8 March 2023#05
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


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 'Antropology of Visual and Material Cultures in Africa' we will focus on a plethora of art forms, 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.

Guest lecture - Contaminated Forms: Agricultural landscapes, infrastructural forms, and the architecture of the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica - 10/3/2023

In this lecture prof. Natalia Solano-Meza will talk about her ongoing research The United Fruit Company Spaces in the Caribbean Region of Costa Rica between 1890 and 1930: Railroad Infrastructure, Agricultural Enclaves and Architectural Forms, an interdisciplinary project informed by notions of pollution, toxicity, and environmental degradation focused on the architecture produced by the United Fruit Company.

Online Information Session on the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme 2022-2027 -13/3/2023

The first Call for Proposals of the new Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme (2022-2027) financed under the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI-Global Europe), should be published in the coming weeks.

Ahead of the publication of the Call for Proposals, EACEA is organising an online information session on 13 March 2023 (14.30 – 17.30 Brussels Time). During this session, the speakers will inform participants on the Programme and its policy framework. They will also give advice on how to get prepared to submit a proposal.

Top meeting sustainable transition UGent with Elizabeth Wathuti - 21/3/2023

The core group Transition UGent organses its top meeting again, where experts, policymakers and committed staff and students discuss about a sustainable transition and the role they themselves can take.

One seat will be reserved for Elizabeth Wathuti, a Kenyan climate activist. At past climate summits, she addressed world leaders on their responsibility and called for climate justice. The other chairs are for students Tina Kasse B'nicco and Michael McMahon (fac. GE), climate expert Hans Verbeeck (fac. BW) and policy makers Ann Buysse (dean PPW), Isabel Van Driessche (dean WE) and Peter Vandenabeele (coard member of Ghent University). Claire Dupont (fac. EB) will moderate the debate.

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

Belmundo Festival is het jaaarlijkse 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’.

Ghent University Alumni Day - 26/3/2023

The first Ghent University Alumni day will take place on Sunday, March 26 on our campuses in Ghent. We will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with our Alumnus of the year, Catherine De Bolle, and continue until around 5-6 p.m., depending on the location. In the morning the activities concentrate around Ufo, Rectorate and the Krook, in the afternoon the day fans out to all campuses.

All Ghent University alumni are welcome. Feel free to bring your partner, parents, children, friends or family.

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.

Book release: African Literature in the Digital Age

Class and Sexual Politics in New Writing from Nigeria and Kenya

The digital space provides a new avenue to move literature beyond the restrictions of book publishing on the continent. Arguing that writers are putting their work on cyberspace because communities are emerging from this space, and because increasing numbers of Africans use the internet as part of their day-to-day engagement with their societies and the world, UGent African Studies colleague Shola Adenekan explores this transformative development in Nigeria and Kenya.

Through this analysis, the book articulates the difference in attitudes towards queerness, sexuality, and hetero-normativity among successive generations of writers.

European Conference on African Studies (ECAS): African Futures - Early-bird registration opened 6/3/23

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.

Policy brief EU - Algeria

EU Short-Term Energy Policy Inconsistencies and their Possible Long-Term Consequences - The case of Algeria

Reinhilde Bouckaert is a Doctoral Assistant at the Department of Public Management and Administration at the University of Ghent.

Her research focuses on the changing relationship between the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and the EU in the context of the energy transition.

Launch of new FWO call joint research projects with South Africa - deadline for submissions: 1/6/2023

The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) is delighted to announce the launch of a new call for joint research projects with South Africa (NRF) concerning fundamental research in all domains. Projects have a duration of 3 years and the Flemish part of the project can request funding for staff, consumables, and equipment.

Project proposals have to be submitted both at FWO by a research group from Flanders and at NRF by a research group from South Africa. Deadline for submission is the 1st of June 2023 (5pm, Belgian time) at FWO. Projects will start in January 2024.



Participation in the Belgian state visit to South Africa and alumni event at UWC

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 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Hadja Lahbib, and the Prime Ministers of the Communities and Regions, Mr Elio Di Rupo, Mr Rudi Vervoort, Mr Jan Jambon, Mr Pierre-Yves Jeholet and Mr Oliver Paasch.

The programme includes 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 within the framework of this visit.

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, UGent 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.

Meet and Engage with the Senegalese Ambassador - 6/4/2023

In order to prepare for the economic delegation to Senegal, to which Ghent University will participate later this year, we will welcome HE Ambassador Diop to UGent.

During this visit we will discuss the programme of the economic visit - 21-25 May 2023, and we will explore avenues for collaboration between UGent and Senegalese institutions.


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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