Dr. Anja Oed


I am the head of the Jahn Library for African Literatures and a senior lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies. I studied English Literature and Linguistics, Musicology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg as well as African Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, followed by a PhD in African Languages and Literatures at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. During my PhD studies, I did field research in Nigeria (1999-2000).

My research interests include African literatures, creative writing in African languages, Yorùbá literature and video film adaptations of Yorùbá literature, African comics and graphic novels, African bildungsromane and childhood autobiographies, African representations of war, as well as migration and displacement in African literature.

I am the managing editor of our departmental book series, Mainzer Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung.

Jahn Library for African Literatures

The Jahn Library is one of the earliest and most comprehensive research facilities for African literatures in Europe and beyond. Its collection comprises creative writing from Africa in more than eighty languages. About every four years, the Jahn Library organises an International Janheinz Jahn Symposium, focusing on a central issue in African literary studies.  ... 

12 June - 23 July 2018: Sichtwechsel. Comic-Helden in und aus Afrika. Exhibition at the Schule des Sehens, JGU Mainz
Themed tours of the Jahn Library

17th November 2017: University Archives and Special Collections Open Day

10:30 am: Afrika im Comic und Comics in Afrika, 12:30: am Literarische Werke in afrikanischen Sprachen von A(choli) bis Z(ulu), 2:30 pm & 4 pm: Streifzug durch afrikanische Literaturgeschichte, 5:30 pm: Kein Kinderkram: Afrikanische Bildungsromane und Kindheitsautobiografien  ... 

Lecture series: "Sammelfieber: Gründer und Stifter der Sammlungen der JGU Mainz"

Lecture on March 3, 2015, 6:30 pm at the Landesmuseum Mainz

Anja Oed: "Auf den Spuren des Schwarzen Orpheus: Jahnheinz Jahn und die Jahn-Bibliothek für afrikanische Literaturen"  ... 

International Janheinz Jahn Symposia

10th International Janheinz Jahn Symposium, 20-21 November 2014

Reviewing the past, negotiating the future: investigating the African bildungsroman  ...