Asia and Africa in Transition

Panels

This 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.

Asian partners in the transition of ports in Africa
Convener: Annette Skovsted Hansen, Japan and Global Studies, Aarhus University

Banal democracies: Beyond electoral temporality
Conveners: Frauke Mennes and Asmus Rungby, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

Brand New Nation
Convener: Ravinder Kaur, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Reginal Studies, University of Copenhagen

China going global: Historical trajectories, current debates, and future prospects
Convener: Jun Liu, Dept. of Communication, University of Copenhagen

Doing Business in Difficult Times: The Myanmar Case
Convener:  John Rand, Dept. of Economics, University of Copenhagen

Engendering humanity in Africa and Asia
Convener: Lauraine Vivian, Global Health Section, University of Copenhagen

Foreign agricultural investments as driver of rural transformation?
Conveners: Rikke Brandt Broegaard, Dept. of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen and Helle Munk Ravnborg, Danish Institute for International Studies

From recipients to donors: New engagement of Asian countries in humanitarian aid in Africa
Conveners: Stig Jensen, Centre for African Studies, University of Copenhagen and Shiling Xu, Innovation Center for Risk Governance, Beijing Normal University

Geopolitics, regional multilateralism, and economic cooperation in Asia
Convener: Bertel Heurlin, Dept. of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

Health systems in transition: Human health resources as agents of change
Conveners: Bishal Gyawali & Tania Dræbel, Global Health Section, University of Copenhagen

Situated natalisms – familial and filial forms in Africa and Asia
Conveners: Ayo Wahlberg Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Tyler Zoanni Ethnologie, University of Bayreuth

Sustainability strategy and Asian investments in energy in Africa – Regulatory governance and dispute resolution
Conveners: Wen Xiang and Joana Lam, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and Olubayo Oluduro, Faculty of Law, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria

The geopolitics of China’s rise in Africa: Implications and challenges for democratisation and human rights
Convener: Yosef Kamal Ibssa, Dept. of Sociology and Political Science, University of Copenhagen

The geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific
Conveners: Andreas Bøje Forsby, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Peter Marcus Kristensen, Dept. of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

The making of Belt and Road Initiative projects in African states: Local actors, interests and policy link-ups
Convener: Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Dept. of Cultures, University of Helsinki 

Urbanization in rural regions of Africa and Asia
Conveners: Torben Birch-Thomsen and Jytte Agergaard, Dept. of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen

Population policies, family planning and changing fertility rates in Asia and Africa
Conveners: Flemming Konradsen & Morten Mechlenborg Nørulf, School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen

Research capacity development - What is the deal?
Conveners: Flemming Konradsen, Peter Furu, Bjørg Elvekjær & Ole F. Olesen, Global Health Section, University of Copenhagen

Shifting the approach: decolonising academia in Africa and beyond
Conveners: Decolonising Global Health Working Group, School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen

Global Transformation: Strengthening institutional capacities within African or Asian research and education hubs 
Convenes: Khatharya Um, UC Berkeley, Andreas Egelund Christensen, University of Copenhagen, Patricia Heuberger, ETH Zurich

Independent papers
Chair: Duncan McCargo, Director of NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of Copenhagen