University of Dar es Salaam Hosts Africa-Asia ‘A New Axis of Knowledge’ Second Edition International Conference.
The University of Dar es Salaam has determined to call for understanding the histories and future of Africa-Asia as simultaneously unfolding, in order to rethink the methodologies and knowledge practices through which the University understands Africa in Asia and Asia in Africa, and beyond as ‘fields of studies’.
This was revealed by the University of Dar es Salaam by successfully hosting the Africa-Asia ‘A New Axis of Knowledge’ Second Edition International Conference held in Dar es Salaam at the University of Dar es Salaam on 20th to 22nd September 2018.
The conference general idea is to build the multiple encounters, interactions and dialogues which was initiated at the 1st Africa-Asia Conference (Accra, Ghana, 2015), the conference sought to deepen explorations of new realities and long histories connecting Africa and Asia.
The conference aimed at solidifying an infrastructure of engagement by 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 challenges and possibilities of cross-continental and trans-regional encounters.
Emphasizing on 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 highlighted multiple flows and mobilities linking the two continents such as transcontinental connections and interactions; economics and development, intellectual; encounters, arts and culture; migration and diasporas; Asian studies in Africa and African studies in Asia.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology from the College of Social Sciences (CoSS) - University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in collaboration with the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, the Netherlands Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia, Accra, Ghana) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS, Leiden, the Netherlands) and other partners organised an international conference entitled Africa-Asia ‘A New Axis of Knowledge’ Second Edition. The conference was officiated by the Guest of Hounour, Professor Adolf Mkenda, the then Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation who was represented by Ambassador Hassan Yahya Simba.
This conference marked the history at the University of Dar es Salaam where more than 400 participants from all over the world who belong to around 239 affiliated institutions attended the conference. During the conference, around 100 panels and roundtables were administered. Professors Zulfiqarali Premji and Oussouby Sacko were Keynote Speakers. Africa-Asia book prize 2018 was presented to the winner, Ching Kwan Lee, The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa (2017, The University of Chicago Press). The 3rd Edition of Africa-Asia ‘A New Axis of Knowledge’ will be held in Rabat, Morocco in 2021.