2022#2 19 January

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

Nelson Mandela


High-level dialogue on Climate and Energy ahead of 6th AU-EU Summit


Ahead of the 6th AU-EU Summit, the Africa-Europe Foundation (AEF) will host three high-level debates around key issues at the centre of the cross-continental partnership. The first one, taking place on Thursday 20 January 2022 from 17:00 to 18:30 CET will be focusing on the theme of climate and energy.

Confirmed contributors include Macky Sall, President of Senegal and forthcoming Chair of the AU for 2022; Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice-President for the Green Deal; Mary Robinson, Co-Honorary President of the Africa-Europe Foundation, Chair of the Elders and former Prime Minister of Ireland, etc.



New Edited Volume by UGent researcher

‘Making Homes(s) in Displacement’

Making Home(s) in Displacement critically rethinks the relationship between home and displacement from a spatial, material, and architectural perspective. Recent scholarship in the social sciences has investigated how migrants and refugees create and reproduce home under new conditions, thereby unpacking the seemingly contradictory positions of making a home and overcoming its loss. Yet, making home(s) in displacement is also a spatial practice, one which intrinsically relates to the fabrication of the built environment worldwide.


VAD 2022 conference "Africa-Europe: Reciprocal Perspectives"

Call for papers is open

The VAD conference 2022 in Freiburg will focus on the theme “Africa and Europe: Reciprocal Perspectives” and will address processes of co-production of knowledge as well as the mutual questioning of different ways of thinking. Political and epistemological entanglements will be explored and unusual perspectives will also be opened up. This should unlock new forms of collaboration and further develop existing ones. Experiences with collaborative research and its challenges should lead to analyses which also take into account questions of persistent exclusion and the lack of representativeness in teaching and research in both Africa-related studies and “European Studies”.

The VAD2022 Call for Papers is now open and will close on 31 January 2022:


Vétérinaires Sans Frontières is looking for researchers

Possibly within the framework of VLIR-UOS projects

Are you conducting research related to livestock farming in Africa?

Some examples:
Can we profitably convert food waste into animal protein for animal feed through the cultivation of black soldier flies? Can methane emissions from pastoral livestock systems be fully compensated by carbon storage in the soil and plants of the vast savannah grasslands? How can we improve the use of antibiotics to prevent a pandemic of antimicrobial resistance?

Vétérinaires sans Frontières is looking for researchers to jointly submit VLIR-UOS or EU projects.

Let us know at info@vsf-belgium.org

Upcoming events

new location: Mandela Lecture 2022!

Human rights and social rights in an international perspective

WHEN 16-02-2022 at 20:00
WHERE Zaal De Blauwe Vogel - De Krook - Ghent
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association and the Advisory Council International Solidarity City of Ghent
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/mandela-lecture-2022-human-rights-and-social-rights-international-perspective

At the 2022 Mandela Lecture in Ghent the following three speakers will engage in a panel discussion dealing specifically with human rights and social rights, both in the international arena and on the local level.

Navi Pillay is an international authority on human rights. As a South African jurist she served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. She was the first non-white woman judge of the High Court of South Africa, and she has also served as the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Based on her personal experiences, Ms. Pillay will give an overview of the contemporary challenges with respect to human rights and she will discuss possible future avenues for local actions.

As discussants, Prof. Eva Brems and Mr. Luc Cortebeeck will reflect on Ms. Pillay’s presentation and add insights from their respective domains of expertise. They will also explore in which way a city, as an increasingly important driver of socio-economic development, can play a role in local and international human rights policy.

Gie Goris will lead the discussion and the event will be livestreamed.