Optimism | Africa-Asia Seminar 2023

Sep 28, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023
(GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

This seminar series addresses Africa-Asia linkages, dynamics and engagement. We approach Africa-Asia both as a geographical zone of connection and engagement and as two major world regions in which contemporary and historical global trends emerge and unfold. 

Time: 28 Sept., 12:00 – 29 Sept., 16:30

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Event Details

Date: 28-29 September 2023
Place: University of Copenhagen, South Campus (Room 
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Questions about the call for papers, guidelines or registration process, should be sent to: [email protected]

Seminar Program: 

28 SEPTEMBER 2023 (Room 6B.1.62)

12.00 – 12.30     Welcome and sandwiches

12.30 – 12.45     Opening remarks by Ravinder Kaur and Karen Lauterbach

12.45 – 14.00     Paper presentations:

Chair: George Bob-Milliar (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology)

Mathilde Kaalund (University of Copenhagen): Disavowal of hope and concrete pathway to political renewal in Sudan

Anna Salvatorini (University of Turin): «I won’t steal that phone!» Social and political implications of shared Optimism among ‘ghetto youth’ in Uganda

14.00 – 15.15 Paper presentations:

Chair: Ravinder Kaur (University of Copenhagen)

Alena Thiel (IT University Copenhagen): Data innovation for Disaster Risk Reduction in Ghana

Manfredi Orlando (University of Copenhagen): How will global optimism in the new Global South energy paradigm shape its societies?

15.15 – 15.30     Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00     Keynote: Francis Nyamnjoh (University of Cape Town) – Søren Kirkegaard Auditorium (Room 9A-0-01)

17.00 – 18.00     Reception

19.00 –                 Dinner for seminar participants

29 SEPTEMBER 2023 (Room 6B.1.62)

9.30 – 10.00       Tea and coffee

10.00 – 11.15     Paper presentations

Chair: Karen Lauterbach (University of Copenhagen)

Akanksha Awal (University of Oxford): Enjoying, Love, and Hopelessness in Ghaziabad, India

Signe Arnfred (Roskilde University): From Decolonization to Reimagination: African feminists reimagining African lives.

11.15 – 11.30     Break

11.30 – 12.45     Paper presentations

Chair: Karen Lauterbach (University of Copenhagen)

Meera Venkatachalam (University of Mumbai): Afro-Asian Pentecostalism and emergent moral geographies of development

George Bob-Milliar (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology): Democracy in West Africa and ideas of Optimism

12.45 – 13.45     Lunch

14.00 – 15.30     Keynote: Shobana Shankar (University of Stony Brook, New York): “Trust and the Future: Emotions in Infrastructures of Africa-Asia Engagement”

15.30 – 16.00     Coffee Break

16.00 – 16.30     Conclusion and goodbye

Centre for African Studies, The Global Development Network & IARU Alliance
6B.1.62 & Søren Kirkegaard auditorium (Room: 9A-0-01) at the University of Copenhagen, South Campus