17 May 2023#10
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Lecture: "The African Grove Theater: Protesting Slavery, Asserting Freedom, and Defying Racism in 1820s New York" - 25/5/2023

In early nineteenth-century New York, the short-lived all-African American theater troupe, the African Grove Theater, challenged slavery, racism, and restrictions on free African Americans’ voting and civil rights.

This talk bij Prof. Jenna M. Gibbs (Florida International University) will focus on two of the African Grove’s adaptations and political interpolations.

Guest lecture: "Girling African History and Historicizing Girlhoods through Language Data in East and Central Africa" - 26/5/2023

On Friday May 26, Prof. Dr. Catherine Cymone Fourshey (Bucknell University) talks at UGent on "Girling African History and Historicizing Girlhoods through Language Data in East and Central Africa".

Though they have been drivers of social and historical change and been important sources of knowledge, girls in Africa have rarely been the focus of historical scholarship. Through an examination of East and Central African language evidence relevant to generation, girlhood, and family, this paper makes claims about the historical possibilities around girlhood in ancient times as means of reconsidering the social status and meaning of girlhoods in more recent eras.

Symposium at the University of Amsterdam: Establishing Europe-Africa academic collaborations - 1/6/2023

At this innovative symposium about effective ways to develop and strengthen institutional connections with the Global South, UGent's Africa Platform has been invited to share its experiences.

We will discuss Advantages, Difficulties, Examples, and New Opportunities with respect to partnering with African institutions.

Lecture by Robert Quinn, founder of the Scholars at Risk network, at VUB - 1/6/2023

To mark the presentation of an honorary doctorate by the VUB to Robert Quinn, founder and executive director of the Scholars at Risk network, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) invite you to attend a lecture by our brand new VUB Honorary Doctor.

It will be followed by a panel discussion with Julie Bynens (tbc), secretary general of the Chancellery and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Flemish government, Koen Verlaeckt, secretary general of the VLIR (Flemish Interuniversity Council), and Professor Karin Vanderkerken, VUB Vice-Rector Internationalisation. 

Workshop: Controlling the conversation: Finding and amplifying your voice through the noise - 6/6/2023

Using examples from the media, this session will focus on the framings and tactics used to harass and manipulate under the guise of The Truth with a focus on ‘colonial’ language and views.

Dr. Tiffany Williams is a visiting lecturer of Discourse Analysis at the Ghent University Department of Political Science, and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Jena Institute for Caucasus Studies.

Nigeria Belgium Luxembourg Business Forum: 7-9/6/2023

In cognisance with the policy stance of the present administration, especially, in promoting the non-oil sector of the Nigerian economy, the Nigerian Embassy in collaboration with partners including the Belgium Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce - Brussels and Abuja, A-Law Firm, Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and Diplomatic Vista will convene a Business Forum under the Theme “Building Sustainable Partnerships in the Non-oil  Sector” in two locations: Luxembourg and Belgium on the 7th, 8th & 9th June, 2023 respectively.

Meet & Greet Adviesraad Mondiale Solidariteit Stad Gent (AdMoS) - 17/6/2023

De Adviesraad Mondiale Solidariteit (AdMoS) en het informele netwerk AdMoSfeer willen graag tonen wat ze in huis hebben: heel veel enthousiasme rond internationale solidariteit.
Altijd al willen weten wat die Adviesraad Mondiale Solidariteit precies doet en wie de organisaties en mensen achter de schermen zijn?

Zaterdag 17 juni is jouw kans om die allemaal te leren kennen. Kom gerust eens langs voor een hapje en een drankje en maak kennis met de Gentenaars die gedreven zijn door internationale solidariteit.



Call for Participation: Conference “Applied Sciences as drivers for regional innovation ecosystems in Africa" - call closes: 31/5/2023

Building upon previous Africa related events and a continuous engagement in fostering stronger Europe-Africa cooperation, DAAD Brussels is organising this conference in partnership with a network of German Universities of Applied Sciences strongly engaged in Africa. It seeks to explore and promote the benefits of applied sciences as drivers for regional innovation in Africa.

This call for participation addresses current or recently concluded (higher) education projects in Europe-Africa cooperation with a strong focus on the applied sciences and/or innovation. Given that
the policy workshops will be clustered around the following themes, the proposed projects should contribute to discussions on:

  • (Renewable) Energy
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • (Public) Health
  • IT/Technology and Innovation
Launch Short Research Stays Call 2023 - deadline: 5/9/2023

This call targets researchers who are affiliated with a higher education or research institution based in one of the 37 eligible countries in the Global South and who wish to spend between 1 and 3 months as a visiting researcher at Ghent University in order to support and expand their ongoing research on sustainable development challenges.

Yearly Competitions Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (RAOS) - with some questions highly relevant for researchers on Africa

In order to stimulate high-quality scientific research regarding problems inherent to overseas regions, the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (RAOS) organizes yearly competitions.

Each award-winning work in the yearly competition is granted a cash prize (2,500 EUR).

Questions for the Competition 2024

  • First question. — An original study is requested on the current transformations, within an overseas community, of the social practices in relation to the environment.
  • 2nd question. — A study of traditional sustainable irrigation systems in overseas semi-arid and arid regions is requested.
  • 3rd question. — A scientific and/or technical study is requested on sustainable circular economy models in emerging countries based on one or more successful examples

Questions for the Competition 2025

  • First question. — A study is requested on the judicial system in an African or Asian colony in the first half of the 20th century.
  • 2nd question. — A study is requested on the impact of climate change on the productivity of tropical lakes and on the management of these aquatic resources by the local population.
  • 3rd question. — A study is requested on the lessons learned so far in emerging countries on the first concrete achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals.


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 Mission 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

GAPSYM16: Knowledge production, research ethics and authorship in African contexts - deadline to submit abstracts extended to 1/6/2023

This 16th multi-disciplinary conference of the AUGent Africa Platform will be co-organized by the University of the Western Cape. It hopes to showcase how scientists, policy makers, engineers, artists, writers, opinion makers and educators reflect on the highly topical subject of knowledge production and authorship in Africa.

This conference will explicitly be a platform to engage on this topic, also beyond the academia, including the organization of writeshops, round tables and seminars to rethink existing paradigms on the position African research takes in scholarly production.


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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