Visiting Scholars


Visiting Narrator/oral Traditionalist/Musician (funded by the ifeas)
July 2019
Dembo Jobarteh

Dembo Jobarteh used his stay to talk about the professional role of the jali as narrator, entertainer, diplomat, musician, praise-singer, etc. in the Mande societies of West Africa. He belongs to of one of the most-respected families of Mandinka-musicians and he is representative of the famous Brikama school of kora players and jali or griots from The Gambia.

Visiting Professor (funded by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation)
August 2019 – Oktober 2019
Ibrahima Wane
Professor for Literature, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal

Ibrahima Wane continued his research project on Senegalese music of the 1960s to 90s at the African Music Archives. Wane studied Modern Lan-guages at and received his Doctorate from the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. Since 2006, he has been Maître-Assistant for oral African literatures at the Department of Modern Languages.