Asia and Africa in Transition


International Conference
University of Copenhagen | 28–30 June 2021

In 2021, the annual ADI conference and the annual NNC conference will join forces with a number of globally oriented networks and centres at the University of Copenhagen.

The organisers are:

  • Asian Dynamics Initiative
  • NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
  • Global Development Network
  • School of Global Health
  • Sustainability Science Centre
  • ThinkChina

You can join all panels and plenary sessions via Zoom or at the conference venue where we will have both in-person presentations and livestreams. Attendance on campus requires Corona passport. 














The conference will focus on the multiple forms of linkages and engagements occurring between Asia and Africa in an increasingly multi-polar world. Besides keynote speeches, it will feature a range of panels and roundtables across disciplines, temporalities and themes in the study of Asian and African dynamics

Overview of all panels can be found here.
All panels are open to the public. 

Download PDF with all abstracts


You can find the conference programme here.

For information about each panel session including speakers and order of presentations, please click on the panel titles in the porgramme. 














Watch or rewatch the keynote lectures from the conference here.

28 June

Welcome - Rector Henrik Wegener, University of Copenhagen
Opening remarks - Kirsten Busch Nielsen, Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Duncan McCargo, Director of NIAS
Inaugural keynote address by Professor Ching Kwan Lee, Sociology Department, UCLA
Global China and its Discontents: Lessons from Zambia and Hong Kong

29 June

Keynote address by Dr. Reiner Klingholz, Former Director of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development
Demographic challenges and opportunities in Asia and Africa

30 June

Keynote address by Professor Jonathan Rigg, Chair in Human Geography, University of Bristol
Deciphering the meantime in an era of climate change

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The conference will mainly be virtual.
All panels and plenary sessions will have online options for attending. If regulations at the time permit, the conference will have a hybrid format with the possibility of attending in person. 

South Campus

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University of Copenhagen
South Campus
Njalsgade 120, 126, 134, 144
2300 Copenhagen S
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Plenary sessions:
Auditorium 23.0.50

Panels and roundtables:

Track A sessions: 27.0.09

Track B sessions: 22.0.11

Track C sessions: 27.0.17

Track D sessions: 23.0.49

Track E sessions: 23.0.50