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’, which was held from 20-22 September 2018, in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), seeked to deepen the explorations of new realities, and long histories connecting Africa and Asia. The conference aimed 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, was 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’.
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). The winner of the AAIBP has been 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.
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