• 28-30 SEPTEMBER 2016 @GOETHE UNIVERSITY

    African-Asian Encounters (III)
    "Afrasian Transformations:
    Beyond Grand Narratives?"

     

    Themes:
    • Redefining the Global South
    • Reassessing the Indian Ocean
    • Afrasian Approaches to Development
    • Afrasia in a Wider World

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  • 28-30 SEPTEMBER 2016 @GOETHE UNIVERSITY

    African-Asian Encounters (III)
    "Afrasian Transformations:
    Beyond Grand Narratives?"

     

    Themes:
    • Redefining the Global South
    • Reassessing the Indian Ocean
    • Afrasian Approaches to Development
    • Afrasia in a Wider World

    Share Talk About #AfrAsia2016

  • 28-30 SEPTEMBER 2016 @GOETHE UNIVERSITY

    African-Asian Encounters (III)
    "Afrasian Transformations:
    Beyond Grand Narratives?"

     

    Themes:
    • Redefining the Global South
    • Reassessing the Indian Ocean
    • Afrasian Approaches to Development
    • Afrasia in a Wider World

    Share Talk About #AfrAsia2016

  • 28-30 SEPTEMBER 2016 @GOETHE UNIVERSITY

    African-Asian Encounters (III)
    "Afrasian Transformations:
    Beyond Grand Narratives?"

     

    Themes:
    • Redefining the Global South
    • Reassessing the Indian Ocean
    • Afrasian Approaches to Development
    • Afrasia in a Wider World

    Share Talk About #AfrAsia2016

Conference: African-Asian Encounters III: Afrasian Transformations: Beyond Grand Narratives?


Across various disciplines, our understanding of African-Asian interactions and their transformative potential has been significantly shaped by grand narratives and theoretical frameworks. The Global South, postcolonialism, the Indian Ocean World or China’s Scramble for Africa are routinely invoked to understand African-Asian encounters, as are different notions of development, area studies or transregionalism. These epistemological lenses have informed our perspectives and generated important insights, but they have also created significant blind spots. For instance, restricting the focus of attention to Chinese agency shifts attention away from other Asian (and African) actors. Many scholars working on the Indian Ocean emphasize connectivity but pay little attention to conflict and boundary making. Concepts such as the Global South or postcolonialism highlight a common past of oppression and resistance, but it is by no means certain whether that past can serve as secure orientation for the present and the future. The intricate small and large Afrasian stories of transformation that we encounter in our research often seem to strain against the limits imposed by the grand narratives we habitually come across in our fields of expertise. Coming to terms with Afrasian transformations in the social world may indeed involve a challenge to revise the theoretical frameworks that inform our own work.
This interdisciplinary conference is part of a series of international conferences on African-Asian Encounters that started with “New Cooperations – New Dependencies?” (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 2014) and continued with “Re-Thinking African-Asian Relationships: Changing Realities – New Concepts” (Cape Town, South Africa, March 2015). The Frankfurt Conference invites scholars to take stock of various grand narratives in their respective research work, to critically reconsider current theoretical and methodological frameworks employed in understanding African-Asian interactions, and to discuss how they navigate between empirical work and theory production. In what ways do their findings challenge existing grand narratives? Do we need to rethink or modify these narratives? Should we move beyond grand narratives altogether? Or can we come up with new narratives that capture present – and future – Afrasian realities in new ways?



We are very pleased to announce that the conference keynote speakers will be:

Prof. Homi K. Bhabha

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Harvard University

Prof. Ajay K. Dubey

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Jawaharlal Nehru University

Prof. Jamie Monson

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Michigan State University

IMPORTANT DATES

The conference will start on Wednesday, September 28, at 9.00 a.m.
The last session will finish on Friday, September 30, at 5.00 p.m.

30 April 2016

New Deadline for Abstracts

15 June 2016

Notification of Acceptance / Opening of Registration

1 August 2016

Deadline for Registration

FAQ

Should you have further questions, please feel free to send an email to afrasia2016@afraso.org

How do I pay ?

After registration you will recieve an email containing the relevant payment information. Only bank transfers will be accepted.

What is included in the registration fee?

Registration includes conference documents, the conference's reception and all coffee breaks.

What proof is needed to get the student rate?

Please send us a scan of your valid student ID or a copy of an official document clarifying your status. PhD and doctoral students also qualify for the student rate.

Can I pay by credit card or PayPal?

No, unfortunately not. Only bank transfers will be accepted. Please make sure to cover all transaction fees.

Can I attend without presenting a paper?

Yes, we'd be delighted. Please register as described above.

Are there day passes?

No.

Will you help me find accommodation?

We have provided initial information on our website, under the tab "Accommodation". For all further questions and queries, the city's tourism office "Frankfurt Service Team" will assist you.

Can I get a letter of invitation?

Paper givers will receive a letter confirming that their papers have been acceppted.  Only invited guests will receive a full letter of invitation.

CONFERENCE VENUE

"Afrasian Transformations: Beyond Grand Narratives?" will take place at our university's Campus Westend. Please note that the rooms for talks and plenaries will be on the ground floor and on the 1st floor of the IG Farben building. The conference office is located in the Casino building, near the Mensa. For a map  of the conference venue, please follow this link.

For a map of the entire campus, please follow this link (http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/38093807/Campus_Westend-pdf.pdf)

Public transport to the campus is available: If you are travelling by subway (U-Bahn), take the U 1, 2, 3 or 8 northbound (disembark at "Holzhausenstraße"). Alternatively, by busline 36 from Konstablerwache or from Bockenheimer Warte (disembark at "Campus Westend").

You will find a detailed description of how to get to the campus here (http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/44248916/How-to-get-there_.pdf)

ACCOMMODATION INFO

We have organised a number of rooms at special rates with "Frankfurt Service Team". These are only valid until August 30th, 2016 subject to availability. After this date, the room rates will change.Reservations can only made online via the following link:


http://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Sonderkontingente/African-Asian-Encounter


Would you like to reserve rooms at a different hotel? More than 200 hotels exist in the wider Frankfurt area, which can be booked via the "Frankfurt Service Team". Alternatively, call the "Frankfurt Service Team" (+49 (0) 69/21 23 08 08).

The members of the "Frankfurt Service Team" are happy to assist you with your selection.

  Several hostel options also exist for those travelling on a tight buget:

CITY INFO

To find your way to the city center please visit: http://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Information-Planning/Traffic-Transportation

For all information concerning the city of Frankfurt please go to:  http://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en

Events around town are advertised here: http://prinz.de/frankfurt/events/

Frankfurt has a number of important museums. More information may be found here: http://www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=317578&_ffmpar[_id_inhalt]=177713

VENUE / PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Goethe University, Campus Westend
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt

CONTACT US / POSTAL ADDRESS

AFRASO
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Senckenberganlage 31
Postfach 21
60325 Frankfurt am Main
www.afraso.org


CONTACT US

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