2022#14 7 September

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

Nelson Mandela

AUGent & Africa Announcements

CESSMIR second conference - 19-21/9

Contemporary forms of racism and discrimination

CESSMIR’s second conference opens up an exchange platform for researchers, practitioners and policy makers working in the broad field of migration, integration and ethnic-cultural diversity. They are invited to share their questions and expertise on understanding and responding to contemporary forms of racism and discrimination from a broad, interdisciplinary approach.

With experts working in different domains of society, including education, employment, health care, housing, media, deviance and crime, architecture, family, child support and social work, CESSMIR actively seeks contributions that speak to different audiences, but with a commonly shared focus on social exclusion.


European and African Perspectives on Migration and Democracy

Debate at VUB - 19/9

This debate will provide young migrant scholars and activists from the Global South to present their perspectives on migration and democracy. While the topic has long been capturing headlines, the voices of African experts all too often receive not enough attention. What is their view on the EU’s externalization strategies? To what extent do democracy (or the lack thereof) and migration actually relate to one another? How to position vis-à-vis controversial agreements such as the UK-Rwanda deal to transfer asylum seekers to the African state? What do African activists and migration scholars suggest regarding the cooperation with the EU on migration issues in general?


Call for Erasmus+ Projects

Virtual Exchanges in Higher Education and Youth - deadline 20/9

Virtual exchange projects are online people-to-people activities for young people. The exchanges enable international and cross-cultural education, both formal and informal, without physical mobility. The projects therefore facilitate and increase the participation of organisations and individuals in international education experiences.

All projects should involve organisations and participants coming from EU member States and/or third countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme on the one hand, and third countries not associated to the Programme on the other hand.

There are five eligible regions, among which Sub-Saharan Africa.

This is een open call – deadline 20 September 2022.


Belgian-South African Research and Technology Cooperation

Call for proposals: Support of networking activities - deadline 23/9

In the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding  for science and technology cooperation between Belgium and South-Africa signed in January 2017, a third call for networking proposals is organized in July 2022. The call is jointly launched by BELSPO and NRF (National Research Foundation, South Africa).

Areas of Cooperation

    Cultural heritage
    Marine sciences
    Microbiological biobanks research and biotechnology
    Natural heritage


Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen

Internationalisering kennisinstellingen: projectoproep 2022 - deadline 30/9

De provincie Oost-Vlaanderen hecht veel belang aan de internationaliseringsinitiatieven van de kennisinstellingen en geeft deze al meerdere jaren een duwtje in de rug.

Projecten kunnen tot € 5.000 per deelnemende Oost-Vlaamse kennisinstelling krijgen. De geografische focus van de projecten moet strategisch zijn voor zowel de kennisinstelling als voor de provinciale speerpuntclusters.

Het ingevulde aanvraagformulier moet bij de Provincie ingediend worden vóór 30 september 2022.


Young Researchers Overseas Day 2022

Organised by the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences - deadline for abstracts 3/10

On Monday, 12 December 2022, the fifth Young Researchers Overseas Day is organized by the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences. This event is aimed at researchers younger than 40 who are working overseas in various research fields. These fields should fit into one of the scientific disciplines of the 3 sections of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences. The Young Researchers’ Day is an opportunity to meet one another, discuss, exchange ideas and know more about the Academy (www.kaowarsom.be) and its activities.

Deadline for the submisison of abstracts: 3 October 2022.


In conversation with South African author and poet Koleka Putuma - 10/10

Koleka Putuma, the South African writer and poet of Collective Amnesia (2017) and Hullo Bu-Bye Koko Come (2021), is our guest in the faculty room (Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, first floor, Blandijnberg 2, Gent) on Monday October 10th (16.30u).

Join us for an invigorating afternoon in which this extraordinary author will perform a selection of her poetry, and reflect on her work in conversation with Prof Jürgen Pieters.

This is a collaboration between Ghent Centre for Afrikaans and the Study of South Africa (Ghent University) and Poëziecentrum. With support from Ghent Africa Platform and Cultural Memory Studies Initiative (UGent).


7de Colloquium over het Afrikaans aan de Universiteit van Gent

Na zes succesvolle edities vindt het UGent Colloquium over het Afrikaans 2022 plaats op donderdag en vrijdag 27-28 oktober 2022.

De thema's die zullen worden behandeld zijn 'De studie van het Afrikaans in 2022: nieuwe databronnen, nieuwe methodes' op het vlak van de taalkunde en 'CLI-FI. Dialogen over klimaat en milieu in Afrikaans en Nederlands' wat betreft de letterkunde.


Upcoming events organized by the africa platform

Meet & Engage with the Ambassador from Zimbabwe

WHEN 19-09-2022 from 15:00 to 17:00
WHERE Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Ghent
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/meet-engage-ambassador-zimbabwe

On the programme:

• Presenting UGent by Rector Rik Van de Walle
• Pitching AUGent research in Zimbabwe
• Presentation by HE Ambassador Mutembwa
• Informal meeting with students from Zimbabwe
• Reception

GAPSYM15 - Afroeuropeans Conference 2022

WHEN 22-09-2022 - 24-09-2022 from 9:00 to 18:00
WHERE VUB's Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
ORGANIZER Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Africa Platform of Ghent University Association and other partners
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.afroeuropeans2022.com/en/

The 8th Biennial Afroeuropeans Network Conference “Intersectional Challenges in Afroeuropean Communities” will take place from 22 – 24 September 2022.

The conference aims to consider how Afroeuropean communities are shaped by the intersections of ‘race’ and ethnicity with other markers of identification such as gender, class, sexuality, ability, age, citizenship status, language…

Of particular interest are the multiple ways in which Afroeuropeans challenge dominant modes of representation and knowledge production, for instance by claiming space and citizenship, altering taken-for-granted modes of knowing and organizing, and presenting their experiences and perspectives as part and parcel of European society and identity.

Launch Short Stay Research Fellowships/Appel à candidatures - Bourses pour courts séjours de recherche

Deadline: 1 October 2022

WHEN 01-10-2022
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/launch-short-stay-research-fellowshipsappel-%C3%A0-candidatures-bourses-pour-courts-s%C3%A9jours-de-0

The Africa Platform fellowships are aimed at researchers (junior or senior lecturers & professors) who are affiliated with an African higher education or research institution. A bilateral agreement or MoU needs to be in place between Ghent University and the African institution.

The fellowships include a grant of € 1000 + flight ticket for a minimum stay of two weeks, which is meant to cover (or contribute towards) travel and accommodation costs and living expenses.

The fellowships can be taken up at any time in 2023. Five fellowships will be awarded in 2022.