19 April 2023#08
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Congo Talks - georganiseerd door Humasol vzw - 19/4/2023

Wil je meer te weten komen over de Democratische Republiek Congo (DRC)? Kom dan zeker naar onze Congo Talks!

Op deze avond laat Humasol 3 sprekers aan het woord die je helemaal onderdompelen in de DRC, zowel het heden als verleden.

Met achteraf gratis receptie.

Workshop: Toni Haastrup - Between knowledge and praxis: experiencing decolonial international studies - 24/4/2023

Prof. Dr. Toni Haastrup is a Professor in International Politics at the University of Stirling. Her research broadly explores the nature of global power hierarchies (between the Global North and South) in knowledge and practice. She has worked in the area of global governance of security via regional security institutions - the African and European Unions. Part of her current research agenda draws on critical feminisms to understand the foreign policy practices of both institutions.

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 (Temple University Press, 2023). 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 from Robin D.G. Kelly - 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.

Summer institute in plant breeding - deadline to apply for registration waiver: 30/4/2023

This summer (3-7 July 2023), University of Minnesota, together with UGent/VIB are organizing a “Summer Institute in Plant Breeding” in Ghent, Belgium.

There are six modules available within the course.


  •     Genomewide Markers in Plant Breeding
  •     CRISPRing in Plants
  •     Machine Learning Applied to Plant Science


  •     Genetic Analysis in Understudied Plants
  •     The Many Dimensions of Plant Phenotyping
  •     Data Bootcamp for Genomic Prediction in Plant Breeding

Members of a PlantB+B partner institution are eligible to benefit from the waiving of the registration.

ALF Mobility Program - Calls for mobility with partners in North Africa - deadline for applications: 30/4/2023

ALFinMOTION aims to encourage intercultural dialogue actions between the two shores of the Mediterranean through physical mobility projects involving different types of expertise and profiles. 

One of the schemes is on Mobility for Knowledge, where its objective is to create tandems with civil society organizations and research/academic institutions (think tanks, specialized research centers or universities) from different shores of the Mediterranean in order to jointly produce cross-sectoral/cross-border knowledge on relevant aspects of Intercultural Dialogue. 

Summer School: Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty - deadline for applications: 2/5/2023

The ERC-IMPACTUM team, the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, the Human Rights Centre, Ghent University, and the Global Campus on Human Rights are pleased to invite highly motivated students in law, political sciences, public health, or criminology, or postgraduate students as well as staff of civil society organisations and policymakers to the 2nd  Edition of the Summer School ‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’ (27-30 June).

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading academics from Europe, Africa and North & South America working in this field, gaining awareness of complex issues related to the human rights of persons deprived of liberty nation-wide and world-wide.

Debate - Climate racism: an intersectional perspective in tackling the climate issues - 2/5/2023

What does climate racism mean? How can the climate movement be decolonised? What are the intersections between the anti-racism and climate movement and what can they learn from each other?
These questions and many more will be answered in this highly inspiring panel discussion on climate racism.

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.

UGent 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.

Gastlezing: Een verzwegen leven - Onze Congolese geschiedenis in België - 3/5/2023

Een verzwegen leven is een journalistiek opgevat boek dat aan de hand van interviews met nazaten en archiefbronnen een onbekend stuk Belgische geschiedenis bloot legt.

Het is vreemd dat de eigen kinderen van François Kamanda bitter weinig wisten over het leven van hun vader. Daarom is het dan ook lovenswaardig dat Eva Kamanda en Kristof Bohez een lange weg gegaan zijn om een verzwegen leven op een boeiende manier openbaar te maken.

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.

Nieuwe publicatie: Breyvier. Over taal, burgerschap en Breytenbach

BREYVIER is een werkschrift. Dit apocrief carnet verzamelt notities over het werk van Breyten Breytenbach. Yves T’Sjoen, professor in de moderne Nederlandse en de Afrikaanse literatuur aan de UGent, UStellenbosch en Karelsuniversiteit in Praag, belicht in Breyvier de zijpaden van het diepgaandere onderzoek uit zijn parallelle academische uitgave - dat handelt over intercultureel verkeer tussen het Afrikaans en het Nederlands en in het bijzonder over Breyten Breytenbach en de Lage Landen.

Launch of the new AEGIS website!

This week, AEGIS – Europe’s dynamic association of African Studies – has launched its brand-new website. 

With a completely new interface and many new features, the site provides important updated information about:

  • almost 40 AEGIS institutional members;
  • 10 thematic Collaborative Research Groups;
  • key African Studies events such as the European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) and AEGIS PhD Summer School as well as other significant news and opportunities;
  • the AEGIS-Brill African Studies book series and a range of other relevant publications;
  • and the spectrum of teaching in African Studies across Europe.

Discover more about African Studies in Europe and beyond, and engage with us and each other through the new AEGIS website: https://www.aegis-eu.org/.



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 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


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