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C15
Challenges of African Studies in Central and Eastern Europe [initiated by CAAS, Czech Republic]
Convenors:
Marieke van Winden (conference organiser) (African Studies Centre Leiden)
Hana Horakova (Metropolitan University Prague)
Stephanie Rudwick (University Of Hradec Kralove)
Stream:
C: Europe and Africa

Abstract:

While in Western and Southern Europe there is a long tradition of African Studies this is much less the case in Central and Eastern Europe. Increasingly, however, several universities are engaged in research on Africa. As with any multi-disciplinary field, it is characterized by divergences and contradictions and as a discipline it is permanently challenged in terms of its relevance. In this panel we aim to explore current predicaments in Eastern and Central European African Studies and find avenues through which the field could be fostered.