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IIAS-ACSL Joint Fellowship Program

This fellowship is jointly offered by IIAS and the African Studies Centre Leiden. It is intended for researchers specialising in Asian-African interactions.
It aims to attract researchers whose work is informed by current theoretical debates in the social sciences and humanities over global connectivities and who are able to critically engage with shifting paradigms  in “area studies” beyond the ways in which these have traditionally been conceived in the West.

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Africa-Asia - A New Axis of Knowledge (Second Edition)

Building on the multiple encounters, interactions, and dialogues initiated at the first conference held in Accra, Ghana in 2015, the second conference of Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge will be held on 20-22 September 2018, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The preliminary program consists of more than 100 panels and roundtables, as well as over 400 participants representing more than 250 institutions.

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Africa-Asia - A New Axis of Knowledge (First Edition)

The historic debut conference of Africa-Asia, A New Axis of Knowledge was held in Accra, Ghana, on 24-26 September 2015. There were 55 panels in total, grouped into 6 themes: Transcontinental Connections and Interactions; Economics, Aid, and Development; Intellectual Encounters; Arts and Culture; Migration and Diasporas; Asian Studies in Africa and African Studies in Asia.

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Asian Studies in Africa Roundtable

What is the state of Asian studies in Africa? What are the linkages between Asia and Africa? What is the current research being undertaken on Asia in Africa? These were the preliminary questions raised by scholars during the Asian Studies in Africa conference that took place on 9th-11th November 2012. The roundtable was jointly organized by the University of Zambia (UNZA), the South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development (SEPHIS), Manila and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

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