The workshop will bring together members of the Cluster who work on the Africa-Asia connections and give a platform to create synergies. It is meant to be the 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 competitors 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 the cultural exchange have gained less attention but are very often also crucial to long-lasting relations between Africa and Asia.

In the Cluster, some cooperation and exchange have been taken place with the network of institutes of African Studies in Asia (New Delhi, Seoul, and Kyoto). This workshop is the first step towards synergies between the various lines of research with the objective to create a working group that will develop research questions together.

Due to the pandemic, this workshop only has a limited number of participants and will also take place virtually via zoom. The link for the registration will be sent to the speakers and participants. External participants are welcome and requested to register with prior to the conference to receive the link.



To be continued: 5th of July, 18h,

Screening of documentary: ‘a letter to my cousin‘ by Henian Han (South Africa, 1999)

Discussion with Ruth Simbao and Robyn Aronstam