Africa-Asia - A New Axis of Knowledge (Second Edition)


Building on the multiple encounters, interactions and dialogues initiated at the 1st Africa-Asia Conference (Accra, Ghana, 2015), the 2nd international Conference ‘Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge’ was held Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) from 20-22 September 2018.

This conference seeked to deepen the explorations of new realities, and long histories connecting Africa and Asia. The conference aimed to solidify an infrastructure of engagement bringing together scholars, artists, intellectuals and educators based in Africa and Asia as well as across the world to think both comparatively and holistically about the challenges and possibilities of cross-continental and trans-regional encounters.

Emphasizing an inclusive approach, the conference, modelled after ICAS international conventions, was organized around a series of broad thematic multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial groupings that highlight multiple flows and mobilities linking the two continents such as: transcontinental connections & interactions, economics & development, intellectual; encounters, arts & culture, migration & diasporas and Asian studies in Africa & African studies in Asia. Specifically, the central unifying theme for the conference is a call to understand the histories and futures of Africa-Asia as simultaneously unfolding, in order to rethink the methodologies and knowledge practices through which we understand Africa in Asia and Asia in Africa, and beyond, Africa, Asia and other world regions as ‘fields of studies’.

Boundless Circulation of Knowledge  

Submitted by Philippe Peycam, Director of IIAS, on 8 October 2018 - 1:13pm

"The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) were honoured to serve, once again, as one of the principle facilitators of the second edition of the international conference ‘Asia-Africa, A New Axis of Knowledge’ which took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 20-22 September 2018. The other key partners in this endeavour were our host, the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), and the Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-ASIA). This partnership stems from a continuing commitment of IIAS to collaborations beyond boundaries of any kinds, which must include academic, cultural, public and social actors, particularly those from the two most populated and dynamic ‘southern’ regions (or continents) of the world: Africa and Asia." Read more


Organised in partnership with:

Muziris Institute for the Indian Ocean Studies, University of Calicut (Calicut, Kerala, India)

International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden, the Netherlands)

Leiden University (Leiden, the Netherlands)

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, U.S.)

O.S.O.I. - Observatoire des sociétés de l'océan Indien, Université de La Réunion (France)

National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Social Science Research Council (New York, U.S.)

Center for Asian Studies (CAS) - University of Ghana (Accra, Ghana)

Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (Shanghai, China)

Henry Luce Foundation (New York, U.S.)

African Studies Center - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan)


Organised by:

University of Dar es Salaam (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

A-ASIA - Association for Asian Studies in Africa (Accra, Ghana)

ICAS - International Convention of Asia Scholars (Leiden, the Netherlands)


Photo by Andrew Moore