7 March 2024#5
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Lezing “Et le Congo créa la littérature” door schrijver In Koli Jean Bofane - 11/3/2024

In deze lezing onderzoekt schrijver In Koli Jean Bofane (Mbandaka, 1954) de manier waarop Congo's traumatische geschiedenis de Afrikaanse literatuur en Bofanes eigen schrijfstijl heeft beïnvloed.

Aan de hand van een aantal vragen aan zichzelf en aan de lezer, gaat hij na hoe vandaag een dekolonisatie van de verbeelding kan tot stand komen.

Guest lecture by Chika Unigwe - 15/3/2024
Samespraak - isiXhosa-Afrikaans/Nederlands-English - first half 2024
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.

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 (Belgium), March 13-15, 2024.

European Humanitarian Forum 2024 - 18 & 19/3/2024

The Forum, co-organised by the European Commission (DG ECHO) and Belgium in the framework of its Presidency of the Council of the EU, takes place in the context of sharply increasing global humanitarian needs, at a time of shrinking humanitarian space, increasingly complex and protracted conflicts, the politicisation of aid, and increasing vulnerabilities due to climate change.

Bijeenkomst van het Gents Centrum voor het Afrikaans en de Studie van Zuid-Afrika - 19/3/2024
Workshop: Aspirations de Migration et Bien-être - 20/3/2024

Ce workshop (à l'Université Assane Seck de Ziguinchor, Sénégal) est organisé pour présenter les résultats préliminaires de l’étude sur le bien-être des jeunes Casamançais et accueillir les commentaires et réactions de différents parties afin de les prendre en compte pour le reste du projet.

En complément, cet évènement sera l’occasion de croiser les témoignages et perspectives de différents secteurs afin de réfléchir et proposer ensemble, dans une démarche de co-création, des recommandations académiques, politiques et/ou interventionnelles visant à une meilleure prise en compte de la situation économique et mentale des jeunes en Casamance.

Lecture: ‘Both Argos and Athens’ - Writing a history of Kigoma-Ujiji between globalization and liminality - 21/3/2024

This lecture adopts three vantage points: (1) since the mid-nineteenth century successive global transformations pose challenges to the people who make the town of Kigoma-Ujiji, (2) the uncertainties accompanying these challenges are, again and again, met with problem-solving creativity and resilience, and (3) the urban area of Kigoma and Ujiji has been noticed, represented, and symbolized on global stages for 170 years already.

We propose a reading of the history of Kigoma-Ujiji as a characteristic site of spatial-temporal transformations, which merits its global attention.

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, 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 from this project. With Dr. Viola Nyakato, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and  Prof. Souheila Abbeddou, Ghent University

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.



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

This hybrid conference is an initiative of the Food Bridge vzw in partnership with Diaspofood ULB, the 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.

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 sustainability. 



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.


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