2 May 2024#9
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Opname: Gedagtewisseling tussen Yves T'Sjoen en Anastasia de Vries

Die derde gesprek van vyf in 2024 van die "Bruggenhoofden-gespreksreeks".

"Bruggenhoofden" is 'n publieke platform wat die letterkundige wisselwerking tussen Suid-Afrika en die Lae Lande ondersoek.

GAZ webinar: Dynamiek van vervreemding en toe-eigening - 7/5/2024

Recente literaire gesprekken tussen Afrikaans en Nederlands


  • H.J. Pieterse (Universiteit van die Vrystaat)
  • Marni Bonthuys (UWK)
  • Carla Lindt (UWK)
  • Alfred Schaffer (Universiteit Stellenbosch)
"Exploring Ethnonationalist Propensity in Yoruba Rituals": A Collaborative Research Endeavor at the University of Oxford by Dr. Morufu Bukola Omigbule - one of the 2024 Africa Platform fellows

GAP fellow Dr. Morufu Bukola Omigbule has been awarded the prestigious Afox Travel Grant from the University of Oxford.

Building on his fellowship at Gent University, which has fostered institutional collaboration between Obafemi Awolowo University and UGent, Dr. Omigbule aims to investigate ethnonationalist tendencies within Yoruba rituals over the past two decades.

Congratulations Morufu!

Atelier gratuit: Curieux de savoir la meilleure façon d'envoyer de l'argent à l'étranger? - 11/5/2024

Dans le cadre du projet O-REMIT, l'OIM Belgique et Luxembourg organise un atelier GRATUIT sur les transferts de fonds le 4 mai (néerlandais) et le 11 mai (français).

Après cet atelier, vous serez en mesure de prendre des décisions stratégiques et d'optimiser vos objectifs d'épargne lorsque vous envoyez de l'argent à votre famille ou à votre communauté, quel que soit l'endroit où elle vit. 

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.

Conference: Innovation, a key enabler for sustainable food system transformation in Africa - 23/5/2024

In the framework of the Belgium Presidency of the Council of the European Union, we cordially invite you to join our conference "Innovation: a key enabler for sustainable food system transformation in Africa". 

Join us, online or in person for an inspiring debate on how innovation can foster transformation towards more sustainable, healthy and inclusive food systems in Africa!

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



Summer School: Human Rights and Persons Deprived of Liberty - application deadline: 3/5/2024

This summer course (18-21 June) is organised by the ERC-IMPACTUM team, the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context (Ghent University), and the Global Campus on Human Rights.

This course unravels the complexities surrounding human rights issues related to persons deprived of liberty.

Led by Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera (ERC-IMPACTUM, Ghent University) and Prof Dr Manfred Nowak (Global Campus of Human Rights), this course provides insights from world-leading academics from Europe, Africa, and North & South America.

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.

Upcoming VLIR-UOS call ‘Accelerate’: Save the date information & matchmaking sessions - 14/5/2024

This is an announcement of the upcoming call for a new VLIR-UOS program called "Accelerate".

"Accelerate" represents a pioneering initiative designed to provide policy and implementation support within the VLIR-UOS network, focusing on three priority themes:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Uptake, Use & Impact
  • Higher Education Management


Interesting new topic added to the Cluster Health of Horizon Europe - specifically targetting low- and middle-income countries. Deadline: 26/11/2024

Implementation research for management of multiple long-term conditions in the context of non-communicable diseases (Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases - GACD)

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases is an alliance of international funding agencies representing over 80% of the world’s public health research funding and the first collaboration of its kind to specifically address NCDs.

This call specifically targets implementation science to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs*) and/or those in high-income countries (HICs) serving disadvantaged populations.

Launch Global Minds Short Research Stays Call 2024 - submission deadline: 31/5/2024

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.

Specialization course: Geopolitics of Sub-Saharan Africa – Political Transitions in Africa - application deadline: 7/6/2024

This comprehensive course (3rd week of June 2024) offers a dive into the Political Transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa with a diversity of perspectives from across the globe.

This course is organized by esteemed institutions including the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Beira Interior (FCSH/UBI), OBSERVARE, Observatory of External Relations, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL), Centre of International Studies, Iscte – Lisbon University Institute (CEI-Iscte/IUL), and the Institute of National Defense (IDN), Ministry of Defense, Portugal.



GAPSYM17: Africa at the intersection of Climate, Migration & Health challenges - call has been launched - deadline: 1/6/2024

The symposiums organised by the Africa Platform of Ghent University Association (GAPSYM) have been trendsetting in the Belgian academic landscape over the last 16 years, in the sense that they provide a unique interdisciplinary forum to showcase academic research taking place in collaboration with and conducted by African-based partners.

This 17th multidisciplinary conference of the AUGent Africa Platform will be co-organised by Ghent University’s International Thematic Network CliMigHealth, which focuses on the nexus between climate change, migration and health(care), the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR).


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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