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Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge - Second Edition
Building on the multiple encounters, interactions and dialogues initiated at the 1st Africa-Asia Conference (Accra, Ghana, 2015), the 2nd international Conference ‘Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge’, to be held from 20-22 September 2018, in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), seeks to deepen the explorations of new realities, and long histories connecting Africa and Asia. The conference aims to solidify an infrastructure of engagement bringing together scholars, artists, intellectuals and educators based in Africa and Asia as well as across the world to think both comparatively and holistically about the challenges and possibilities of cross-continental and trans-regional encounters.
Emphasizing an inclusive approach, the conference, modelled after ICAS international conventions, will be organized around a series of broad thematic multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial groupings that highlight multiple flows and mobilities linking the two continents such as: transcontinental connections & interactions, economics & development, intellectual; encounters, arts & culture, migration & diasporas and Asian studies in Africa & African studies in Asia. Specifically, the central unifying theme for the conference is a call to understand the histories and futures of Africa-Asia as simultaneously unfolding, in order to rethink the methodologies and knowledge practices through which we understand Africa in Asia and Asia in Africa, and beyond, Africa, Asia and other world regions as ‘fields of studies’.