Axel Fleisch

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Description of research and teaching

Key areas of interest are Bantu and Berber/Amazigh language studies. The teaching covers a broad range of courses related to language, history and culture in Africa. The nexus of these lies in cognitive and historical semantics and linguistic anthropology.

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Curriculum Vitae

since Jan 2008

Professor for African Languages and Cultures. Institute for Asian and African Studies, University of Helsinki.

Feb 2007 - Dec 2007

Assistent (university lecturer), Institute for African Studies, University of Leipzig. (60% teaching and teaching-related tasks, 30% research component)

Oct 2005 - Jan 2007

Employment as responsible researcher in the DFG-funded project on ‘The diachronic lexical semantics of spatial terms in the Nguni languages’. Insti­tute for African Languages and Cultures, University of Cologne, Germany.

Sep 2004 - Sep 2005

Launch of a research project on ‘The diachronic lexical semantics of spatial terms in the Nguni languages’. At the same, work on Berber languages in Barcelona, Spain. Participant at various courses on Berber at the Autonomous University of Barcelona [UAB](“Linguistic methodology and sociolinguistics of the Berber languages”, “Introduction to the language and culture of the Berber”) and the University of Barcelona [UB] (“Introduction to Berber”). Practical language classes of the Tashelhit variety of Berber.

May 2004 - Aug 2004

UC Berkeley. Field of teaching: linguistics and cognitive science (Course Title “The Mind and Language”).

May 2002 - April 2004

Post-doctoral research fellow at the University of California at Berkeley (Dept. of Linguistics). Funded by the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsge­meinschaft). Project topic ‘Historical motivations for semantic change. Attestations of cultural contact in the emotion vocabulary of South African languages’.

May 26th, 2000

Defence of Ph.D. dissertation on ‘Lucazi grammar. A morphosemantic analysis’.

July 1995 - Apr 2002

Incorporation as academic staff in a special research unit on ‘Arid Climate and Cultural Change in Africa [ACACIA]’. Research area: ‘Demographic and cultural history of northern Namibia on the basis of linguistic sources’.

Oct 1993 - June 1995

Continuation of studies at the Univerisity of Cologne, Germany. M.A. degree in June 1995 in African Languages and Cultures, Cultural Anthropology and Geography. M.A. thesis on tense, aspect and modality in Herero.

Sep 1992 - Aug 1993

Academic year as an exchange student within the Erasmus/SOCRATES programme of the EU. Dept. of Linguistics and Dept. of African Studies, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Oct1989 -                  
July 1992

Basic studies (approx. equivalent to B.A. within the Anglo-Saxon system of tertiary education) in African Languages and Cultures (Afrikanistik), Cultural Anthropology and Geography. University of Cologne, Germany.

Latest publications

  1. Doing Conceptual History in Africa

    Fleisch, A. (ed.) & Stephens, R. (ed.) May 2016 New York: Berghahn Books. 258 p. (Making Sense of History; vol. 25)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewAnthology

  2. Conceptual Continuities: About ‘Work’ in Nguni

    Fleisch, A. 2016 Doing Conceptual History in Africa. Fleisch, A. & Stephens, R. (eds.). New York ; Oxford: Berghahn Books, p. 49-72 25 p. (Making Sense of History; vol. 25)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  3. Theories and Methods of African Conceptual History

    Stephens, R. & Fleisch, A. 2016 Doing Conceptual History in Africa. Fleisch, A. & Stephens, R. (eds.). Berghahn Books, p. 1-20 20 p. (Making Sense of History; vol. 25)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

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Latest activities

  1. Critical Multilingualism Studies (Journal)

    Fleisch, A. (Reviewer)
    2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  2. Nordic Journal of African Studies (Journal)

    Fleisch, A. (Editor in chief)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  3. Summer course Alicante University

    Fleisch, A. (Speaker: Presenter)
    17 Jul 201721 Jul 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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