Lagos African Cluster Centre – Africa multiple: reconfiguring african studies

The African Cluster Centres

University Of Lagos

The Lagos African Cluster Center (Lagos ACC) is an autonomous centre within the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos. It is led by Prof. Dr. Muyiwa Falaiye, a Professor of African Philosophy/Studies. The Academic Coordinator is Dr. Ayo Yusuff, an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Language Engineering. Some of the principal investigators are Prof. Dr. Ademola Omojola , Professor of Geography and Remote Sensing; Prof. Dr. Peju Layiwola , a Professor of Visual Arts and Art History; Dr. Taibat Lawanson, an Associate Professor whose specialization is African Urbanization; Dr. Franca Attoh, an Associate Professor of African Culture and Social Change; and Dr. Kayode Eesuola, a Senior Research fellow whose areas of expertise are African Politics and Political Behavior.

The centre is poised to contribute to the Knowledge Lab of the Africa Multiple (Centre of Excellence in African Studies) especially in achieving the goal of reconfiguring African Studies. Equipped with its full complement of competent staff, the centre is prepared with the right atmosphere to galvanize collaborative and interdisciplinary research among African scholars as well as develop and implement formats for the training of early career scholars, especially at the PhD level.

Moi University

The Moi University African Cluster Centre (Moi–ACC) is housed in the Moi University School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) whose overriding objectives are to offer interdisciplinary teaching and research in the broad field of African studies and to act as the center where all other Africa–focused scholarship in Moi University coalesce. Within the context of these objectives, and building on the very strong tradition of exploring and interrogating diverse ways of knowing Africa that has developed in SASS in the three and a half decades of its existence, the Moi–ACC is envisioned as a hub of outstanding inter–, multi– and transdiciplinary research and conversations that will contribute to the greater understanding of Africa in ways that enable the addressing of significant issues affecting the continent.

University Joseph Ki-Zerbo of Ouagadougou

The “African Cluster Center” (ACC) of University Joseph KI-ZERBO of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso was created in the framework of the “Africa Multiple – Cluster of Excellence” initiated by the University of Bayreuth in 2019. The ACC aims at coordinating research projects of its members from different African research institutions and facilitating the movement of researchers from West African countries within the scope of their missions in the Center. Developing a solid and reliable database is also part of its objectives. Hence, it will be linked to the Knowledge Lab of African Multiple and as such, will be interconnected to the database network of other centers and thus promote the co-construction of a digital research environment.

The Rhodes University

Rhodes University’s African Cluster Centre (ACC) is located in the Faculty of Humanities, Rhodes University. It works with a network of scholars to promote research and teaching on African studies within an interdisciplinary framework. The Centre is established and recognised institutionally according to the Rhodes University Scholarly Entities Framework and is externally funded by the Germany Research Foundation via the University of Bayreuth’s African Cluster Centres of Excellence Strategy. The Rhodes ACC will develop into a fully-fledged African Studies Centre. For this reason, we seek to maintain enduring partnerships with other Cluster Centres and entities of similar intent in our vision of reimagining, repositioning and revitalising African Studies.


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