8 February 2024#3
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Lecture Series in African and Global History - Spring 2024

You are warmly invited to the 2023-2024 lecture series on African history, organized by Samuël Coghe, Felicitas Becker, Eric Vanhaute, Pieter De Coene and Gillian Mathys.

In the next couple of months there will be lectures from amongst others Nicole Eggers and David Mwambari.

First up this year (on 29/2) is Morgan Robinson on the standardisation of Swahili.

Réseau Pan-Africain de Nématologie Workshop 2024 - 12 & 13/3/2024

Les 12 et 13 mars 2024, le troisième atelier international PANEMA se tiendra à Cotonou, au Bénin. Cet atelier de deux jours, organisé par l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi, au Bénin, réunira des nématologues qualifiés, des chercheurs en début de carrière, des étudiants, des vulgarisateurs agricoles et des agriculteurs de tout le Bénin et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest.

L'objectif de cet atelier PANEMA au Bénin est de fournir des opportunités éducatives supplémentaires pour ceux qui travaillent dans l'agriculture et la nématologie dans un contexte ouest-africain.

Victims & Transitional Justice Conference. Participation. Mobilisation. Resistance - 13-15/3/2024

This conference on victims and transitional justice will focus on dynamics of participation in, mobilization around, and resistance to various kinds of transitional justice initiatives.

The conference will take place in Ghent on March 13-15, 2024.



Call for Papers: Talking cultural diversities. Translingual poetics and multilingual poetries - deadline: 14/2/2024

With this call for papers, we invite researchers who focus on forms of “multilingual poetics” and “transpoetics” in a South African context.

In particular, researchers from diverse cultural traditions in South Africa are invited to discuss research findings in the context of multilingualism and intercultural conversations in an online seminar.

Anna Lindh Foundation - Open Call: Knowledge For Action, on Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region - deadline: 3/3/2024

The Anna Lindh Foundation has launched its 2nd edition of Knowledge for Action.

This programme is specifically designed to promote collaborations between research/academic institutions and civil society organisations, emphasised through the production of briefs or papers addressing relevant dimensions of Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Launch Master Mind Scholarships to study in Flanders - application deadline UGent: 31/3/2024

The Flemish government grants Master Mind scholarships to excellent students who (want to) follow a master's program at a Flemish college or university.

The program aims to promote Flemish higher education as a top study destination for international talents.

It is estimated that 30 international students can benefit from the Master Mind Scholarships.

[HORIZON EUROPE] The African and European Research partnership on infectious diseases launches over €140 million in funding opportunities for 2024 - proposal deadline: 4/4/2024

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) focuses on the major infectious disease threats facing sub-Saharan Africa, including HIV, TB, malaria, neglected infectious diseases, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

The 2024 calls for applications have now been announced on the EDCTP3 website and on the Funding and Tender portal of the European Commission.

The 2024 calls have a 2 stage submission procedure. Deadline for 1st stage proposals: 4 April 2024. An information session will take place on 6 February to provide further guidance to interested parties on the 2024 Work Programme and its calls for proposals.

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

This course 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.



Institutional academic visit to Kenya - including visits to various Kenyan universities and alumni networking events in Nairobi and Mombasa

From 10-18 February 2024 a UGent delegation headed by Rector Van de Walle will be visiting various Kenyan universities and research institutions, in the cities of Nairobi, Eldoret and Mombasa. 

The aim is to consolidate partnerships and explore new academic collaboration opportunities, on the level of teaching and research. 

In the framework of this visit two alumni networking events will be organised in Nairobi and Mombasa.  

Africa Film Festival Ghent 2024 - 27-30/3/2024

Save the date already - programme to be announced in our next newsletter.

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.


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