Research

The Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) is researching Chinese engagement in Africa. Its main vocation is exploring the variety of interactions and actors in Sino-African relations, with an analytical interest in the political, economic, social and environmental sustainability of Chinese engagement in Africa.

The Inaugural and First Biennial Conference Of The Association For Asian Studies In Africa (A-Asia). University Of Ghana, Legon

September 2015

OrgConference cover pageanized by the Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia) in cooperation with the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), “AFRICA – ASIA” was the first ever conference held in Africa bringing together a multi-disciplinary – multi-sector ensemble of scholars and institutions from the continent and the rest of the world with sharing focus on Asia and Asia-Africa intellectual interactions.

The conference, through panels and roundtables, sought to assess the prospects for Asian Studies in Africa in a global context by addressing a number of theoretical and empirical questions that such an enterprise will raise: How should Asian studies be framed in Africa and African Studies in Asia? Is Asian studies relevant for Africa? What is the current state of capacity (institutional, intellectual, personnel, and so on) for Asian studies in Africa and can this be improved and how? How does (and must it?) Asian studies dovetail into the broader field of ‘Area studies’, as it has been developed mainly in Western institutions? Are new narratives required for understanding the very visible contemporary presence of Asia in Africa and Africa in Asia? What are the historical origins of this transregional connection? What is the current state of research on Africa-Asia (transnational) linkages?

This Conference was attended by: Ross Anthony. Yejoo Kim, Meryl Burgess and Harrie Esterhuyse.

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FOCAC: Creating a platform for Africa’s sustainable development

August 2015

Since its establishment in 2000, FOCAC has become a crucial platform for collective dialogue and an effective mechanism for enhancing co-operation between China and African countries. Along with the evolution of China–Africa relations, the implications and subsequent responsibility of China has become greater than before. The pattern of Chinese engagement has become diversified and various actors have become involved; therefore a comprehensive approach is needed. This conference aimed to assess the role of FOCAC and to contribute to the preparation for the upcoming FOCAC VI meeting in South Africa by creating more in-depth knowledge. Participants at the conference are invited to network, catalyse ideas and share information. The conference will serve as a high level platform for discussion, fostering understanding among stakeholders and developing shared visions.

* The Conference was funded by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa

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Conference | “FOCAC: Creating a platform for Africa’s sustainable development”

Date: The conference was held from 26 August – 27 August 2015

Venue: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Cape Town, South Africa

Along with the evolution of China-Africa relations, the implications and subsequent responsibility of China has become greater than before. The pattern of Chinese engagement has become diversified and various actors have become involved; therefore a comprehensive approach is needed. This conference aimed to assess the role of FOCAC and to contribute to the preparation for the upcoming FOCAC VI meeting in South Africa by creating more in-depth knowledge. The conference served as a high level platform for discussion, fostering understanding among stakeholders and developing shared visions.

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The conference was co-hosted with the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies

Conference: African-Asian Encounters (II) Re-Thinking African-Asian Relationships: Changing Realities – New Concepts

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CONFERENCE WEBSITE

AFRASO – Goethe University, Frankfurt/Germany
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The Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch/South Africa

Conference Announcement 

African-Asian Encounters (II) Re-Thinking African-Asian Relationships: Changing Realities New Concepts

24 – 26 March 2015
Doubletree by Hilton, Cape Town , South Africa

Key note speakers: Seifudein Adem and Achille Mbembe 

Please visit the CONFERENCE WEBSITE for more information (URL: http://ccsinfo.wix.com/aae-conference).

Colloquium on China’s Aid and Soft Power in Africa

May 2015

Cover page KK BookThe colloquium was a collaborative project of the Confucius Institute at Rhodes University (Grahamstown) and the Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch), and was funded by the Hanban.

The aim of the colloquium was to engage with themes from Kenneth King’s Book:  China’s Aid & Soft Power in Africa: The Case for Education & Training (James Currey, 2013).

Jointly hosted by the Centre for Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute, Rhodes University, the Colloquium “China’s Aid and Soft Power in Africa” looked at future challenges and opportunities in China’s engagement with Africa.  Themes covered were: China’s engagement with tertiary education in Africa within the broader context of soft power; The Diversity of China’s engagement: Confucius Institutes, agricultural demonstration centres; African students in China; short-term professional training, 20+20 partnerships; think tank partnerships; Training in Chinese large, medium and small-scale firms in Africa and A special focus on CI’s and Confucius Classrooms in Africa.

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