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

We invite proposals for (institutional) panels, roundtables, exhibitions, documentaries, papers, (MA and PhD) dissertations and book presentations in the newly conceptualized field of ‘Asian-African studies’.

Deadline: Proposals should be in English or French. They should be submitted online by 1 February 2018.

Conference dates: 20–22 September 2018.

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


Accra, 24-26 September 2015

Organized by the Association of Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia) in cooperation with the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), "AFRICA - ASIA" was first ever conference held in Africa bringing together a multi-disciplinary – multi-sector ensemble of scholars and institutions from the continent and the rest of the world with sharing focus on Asia and Asia-Africa intellectual interactions.

The conference, through panels and roundtables, seeks to assess the prospects for Asian Studies in Africa in a global context by addressing a number of theoretical and empirical questions that such an enterprise will raise: How should Asian studies be framed in Africa and African Studies in Asia? Is Asian studies relevant for Africa? What is the current state of capacity (institutional, intellectual, personnel, and so on) for Asian studies in Africa and can this be improved and how? How does (and must it?) Asian studies dovetail into the broader field of 'Area studies', as it has been developed mainly in Western institutions? Are new narratives required for understanding the very visible contemporary presence of Asia in Africa and Africa in Asia? What are the historical origins of this transregional connection? What is the current state of research on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages?

For the A-ASIA conference 2015 the A-Asia/ICAS Africa-Asia Book Prize was organized. 


ICAS is an initiative of the
International Insitute for Asian Studies