timm examined the ongoing construction and reconstruction of state institutions in an extreme African context, observed from provincial Torit in Southern Sudan.