Nordic Africa Research Network

The purpose of Nordic Africa Research Network (NARN) is to facilitate and enhance communication and cooperation between individuals and institutions in the Nordic countries working with research and/or education regarding Africa. The objective of the network is to promote the study of Africa, its languages, cultures, and societies, as well as discussions around knowledge production. The cooperation shall also further the dissemination of research about Africa.



The network organizes seminars and participate in conferences with panels.


The network publishes the Nordic Journal of African Studies, which is an interdisciplinary open access journal focusing on new empirical and theoretical knowledge in the fields of African social science, history and cultural studies, African language studies and African literatures, as well as book reviews. The journal started in 1992.

Read more: Nordic Journal of African Studies






Karen Lauterbach
Director, Associate Professor
Centre of African Studies
University of Copenhagen
+45 35 32 36 16

NARN Board Members 

The board members of NARN are elected for two years and currently consists of:

Name Title Institution
Karen Lauterbach (chair)
Associate Professor
Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen
Mette Fog Olwig Associate Professor Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University
John Kwadwo Osei-Tutu Professor Department of Historical and Classical Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Gudrun Fridriksdottir Senior Researcher Nordic Africa Institute
Jonas Ewald Senior Lecturer Department of Social Studies, Linnaeus University
Mats Utas Professor Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University
Jonna Katto Postdoctoral fellow University of Helsinki
Friederike Lüpke Professor Department of Languages, University of Helsinki