4 April 2024#7
afrika Platform

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela


EU launches joint innovation dashboard with African Union

The “Dashboard of initiatives” of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda represents a “living inventory” of projects, programmes, partnerships and scholarships officially recognised as contributing to the implementation of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda.

The aim of the Dashboard is to align as many initiatives as possible underneath the respective actions of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda to whose implementation they are contributing.

Lecture Series in African and Global History 2023-2024

ECC is proud to convene its first Lectures series in African and Global History for the academic year 2023-2024.

This academic year the series consists of seven lectures, delivered by scholars with celebrated expertise in their respective fields.

The final lecture will be given by Nicole Eggers (University of Tennesse-Knoxville): Unruly ideas: Kitawala, Everyday Intellectuals, and Power in Congolese History

Launching a Free Online Course: Biotechnology in Food Production - from 8 April onwards

As part of our collaboration with Africa and Latin America, OBREAL is launching a series of online short courses to facilitate cross-regional exchanges.

The course is coordinated by Jimena Estrella of OBREAL, and Obadina Adewale of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, which is one of Ghent University's partners in Nigeria.

This course will run from April 8 to June 27, 2024. If you are interested in participating, please register here.

Let's talk @ Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - 18/4/2024

Kom samen met je collega's naar Let’s Talk!, een taal- en netwerkingsevent waarbij anderstalige collega’s hun Nederlands kunnen oefenen met jou en jij jouw (vreemde) talenkennis kan bijspijkeren met hen. Schuif aan bij één van de conversatietafels en leer jouw anderstalige collega’s kennen op een leuke en interessante manier.

High-level conference: European University Alliances - Drivers of Change and Innovation in Higher Education - 29 & 30/4/2024

On the occasion of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the ten Belgian universities invite researchers and policy makers to reflect on the European University Alliances as drivers of change and innovation in higher education. This high-level conference will explore multilingualism, inclusion, student and staff mobility, superdiversity in academia and the labour market, pedagogical innovations and the European Degree label.

The conference will also focus on how the alliances can contribute to an enhanced collaboration with our partner universities in the Global South.

CMSI Lecture - The Shoah in Postcolonial Perspective: Etty Hillesum and her Moroccan Secret Sharer - 21/5/2024

Rebekah Vince is a Lecturer in French at Queen Mary, University of London. She is a memory studies scholar specialising in French postmemory narratives, francophone postcolonial studies, and the Mediterranean francosphère.

Her research moves at the intersection between postcolonial studies, Jewish studies, and transnational French studies, engaging with dialogic approaches to memory.

Primafamed-Workshop - 4-5/6/2024

We invite you to partcipate in the upcoming Primafamed-Workshop (4-5 june 2024) in Nairobi, Kenia, on development of Family Medicine and primary Care Capacity buildng in Africa.

CMSI Lecture - Translating Trauma, (Re)writing Memory: Mauritius and the Indenture Narrative - 19/6/2024

Suppliers of its largest workforce to colonized Mauritius for over a century, slavery and indenture were characterized by structural violence. This violence was physical, psychological and discursive, marked by misrepresentations, gaps, and the suppression and destruction of archival material.

This talk highlights key features of this intergenerational trauma in and through Dr Sraddha Shivani Rajkomar's English translation of  the novel Gandhiji Bole The.

Tropentag 2024 - 11-13/9/2024

Explore opportunities... for managing natural resources and a better life for all

Tropentag is a trans- and interdisciplinary conference. Following the long tradition of Tropentag, we encourage participants of Tropentag 2024 to contribute to the conference's overarching aim of exploring opportunities for managing natural resources sustainably and improving the quality of life for all individuals and communities.

Tropentag 2024 (TT24) will be organised as a hybrid 'green event' by University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria (Insitute and Cluster for Development Research), in cooperation with ATSAF e.V.



Third European Students' Conference on African Studies at Basel - applications deadline: 25/4/2024.

Master’s students of the Centre for African Studies invite Master’s students and recent graduates in African Studies at European Universities to present their research at the 3rd European Students’ Conference on African Studies, to be held at the end of August this year at the University of Basel. 

Call for papers – 8th Colloquium on Afrikaans and South African Studies at UGent - abstract submission deadline: 30/4/2024

Horizons of Political/Poetical Contestation: South African Intersectional Perspectives across Disciplines and Languages (20 & 21 November 2024)

Our call for papers invites proposals that address South African intersectional trends, and that consider the heterogeneous manifestations these can assume, both historically and contemporarily. Inspired by Carastathis, we believe that intersectionality should be understood not only on a personal level but as a “horizon of political contestation”. We also encourage diversity in terms of academic domains by adopting an interdisciplinary stance.

Summer School: Human Rights and Persons Deprived of Liberty - applications deadline: 3/5/2024

This summer course (18-21 June) is organised by the ERC-IMPACTUM team, the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context (Ghent University), and the Global Campus on Human Rights.

This course unravels the complexities surrounding human rights issues related to persons deprived of liberty.

Led by Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera (ERC-IMPACTUM, Ghent University) and Prof Dr Manfred Nowak (Global Campus of Human Rights), this course provides insights from world-leading academics from Europe, Africa, and North & South America.

SGroup Intercontinental Academic Exchange Programme ICON - grant applications are open - deadline: 3/5/2024

The aim of the ICON programme is to promote, facilitate and/or strengthen collaboration between SGroup institutions (such as Ghent University) and their overseas partners, thereby contributing to the SGroup’s commitment to expanding collaboration opportunities in education and research through the transfer of knowledge and the development of strategic alliances.

The ICON programme for the year 2024 will provide 10 grants for applications from academic and/or administrative staff.

Global Minds Fund - two calls are open now - deadline: 15/5/2024

The Global Minds Fund provides opportunities to the whole Ghent University community to collaborate with partners in the Global South in order to address the global challenges of sustainable development. Two calls are currently open: Explore/Valorise en Stays Global South.

Summer School on Natural Resources & Development at Kyambogo University, Uganda - application deadline: 15/5/2024

This course (in July 2024) examines the linkages between development and Natural Resources, the principles of Managing natural resources, and the sustainable conservation of these resources.

The course also examines how environmental activists and their interventions conserved protected areas, energy, water, and land in the face of climate variability based on a gender perspective.

The course aims at equipping students seeking qualifications for planning sustainable development, with practical approaches, knowledge, and skills necessary for meeting challenges of sustainable use of natural produce competent professionals who can plan for sustainable use of natural resources globally.



Making Men: Masculinity, Myth and Paradox - Documentary and Live Dance Performance: 25/4/2024

Making Men looks at the question of masculinity. Four African dancers explore this theme through choreography that is strong and rhythmical, but also subtle and sensitive.

Can failure to fit the stereotype of masculinity lead young men to the unease and violence we witness in many societies today? Are they free to choose to do so in any way they deem appropriate, or are they forced into a mold? They attempt to understand, question and express their doubts. They try to break free of invisible chains, to find their true selves.

The choreography seeks to highlight the limits of the male stereotype for those who seek to experience the full range of human emotions.

Crowdfunding campaign - Africa Film Festival

Africa Film Festival Ghent 2024 has been a huge success, but to secure the future of the festival, Africa Film Festival has set up a crowdfunding campaign.

Support African Voices
Save the Afrika Filmfestival 2024 and support independent voices of the African continent

GAPSYM17: Africa at the intersection of Climate, Migration & Health challenges - call has been launched - deadline: 1/6/2024

The symposiums organised by the Africa Platform of Ghent University Association (GAPSYM) have been trendsetting in the Belgian academic landscape over the last 16 years, in the sense that they provide a unique interdisciplinary forum to showcase academic research taking place in collaboration with African-based partners.

This 17th multidisciplinary conference of the AUGent Africa Platform (on 28 & 29 November 2024) will be co-organised by Ghent University’s International Thematic Network CliMigHealth, which focuses on the nexus between climate change, migration and health(care), the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR).


Want to learn more about the six Regional Platforms? Take a look at www.ugent.be/regionalplatforms
to find all the information you need.

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