22 March 2023#06
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Decolonization and Black Repair: reparative ecologies and humanness after disaster in the Caribbean - 22/3/2023

The decolonial learning network at the UGent and the department of Conflict and Development Studies are organizing a lecture on "Decolonization and Black Repair: reparative ecologies and humanness after disaster in the Caribbean" by Professor Keston Perry.

Bij referring to the 21st century Caribbean and the ongoing climate and economic disasters, prof. Perry wishes to highlight how communities build solidarities and mutual care, or reparative ecologies in response to external market and socio-ecological pressures.

The lecture takes place on Wednesday 22 March from 17:00 to 19:00 in auditorium H (Technicum 2).

Guest lecture by Elizabeth Wathuti - 23/3/2023

Elizabeth Wathuti is a prominent climate activist from Kenya. She is a Green Climate Fund Youth Champion and the founder of the Green Generation Initiative. She is the 2023 laureate of the Amnesty International Chair at Ghent University.

In that context, Elizabeth Wathuti will deliver a guest lecture in the course ‘International & European biodiversity law’.

Belmundo Festival 2023: Recht op Actie Voeren - 24-26/3/2023

Belmundo Festival is het jaarlijkse Gentse stadsfestival rond internationale solidariteit, georganiseerd door Stad Gent, 11.11.11 en het Gentse middenveld.

Belmundo heeft als doel de Gentse actoren een kader te bieden om activiteiten op te zetten rond mondiale thema’s en om bij de Gentenaars een draagvlak te creëren en te versterken voor internationale solidariteit.

Van vrijdag 24 t.e.m. zondag 26 maart strijken we neer in de Brugse Poort met het thema ‘recht op actievoeren’.

Panel discussion Science and War - 28/3/2023

As part of the Ghent University Diversity & Inclusion Month in March 2023, the Faculty of Sciences Diversity Team and Biology students are hosting an event on the impact of war on science and researchers.

Moderator: Peter Verlinden (VRT)


  • Adrian Garside (Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and the Environment, King’s College London)
  • Olesya Petrovych (WWF Ukraine)
  • Prof. Dr. Amaury Frankl (UGent)
  • Emnet Negash (UGent)
BantuFirst workshop An Archaeology of the Bantu Expansion: early settlers south of the Congo rainforest - 29-30/3/2023

Between 2018 and 2022 the BantuFirst archaeology team conducted seven field seasons across Kinshasa, Kwilu, Mai-Ndombe, and Kongo-Central provinces. Through a combination of large-scale survey and targeted excavations, the project has identified 176 new sites ranging in age from the Middle Stone Age (~300ka BP) through the colonial period.

This BantuFirst workshop is meant to prepare an edited book volume that will publish, contextualize and valorize this wealth of new and varied datasets. It will develop from these original data new insights on early settlement south of the Congo rainforest over the last three millennia.

Conference: Translational Research in Crops - deadline to apply for travel grants: 30/3/2023

Developing crops that are more resilient to rapidly changing and harsher environments will be crucial for tomorrow’s food production. Green biotechnology offers solutions to maintain high food productivity while preserving the earth’s valuable ecosystems.

This VIB conference ‘Translational Research in Crops’ aims at reviewing how crops cope with stress, how to improve crops through plant architecture, how to produce healthier crops, and the beneficial interactions of the soil microbiome.

We offer 5 travel grants to international PhD students, which will reimburse travel costs up to 400 Euros. The deadline to participate is 30 March 2023. The organizing committee notified the grant winners.

Call for the One Planet Fellowship Internship Program for Emerging European Scientists - deadline end of March 2023

AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development) offers the possibility for young European scientists under 30 years old (no requirement to be student – at least masters degree) to join the mentoring programme as part of the One Planet Fellowship Programme.

If selected, the young European scientist will become a learning partner and be paired with his/her African mentor and his/her African learning partner. The African mentor is a high-potential African agricultural researcher whose research focuses on climate change who has been selected through a competitive process.

The starting date is: May 22nd 2023.

CARAM Lectures in the Anthropology of Art - March & May 2023

In this series of talks, which forms part of the BA Course/Elective Course in African Studies 'Antropologie van Visuele en Materiële Culturen in Africa' (prof. Hugo Deblock), we will focus on a plethora of artforms, from visual and material cultures to performance and drama and film and immaterial culture and art. The list of speakers includes performance artist, critical writer and dramaturg at VIERNULVIER Kopano Maroga, acclaimed visual artist Aimé Mpane, activist and artivist Laura Nsengiyumva, filmmaker and artist Renzo Martens and documentary-filmmaker Rosine Mbakam.

Global Dialogue on sustainable campuses and communities - deadline for proposals: 30/3/2023

How can we make our campuses and communities sustainable? Let’s talk about it in the 2nd edition of the ENLIGHT Global Dialogue 2023!

The ENLIGHT Global Dialogue invites student organisations, associations or project team from the ENLIGHT partner universities and across the globe to talk about student–led sustainability initiatives and share best practice. The event will take place online in April & May 2023 to facilitate global participation.

The best contributions will be invited to present their projects at the ENLIGHT Teaching & Learning Conference in October 2023.

Deadline for submitting a proposal is March 30, 2023.

Human Rights Conference - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 75: Rethinking and Constructing its Future Together - submission of proposals deadline: 16/4/2023

The 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on 10 December 2023. Since its adoption, the Declaration has been read in multiple ways. Some have been inspired by it, others have found it wanting. At this conference, Ghent University will take stock and look forward, embracing a resolute engagement with human rights in their multiple contemporary dimensions.

There is an interesting thematic track on decolonization and racial justice.

European Conference on African Studies (ECAS): African Futures - early-bird registration closes: 17/4/23

ECAS9 2023, 31 MAY - 3 JUNE 2023

ECAS9 will be organized by the Global South Studies Center (University of Cologne) and the IARA, Institute for Anthropological Research on Africa, University of Leuven, under the theme of “African Futures”. “African Futures” aims to explore the continent’s critical engagements with the past, present, and future of Africa’s global entanglements.

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.

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.

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Participation in the Belgian state visit to South Africa and alumni event at UWC - 22-27/3/2023

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, Their Majesties the King and Queen will pay a state visit to South Africa from Wednesday 22 to Monday 27 March 2023. They will be accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs Hadja Lahbib, Minister-President of Wallonia Elio Di Rupo, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region Rudi Vervoort, Minister Matthias Diependaele, representing the Flemish Government.

This visit will include several cultural, academic and economic visits and activities in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

On Saturday 25 March Ghent University will co-organise an alumni event at the University of the Western Cape.

Precision Medicine: Therapeutic Targets - joint symposium by UWC, UGent and MU - 27-30/3/2023

The University of the Western Cape, Ghent University
and the University of Missouri invite you to attend
a joint symposium on Precision Medicine: Therapeutic Targets.

Precision medicine has been defined as an emerging practice of medicine that uses an individual’s genetic profile to guide decisions made about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

This symposium has been designed to bring together researchers from UWC, Ghent and the University of Missouri to share their current work, brainstorm on needed resources including innovative data sharing and co-create opportunities for collaboration and competitive funding applications. Ultimately we hope to provide
precision medicine interventions that are more cost-effective than population-based measures and will improve health care in Africa, Europe and the United States.

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).


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to find all the information you need.

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