Tilman Musch

Research Program Coordinator (Sep 2022-Aug 2024)

Dr. habil.

Tilman Musch conducts research on human-environment relations in arid regions. His scientific itinerary has led him to research sites ranging from Inner Asia to the northern Sahel, and most recently to the Central Sahara. He received his doctorate at the Institut de Langues et Civilisations Orientales in France with a thesis on spatial concepts of (former) nomads in the Baikal region and Mongolia. At the University of Bayreuth, he conducted research on territoriality, land tenure, and pastoral mobility among nomadic groups. In 2021, he was awarded his habilitation at the University of Bayreuth for his research on concepts of space and time in the desert.

Tilman is currently coordinating the research initiative “An African History of Knowledge and Science Beyond Academic Conventions” at the MPIWG. This initiative directs special attention to projects that creatively and critically examine the ownership of knowledge and promote collaborative enterprises that activate new generative conceptions of the “archive.” Under the umbrella of this initiative, Tilman is also conducting his own research on how humans, animals, and plants interacted and interact with the (hyper-)arid and scarce spaces they inhabit, on how environmental knowledge emerged and emerges from these relationships, and on how such knowledge contributes to resilience.


An African History of Knowledge and Science beyond Academic Conventions


Sown in the Desert. An Ethnographic Study of How People Adapt Crops to their Environments


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Selected Publications

Musch, Tilman (2023). “Saharagärten: Ein landwirtschaftliches Pionierprojekt im Tibesti-Gebirge (Zentralsahara).” Berichte über Landwirtschaft: Zeitschrift für Agrarpolitik und Landwirtschaft 101 (2).

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Musch, Tilman (2023). “A Neighbor of Gonoa: ‘The Man of Bunige’ and His Game.” Journal of Global Archaeology 2023 (04): 2–15.

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Musch, Tilman (2023). “Three Fish Species from Horchi (Tibesti Mountains, Central Sahara): Rediscovery after Decades of Drought.” Bulletin of Fish Biology 20: 23–27.…

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Musch, Tilman (2022). “Tesissendar. Une collecte de vire-langues touarègues provenant de l‘ouest nigérien.” In Études berbères IX Frankfurt 2016 – Essais sur la linguistique et la documentation écrite en berbère et autres articles, ed. R. Vossen, K…

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Past Events


Impact of Agricultural Practices on Pollinators, Pollination, and Food Production in Cameroon