Die jährlichen ZIAF-Lectures bringen hochkarätige Vertreter(innen) aus Kunst, Kultur, Politik und Wissenschaft an die Goethe-Universität, die zu aktuellen Grundfragen der African Studies sprechen und sich an ein Fachpublikum ebenso wie an die afrikainteressierte Öffentlichkeit in Frankfurt wenden. Im Anschluss findet jeweils ein Empfang statt, zu dem die Mitglieder des ZIAF ebenso wie die afrikainteressierte universitäre und außeruniversitäre Öffentlichkeit herzlich eingeladen sind.

8. ZIAF.-Lecture: 22.01.2020:

Slowing down the Impact of Climate Change: the Dilemma of Mining Activities, Population Explosion and Deforestation in Nigeria


Professor Dr. Ayobami T. Salami

Vice Chancellor, First Technical University, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Prof. Ayobami Salami served as the Director of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria between 2006 and 2010. He worked as a Senior Research Advisor on Impact Assessment, in the Corporate Environment Department, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Nigeria from 2010-2011, and was appointed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of OAU in 2011. Since 2016 he works at the First Technical University in Ibadan, Oyo State. He has been working on environmental management approach for Nigeria that is economically viable, ecologically sustainable, and socially desirable.

7. ZIAF.-Lecture: 04.02.2019


Excavating a difficult Past: Atlantic Slavery at a UNESCO World heritage Site (Gorée Island, Senegal)

Ibrahima Thiaw
Laboratoire d’Archéologie, IFAN-UCAD, Dakar, Senegal  

 Ibrahima Thiaw is a senior Senegalese archaeologist. He directs the Archaeology Laboratory at Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN) /University Cheikh Anta Anta Diop. His current research interests include the Atlantic slave trade, colonial archaeology, culture heritage management, the politics of identity and memory. He was involved in several archaeology research programs and heritage management programs in Senegal and in western and central Africa. He has written extensively on the Atlantic impact, colonial archaeology and on culture heritage management challenges in Senegal and Africa.

6. ZIAF.-Lecture: 30.01.2018


5. ZIAF-Lecture - Januar 2017


4. ZIAF-Lecture Januar 2016

Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah
University of Kent

The Return Flight: writing migrancy



3. ZIAF-Lecture Januar 2015

Dr. Victor Mamonekene
Lecturer in Hydrobiology and Ichthyology
Université Marien Ngouabi
Republic of the Congo

on the history, geography and biodiversity

of Africa's deepest river





2. ZIAF-Lecture Januar 2014


1. ZIAF-Lecture Januar 2013

Helon Habila 

How to Mix Oil and Water with Literature

22. Januar 2013

Goethe-Universität, Campus Westend