Africa Knows! It is time to decolonise minds

Panel B11 (1 video; 7 papers, 6 withpdf files)

Title of panel:

Asia-africa, A New Axis of Knowledge
[International Institute For Asian Studies (IIAS)]

Marieke van Winden (conference organiser, African Studies Centre Leiden);
Philippe Peycam (IIAS);
Paul van der Velde (IIAS).

Stream: B: Decolonising knowledge
Format: Roundtable
Start time: 11 December, 2020 at 13:00 (UTC+1)
Session slots: 1

Long abstract:
For the first time in modern history, a substantial number of African students and scholars are privileging connections with counterparts and their institutions not based in Western Europe or North America. This trend not simply results from the exponential increase in economic ties with global Asian and Latin American partners such as China, Japan, India, Turkey and Brazil. It reflects a deep-seated interest among African intellectuals to break with a hitherto almost exclusive engagement with the West and the continuation of often one-sided interactions inherited from the colonial period (and their restrictive epistemic choices). The Africa-Asia, A New Axis of Knowledge initiative led to the establishment of the African Association for Asian Studies (A-ASIA), and the organization of a triennial international conference, first in Ghana (2015), in Tanzania (2018), in Senegal (2021?). As such, it constitutes an original attempt at decentring and diversifying routes of collaboration in global knowledge production. The A-A platform, involving a number of institutions in Africa and Asia also includes partners from Europe, North (and Latin) America. It also ensures that Asian and African multiple realities are represented, beyond a few countries or subjects of interest in an historically contextualized fashion. For an Asia-focused European organization like the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the objective is to contribute to a more globally connected approach to the development of knowledge on and with Asia, in the world. This panel will serve to present the Africa-Asia A New Axis of Knowledge initiative in some of its local and international iterations, with perspectives from Asia, Africa, and Europe.


Lloyd Amoah (University of Ghana)
Lalita Hanwong (Kasetsart University)
Webby Kalikiti (University of Zambia)
Abdourahmane Seck (Université Gaston Berger)
Mathew Senga (University of Dar Es Salaam)
Rohit Negi (Ambedkar University)
Aarti Kawlra, Philippe Peycam, Paul van der Velde (International Institute for Asian Studies)

7 Accepted papers:
1 pdf file present Rethinking 'the Global': view from an Indian social science university

2 pdf file present Creating an Asian Study Centre in Francophone Africa: between necessity and obstacles

3 pdf file present Rethinking Africa in Thailand and beyond

4 no pdf file present Asian Studies in South Central Africa

5 pdf file present Formalization of the Africa-Asia Research Platform (A-ARP) of the University of Dar es Salaam: fostering spirit of unity and integration

6 pdf file present A new role for a Europe-based institute? Facilitating an alternative South - South-Africa - Asia 'Axis of Knowledge'

7 pdf file present Building Asian Studies and Centres in Africa: Notes from the Field

* This conference took place from December 2020 to February 2021 *
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