Mapping Africa's Global Engagement by Reconfiguring African Studies
The Centre for African Studies (CAS), SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in collaboration with African Studies Association of India (ASA India) is starting a webinar series on "Mapping Africa's Global Engagement by Reconfiguring African Studies". The series would like to map emerging 21st Century approaches to African Studies in capturing global engagements of resurgent Africa states under African Union and its vision 2063. This will be in contrast to traditional African Studies' approach to treat African countries and the region as a dormant recipient of external policies. Moreover, it will be attempted to highlight the diversity of engagement that Africa is experiencing, its challenges in setting up the terms of engagement, increasing acceptance of mulltilateralism in post-covid-19 world and its assertion as equitable partner in emerging engagements.
The webinar would be conducted under different regional segments. There would be an Asian, European, North American, Latin American, Australian/New Zealand, Russian/CIS and African- regional segments. Within each region, an attempt would be made to have each webinar discussion on a recent research work of Africa's engagement with a country under discussion. It will be examined as how African studies is reconfiguring itself to capture and respond to this new engagement. Each web-discussion would like to bring in, beside the perspective of the country under discussion; a Regional perspective, a Global perspective and most importantly- an African perspective. In other words, beside the country researcher, there would be at least three more speakers in each webinar reflecting on these three different perspectives.
The first leg of the webinar series would be on Asian Engagement with Africa. Prof YK Chang, South Korea has kindly agreed to kickstart the first webinar on South Korea's Engagement with Africa on 10th of October 2020 at 430 PM (Indian local time) in collaboration with African Studies Centre, HUFS. It could be of around two hour duration.
We are happy to invite you to join this series of webinars and looking forward to your confirmation regarding participation in this programme.