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Dr. Tilman Musch

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Academic Degrees

  • 2008 PhD: Anthropology, Centre de Recherches Russes et Euro-Asiatiques (CRREA), Institut National de Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), France.

Professional Background


Since 2018Research fellow of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Research project: “The Tubu Teda's  customary law and its contribution to stability. A citizen-science approach.” IAS, Bayreuth University / Germany.
2013-2016PI in the DFG-funded project “Spatial conceptions and autochthony among Tubu in eastern Niger”. Department of Ethnology, Bayreuth University / Germany.
2009-2012Various research fellowships (INALCO, IFRA / Ibadan, etc.).

Research fellowship of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung on “Land- and water-rights in the Sahel. Local orders, state-legislation and their interdependence”. Department of Ethnology, Bayreuth University / Germany.


Researcher at the Centre de recherche et eurastiatiques (CRREA, INCALCO)


Since 2017Lecturer at the department of Ethnology, Bayreuth University / Germany. 
April 2015Visiting lecturer (ERASMUS), Università l’Orientale, Naples / Italy
2007-2011Visiting lecturer (1 seminar a year) at the Academy of Sciences, Bishkek / Kyrgyz Republic. 

Co-organization of and lectures in the seminar “Anthropologie du nomadisme: espaces, frontières, ressources et foncier pastoral”, École de Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS / Paris).


Researcher at the Centre de recherche et eurastiatiques (CRREA, INCALCO)

Memberships of scientific societies, reviewing

  • Associate Editor of the journal Nomadic Peoples.
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the journal Religiovedenie (“Science of religions”), Amur State University / Russia.
  • Member of the Centre de recherches en Anthropologie et Sciences Humaines (CRASH), N’Djamena / Chad
  • Reviewer of the e-journal Ethnobiology Letters, Society of Ethnobiology / USA​

Publications (PDF)



Regional Focus:

  • Central Sahara
  • West and Central Africa
  • Siberia

Research Topics:

  • Anthropology of space and time (spatial orders, mobility, land tenure, migration)
  • Nomadism
  • Deserts
  • Ethnobiology and ethno-archaeology
  • Anthropocene studies


Dr. Tilman Musch

Institute of African Studies (IAS), Bayreuth University / Germany

95440 Bayreuth

Phone: 0921 / 55-5103
E-mail: tilmanmusch@yahoo.de
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