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Knowledge Lab


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Located at the centre of its research activities, the Knowledge Lab interlinks the cluster’s three main research structures: the African Cluster Centres, the Academy, and the Research Sections. It 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 Knowledge Lab assembles scholars and their research projects in various venues to exchange ideas and methods and to engage in debate and systematic reflection. Directed by the Vice Dean of Research, it 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 Knowledge Lab 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.





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