21 March 2024#6
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Visit of Prof. Yves Jorens to Eduardo Mondlane University

During his recent visit to Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, Professor Jorens (Faculty of Law and Criminology) met with the management of UEM, rector Manuel Guilherme Junior,  with the Director of Cooperation, Manuel Luis Chenene, with the Dean and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law as well as with different Centers at the Faculty of Law. Professor Jorens also gave a guest lecture for the labour law students.  

The university as well as the faculty are interested in further possibilities of collaboration, both on an educational and on a research level.

Interview in drie delen met Yves T’Sjoen over zijn onderzoeksverblijf in Stellenbosch en zijn boek

Lees hier het driedelige vraaggesprek met Yves T’Sjoen, gepubliceerd op Versindaba – over prof. T’Sjoens fellowship bij STIAS in Stellenbosch en het boek in voorbereiding Twee overzijden. Kronieken & tweespraken.

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.

This Thursday March 21 at 2pm the Finnish historian Kalle Kananoja (University of Oulu) will give a talk titled "From African medicinals to global pharmaceuticals: Lusoafrican trajectories, 18th century – present" as part of this series.

Online Café: Socioeconomics and Ecophysiology of Asystatia Gangetica - 28/3/2024

Did you know that wild indigenous vegetables have the potential to circumvent the present effects of climate change on food security?

Join us for another inspiring Online Café!

Our esteemed guests, Dr. James Shergold Epila-Otara, Dr. Epila Jackie, and Prof. Dr. Ir. Kathy Steppe, will lead us in the socioeconomics and modern ecophysiological assessments of this remarkable “weed” with transformative potential for our modern food cultures.

Interuniversity Job Market for Young Researchers 2024 - 28/3/2024

Are you an international researcher looking to take your career to new heights?

Join the interuniversity Job Market for Young Researchers (Flanders Expo Ghent, 28 March (12 PM – 6 PM)), where a world of possibilities awaits you! Connect with leading companies & organizations, top-tier universities, and like-minded professionals from across the globe.

VLIR-UOS Community Talk: Improving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health through a Participatory Parent-Child Communication Intervention in Uganda - 28/3/2024

In Uganda, high rates of teenage pregnancies and HIV persist, especially due to limited sexual and reproductive health education.

This project aims to empower parents in rural areas to communicate effectively about these topics.

During this Community Talk, the involved researchers will share their experiences, findings, and lessons learned on this project. With Dr. Viola Nyakato, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and  Prof. Souheila Abbeddou, Ghent University

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 the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria (Insitute and Cluster for Development Research), in cooperation with ATSAF e.V.



Interdisciplinary conference: Exploring Intersections: Decolonization, Diasporas and the African Food System - deadline submission call for abstracts: 1/4/2024

This hybrid conference is an initiative of the Food Bridge vzw in partnership with Diaspofood ULB, Africa Museum Tervuren and others.

We are interested in papers and presentations that will showcase the nuanced understanding of the multifaceted relationship between decolonization, diaspora, and the African food system. The aim is to contribute to the ongoing discourse on African food system transformation by examining through diasporic lenses the relevance of (de)colonization concepts on food systems.

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.

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 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.



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

Our Africa Film Festival has become an established brand name in Ghent, with around 500 visitors every year.

Be taken by surprise by unique films from countries such as Mauritania, Morocco, Kenya, Senegal, Cameroon and DRC. A variety of short films, feature films, documentaries, panel discussions with experts from Ghent University, a West African concert, and much more...will provide for some true festival vibes.

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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