Across various disciplines, our understanding of African-Asian interactions and their transformative potential has been significantly shaped by grand narratives and theoretical frameworks. The Global South, postcolonialism, the Indian Ocean World or China’s Scramble for Africa are routinely invoked to understand African-Asian encounters, as are different notions of development, area studies or transregionalism. These epistemological lenses have informed our perspectives and generated important insights, but they have also created significant blind spots. For instance, restricting the focus of attention to Chinese agency shifts attention away from other Asian (and African) actors. Many scholars working on the Indian Ocean emphasize connectivity but pay little attention to conflict and boundary making. Concepts such as the Global South or postcolonialism highlight a common past of oppression and resistance, but it is by no means certain whether that past can serve as secure orientation for the present and the future. The intricate small and large Afrasian stories of transformation that we encounter in our research often seem to strain against the limits imposed by the grand narratives we habitually come across in our fields of expertise. Coming to terms with Afrasian transformations in the social world may indeed involve a challenge to revise the theoretical frameworks that inform our own work.
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Life narratives and the sculpting of gendered trans-regional East African Asian memories.
This paper discusses the actual and potential influences of Asia on the development of Africa in terms of agency with specific reference to Nigeria. Many scholars have already pointed out that the structure of the economic relations between Asia and Africa is basically the same as that between Africa and the West.
Catia Batista (Nova University of Lisbon and the NOVAFRICA Research Center) will present her paper "Promoting Migrant Remittances Using Mobile Money: Evidence from a Field Experiment".
The talk is organized as a joint presentation with the 2nd Workshop on the Economics of Migration and the "AFRASO Project - Africa's Asian Options".
Last talk of the AFRASO-Lecture Series "TransArea: New Paradigms in Area Studies" (Wintersemester 2015/16)
Please notice, the lecture will be held in German!
In recent years, “World Literature” has become a hotspot of international academic debate. At the centre of the manifold and diverse attempts to turn the concept into a viable framework for engaging with literature in the 21st century world lies a widely shared urge to overcome the Eurocentric limitations that so long bedevilled literary studies in general and the institutional practices of comparative literature in particular. It is in this context that the idea of a “Global South” has re-emerged as a powerful point of attraction in global literary debates.
Third talk of the AFRASO-Lecture Series "TransArea: New Paradigms in Area Studies" (Wintersemester 2015/16)
Die gegenwärtige Forschungslandschaft fördert und fordert geteilte Forschung: intensive Zusammenarbeit in Forschergruppen, gemeinsame Publikationen, interdisziplinäre und transnationale Kooperationen. Trotzdem sind das Selbstverständnis und die alltägliche Forschungspraxis in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften meist von individueller Arbeit geprägt. Neben den veränderten Rahmenbedingungen der Forschungsförderung implizieren jedoch auch die Forschungsgegenstände selbst neue Arbeitsteilungen; transnationale und transregionale Verflechtungen werden multilokal und mobil erforscht.
Second talk of the AFRASO-Lecture Series "TransArea: New Paradigms in Area Studies" (Wintersemester 2015/16). This lecture takes place in cooperation with Afrika Kolloquium and the Workshop "Geteilte Forschung".
In a rapidly globalizing world, area studies have often come to be regarded as a somewhat old-fashioned relic of the Cold War era and as an attempt to squeeze complex cultural, social and political ensembles into narrowly defined regional containers. In response to this critique, a new array of theories has sought to reconceptionalize area studies from a transregional perspective. The interdisciplinary lecture series "TransArea: New Paradigms in Area Studies" presents new approaches to transregional area studies developed in literary and cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, history and the social sciences.
Opening talk of the AFRASO-Lecture Series "TransArea: New Paradigms in Area Studies" (Wintersemester 2015/16).
Please notice, the lecture will be held in German!
The system of indenture became a useful substitute for the slavery that was officially abolished by the British in 1838, and by the French in 1848. In this presentation I would like to implicitly compare the Anglophone Sea of Poppies, the first book in Amitav Ghosh’s recently completed “Ibis trilogy,” to the francophone Bénarés, by Mauritian novelist Barlen Pyamootoo.
Security has evolved from the margins to a much more prominent part of China’s engagement with Africa. The military aspects of China’s engagement, inseparable as these are from geopolitical concerns, remain salient. This talk, however, will explore a set of related dynamics and questions that go beyond this by examining the changing relationship between security and development in China’s relations with Africa
4 pm - 6 pm
Over the last 15 years, relations between Africans and Asians have multiplied, beginning with booming trade and increasing investments in Africa from Asia, that have been supplemented by a broad range of recently emerging social, political and cultural interactions. Globalization not only entails the rise of large-scale economic and political communities but also an historic increase in identities born of human travel and the concepts and ideas stemming from it.
Das Projekt AFRASO (Africa's Asian Options) untersucht seit Anfang 2013 die neuen
Beziehungen zwischen den beiden Kontinenten Afrika und Asien in vergleichender und
transregionaler Perspektive. Die Fortbildung „AFRASO macht Schule“ bietet einen Einblick in neuere Forschungsergebnisse, zu Themen, die zurzeit kontrovers und intensiv in Medien und Öffentlichkeit diskutiert werden.
"Nach jahrzehntelanger Vernachlässigung gehören ländliche Regionen als Schlüsselräume für Entwicklung wieder auf die politische Tagesordnung." Dieses Zitat des ehemaligen Entwicklungsministers Dirk Niebel aus dem Jahr 2010 lässt keine Zweifel: Landwirtschaft ist wieder "in". Doch woher kommt dieses plötzliche Interesse für die ländlichen Räume des Globalen Südens? ...
6 pm - 8 pm
Chinese development finance is a lightning rod for criticism. Politicians, policy analysts, and scholars charge that Beijing is using its largesse solely to cement alliances with African political leaders...
6 pm - 8 pm
When talking about ‘Africa’s Asian Options’, mentioning North Korea is likely to provoke raised eyebrows – too dominant is the country’s othering as isolationist ‘rogue state’ or ‘hermit kingdom’ in our western mediascapes...
6 pm - 8 pm
Lecture and title are based on joint work titled "Language Policy and Human Development" with Prof. Dr. David Laitin.
AFRASO-Lecture by Prof. Ajay Dubey (Visiting Professor Kansai University, Japan & Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Tuesday, June 17th 2014 at 6 p.m. in Room PEG 1.G147 (PEG Building).
India and its Diaspora in Africa
What is Africa in Chinese Eyes? Past and Present
Dr. Renu Modi: The Indian Ocean World: the Past Alive in the Present
The ‘Indian Ocean World’ (IOW) has historical resonances. India and the littoral states of Eastern Africa referred to as the Swahili coast, have been connected since antiquity by the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean.
AEGIS THEMATIC CONFERENCE
“Africa in the Global South: biographies of mobility and aspirations of success”
new early bird registration deadline: 31 January 2014
new call for papers deadline: 30 November 2013
1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF
AFRICA-ASIA DEVELOPMENT UNIVERSITY NETWORK - AFRICA’S ASIAN OPTIONS
30/01/2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ian Taylor: Emerging Patterns in Afro-Asian Relations: Reinscribing Dependency?
16/01/2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: John Njenga Karugia:Discussing China in Tanzania's Parliament
28/11/2013, 6:00 p.m. - 08:00 p.m.: Dr.Cobus van Staden: CCTV in Africa – How Chinese Television Reports About Africa
14/11/2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Prof. Pang Zhongying: China’s Cultural Diplomacy in Africa – Recent Developments
28/10/2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Prof. Jamie Monson: Building Mao's African Railway: Stories from the Other Cold War
AFRASO Lecture Invitation
Dr. Shigehiro Sasaki (Graduate School of Letters, Nagoya University):
Re-thinking Japan's Agricultural Assitance in the Brazililan Cerrado and Northern Mozambique: Local Farmers and the Environment
Das asiatische Engagement in Afrika und seine Auswirkungen auf westliche Geber
Berufliche Möglichkeiten in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Wie sieht das Arbeitsfeld der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (EZ) aus? Welche Qualifikationen sind für eine Tätigkeit in der EZ von Vorteil oder Voraussetzung? Und welche Möglichkeiten gibt es, sich durch gezielte Kurse und Praktika darauf vorzubereiten? Hierauf soll die Veranstaltung zu den Berufsmöglichkeiten in der EZ Antworten geben. Sie bietet auch die Chance, zu wichtigen Organisationen der deutschen EZ und spezialisierten Weiterbildungseinrichtungen direkten Kontakt zu knüpfen.
Veränderungen in der politischen Kultur Afrikas durch asiatischen Einfluss
Politische Prozesse in Afrika sind nicht immer mit westlichen Demokratiemodellen kongruent und schon seit Jahrzehnten gibt es Diskussionen, inwieweit die politischen Strukturen und Systeme von außen beeinflussbar sind. Dabei stellt sich immer mehr die Frage, ob sich die politische Kultur in Afrika mittlerweile mehr durch eine verstärkte Interaktion mit Asien verändert.
South-South migration and trade: Sino-African small traders in Senegal and China
African-Asian Landscapes: Süd-Süd Beziehungen in Prozessen der globalen Landnahme
China's Economic Cooperation and its role for economic transition in Africa
China's trade, investment and aid contribute to economic transition in Africa and create new opportunities for promoting growth and reducing poverty. Realising this potential will depend on China drawing lessons from its own successful record of economic growth and poverty reduction, including the development of the agricultural sector and of the rural areas, of infrastructure and the creation of an attractive environment for businesses to flourish and to create jobs.
Working and Living Together: Realities of Life for Africans in Asia and Asian in Africa.
Thousands of Africans and Asians live on the other’s continent. In some cases there is talk of new waves of migration and the replacement of Europe as number one destination. But what can be said about the experiences of these people and what do they mean for the African-Asian perspectives?
Evolving cartographies of power: Geo-economic and geo-institutional forces in northeast Asia-Africa relations in past and present
The current shift in economic gravity towards Asia has major ramifications for the African continent. Indeed, growing trade and investment ties between African countries, and the rising powers of north and south Asia have been part of a change in economic trajectory for many countries in Africa in recent years. What underpins this apparent shift, how deep does it go, and with what implications?
Thursday, 7 Feb 2013, 6.15pm, Historische Aula Juegelhaus, Campus Bockenheim
Keynote Address by Dr. Celestin Monga, Senior Advisor Worldbank: The Political Economy of Dignity: Understanding the New Asia-Africa Dynamics.