Programme

Asia and Africa in Transition

28-30 June 2021 │ University of Copenhagen

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28 June

11:00-11:10

Room: 23.0.50
Welcome - Rector Henrik Wegener, University of Copenhagen

11:10-11:25 Opening remarks - Kirsten Busch Nielsen, Dean of Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen
11:30-12:30 Inaugural keynote address by Professor Ching Kwan Lee, Sociology Department, UCLA
Global China and its Discontents: Lessons from Zambia and Hong Kong
(virtual presentation)
Introduction by Duncan McCargo
12:30-13:30  Lunch
13:30-15:30 Panel sessions

Track A
Room: 27.0.09

Track B
Room: 22.0.11

Track C
Room: 27.0.17

Track D
Room: 23.0.49

Ayo Wahlberg, Tyler Zoanni

Situated natalisms – familial and filial forms in Africa and Asia

Rikke B. Broegaard, Helle M. Ravnborg

Foreign agricultural investments as driver of rural transformation?

John Rand

Doing Business in Difficult Times: The Myanmar Case

Julie Chen

The making of Belt and Road Initiative projects in African states: Local actors, interests and policy link-ups
15:30-15:45 Break
15:45-17:45 Panel sessions

Ayo Wahlberg, Tyler Zoanni

Situated natalisms – familial and filial forms in Africa and Asia

Rikke B. Broegaard, Helle M. Ravnborg

Foreign agricultural investments as driver of rural transformation?

Stig Jensen, Shiling Xu

From recipients to donors: New engagement of Asian countries in humanitarian aid in Africa

(until 18:00)

Andreas Egelund Christensen, Khatharya Um, Patricia Heuberger

IARU Roundtable on Global Transformation:  Strengthening institutional capacities within African or Asian research and education hubs 

17:45-18:00

Break

18:00-19:00

Keynote address by Professor Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile, School of Law, University of Arkansas
China-Africa Trade and Investment Relations and Sustainable Development: Problems, Promise, Progress, and Possibilities
(virtual presentation)
Introduction by Wen Xiang

29 June

9:00-11:00 Panel sessions

Track A
27.0.09

Track B
22.0.11

Track C
27.0.17

Track D
23.0.49

Wen Xiang, Olubayo Oluduro, Joanna Lam

Sustainability strategy and Asian investments in energy in Africa – Regulatory governance and dispute resolution

(9:30-11:30)

Annette Skovsted Hansen

Asian partners in the transition of ports in Africa

Andreas B Forsby, Peter M Kristensen

The geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific

Eye on Global Health

Shifting the approach: decolonising academia in Africa and beyond

11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15

Keynote address by Reiner Klingholz, Former Director of Berlin Institute for Population and Development 
Demographic challenges and opportunities in Asia and Africa
(in person presentation)
Introduction by Flemming Konradsen

12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-15:15 Panel sessions

Track A
27.0.09

Track B
22.0.11

Track C
27.0.17

Track D
23.0.49

Wen Xiang, Olubayo Oluduro, Joanna Lam

Sustainability strategy and Asian investments in energy in Africa – Regulatory governance and dispute resolution

(begins at 13:00)

Frauke Mennes, Asmus Rungby

Banal democracies: Beyond electoral temporality

Duncan McCargo

Independent papers



Flemming Konradsen, Morten M. Nørulf

Population policies, family planning and changing fertility rates in Asia and Africa

15:15-15:30 Break
15:30-17:30 Panel sessions

Wen Xiang, Olubayo Oluduro, Joanna Lam

Sustainability strategy and Asian investments in energy in Africa – Regulatory governance and dispute resolution

Frauke Mennes, Asmus Rungby

Banal democracies: Beyond electoral temporality

Andreas B Forsby, Peter M Kristensen

The geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific

Bjørg Elvekjær, Flemming Konradsen

Research capacity development - What is the deal?

30 June

9:00-11:00 Panel sessions

Track A
27.0.09

Track B
22.0.11

Track C
27.0.17

Track D
23.0.49

Track E
23.0.50

Wen Xiang, Olubayo Oluduro, Joanna Lam

Sustainability strategy and Asian investments in energy in Africa – Regulatory governance and dispute resolution
(9:00-12:30)

Torben Birch-Thomsen, Jytte Agergaard

Urbanization in rural regions of Africa and Asia

Jun Liu

China going global: Historical trajectories, current debates, and future prospects

Lauraine Vivian

Engendering humanity in Africa and Asia

Bertel Heurlin

Geopolitics, regional multilateralism, and economic cooperation in Asia

11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15 Keynote address by Professor Jonathan Rigg, Chair in Human Geography, University of Bristol
Deciphering the meantime in an era of climate change
(virtual presentation)
Introduction by Oscar Salemink
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-15:15 Panel sessions

Track A
27.0.09

Track B
22.0.11

Track C
27.0.17

Track D
23.0.49

Yosef K. Ibssa

The geopolitics of China’s rise in Africa: Implications and challenges for democratisation and human rights

Torben Birch-Thomsen, Jytte Agergaard

Urbanization in rural regions of Africa and Asia

Jun Liu

China going global: Historical trajectories, current debates, and future prospects

Bishal Gyawali, Tania Dræbel

Health systems in transition: Human health resources as agents of change

(until 16:10)

15:15-15:30 Break
15:30-17:30 Panel sessions

Ravinder Kaur

Brand New Nation

Torben Birch-Thomsen, Jytte Agergaard

Urbanization in rural regions of Africa and Asia

Jun Liu

China going global: Historical trajectories, current debates, and future prospects

Bishal Gyawali, Tania Dræbel

Health systems in transition: Human health resources as agents of change

(until 16:10)