Anthropological research in Bayreuth is characterised by a huge variety – each of the professorships has its own profile. At the same time the scientific interests of the relative researchers as well as their geographical focus overleaps to a certain degree.
Among the topics which are of comprehensive interest, political anthropology and the study of the structures of non-industrial societies have to be emphasised. Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber is especially interested in the anthropology of kinship, family, generation and childhood as well as its relation to political anthropology. Prof. Dr. Uli Beisels main interests are Culture and Technology, malaria as well as (renewable) energies and the energy food nexus in sub-Saharan Africa. Prof. Dr. Kurt Beck is primarily interested in Muslim societies and the range of topics connected with knowledge and technology, while Prof. Dr. Georg Klute does reseearch especially on non-state power and nomadism.
The largest intersection of geographical research areas concerns Africa, where Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber (West Africa), Prof. Dr. Kurt Beck (Sudan), Prof. Dr. Uli Beisel (East Africa) and Prof. Dr. Georg Klute (Sahel, North West Africa) are primarily interested in.