Asian Studies in Africa

AFRICA-ASIA: A New Axis of Knowledge

Take note: If your proposal was already accepted in the first round of submissions it is not necessary to resubmit your abstract.


Accra, 24-26 September 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: AFRICA - ASIA: A New Axis of Knowledge. 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.

Postponement of the Conference

Dear participant in the Africa-Asia Conference,

Further to our message of 15 August, we would like to inform you that after ample discussions among the organizing committee members and among partner institutions, we have decided to postpone the Conference. The new dates will be 24-26 September 2015. The venue will remain unchanged : the University of Ghana at Legon, Accra, Ghana.