Located at the centre of its research activities, the Knowledge Lab (KL) interlinks the cluster’s three main research structures: the African Cluster Centres, the Academy, and the Research Sections. The KL offers a variety of meeting formats—from the ad hoc to the regular and formal—for cluster members and guests to come together and propel academic debates. As the locus of these meetings, the KL assembles scholars and their research projects in various venues to exchange ideas and methods and to engage in debate and systematic reflection. Coordinated by the Vice Dean (VD) of Research, the KL generates a thriving intellectual and interdisciplinary research environment that also includes non-academics, such as artists and activists, and stimulates transdisciplinary synergies and research.
The KL indeed is crucial in connecting the cluster’s theoretical, epistemological, and methodological issues. Accordingly, it is subdivided into three interlinked spaces for debate and exchange: The Theory Forum, the Reflexive African Studies Forum, and the Methodology Forum.
The KL creates a vibrant research environment and allows for the virtual participation of researchers across the globe, facilitating transdisciplinary and transcontinental debate and exchange within and between research projects. It stimulates multidirectional flows of theoretical and reflexive debates, as well as empirical findings, thus refining methodologies and driving conceptual advances.