5 April 2023#07
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Speciale vertoning Juwaa in Sphinx Cinema, in samenwerking met Afrika Filmfestival Gent - 11/4/2023

Amani is 10 jaar wanneer hij na een traumatische nacht in Kinshasa wordt gescheiden van zijn moeder en wordt opgevangen en opgevoed door zijn grootmoeder. Nu, 10 jaar later, arriveert hij in Brussel, waar zijn moeder een nieuw leven heeft opgebouwd. Moeder en zoon proberen de band weer aan te halen, maar de demonen uit het verleden achtervolgen hen. Zullen ze de kracht en de moed vinden om die samen te overwinnen?

Met nagesprek in aanwezigheid van regisseur Nganji Mutiri.

Human Rights Conference - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 75: Rethinking and Constructing its Future Together - submission of proposals deadline: 16/4/2023

The 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on 10 December 2023. Since its adoption, the Declaration has been read in multiple ways. Some have been inspired by it, others have found it wanting. At this conference (6-8 December), Ghent University will take stock and look forward, embracing a resolute engagement with human rights in their multiple contemporary dimensions.

There is an interesting thematic track on decolonization and racial justice.

European Conference on African Studies (ECAS): African Futures - Early-bird registration closes: 17/4/2023

ECAS9 2023, 31 MAY - 3 JUNE 2023

ECAS9 will be organized by the Global South Studies Center (University of Cologne) and the IARA, Institute for Anthropological Research on Africa, University of Leuven, under the theme of “African Futures”. “African Futures” aims to explore the continent’s critical engagements with the past, present, and future of Africa’s global entanglements.

Book presentation and workshop: A critical synergy: critical race theory and decoloniality - 26 & 27/4/2023

Prof. Dr. Ali Meghji will present his latest book: A Critical Synergy: Race, Decoloniality, and World Crises. Its central themes are the convergences and divergences between critical race theory and decolonial thought.

Dr Meghji is Associate Professor of Social Inequalities in the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. He is the author of Decolonizing Sociology, The Racialized Social System: Critical Race Theory as Social Theory, and Black Middle Class Britannia: Identities, Repertoires, Cultural Consumption

Reading group on Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination by Robin Kelley - from 28/4/2023 onwards

We welcome staff and students to join us in our discussion of this important book within the field of postcolonial and decolonization studies. The sessions will be moderated by Koen Bogaert (Department of Conflict & Development Studies).

In this book Kelley unearths freedom dreams in an exciting history of renegade intellectuals and artists of the African diaspora in the twentieth century. Focusing on the visions of activists from C. L. R. James to Aime Cesaire and Malcolm X, Kelley writes of the hope that Communism offered, the mindscapes of Surrealism, the transformative potential of radical feminism, and of the four-hundred-year-old dream of reparations for slavery and Jim Crow.

EU INTPA Call for proposals: Peaceful and Resilient Borderlands in the Horn of Africa - deadline: 2/5/2023

This Call for Proposals corresponds to the implementation of Specific Objective 1 of the Action ‘Peaceful and Resilient Borderlands’ (ACT-61057). 

The global objective of this call for proposals is to enhance effectiveness of conflict prevention and mitigation, disaster risk reduction and management, and resilience-building in cross-border communities in select border areas in the Horn of Africa.

Workshop Moving beyond Development Cooperation - 2/5/2023

We kindly invite you to a workshop Moving beyond Development Cooperation that will take place on May 2 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Het Pand.

During this workshop, the findings and recommendations of a 2-year policy study on international cooperation between Ghent University and partners in the Global South will be discussed. The research examines the question of how international cooperation with partners in the Global South can take shape in the future, paying attention to reciprocity, equality and justice.

Tropentag 2023: Competing pathways for equitable food systems transformation: trade-offs and synergies - call for abstracts deadline: 3/5/2023

The annual interdisciplinary conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, natural resource management and rural development (Tropentag) is jointly organised by the universities of Berlin, Bonn, Göttingen, Hohenheim, Kassel-Witzenhausen, ZALF e.V. (all Germany), Ghent University (Belgium), Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (Czech Republic), BOKU Vienna (Austria), and the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF e.V) in co-operation with the GIZ Fund International Agricultural Research (FIA).

Tropentag 2023 invites a debate on competing pathways for food systems transformation, drawing from diverse perspectives, disciplines and methodologies.



Africa Film Festival Ghent 2023 - 26-29/4/2023

Be invited to our 7th Africa Film Festival Ghent. This will be an exciting four days with a combination of short films, documentaries, fully-fledged movies, music and debate.

Films will come from a variety of regional backgrounds, such as Cameroon, South Africa, Sudan, Senegal and Niger.

We will close on Saturday evening with a concert by Buadee + PE Live (reggae vibes).

External Stakeholders' Networking Event - 16/5/2023

Ghent University External Stakeholders' Networking Event with presentations and panel discussion on how to approach the current challenges in international (academic) cooperation, followed by a networking dinner

We invite our external parters for networking, presentations and discussions on building future-proof international partnerships, taking into consideration topics such as human rights, foreign interference, dual use, equal partnerships, ...

Participation in the Belgian trade visit to Senegal - please reach out to us in case you cannot join, but are still interested in academic collaboration with Senegal

Ghent University's Rector and a number of professors will participate in the Belgian Economic Visit to the Republic of Senegal presided by HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Representative of His Majesty the King.

This will be in the presence of:

HE Hadja LAHBIB, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Federal Cultural Institutions

HE Willy BORSUS, Vice-President of the Walloon Government and Minister of Economy, Foreign Trade, Research and Innovation, New technologies, Agriculture, and Urban and Spatial planning

HE Pascal SMET, State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Urbanism and Heritage, European and International Relations, Foreign Trade and Firefighting and Emergency medical Assistance


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