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)
- "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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
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 regionEngel, UlfDuration: 01/2020 - 12/2021Funded by: EU Europäische UnionInvolved organisational units of Leipzig University: Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
- Interregionalism and Security in the Sahel: The African Union, ECOWAS, and the European UnionEngel, UlfDuration: 01/2020 - 12/2023Funded by: DFG Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftInvolved organisational units of Leipzig University: Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe); Institut für Afrikastudien; SFB 1199: Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen
- Engel, U. (Ed.)Africa’s Transregional Conflict ComplexesComparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung. 2018. 28 (6)
- Engel, U.Early WarningIn: Middell, M. (Ed.)Routledge Handbook on Transregional Studies. London: Routledge. 2019. pp. 573-581
- Engel, U.International StudiesIn: 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
- Engel, U.Peace and SecurityIn: Middell, M. (Ed.)Routledge Handbook on Transregional Studies. London: Routledge. 2019. pp. 295-302
- 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 MechanismAfrica Spectrum. 2019. 54 (2). pp. 127-146
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.