Asian Studies in Africa

Statement from the organizers regarding the Ebola virus disease (EVD)

We are happy to report to you that the upcoming conference ‘Asian Studies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interactions’, which is set to take place on 15-17 January 2015 in Accra, is already a success by the outstanding number of active scholars who have sent abstracts and have been selected to participate in the event ...

There is, however, a cloud on the horizon which we cannot ignore: the Ebola virus. So far there have been no reported cases in Ghana. The Ghanaian authorities have put in place strict measures at all ports of arrival to screen, track and detect any suspected cases coming from the affected countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. Furthermore, a public health campaign has been rolled out in cooperation with the World Health Organization. At present people are still coming to Ghana from abroad and conferences are taking place.

As organizers of the event, we are closely monitoring the situation. We will decide by October 1, 2014 if the conference is definitely going to take place on the planned dates of January 15-17, 2015 or will be postponed. We therefore kindly ask you not to buy your tickets or book your hotel rooms before October 1, or until we will notify you of the final conference status. Of course, if there are any new developments regarding this matter we will promptly inform you. Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us.

ASIAN STUDIES IN AFRICA: Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interactions


Accra, 15-17 January 2015

Organized by the Association of Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia) in cooperation with the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS)


In 2015, the A-ASIA in cooperation with ICAS will organize its first biennial conference with the theme: Asian Studies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interactions. It will be the first conference held in Africa that will bring together a multidisciplinary ensemble of scholars and institutions from the continent and the rest of the world with a shared focus on Asia and Asia-Africa intellectual interactions.

The conference, through panels and roundtables, will seek to assess the prospects for Asian studies in Africa in a global context by addressing a number of theoretical and empirical questions that such  enterprise will raise: How should Asian studies be framed in Africa? Is Asian studies relevant for Africa? What is the current state of capacity (institutional, intellectual, personnel, and so on) for Asian studies in Africa and can this be improved and how? How does (and must it?) Asian studies dovetail into the broader field of ‘Area studies’ as it has been developed, mainly in Western institutions? Are new narratives required for understanding the very visible contemporary presence of Asia in Africa and Africa in Asia? What is the current state of research on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages?

We invite proposals for panels, roundtables, papers and book presentations in the fields of Asian-African interactions studies.