CAS,JNU & ASA India, Web-Symposium Series organised by Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru university (JNU), New Delhi and African Studies Association of India (ASA India) in collaboration with Institute of African Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea on "Mapping Africas Global Engagement by Reconfiguring African Studies (South Koreas Africa Engagement)" on Saturday, 10 October 2020, from 04:30PM to 06:45 PM (Indian Standard Time), at WebEx Meet platform hosted at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
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Conference to Establish Asian Africannist Network at Seoul, Korea on 27-29 April 2012
Symposium on “Indian Diaspora in Francophone and Lusophone Africa: Comparing Opportunities for Indian Foreign Policies” 27th September 2011,Conference Room-001 School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University
Talk by Nigerian Foreign Minister on 17th April 2011 at 5 PM
International seminar on 'India-Africa Enduring Partnership: Emerging Areas of Co-operation' at Mumbai organised by African Studies Association of India (ASA India) and Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai on 2-3 March, 2011
Round Table on "Democratic Tremors in North Africa: Implications for India", 9th February 2011 at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Public lecture cum discussion by Prof. Denis Venter on "The Imperatives of Democracy and Governance for African Renewal" at Conference Hall I, India International Centre on 27th January 2011 at 6:30 PM
ASA Interaction with visiting Journalist from Africa January 2011
International Seminar on India and South Africa: Political, Economic, Strategic and Diaspora Relations, 2-3 December, 2010 in collaboration with ASA India and IIC
Lecture cum discussion with Highcommissioner of the Republic of Gambia, 9th November 2010
Round Table on China and Africa: Perspective from India on 7th September 2010 at SIS, JNU
A talk by Prof. Peggy Levitt, 18 August 2010 at IIC
Teaching , Researching and Resourcing African Studies in India" on 19th March 2010 at Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
International Seminar on “India and Africa: An Emerging Partnership” SIOS and Teen Murti Bhavan in Collaboration with ASA India on 4-5th March 2010, Inaguration by External Affairs Minister Mr. S. M. Krishna and Valedictory by MOS Sashi Tharoor
International Seminar on India and Africa: Partnership for Capacity Building and Human Resource Development organized by African Studies Association of India in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) & IIC on 9-10 Feb. 2010
South Africa under Globalisation: Issues in Foreign Policy and Development at New Delhi (JNU) on 11-12 Nov 2009
Asia - Sudan Internation Seminar organised in collaboration with Denmark School of International Studies at New Delhi (at IIC) on 10-11 Nov. 2009
International Seminar on India and SADC: Role and Importance of South Africa’ , Organised by African Studies Association of India and Punjabi University on 9-10 October 2009 at Punjabi University, Patiala.
International Seminar on India and North Africa under Globalization’ Organised by African Studies Association of India and Academy of Academy of Third World Studies on 18-19 February 2009 at JMI New Delhi.
 

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10th Annual Young Africanist Conference

International meet organised by

ASA India Young Scholars

in Collaboration with

Centre for African Studies,

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

on

“Options of Africa in Corona Crisis Under AFRICOM and Financial Clout of China: Comparative Challenges and Opportunities of Engagement with India and Global South”

on

5th June 2020,  9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Indian local Time)

Hosted Via WebEx App at African Studies Centre, JNU

To Register, please send your email to-

 secretariate.asa@gmail.com

Registration closes at sharp 7: 00 PM, India Time on 2nd June 2020

                 

PROGRAMM

Inaugural Session                 9:30 AM-10:00

9:30AM-9:35 AM

Welcome and Introductions  by Moderator

Prof. Ajay K. Dubey, Chairperson, Centre for African Studies, JNU and Secretary General, ASA India

9:35 AM-9:40AM

About ASA India Young Scholar Initiative

Prof. Aparajita Biswas, President, ASA, Mumbai University

9:40 AM-9:45 AM

Special Remarks

 

Amb. Virendra Gupta (Rtd. IFS)Former Visiting Professor, African Studies, JNU              

9:45AM 9: 48AM

Introduction of Theme

Dr Sushmita Rajwar, Convener,(DU & ASA Researcher)

9:48 AM- 9:58 AM

Inaugural Address

Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, JNU 

9:58AM:10:00AM

Vote of Thanks

Ms Aarshi Dua, Ph.D Researcher, Centre for African Studies, JNU, Co-convener

                                                                                   

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Technical Session I               10:00 AM- 11:50 AM

Covid-19 situation in Africa: How the continent is coping with the crisis and the consequences?

Moderator: Dr. Bijay Pratihari,  Faculty Member, Academy of International Studies, JMI, Delhi

Speakers: Dr. Ghazali Bello Abubakar, Assistant Prof. Sokoto University, Nigeria

Dr. Sushmita Rajwar, Convenor & Faculty, University of Delhi

Dr. Gayettri Dixit, Assistant Prof., Centre for African Studies, SIS, JNU

Dr. Rashmi Rani Anand, Faculty, University of Delhi

Dr. Aparna Bose, PhD from Department of African Studies, Mumbai University

Mr. AS Rawokmi Zimik, PhD Scholar, Department of African Studies, University of Delhi

Ms. Chandani Tiwari, PhD Scholar, Centre for African Studies, SIS, JNU

Dr. Kirill Aleshin, Coordinator of the Junior Scholars Council, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

Technical Session II             12:00 PM-1:45 PM                                                  

Engagement with Traditional Partners in Africa and AFRICOM

Moderator: Dr. Sushmita Rajwar, ASA Researcher & Faculty, University of Delhi

Speakers: Mr. Nyongesa Lemmy, PhD Candidate, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Air Commodore (Dr.) Rahul Maslekar;   Recent PhD from Mumbai University

Dr. Philipp Gieg, Wurzburg University, Germany

Ms. Khachungla Chalhang, Assistant Professor, University of Delhi

Ms. Meghna Murlidharan, PhD Scholar, Centre for African Studies, SIS,    

Mr. Subh Kirti Singh, PhD Scholar, Centre for European Studies, SIS, JNU

Dr. Wanda YENG-SENG BROSSARD, Sr. Lecturer, University of Reunion, France

Technical Session III             2:15 PM-3:50 PM

China as a Major Partner of Africa: Burden of Financial Imperialism

Moderator :Dr. Jyoti Tyagi, Associate Editor, Diaspora Studies;  Duesseldorf, Germany.

Speakers :Ms. Busiswa Sobahle, Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Ms. Uma, Assistant Professor, University of Delhi

Dr. Abhishek Darbey, Centre for East Asian Studies, JNU

Dr. Ruchi Verma, Research Fellow, Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad,

Dr. Shaantanu, PhD. from Department of African Studies, Mumbai University

Mr. Samir Bhattacharya, PhD Scholar, Centre for African Studies, SIS, JNU

Dr. Raymond LAU Kwun-Sun,  Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Technical Session IV             4:00 PM-5:45 PM

Challenges and Opportunities for Engagement with Emerging India and the Global South.

Moderator: Dr. Rajneesh Gupta, Centre for Diaspora Studies, Central University of Gujarat

Speakers: Ms. Fleachta Phelan, (Ireland) PhD Scholar, 

Ms. Aarshii Dua, PhD Scholar, Centre for African Studies, SIS, JNU

Mr. Aditya Anshu, PhD Scholar, Centre for African Studies, SIS, JNU

Ms. Ivy Handique, PhD Scholar, Centre for African Studies, SIS, JNU

Dr. Neha Sinha, Research Fellow, ICWA

Mr. Randhir Kumar, PhD Scholar, Department of African Studies, University of Delhi

 

CONCEPT NOTE

 

 “Options of Africa in Corona Crisis Under AFRICOM and Financial Clout of China: Comparative Challenges and Opportunities of Engagement with India and Global South”

 

As the situation of Covid-19 worsens in many of the countries around the globe, Africa also has stepped up its various mechanisms to control the pandemic throughout the continent. In February, 2020 the continent witnessed its first case in Egypt which followed to other countries. There have been many concerns regarding the spread of Covid-19 in African continent as it does not possess a very well-developed healthcare system as compared to other nations. The presence of pre-existing diseases in the continent like malaria, HIV, TB, Cholera and Ebola creates further issues for diagnosing and treating this new virus.

Africa is also engaged with its traditional powers in trade and foreign direct investment. These traditional powers have been able to maintain good trade relations with many of the African countries. USA also established its African Command known as AFRICOM in 2007 that took all the attention of the whole world. This brought in USA with its biggest military cooperation project to African continent.

China is one the biggest emerging partners in Africa. China established its Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2000 as an official forum to strengthen the relationship with the African countries. In terms of trade China quickly surpassed the traditional partners in Africa and became Africa’s biggest trading partner. China has given African countries huge grants in aid to overcome their financial burdens. At the same time, China is quite influential in trading palatial headquarters, presidential palaces or stadiums for oil refineries, coal mines, copper and more.

During this crisis China has already faced backlash from the African continent because of the ill-treatment of African citizens in China earlier this year. Now, China has actively stepped up to help African nations as a part of its image as Global humanitarian. At the gathering of World Health Organisation (WHO) member states, Chinese Premier pledged US $2 billion to WHO to assist developing economies for COVID 19 crisis and also committed to 30 hospitals in Africa, setting up a pan-African health authority on the continent.

On the other hand, India’s Africa policy is mainly guided by its shared historical linkages and good will and in recent times the government has been emphasizing on rebooting its Africa’s policy. India strives to maintain its medical diplomacy with the African continent. India’s relationship with Africa is multidimensional and it has been engaging with some of the key African countries in different areas mainly Energy security, Diaspora, Bilateral aid and Diplomacy.

India maintaining its cordial relationship with the African continent has proactively reached out to help them in this crucial time. India has been resorting to its pharma diplomacy, one of the major areas of cooperation between India and Africa. Out of 50 countries that India sent its first batch of hydroxychloroquine, 20 were from Africa. Huge supply of hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol has been sent to Seychelles by the Indian government. The Indian Prime Minister and heads of various African countries have been constantly in talks with each other as huge Indian Diaspora is present in the African continent, one of the key player in India’s foreign policy.

The current challenges in post corona period would be to facilitate development of an adequate healthcare structure throughout Africa in order to manage a crisis like Covid 19. Another problem is the amount of debts that African countries are not in a position to pay today and therefore debt forgiveness has a crucial role to pay in Africa. How can the present partners of Africa provide assistance to Africa is the question to be asked? And in this whole situation how can India emerge as a special partner that can fulfil the required assistance to African nations and at the same time satisfy their needs.

With all these dimensions the webinar would discuss the following themes:

  1. Covid-19 situation in Africa: How the continent is coping with the crisis and suffer the consequences?
  2. Engagement with Traditional Partners in Africa and AFRICOM
  3. China as a Major Partner of Africa: Burden of Financial  Imperialism
  4. Challenges and Opportunities for Engagement with Emerging India and the Global South.
 
Programme Announcements
International Webinar on 15th May 2020
International Webinar on 5th May 2020
Conference on "India and Africa in 21st Century: Experiences and Issues of Governance, Development and Foreign Policies" by PRIASA, New Delhi and OSSREA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 11 December 2014 at OSSREA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Development, Diaspora and International Relations of African Countries at Walkite University, Ethiopia on 10th December 2014
India and Africa: Developmental Experiences and Bilateral Cooperation”at Walkito University on 8-9 December 2014