About ACT

ACT, the Africa Centre for Transregional Research, is a research centre at the University of Freiburg (Germany). ACT hosts African researchers. With reciprocity of research as its guiding motive, ACT establishes a new form of cooperation between German, European and African researchers. ACT aims to establish a differentiated image of African reality in the public sphere.

Katharina Hanske und Stephanie Boye are the contact persons for the Africa Centre for Transregional Research.


Scientists of the University of Freiburg can become members of the ACT. Scientists from another research institution can become associate members of the ACT.


Appointed to the ACT Board of Directors (3rd June 2020)

The founding members of ACT - together with the board of directors of ACT - are

Prof. Dr. Manuela Boatcă, Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy
Prof. Dr. Michaela Holdenried, Modern German Literature, Faculty of Philology
Dr. Antje Kellersohn, University Library Freiburg
Prof. Dr. Veronika Lipphardt, University College Freiburg
Prof. Dr. Christian Mair, Linguistics/English Seminar, Faculty of Philology
Prof. Dr. Boris Paal, Media and Information Law, Faculty of Law
Prof. Dr. Michael Pregernig, Sustainability and Environmental Governance, Faculty of Philosophy
Prof. Dr. Günther G. Schulze, International Economic Policy, Faculty of Economics and Behavioural Sciences
Prof. Dr. Katrin Wendland, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

This is ACT's complete organizational chart (as of December 2020).