Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies



African Diaspora and Islamic Scholarship in Mecca (19-21 centuries). MeccAfrica. 

Period: 01.06.2015 - 31.05.2018

Project Management: Prof. Baz Lecocq     

Scientific Staff Member: Dr. Chanfi Ahmed


The aim of this project is to study the current position of the African population of Mecca through a prosopographical approach presenting the biographical itineraries of marginalization and integration of Africans in Meccan Saudi society.


A History of Air Afrique

Period: 01.03.2019 - 01.03.2022

Project Management: Dr. Marie Huber


This project will investigate the corporate history of Air Afrique, the multinational West-African airline that was jointly founded in 1961 by eleven West African states in the wake of decolonisation from French rule. The airline was supposed to serve as a symbol for regional integration, fit to showcase the post-colonial unity and economic potential of the new West African nations. After an initially successful decade, the airline disintegrated, in parallel with the Pan-African dream, slowly but definitely into failure over the next decades and stopped operating due to bankruptcy in 2002.