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Africa-Europe : Reciprocal Perspectives

Call for Panels

The VAD conference 2022 in Freiburg will focus on the theme “Africa and Europe : Reciprocal Perspectives” and will address processes of co-production of knowledge as well as the mutual questioning of different ways of thinking. Political and epistemological entanglements will be explored and unusual perspectives will also be opened up. This should unlock new forms of collaboration and further develop existing ones. Experiences with collaborative research and its challenges should lead to analyses which also take into account questions of persistent exclusion and the lack of representativeness in teaching and research in both Africa-related studies and “European Studies”.
We are soliciting panel proposals on one of the eleven topics listed below :

- African researchers in the European academic system

- Restitution !
- Linguistic and visual (de)colonialisms
- Development of Colonial Languages in the “New African Diaspora” – Germany in Comparison
- Flight and migration – from the perspective of the practice and agency of refugees
- “Françafrique” – special case, multidimensional, reciprocal ?
- African Studies beyond the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Knowledge in dealing with climate change : African approaches
- Images of the living and dead
- Corona crisis and new world views : Europe as a problem, China as a solution ?
- Black Germans and African academics in the German university scene

Please be aware : We hope to be able to organize the upcoming conference as a f2f event with some virtual elements. However, we will continue to monitor the corona situation and might have to change the conference format to hybrid or virtual. Stay safe and kind regards from Freiburg !

Deadline : 15 October 2021

Panel proposals can be submitted : HERE