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Scholars discuss African developments in Dakar

11.09.2014 - (idw) Universität Leipzig

Scholars of the DFG Priority Programme (SPP 1448) Adaptation and Creativity in Africa will discuss the results of their research at a second international conference in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-4 October 2014. The Priority Programme is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and has been jointly coordinated by the Universities of Leipzig and Halle-Wittenberg respectively since 2011. It brings together around 70 researchers from Germany and Africa who analyse processes of social change in Africa. In doing so, they particularly examine how African societies deal with processes of accelerated global change. The following questions are at the fore: How does adaptation occur? What are the sources of innovation? How does this contribute to the establishment of social order? In Dakar, nearly 80 German and international guests are expected to take part in the four-day conference and a joint exploratory workshop on the application for a potential International Centre for Advanced Studies in Africa, organised in cooperation with the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The SPP 1448 conference will be opened and attended by DFG representatives and the German Ambassador H.E. Bernhard Kampmann (tbc). Key note lectures will be held by internationally renowned scholars from Political Sciences, Anthropology, and Postcolonial Studies, notably Prof Kristin Peterson (UC Irvine, USA), Prof Gilbert Khadiagala (Witwatersrand University, South Africa), Prof Hlonipha Mokoena (Columbia University, USA), and Prof Achille Mbembe (Witwatersrand University, South Africa). Also present at the conference will be members of African partner organisations from approximately ten different countries as well as representatives of African institutions of higher education and research, such as CODESRIA. In a Round Table discussion on "The politics of Infrastructures Managing the Ebola epidemic socio-political, economic and legal aspects of the current Ebola crisis will discussed.

The DFG Priority Programme (SPP 1448) Adaptation and Creativity in Africa Technologies and Significations in the Production of Order and Disorder was established in 2011 for a funding period of six years. Within this programme, biennial research projects are financed which are located at various university and non-university institutes throughout Germany. The programme is coordinated by its two spokespersons, Prof Dr Richard Rottenburg of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, and Prof Dr Ulf Engel of Leipzig University.

After the conference in Dakar, a third and last conference to discuss research results of the SPP 1448 is planned to be held in October 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Further information is available on the following website:

For any further questions from members of the media, please contact:

Lena Heinze
Academic Coordinator DFG Priority Programme 1448 Adaptation and Creativity in Africa University of Leipzig, Centre for Area Studies
Germany Phone: +49 341 97-30265; +49 176 299 993 20
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