The advancement of African studies in Berlin by the ‘Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft’, 1920–1945
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The 1920s were a dramatic period for African studies in Germany. This chapter focuses on a set of questions intended to assess how the power of the Notgemeinschaft/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) refashioned African Studies in Germany during the interwar period. The Notgemeinschaft counted fifty-seven members, all exclusively scientific institutions. When the Notgemeinschaft was founded, Wissenschaft had been divided into at first twenty, then later into twenty-one sub-committees. The files of Africa-related applications to the DFG contain important and detailed data on the subjects of the proposals, as well as on the financial aspects of the applications. The DFG's support also favored a general process of professionalization, bringing African studies into the realm of the academy. The advent of the Third Reich led to deep changes within the DFG. After World War II all hopes for retrieving Germany's colonial possessions in Africa were forever buried.

Ordering Africa

Anthropology, European imperialism, and the politics of knowledge


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