A-ASIA INAUGURAL CONFERENCE
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)
CALL FOR PANELS, ROUNDTABLES AND PAPERS
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.