Call for Panels: Past, Present and Future of African-Asian Relations (Neuchâtel, 25-27.04.2019)

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the relations between Africa and Asia. This is mainly due to what is perceived as increasing Chinese influence and presence in Africa. With this call for papers, the organizers of this international interdisciplinary conference encourage researchers to investigate sociological theories and conceptual tools for the analysis of the relationships between Asia and Africa. They welcome reflections on questions of methods and data for analysis of these relationships. The organizers are interested in past and current developments in the social structure of the world society. They invite papers on the economic, political and social changes triggered by African-Asian relationships, both on the African continent but also in China and other Asian countries. Finally, this call is interested in the driving forces behind these developments and their interests, again on both continents.
Issues that may be addressed by papers include (but are not limited to):

  • Institutionalized Asian-African relationships, such as China’s “One Belt, One Road Initiative” or the FOCAC, the India Africa Forum Summit, or Japan’s TICAD.
  • exchanges, indebtedness, changes in poverty, (dis)continuities in labor movements
  • Other social consequences including changes of gender and generational relations
  • Ideational aspects of the Asian-African relationships such as Asian (developmental) states as blue print for development strategies in African countries, Gulf States as models for non-Western modernity, or mutual (racist) stereotypes.
  • business, recreation, health care or education
  • Ecological issues such as the consumption of resources and its impact on the environment or the potential for greentechnologies

A selection of outstanding papers will be published in a conference volume.

Organizing Committee
Marilyn Grell-Brisk (University of Neuchâtel), Daniel Künzler (University of Fribourg), Christian Suter (University of Neuchâtel), Patrick Ziltener (University of Zurich).

Conference Sponsorship
The conference is supported by the World Society Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland), the Swiss Society for African Studies, the Swiss Sociological Association, and the Sociological Institute of the University of Neuchâtel.


30 September 2018

Call for papers (pdf)
Swiss Society for African Studies SSAS
c/o Institute of Social Anthropology
Lerchenweg 36
P.O. Box 999
CH-3000 Berne 9

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