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Title:African studies in Germany since 1945
Author:Haberland, E.ISNI
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic terms:Germany
Subject:African studies
Abstract:The Author gives a survey of the present status of African studies in Germany, of the historical development of these disciplines, their most important representatives and the most significant research projects. He shows that in the disciplines referred to - linguistics, ethnology, history and cultural history - the point of view that has always been dominant in Germany, the historical approach, still prevails. Hope is expressed that the studies of African history and African cultural history will soon emerge from their fusion with general ethnology, and be recognised as individual disciplines in Germany. There are good beginnings for this. The possibilities for financing large-scale research projects are favourable, but what is lacking are trained people to carry them out. Far too few people are working on African cultural history in all its forms - in comparison with the vastness of this continent and the time that is still left to us. The author wishes and hopes that, in the future, more Africans will try to fill this gap.