We Are
A-ASIA

Association for Asian Studies in Africa.

We Are
DEDICATED

to the capacity enhancement of institutions, programmes and scholars.

Our Strategic
Partnership

We are inclusive and collaborative with multiple institutions worldwide on various projects and conferences.

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A-ASIA

Our Objectives

A-ASIA's creation comes at a critical moment for scholarship in Africa focused on Asia. Increasing transnational linkages between Asia and Africa underline the necessity for such an association. It is dedicated to the capacity enhancement of institutions, programmes, and scholars. Current initiatives include scholarly exchanges, new programmes and institutions, support for existing capacities, conferences, workshops, graduate student support, and curriculum development, among others

Our Inception

The Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-ASIA) was founded at the Asian Studies in Africa Roundtable, held in Chisamba, Zambia in November, 9-11, 2012. Concerned scholars from five continents and 17 countries gathered to discuss the state of Asian studies in Africa as well as to identify a way forward, and thus A-ASIA was born. The roundtable was the first ever pan-African conference on Asian Studies that brought together a diversified range of scholars and institutions from the continent and the rest of the world with a shared focus on Asia and Asia-Africa intellectual interactions. 

Our Conferences

The inaugural A-ASIA Conference was held on 24-26 September 2015. Hosted by the University of Ghana, it was a huge success—300 participants from more than 200 institutions gathered to exchange their ideas and approaches across many subjects on Africa-Asia.

The second conference, titled Africa-Asia, A New Axis of Knowledge - Second Edition, will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 20-22 September 2018. It is set to surpass the Accra 2015 event in the number of participants and institutions involved.

Locate Us

The Secretariat of A-ASIA is hosted by the Centre for Asian Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. The organisation is formally registered as a non-profit organisation with the Republic of Ghana.

Steering Commitee

Liu Haifang
Commitee Member

Peking University, China

Mayke Kaag
Commitee Member

African Studies Centre, the Netherlands

Rohit Negi
Commitee Member

Ambedkar University, India

Philippe Peycam
Commitee Member

International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands

Oka Obono
Commitee Member

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Yoichi Mine
Commitee Member

Doshisha University, Japan

Scarlett Cornelissen
Commitee Member

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Thomas Asher
Commitee Member

Social Science Research Council, USA

Lloyd Amoah
Secretary

University of Ghana, Ghana

Webby Kalikiti
President

University of Zambia, Zambia

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Our Collaborations

A-ASIA/IIAS


IIAS-ACSL Joint Fellowship Program

This fellowship is jointly offered by IIAS and the African Studies Centre Leiden. It is intended for researchers specialising in Asian-African interactions.
It aims to attract researchers whose work is informed by current theoretical debates in the social sciences and humanities over global connectivities and who are able to critically engage with shifting paradigms  in “area studies” beyond the ways in which these have traditionally been conceived in the West.

Read more about IIAS-ACSL Joint Fellowship Program

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

Building on the multiple encounters, interactions, and dialogues initiated at the first conference held in Accra, Ghana in 2015, the second conference of Africa-Asia, a New Axis of Knowledge will be held on 20-22 September 2018, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The preliminary program consists of more than 100 panels and roundtables, as well as over 400 participants representing more than 250 institutions.

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

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

The historic debut conference of Africa-Asia, A New Axis of Knowledge was held in Accra, Ghana, on 24-26 September 2015. There were 55 panels in total, grouped into 6 themes: Transcontinental Connections and Interactions; Economics, Aid, and Development; Intellectual Encounters; Arts and Culture; Migration and Diasporas; Asian Studies in Africa and African Studies in Asia.

    Read more about Africa-Asia - A New Axis of Knowledge (First Edition)

Asian Studies in Africa Roundtable

What is the state of Asian studies in Africa? What are the linkages between Asia and Africa? What is the current research being undertaken on Asia in Africa? These were the preliminary questions raised by scholars during the Asian Studies in Africa conference that took place on 9th-11th November 2012. The roundtable was jointly organized by the University of Zambia (UNZA), the South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development (SEPHIS), Manila and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

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Our Strategic Patnerships

University of Zambia,
University of Stellenbosch
University of Michigan,
University of Ibadan,
University of Hong Kong,
University of Ghana,
University of Dar es Salaam
University of Cape Town,
Université Mohammed V de Rabat
Université Gaston Berger,
Université de la Réunion
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Social Science Research Council,
Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Seoul National University Asia Center,
Peking University
National University of Singapore,
Makerere University,
Ambedkar University
Doshisha University
International Convention of Asia Scholars
International Institute for Asian Studies
Institut des Sciences des Sociétés
Leiden University

You can reach our Secretariat at cas@ug.edu.gh

University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
+00233 (0)303974462.
Centre for Asian Studies

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