Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge

Logo of the University of Dar es SalaamAfrica-Asia 'A New Axis of Knowledge' Second Edition

Venue : University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Conference dates: 20–22 September 2018


Organized by: University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM, Tanzania), Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia, Accra, Ghana) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS, Leiden, the Netherlands)

In Partnership With: Muziris Institute for the Indian Ocean Studies, University of Calicut (Calicut, Kerala, India), International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden, the Netherlands), Leiden University (Leiden, the Netherlands), University of Michigan (UM, Ann Arbor, U.S.), O.S.O.I. - Observatoire des sociétés de l'océan Indien, Université de La Réunion (France), National University of Singapore (NUS, Singapore), Social Science Research Council (SSRC, New York, U.S.), Center for Asian Studies (CAS), University of Ghana, (Accra, Ghana), Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS, Shanghai, China), Henry Luce Foundation (U.S.) and the African Studies Center - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan).

Building on the multiple encounters, interactions and dialogues initiated at the 1st Africa-Asia Conference (Accra, Ghana, 2015), the 2nd international Conference ‘Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge’, to be held from 20-22 September 2018, in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), seeks to deepen the explorations of new realities, and long histories connecting Africa and Asia. The conference aims to solidify an infrastructure of engagement bringing together scholars, artists, intellectuals and educators based in Africa and Asia as well as across the world to think both comparatively and holistically about the challenges and possibilities of cross-continental and trans-regional encounters.

Emphasizing an inclusive approach, the conference, modelled after ICAS international conventions, will be organized around a series of broad thematic multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial groupings that highlight multiple flows and mobilities linking the two continents such as: transcontinental connections & interactions, economics & development, intellectual; encounters, arts & culture, migration & diasporas and Asian studies in Africa & African studies in Asia. Specifically, the central unifying theme for the conference is a call to understand the histories and futures of Africa-Asia as simultaneously unfolding, in order to rethink the methodologies and knowledge practices through which we understand Africa in Asia and Asia in Africa, and beyond, Africa, Asia and other world regions as ‘fields of studies’.


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1 - Claire Tran in the Panel Vietnam and Africa: Nature and Dynamics of the relationship, institutional panel by Hanoi VNU - University of Social Sciences and Humanities and University of Zambia: Pham Van Thuy, Claire Tran, Webby Kalikiti, Tran Thien Than, Truong Thi Bich Hanh, Song Xiaosen.

2 - Panels at the conference

3 - Welcome ceremony Nkrumah Hall

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4 - Keynote speaker Oussouby Sacko President of Kyoto Seika University, Japan: Asia Africa Furture Knowledge perspective, African potentialities and Asian experiences

5 - Lunch pause

6 - Welcome ceremony Nkrumah Hall

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7 - Welcome ceremony Nkrumah Hall

8 - Panel:Institutional Roundtable by the Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A ASIA) Building Asian Studies Centers in Africa

9 - Lloyd G Adu Amoah (Center for Asia Studies, University of Ghana, Legon) and Mathew Senga (Dar Es Salaam Univ)

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10 - Panel Islam and Heritage in Africa and Asia Institutional panel by Leiden Global Interaction  Shoko Watanabe, Fadma Ait Mous, Mohammed Said El Mortaji and Leon Buskens

11 - Philippe Peycam, Director of IIAS Leiden