The Publishing House
The publishing house Rüdiger Köppe Verlag was established in Cologne / Germany on July 25th, 1988 and celebrated his 25th anniversary in 2013. The idea of founding such a specialized publishing house was born by the former professors of Africanistics at the University of Cologne/Germany, Dres. Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig and Bernd Heine. This alternative publishing house should be independent from their institute and from the University of Cologne. During the last 28 years, this publishing house has become one of Germany’s leading ones in the fields of Africanistics / African Studies and Cultural Anthropology. Since 1998 publications on African legal systems have continuously gained in importance in our programme.
The publishing house is closely linked to the seven Institutes of Africanistics / African Studies in Germany (Universities of Bayreuth, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Leipzig and Mainz) and to similar institutes in Europe (Ghent / Belgium, Goethenburg / Sweden, Leiden / Netherlands, Trondheim / Norway, Turin / Italy, Vienna / Austria).
It also cooperates with the Institute of African Studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt / Main and with the following Collaborative Research Centers of the German Research Foundation DFG:
The publishing programme comprises more than 740 titles, of which over 680 are available from our stock, including several scholarly journals. They are available either as books, CD-ROMs or tape cassettes. The programme concentrates on monographs written in English, German and French, study books and source editions of African languages. The study books comprise basic courses, exercise books, grammars, and audio material. Various scholarly disciplines are represented by conference proceedings volumes, doctoral dissertations, habilitation theses and Festschriften. From 1998 onwards publications on African legal systems gained more importance in our programme.
In the field of Cultural Anthropology, the programme focuses on ethnohistory, legal anthropology, analyses of oral literature and ethnographical accounts.
Since 2000 we have included electronic publications in our programme, mostly by CD-ROM editions accompanying the study books and pdf documents of these editions for free download. The exercises and languages drills are presented by African mother-tongue speakers of the respective indigenous language.
From April 2011 onwards, our book and CD-editions are available through the large internet marketplaces at www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.fr and www.amazon.de – on request of numerous authors and series editors of our house. By this we hope to serve the needs of readers who do not like to visit an (analogue) bookshop anymore, in order to receive recommendations and details on recent international scholarly publications.
Address and Contact Information
Rüdiger Köppe Verlag
Languages and Cultures
for visitors and parcels:
for letters only:
P.O. Box 45 06 43
Phone: +49 221 49 11 -236, -237
Fax: +49 221 499 43 36
VAT-Identification No.: DE 123 429 406
Owner and Managing Director: Rüdiger Köppe