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Copenhagen roundtable debates on new South-South relations
September 25, 2014 - 00:00-September 26, 2014 - 00:00
The Centre of Global South Asian Studies at University of Copenhagen invites to a series of roundtable debates on ”Southern Futures. Thinking through Emerging Markets”. Speakers include John Comaroff, Harvard University, and Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen. The workshop is the first launch event of the new research programme ‘Emerging Worlds: Explorations in new South-South Connections’ funded by the Danish Council of Independent Research (FKK) during the period 2014-2018.
The Global South is undergoing a dramatic transformation in the eyes of the world. It has not only been given a new name – emerging market – that signals fresh territories found desirable by global investors and policymakers, it also hints at escalation and acceleration in the pace of history long deemed to be locked in a static temporal space. The seductive sign of emerging market now stands for extractable natural resources, cheap techno-friendly labor and a vast consumer base waiting to be fully untapped. Most of all it stands for the magical promise of economic ‘growth’ that has become a much longed for and elusive goal in Euro-America after the financial crisis. In a series of roundtable debates, we will rethink the language of ‘rise’ and ’emergence’ of Africa, this after a decade of ‘rising’ Asia, and the ways in which it breaks down the established epistemic constructs. What might this transformation mean for Africa when new Afro-Asian connections through investments and business enterprises are fast redrawing the Global South. And what might this new Global South tell us about the future of capitalism itself. More information.
Date: 25–26 September 2014
Place: South Campus, KUA1, Njalsgade 136, 2300 Copenhagen S, Building 27, Room 27.0.09.