Africa-Asia 'A New Axis of Knowledge' Second Edition

Conference dates: 20–22 September 2018

Organized by: University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM, Tanzania), Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia, Accra, Ghana) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS, Leiden, the Netherlands)

In Partnership With: Muziris Institute for the Indian Ocean Studies, University of Calicut (Calicut, Kerala, India), International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden, the Netherlands), Leiden University (Leiden, the Netherlands), University of Michigan (UM, Ann Arbor, U.S.), O.S.O.I. - Observatoire des sociétés de l'océan Indien, Université de La Réunion (France), National University of Singapore (NUS, Singapore), Social Science Research Council (SSRC, New York, U.S.), Center for Asian Studies (CAS), University of Ghana, (Accra, Ghana), Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS, Shanghai, China), Henry Luce Foundation (U.S.) and the African Studies Center - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan).


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’.

If you would like to participate in the conference, please submit the registration form.

The registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunches, a welcome reception and a conference package.

Early bird (before 15 June 2018): € 130
Regular (before 31 August 2018): € 160
On-site: € 200

(PhD) students:
Early bird (before 15 June 2018): € 70
Regular (before 31 August 2018): € 95
On-site: € 125

Graduate (MA and PhD students) as well as Faculty from institutions from Tanzania are eligible for a reduced registration fee upon submission of a valid proof of affiliation during onsite registration. The following onsite fees apply: € 50 (participants) and € 30 (students).

The advance registration fee can be paid by credit card (MasterCard, Visa or JCB). Please proceed to the payment website to pay the registration fee.

Please note that the payment website is operated by Leiden University. This is linked to a different database then the registration form to confirm your participation. You should therefore respond no to the question Have you registered on this site before. You will then proceed to the form to enable registration fee payment.

Practical information
Further information about the venue, hotels and logistics will be provided on the conference website soon.

Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

We would like to refer you to the following website for more information on the visa,

Please note that most nationalities require a visa, thus please start the visa procedure in time. Please consult also the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your country for the latest visa requirements. In case you need a support letter for your visa application, please indicate this on the registration form.

The Africa-Asia ICAS Book Prize
The Africa-Asia ICAS Book Prize (AAIBP) was established by the secretariats of the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) and the Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-ASIA). Publishers are invited to submit academic publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences, written by an African scholar on an Asia-related topic or by any author on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages. Publications may be in English, French or Portuguese, and must have been published after July 2014. The winner of the AAIBP will be announced during the Second International Conference ‘Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge’ (Dar es Salaam; 20-22 September 2018), and shall thereafter be invited to ICAS 11 in Leiden (16-19 July 2019) to present his or her book. Online submissions is closed.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms Martina van den Haak at

ICAS is an initiative of the
International Insitute for Asian Studies