Thursday 25. April 2019 — Saturday 27. April 2019 — University of Neuchâtel

Past, Present and Future of African-Asian Relations

Swiss Society for African Studies and Swiss Society for Sociology

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 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.

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

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

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.


Preliminary programme (pdf)

Poster (pdf)

Thursday 15. November 2018 — Saturday 17. November 2018 — Geneva

Civil Wars and State Formation - Africa in comparative Perspective

University of Geneva and Swiss Society for African Studies

This conference seeks to debate the social construction of order and legitimacy during and after violent conflict. It focuses on political orders put in place by armed groups, their strategies to legitimise their very existence as movements as well as their claim to power, and on the extent to which they strive and manage to institutionalise their military power and transform it into political domination.

Convenors: Didier Péclard (Unige), Martina Santschi (swisspeace), Jon Schubert (Unige)

Download: Programme (pdf)

Friday 26. October 2018 — Saturday 27. October 2018 — Berne, Uni Tobler

Swiss Researching Africa Days

Swiss Society for African Studies

The 5th edition of the Swiss Researching Africa Days will take place on Friday and
Saturday October 26–27, 2018 at the Institute for Social Anthropology, University of
Bern. The Researching Africa Days are held biennially alternating with the international
thematic conferences of the Swiss Society for African Studies and are open to
all disciplines representing African Studies. The objective of the meeting is to promote
the exchange among the community of researchers working on Africa in Switzerland.
Its goals are to

  • present current research projects of MA- and doctoral students, post-docs and senior scholars;
  • enhance the circulation of relevant information between these actors and the respective institutions;
  • offer a platform for synergies and collaboration;
  • enhance the visibility of African Studies in Switzerland, the universities and research institutions;
  • promote the institutionalisation of African Studies.

The general assembly of the society will be held in the framework of the Swiss Researching
Africa Days on Friday evening 26 October 2018.

For the Board of the SSAS/SGAS/SSEA: Didier Péclard, Tobias Haller and Veit Arlt
For the University of Bern: Tobias Haller, Carole Ammann and Melanie Sampoyo

Program (pdf)

Please register via this link (until 24.10.2018)

Friday 18. May 2018 — Saturday 19. May 2018 — University of Lausanne

Journées d'études internationales « 1968-2018. L’œuvre de Yambo Ouologuem : un carrefour d’écritures ? »

Pôle pour les Études africaines de la faculté de Lettres

Organisé en collaboration avec l’université de Strasbourg par Christine Le Quellec Cottier et Anthony Mangeon

Le « carrefour d’écritures » que Bernard Mouralis (1984) dépeignait pour évoquer Le Devoir de violence permettra de questionner l’oeuvre de Yambo Ouologuem dans son ensemble. Les journées d’étude croiseront les approches de chercheurs issus d’horizons académiques et culturels différents. Les textes étudiés permettront des liens avec des productions contemporaines pour suggérer des résonances avec les formes et les enjeux du monde d’aujourd’hui. Cette rencontre sera aussi l’occasion d’un hommage à l’écrivain malien décédé en octobre dernier.

Consulter le programme (pdf).

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