• 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
  • 08.00 – 09.00

    conference office, in front of room CAS 823

    Registration

  • 09.00 – 09.30

    Room CAS 823

    Conference Opening and Official Welcome



    Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff

    (President of Goethe University Frankfurt)


    Norbert Noisser

    (Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, State of Hessen)


    Prof. Dr. Frank Schulze-Engler

    (Joint Project Leader AFRASO, Goethe University Frankfurt)

  • 09.30 – 11.00

    Room CAS 823

    Keynote: Homi K. Bhabha (Harvard University) Intimations of the Afterlife: On Migration, Memory and the Dialectics of Translation


    Chair: Frank Schulze-Engler

  • 11.00 – 11.30

    In front of the conference office and room CAS 823

    Coffee Break

  • 11.30 - 11.45

    Proceed to Panel Rooms

  • 11.45 – 13.15

    Room IG 311

    Subtheme 1: Redefining the Global South

    Imagining Solidarity? China-Africa Encounters in the Aftermath of Decolonization to the Present
    Chair: Falk Hartig

    Jamie Monson (Michigan State University): Decolonizing Translation: Gender and Interpretation in China-Africa Historical Engagements

    Amanda Shuman (University of Freiburg): Promoting “Friendly” Solidarities under Mao: China-Africa Sports Visits in the 1960s

    Duncan McEachern Yoon (The University of Alabama): The Global South Novel? Imaginaries of China in Bofane’s Congo Inc.

  • 11.45 – 13.15

    Room IG 411

    Subtheme 2: Reassessing the Indian Ocean

    Expanding the Indian Ocean: Perspectives from East and West Africa
    Chair: Jan Beek

    Astrid Erll (Goethe University Frankfurt) & John Njenga Karugia (Goethe University Frankfurt): Connective Afrasian Ocean Memories: Between Competitive and Multidirectional Remembering

    Olutayo Adesina (University of Ibadan): Broken Lands and Chords of Memory: Pakistan and India in Nigeria’s Self-Consciousness

    De-Valera Botchway (University of Cape Coast): West Africa and the Indian Ocean World: Some Past and Future Connections from Ghana

  • 11.45 – 13.15

    Room IG 1.411

    Subtheme 3: Afrasian Approaches to Development

    Economic Collaboration on the Ground I
    Chair: Cornelia Storz

    Ute Röschenthaler (Goethe University Frankfurt): Competition and Cooperation in Chinese and Cameroonian Commercial Interactions

    Sarah Hanisch (University of Vienna): Industrial Parks and Taiwanese Investors: A Transregional Comparison between a Southern Chinese City and Lesotho

    Rajesh Ramachandran (Goethe University Frankfurt) & Cornelia Storz (Goethe University Frankfurt): Japanese Management Techniques and Firm Level Effects on Productivity: Evidence from Africa
  • 13.15 – 14.15

    Lunch Break

  • 14.15 – 15.45

    Room IG 311

    Subtheme 1: Redefining the Global South

    Trajectories of Migration and Exchange
    Chair: Tesfaye Tafesse

    Alexandra Samokhvalova (Goethe University Frankfurt): Internationalizing of Higher Education in Malaysia: Focus on Africa

    Hanna Getachew Amare (Hawassa University) & Sophia Thubauville (Goethe University Frankfurt): Indian Academics at Ethiopian Universities – Changing Traditional Migration Routes in Academia

    Ohsoon Yun (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies): Ethiopia-South Korea Interactions and Prospects: A South Korean Perspective

  • 14.15 – 15.45

    Room IG 1.411

    Subtheme 3: Afrasian Approaches to Development

    Economic Collaboration on the Ground II
    Chair: Cornelia Storz

    Yanyin Zi (Kyoto University): Chinese Investment in Africa: Ground Level Interaction Matters

    Ray Ikechukwu Jacob (University of Malaya) & Azirah Hashim (University of Malaya): African and Asian Development: Revisiting Facts and Figures

    Judith Schöne (Free University of Berlin): The Diplomatic Role of China Henan International (CHICO) Company in Senegal during Non-recognition of China

  • 14.15 – 15.45

    Room IG 411

    Subtheme 4: Afrasia in a Wider World

    Afrasia Through Different Eyes I
    Chair: Ute Röschenthaler

    Sharlene Khan (Rhodes University): When the Moon Waxes Red… Negotiating Subjective Terrain as an “Inside-Outsider, Outside-Insider” Researcher within a Postcolonial Community

    Amanda Katherine Rath (Goethe University Frankfurt): “Indonesia meets Nigeria”: Implications of a Global South as Useful and Contentious in Past and Present “Worlding” in Contemporary Art

    Mamadou Diawara (Goethe University Frankfurt): The Sahel and Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: Whose Areas, Which Areas?

  • 15.45 – 16.15

    In front of the conference office and room CAS 823

    Coffee Break

  • 16.15 – 17.45

    Room IG 311

    Subtheme 2: Reassessing the Indian Ocean

    Imagining Afrasia
    Chair: John Njenga Karugia

    Danson Sylvester Kahyana (Makerere University): Depictions of Intra-Asian Tensions in Jameela Siddiqi’s Novels

    Pavan Malreddy (Goethe University Frankfurt): AfrIndian Dialectics, or Ngũgĩ’s Late Style

    David Peter Lawrence (University of North Dakota) & Eddah Mbula Mutua (St. Cloud State University): Dialogues of the Sages: Bimal Krishna Matilal and Henry Odera Oruka’s Advocacy for the Philosophical Rationality of Nonwestern Cultures

  • 16.15 – 17.45

    Room IG 1.411

    Subtheme 3: Afrasian Approaches to Development

    Chinese Soft Power in Africa
    Chair: Yonson Ahn

    Falk Hartig (Goethe University Frankfurt): Decoding Grand Narratives with Strategic Narratives: Confucius Institutes’ Messages to African Audiences

    Philip Ademola Olayoku (University of Ibadan): Theatre as Transcultural Capital in Afro-Asian Relations: Exploring the Spring Festival at the Confucius Institute in Lagos, Nigeria

    Yu Xiang (University of Westminster): A New Hegemony within the Global South? A Structural Analysis of the Agenda Setting Role of CCTV-Africa

  • 16.15 – 17.45

    Room IG 411

    Subtheme 4: Afrasia in a Wider World

    Afrasia Through Different Eyes II
    Chair: Ute Röschenthaler

    Performance: Blickakte - "Acts of Viewing" (Christine Matzke, Daniel Schauf and Philipp Scholtysik)

    Christine Matzke (University of Bayreuth): “Do I See What I See, Do I Know What I Know, Do I Hear What I Hear ...” Notes on the Performance Piece Blickakte – “Acts of Viewing”

    Satwinder Rehal (Philippine Women’s University): Television Soap Operas as the New Frontier in African and Asian Encounters: The Case of Filipino teleseryes in Africa

  • 18.15

    Room CAS 1.801

    Reception

    Introduction to the Exhibition "When the Moon Waxes Red (2009 - 2016)"

    (Sharlene Khan)


    Introduction to the third AFRASO Film "Small-scale Gold Mining: Chinese Operations in Cameroon" with film premiere (20 Minutes)

    (Diderot Nguepjouo)

    Indonesian Buffet and Live Music with Mandinka Band (Senegal)

  • 09.00 – 11.00

    Room IG 411

    Subtheme 1: Redefining the Global South

    Travelling Microcredits? Questioning the Grand Narrative
    Chair: Uta Ruppert & Mirjam Tutzer

    Ainnon Naher (Jahangirnagar University Dhaka): Revisiting Microcredit in Bangladesh

    Loy Mbwilo (University of Iringa): Traditional Forms of Funding and the Role of Microfinance Institutions in Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Tanzania

    Mirjam Tutzer (Goethe University Frankfurt): Microcredits and the Manifestation of Gender Inequalities in Dar es Salaam

  • 09.00 – 11.00

    Room IG 311

    Subtheme 2: Reassessing the Indian Ocean

    Towards an Afrasian Ocean: Connections in the Peripheries
    Chair: Astrid Erll

    Tom Hoogervorst (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies): Prioritizing the Southern Axis: Some Neglected Peripheries of Indian Ocean Studies

    Awungshi Yaruingam (University of Delhi) & Nidhi Mehra (University of Delhi): The Significance of the Indian Ocean for Maritime Security and Trade for African and Asian Powers

  • 09.00 – 11.00

    Room IG 1.411

    Subtheme 3: Afrasian Approaches to Development

    Natural Resources: Controversies and Opportunities
    Chair: Rajesh Ramachandran

    Diderot Nguepjouo (Goethe University Frankfurt): African Agency within the Extractive Sector: The Case of Cameroon

    Vinay Lal (University of California, Los Angeles): Punjabi Farmers in East Africa: The Cultural Politics and Political Sociology of Indian “Land Grabbing”

    Seifudein Adem (Binghamton University): Lessons for Africa from Southeast Asia: Is Agriculture the Answer?

  • 11.00 – 11.30

    In front of room IG 411

    Coffee Break

  • 11.30 – 13.00

    Room IG 311

    Round-Table
    Which Way, Area? Transregional Studies in a Multipolar World



    Homi K. Bhabha (Harvard University)


    Ajay K. Dubey (Jawaharlal Nehru University)


    Jamie Monson (Michigan State University)


    Uta Ruppert (Goethe University Frankfurt)


    Chair: Frank Schulze-Engler (Goethe University Frankfurt)

  • 13.00 – 14.00

    Lunch Break

  • 14.00 – 15.00

    Room IG 411

    Subtheme 1: Redefining the Global South

    Afrasian Identities
    Chair: Olutayo Adesina

    Nafeesah Allen (University of the Witwatersrand): Indo-Mozambican Identities and Migration in 20th Century Maputo

    Geetha Ganga (V.G. Vaishnav College): The Somali Refugees in Hyderabad, India

  • 14.00 – 15.00

    Room IG 1.411

    Subtheme 3: Afrasian Approaches to Development

    Whose Agenda? I
    Chair: Veit Bachmann

    Tom de Bruyn (HIVA-KU Leuven): South-South Cooperation Partnerships: Are the Emerging Powers Challenging Development Cooperation Practices?

    Joseph Agbakoba (University of Nigeria): A Review of Asian Influences on African Agency in Relation to Development – Challenges, Lessons and Possibilities

  • 14.00 – 15.00

    Room IG 311

    Subtheme 4: Afrasia in a Wider World

    Travelling Models, Experiences and Stories between Africa and Asia I
    Chair: Seifudein Adem

    Jan Beek (Goethe University Frankfurt): Transregional Fraud and Travelling Capitalisms

    Frauke Katharina Eckl (Goethe University Frankfurt): Unpacking Modernization – Translating Experiences: South Korea and the Ethiopian Higher Education Sector

  • 15.00 – 15.30

    In front of room IG 411

    Coffee Break

  • 15.30 – 17.00

    Room IG 411

    Subtheme 1: Redefining the Global South

    Rethinking Gender from an Afrasian Perspective
    Chair: Sophia Thubauville

    Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel (Goethe University Frankfurt): Of Borders, Voices and Choices – Challenges to Transregional Feminist Organizing Today

    Tu Huynh (Jinan University): Redefining African Gender Narratives: New Livelihood Strategies in China’s Workshop of the World

    Edgar Taylor (University of the Witwatersrand): Rethinking the Global South through Histories of Solidarity and Exclusion: The Gendering of Afro-Asian Politics in Late Colonial Uganda

  • 15.30 – 17.00

    Room IG 1.411

    Subtheme 3: Afrasian Approaches to Development

    Whose Agenda? II
    Chair: Veit Bachmann

    Tesfaye Tafesse (Addis Ababa University): The Potentials and Challenges of Building Developmental States in Africa

    Wiebe Nauta (Maastricht University): Korean-African Interactions: Interrogating Theory from the “South”?

  • 15.30 – 17.00

    Room IG 311

    Subtheme 4: Afrasia in a Wider World

    Travelling Models, Experiences and Stories between Africa and Asia II
    Chair: Seifudein Adem

    Matthias Gruber (Goethe University Frankfurt): Grand Narratives as Emic Perspective

    Vincent Duclos (McGill University): A Shining Example of South-South Cooperation?

  • 17.00 – 17.15

    Break

  • 17.15 - 18.30

    Room IG 311

    Keynote: Jamie Monson (Michigan State University) Futures in the Pasts of African-Asian Interaction


    Chair: Mamadou Diawara

  • 19.00

    Rotunde

    Conference Dinner

  • 09.30 – 11.00

    Room IG 311

    Subtheme 2: Reassessing the Indian Ocean

    Afro-Asian Spaces and Place-Making in the Indian Ocean World
    Chair: Bettina Ng'weno

    Christian Doll (University of California, Davis): How “Thong Piny” Became “Juba Na Bari”: Worlding and Planning Urban South Sudan

    Bettina Ng'weno (University of California, Davis): Green City in the Sun

    Ludovic Gandelot (Université Paris Diderot): Beyond African Migrations: China and Khojas in the Second Half of the 19th Century

  • 09.30 – 11.00

    Room IG 411

    Subtheme 3: Afrasian Approaches to Development

    South Korea’s Engagement with Africa through ODA and Civil Activism
    Chair: Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel

    Min Joung Park (Ewha Womans University): Aid as Autobiography? The Case of Korean Saemaul ODA to Africa

    Yonson Ahn (Goethe University Frankfurt): “Butterfly of Hope” and “Seed of Hope”: Transregional Women’s Activism against Sexual Violence in the Conflict between DRC and ROK

    Casper Hendrik Claassen (KDI School of Public Policy and Management): The Commensurability of Korea’s New Village Movement with the (South) African Context

  • 11.00 – 11.30

    In front of room IG 411

    Coffee Break

  • 11.30 – 12.45

    Room IG 311

    Keynote: Ajay K. Dubey (Jawaharlal Nehru University) India-Africa Relations in the 21st Century: The Competitive Edge and Challenges of one of Africa’s Asian Options


    Chair: Arndt Graf

  • 12.45 – 14.00

    Lunch Break

  • 14.00 – 15.00

    Room IG 311

    Subtheme 2: Reassessing the Indian Ocean

    Marginalized Histories, Religious Networks, and Other Narratives
    Chair: Joseph Agbakoba

    Justin Haruyama (University of California, Davis): Refiguring Postcolonial Encounters: The Importance of Linguistic and Symbolic Power

    Varsha Patel (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale): Shifting Paradigms and Conceptualizations of the Indian Ocean: The Semi‐precious Stones from the Gulf of Cambay

  • 14.00 – 15.00

    Room IG 411

    Subtheme 4: Afrasia in a Wider World

    Rethinking Afro-Asian Linkages: Memories, Materialities, and Medicines
    Chair: Neelima Jeychandran



    Laura Meek (University of California, Davis): Curing Drugs in Tanzania: Pharmaceutical Capacities in Indian Ocean Networks

    Neelima Jeychandran (University of California, Davis): African Spirits of “God’s Own Country”

  • 15.00 - 15.30

    in front of room IG 411

    Coffee Break

  • 15.30 – 16.30

    Room IG 311

    Concluding Plenary Panel
    Afrasian Transformations: Observations, Responses, and Future Challenges



    Adams Bodomo (University of Vienna)


    Mamadou Diawara (Goethe University Frankfurt)


    Astrid Erll (Goethe University Frankfurt)


    Chair: Frank Schulze-Engler (Goethe University Frankfurt)

  • 16.30 – 16.45

    Room IG 311

    Conference Closing

  • 16.45

    End of Conference

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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

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VENUE / PHYSICAL ADDRESS

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

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