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Prof. Dr. Ulf Engel

Research Fellow

Gesellschaft, Politik und Wirtschaft in Afrika
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room 2209
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37038
Fax: +49 341 97-37048

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Prof. Dr. Ulf Engel

Research Fellow

Gesellschaft, Politik und Wirtschaft in Afrika
Seminargebäude
Universitätsstraße 1, Room 2209
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37038
Fax: +49 341 97-37048

Abstract

Teaching

BA: Afrikastudien

MA: African Studies, Global Studies, und MA Global Studies with a special emphasis on peace and security (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

PhD: Director of the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig (since 2018) & co-director of the Integrated Doctoral Training Programme (IGK) of DFG SFB 1199 "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition" (since 2016)


Research

- "Interregionalism and security in the Sahel: The African Union, ECOWAS and the European Union", DFG SFB 1199 sub-project (2020-2023, with Dr. Jens Herpolsheimer)

- "Political Populism in Southern Africa", BMBF Forschungsinstitut gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt subproject (2020-2024, with Constanze Blum, MA)

- "Preventing Violent Extremism in the Balkans and the MENA: Strengthening Resilience in Enabling Environments", EU Horizon 2020, sub-project WP8 on comparison (2019-2021, with PD Dr. Gilad Ben-Nun)



Professional career

  • since 01/2018
    director Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences, Research Academy Leipzig
  • since 01/2016
    co-director of the Integrated Doctoral Training Programme of the DFG SFB 1199
  • since 01/2012
    visiting Professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa U, Ethiopia
  • 01/2011 - 01/2018
    co-director of the DFG Priority Programme 1448 “Adaptation and Creativity in Africa. Technologies and Significations in the Production of Order and Disorder” (with R. Rottenburg, U Halle)
  • since 01/2011
    Professor Extraordinary in the Dept. of Political Science, Stellenbosch U, South Africa
  • since 01/2008
    dual membership in the faculties of Social Science and Philosophy as well as History, Arts and Oriental Studies, resp.
  • since 07/2006
    Professor for "Politics in Africa" at the Institute of African Studies, Faculty of History, Art and Oriental Studies (GKO), Leipzig U
  • 01/2006 - 01/2016
    director of DFG Doctoral Training Programme (Graduiertenkolleg) 1261 “Critical Junctures of Globalization”
  • 10/2005 - 01/2010
    Appointment as DAAD Willy Brandt professor, Stellenbosch U, South Africa (not able to accept)
  • 04/1999 - 06/2006
    assistant professor „Politics in Africa“ at the Institute of African Studies, Faculty of History, Art and Oriental Studies (GKO), Leipzig U (10/1998-03/1999 acting)
  • 01/1994 - 01/1997
    research associate at the Dept. of History, U Hannover & Institute for African Studies (Hamburg)
  • 01/1989 - 01/1992
    research associate, Institute of Political Science, U Hamburg

Education

  • 06/1998 - 10/1999
    Habilitation (“The Africa policy of the Federal Republic of Germany 1949-1999”; venia legendi: political science), U Hamburg
  • 09/1989 - 01/1994
    Dr. phil. (“The Policy of Zimbabwe”), U Hamburg Foreign
  • 10/1981 - 01/1987
    Diploma political science (“The developmental programme discussion in the SPD 1982-1987”), U Hamburg

research interests

  • international and regional organizations, in particular the African Union and the RECs/RMs, African Peace and Security Architecture, African Governance Architecture, conflict prevention and early warning, preventive diplomacy, conflict analysis
  • German Africa policy (foreign affairs, development policy, security policies)
  • political developments in South Africa & Southern Africa


methodological focus

Global Studies, International Studies, critical area studies, transregional studies, spatial turn


Selected publications (past 5 y's)


  • (eds.) 2020. The Momentous 1960s Reflections on an African Decade, Comparativ 29 (4): 9–101 (special issue, with L. Schler)
  • (eds.) 2019. The Finances of Regional Organisations in the Global South – Follow the Money. Abingdon: Routledge (with F. Mattheis).
  • (ed.) 2019. "Africa's Transregional Conflicts", Comparativ 28 (6): 7–92 (special issue).
  • (eds.) 2018. Extractive Industries and Changing State Dynamics: Beyond the Resource Curse. Abingdon: Routledge (with E. Macamo & J. Schubert).
  • (eds.) 2018. Spatial Practices: Territory, Borders and Infrastructure in Africa. Leiden, Boston MA: Brill Academic Publishers (= AEGIS Series; 20) (with M. Boeckler and D. Müller-Mahn).
  • (eds.) 2016. The New Politics of Regionalism. Perspectives from Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. London: Routledge (with A. Dietze, F. Mattheis, T. Plötze, and H. Zinecker).


For some PDFs have a look at: <www.academia.edu>.

  • PREVEX – Preventing violent extremism in the Balkans and the broader MENA region
    Engel, Ulf
    Duration: 01/2020 - 12/2021
    Funded by: EU Europäische Union
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
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  • Interregionalism and Security in the Sahel: The African Union, ECOWAS, and the European Union
    Engel, Ulf
    Duration: 01/2020 - 12/2023
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe); Institut für Afrikastudien; SFB 1199: Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen
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more projects

  • Engel, U. (Ed.)
    Africa’s Transregional Conflict Complexes
    Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung. 2018. 28 (6)
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  • Engel, U.
    Early Warning
    In: Middell, M. (Ed.)
    Routledge Handbook on Transregional Studies. London: Routledge. 2019. pp. 573-581
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  • Engel, U.
    International Studies
    In: Klemm, K.; Middell, M. (Eds.)
    The Many Facets of Global Studies. Perspectives from the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Programme. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag. 2019. pp. 46-50
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  • Engel, U.
    Peace and Security
    In: Middell, M. (Ed.)
    Routledge Handbook on Transregional Studies. London: Routledge. 2019. pp. 295-302
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  • Engel, U.
    The 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance: Trying to Make Sense of Late Ratification of the Charter and Non-Implementation of Its Compliance Mechanism
    Africa Spectrum. 2019. 54 (2). pp. 127-146
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more publications

I am teaching in the following programmes: BA Afrikastudien, MA African Studies, MA Global Studies and MA Global Studies with a special emphasis on peace and security (in Addis Ababa). Furthermore I am teaching in the PhD programmes of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies (GSGAS). 

 

In the winter term I am offering the following classes:

  • BA AFR 1300 "Einführung Politik in Afrika" (lecture)
  • BA AFR 1302 "Afrika in der Welt - Die Welt in Afrika" (seminar)
  • BA AFR 1300 "African Futures: Aktuelle Debatten" (seminar)
  • MA AFR 2101 (= GS 920) "The State in Africa" (seminar)
  • MA AFR 2102 (= GS 720) "International Studies: Introduction to Social Science Theories on Globalization" (lecture, in November also in Addis Ababa)
  • plus two MA colloquia (GS, ADD) as well as GSGAS classes (AG International Studies, winter school, etc.)


And in the summer term I am offering:

  • MA AFR 2111 "Peace and Security in Africa" (seminar)
  • plus three MA colloquia (AFR, GS, GS ADD), the EMGS summer school and GSGAS classes (AG International Studies, summer school, etc.).


All seminars are supported by the university’s e-learning portal, Moodle.