8 November 2023#20
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Congratulations to Oswald Van Cleemput!

On June 23, 2023 VLIR-UOS and ARES got an honorary doctorate at the University of Lubumbashi (UNILU, DR Congo).

Linked to this event, on September 11, the University of Lubumbashi granted a certificate to those who importantly contributed to the university cooperation between UNILU and VLIR-UOS and ARES.

The contribution of Emer. Prof. Dr. ir. Oswald Van Cleemput (Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University) was mainly focussed on the promotion of the academic succession and the development of academic research at UNILU.

Online Café: Vertical Farming - 15/11/2023

We are delighted to extend a warm invitation to our upcoming Online Café. You are most welcome to join us in this captivating journey of knowledge exchange, where you'll have the chance to learn, connect with brilliant minds like Dr. Indeche and Ivy Nyambura, and contribute to a conversation aimed at fostering more resilient food systems and healthier communities.

Lecture: Ukraine and the Global South: The Ambiguities of a Postcolonial Perspective - 15/11/2023

During this lecture, Dr. Yuliia Kurnyshova will delve into the semiotic diversities of Ukraine's postcolonial narrative. Specifically, she will explore narrative accounts that contribute to the rapprochement with the Global South (such as war-torn insecurities), as well as those that exhibit significant limitations, including analogical reasoning, hybridity, and victimization. She will also invite discussion on the practical implications and possible alternatives to Ukraine's postcolonial positioning in its global relations.

This lecture contributes to the ongoing debates on Ukraine's postcolonial identity.

Conférence: L'imaginaire écologique africain: entre le naturel, le culturel et le spirituel - 20/11/2023

Si les questions écologiques sont omniprésentes dans notre vie quotidienne, dans les medias et les débats politiques, ainsi que dans les expressions culturelles, la littérature, le théâtre... nous sommes peu conscients de la manière dont la nature et l’écologie sont représentées à d’autres endroits du monde.

Dans cette conférence, Prof. dr. Mamadou Faye (Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar) abordera le rôle que la littérature peut jouer dans le développement d’une conscience écologique en Afrique, mais aussi dans la promotion du dialogue interculturel à travers les continents.

Conference: Climate Change, Biodiversity & Economic Outlook. Impact on Global -and African- Growth - 22/11/2023

On the 22nd of November 2023 OVO - Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs - organizes its eighth conference in Brussels.

Max Jadot, Chairman, Board of Directors BNP Paribas Fortis, and Luc Bonte, Chairman OVO, welcome you for an interesting conference. This year’s theme is Climate Change, Biodiversity & Economic Outlook, Impact on Global – and African – Growth.

Public lecture: Maternal Mental Health and Child Outcomes: insights from longitudinal research in Ethiopia - 22/11/2023

A child’s early environment, including nurturing relationships (with primary caregivers, mostly the mother) and responsive human interactions, plays a critical role in learning and in the development of secure attachment, which provides the blueprint for future relationships and mental well-being of the child.

Therefore, intense research is needed to develop advocacy and intervention for maternal mental health to enhance healthy and holistic child development.

We propose the following programme:

  • 10:00-10:05 Introduction by PhD candidate Dereje Regasa
  • 10:05-10:50 Lecture by prof. dr. Habtamu Mekonnen
  • 10:50-11:05 Reflection by discussant, prof. dr. Ines Keygnaert
  • 11:05- 11:30 Q&A
Inaugural Lecture of the Endowed Chair of South Africa: Languages, Literature, Culture and Society: 23/11/2023

You are cordially invited to the inaugural lecture of this year's endowed Chair of South Africa: Languages, Literature, Culture and Society at Ghent University.

In her inaugural lecture, the acclaimed South African writer, philosopher, and professor emeritus at Stellenbosch University, Marlene van Niekerk examines what kind of critical apparatus would be needed to best identify the conditions of possibility under which Afrikaans literature was produced and the levels of self-understanding that can be expected from a historically privileged South African who teaches literature to students abroad.

International Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Conference - ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 75: Rethinking and Constructing its Future Together’ - 6-8/12/2023

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.

The conference is an initiative of the UGent Human Rights Research Network (HRRN), which brings together researchers at Ghent University working on human rights in different disciplines. 

We want to inject human rights with new energy, learn from each other and join forces. We shall meet, we shall walk, we shall talk, we shall co-create. Look at this conference as a major brainstorm—or as a big celebration from which you will return with new ideas, new friendships and new resolutions.

There is a thematic track on decolonial and racial justice.

ANSER Conference: Catalysing Change: Enhancing Evidence-Based Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policies in Challenging Times - 7-9/2/2024

We are excited to announce that the registration is open for our upcoming  ANSER Conference "Catalysing Change: Enhancing Evidence-Based Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policies in Challenging Times", which will be held from February 7th to February 9th, 2024, in Brussels (Belgium).

Capitalizing on the momentum of the ICPD30 anniversary, the Belgian EU Presidency and the upcoming EU elections, this conference will bring together renowned researchers, policymakers, advocates, and program implementers from around the world to examine the multifaceted dimensions needed to re-energize the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) agenda.

Fifth All Africa Horticultural Congress - February-March 2024

We cordially invite you to join us for the Fifth All Africa Horticultural Congress, set to take place in the attractive city of Marrakech, Morocco, from February 26 to March 1, 2024. The congress will bring together horticultural professionals, researchers, practitioners, and industry leaders from across the African continent and beyond.

Under the theme “Unleashing the Potential of African Horticulture,” this congress aims to foster the exchange of knowledge, innovative technologies, and collaboration in the field of horticulture. It will provide an exceptional platform for attendees to explore the latest advancements, share insights, and discuss strategies to promote sustainable horticulture practices and enhance the continent’s agricultural landscape.

Réseau Pan-Africain de Nématologie Workshop 2024 - 12 & 13/3/2024

Les 12 et 13 mars 2024, le troisième atelier international PANEMA se tiendra à Cotonou, au Bénin. Cet atelier de deux jours, organisé par l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi, au Bénin, réunira des nématologues qualifiés, des chercheurs en début de carrière, des étudiants, des vulgarisateurs agricoles et des agriculteurs de tout le Bénin et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. 

L'objectif de cet atelier PANEMA au Bénin est de fournir des opportunités éducatives supplémentaires pour ceux qui travaillent dans l'agriculture et la nématologie dans un contexte ouest-africain.

Boekpublicatie: Geen land voor dromen

Geschiedenis van de Zuid-Afrikaanse Nederlandse literatuur

Dat er in Zuid-Afrika Afrikaans wordt gesproken en geschreven, is algemeen bekend en dat er in de zeventiende en achttiende eeuw, de tijd van de VOC, door ambtenaren in de Kaapkolonie officiële journalen en rapporten in het Nederlands werden geschreven, zal niemand verbazen.

Er bestaat echter ook een Zuid-Afrikaanse Nederlandse literatuur: poëzie, toneel en verhalend proza geschreven in het Nederlands door inwoners van Zuid-Afrika. Daar is in de geschiedschrijving van de Nederlandse literatuur amper aandacht aan besteed.

Eep Francken en Olf Praamstra voeren ons mee door deze boeiende letterkunde, vanaf het ontstaan ervan in 1652 tot in de eenentwintigste eeuw.



Launch of the Call for VLIR-UOS TEAM projects 2024 - Stage 1 Concept notes - deadline: 8/12/2023

With TEAM projects, VLIR-UOS aims to strengthen the research and educational capacities of higher education and science institutions in partner countries. In addition, TEAM projects are expected to create the conditions for uptake of new and relevant knowledge, applications and/or services by academic, civil society, private and public actors.

A TEAM project is expected to produce results within the duration of maximum 5 years.

The projects allow for medium-term capacity building, e.g. through PhD research, curriculum development, network building, etc.



GAPSYM16: Knowledge production, research ethics and authorship in African contexts - 13 & 14 November 2023. Registration is open now!

This 16th multi-disciplinary conference of the AUGent Africa Platform will be co-organized by the University of the Western Cape. It hopes to showcase how scientists, policy makers, engineers, artists, writers, opinion makers and educators reflect on the highly topical subject of knowledge production and authorship in Africa.

This conference will explicitly be a platform to engage on this topic, also beyond the academia, including the organization of writeshops, round tables and seminars to rethink existing paradigms on the position African research takes in scholarly production.

Ghent Africa Platform Lecture in Honour of Nelson Mandela, by prof. Premesh Lalu - 13/11/2023. This event will be live streamed

In this lecture, prof. Lalu offers a reading of two contemporary texts, Seamus Heaney's The Cure at Troy and Richard Rive's Emergency Continued, both published in 1990 to coincide with the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the much-celebrated end of the Cold War. Both texts reflect on the incessantly violent experience of partition as a political rationality, which shifted the meaning of race from a civilisational discourse to the terrain of the manipulation of sense perception in the age of communication and control.


First AUGent Africa Forum - 8/12/2023

On the agenda of this first AUGent Africa Forum:

  • Introducing GAP / Learn more about our community and vision
  • Impact assessment / Share your thoughts on our contribution to your success
  • GAP in 2024 / Introducing an ambitious planning
  • Funding for Africa / Discover funding opportunities tailored to Africa
  • Reception / Network with your peers

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