OPEN CALL: Winter School in Ghana

Sunday, 12. December 2021 um 10:00 Uhr

The SDG Graduate School "Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West Africa" seeks 6 M.A. students for their Winter School in Ghana

The UNESCO Chair Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development, the Center for World Music and the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) are organizing a Winter School in Ghana from February 21-25, 2022.

Graduate School ‘Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West Africa’
February 21-25, 2022 at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Application Deadline: Dec 12, 2021

The Winter School consists of seminars, workshops and discussions with international and local experts and cultural actors. Site visits to cultural institutions complement the program. The events will take place over a period of five days and with 12 PhD students from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Cameroon. Travel (incl. obligatory coronatests, visa) and accommodation costs will be covered for 6 master students of the University of Hildesheim.

Transnational, innovative and sustainable research and education network

The interdisciplinary graduate school 'Performing Sustainability' is a joint training network of the University of Hildesheim (Germany), the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria) and the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) for Master and PhD students. The initiative focuses on innovative research that brings together approaches from the fields of performance, art and culture with a view to sustainable development as defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A particular focus is on issues related to peace and conflict studies.

The Graduate School is implemented at the University of Hildesheim by the Center for World Music in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair of the Institute for Cultural Policy and funded by the DAAD with funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Focus: Cultures and Development

The Winter School includes the following content areas:

  • Culture and Sustainable Development in West Africa
  • Culture in conflict situations in West Africa
  • Social science research methods
  • Postcolonial and transnational cultural relations

Target group: M.A. students of cultural policy, cultural studies, ethnomusicology

The Winter School is aimed at qualified and enrolled Master students of the University of Hildesheim in the field of cultural studies/cultural policy/ethnomusicology studies with a specific interest in the issues and topics of the Winter School. 6 Master students will be selected by the three partner universities on the basis of their qualifications and motivation. Good knowledge of English (working language) is mandatory. Other requirements: Current passport or application, valid Corona vaccination certificate, Yellow fever vaccination (mandatory required to enter Ghana). Please note: For further vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis, it is obligatory to obtain medical advice in advance, follow the travel advice of the German Foreign Office.


Please send the following documents to Dr. Meike Lettau ( until december 12th, 2021:

  • Letter of motivation in English (1-2 pages) stating qualifications and interests (e.g. What cultural topics are you interested in? What interests you about West Africa? What do you hope to gain from an exchange with African students)?
  • Brief curriculum vitae in English (2-3 pages maximum, tabular format).

Selection and participation

The deadline for applications is December 12, 2021, and participants will be selected by the end of December. We look forward to receiving your application. The selected participants commit themselves to actively participate in the Winter School, to write a final report and to organize an event for the guest students from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Cameroon in May to July 2022 in Hildesheim.