Multifaceted Relations: Africa-Asia
2-3 July 2021, S 58, RW I
The workshop will bring together members of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence who work on the Africa-Asia connections and give a platform to create synergies. It is meant to be a first step towards synergies between various research interests and different approaches.
The increasing influence of China on the African continent is one of the large topics dealt with in numerous publications over the last decade. It mainly deals with economic questions, higher education but also more and more with questions of intercultural encounters. India is one of the strongest competitor in many African countries in the same fields, while Japan and South Korea also set on collaborative research besides strong interests in growing markets. Historical connections as well as cultural exchange has gained less attention but are very often also crucial to longer lasting relations between Africa and Asia.
In the Cluster, some cooperation and exchange has been taken place with the network of institutes of African Studies in Asia (New Delhi, Seoul and Kyoto), our partner University Bordeaux is about to plan more cooperation with Kyoto, and New Delhi organizes regular webinars on Africa-Asia research and cooperation. This workshop is a first step towards synergies between the various lines of research with the objective to create a working group who will develop research questions together.
Due to the pandemic, this workshop only has a limited number of participants. It also is a first step in the development of a closer cooperation in this field.