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This presentation will explore the Centres for Asian Studies in Africa as actors in the counter-hegemonic project of decolonization. In this regard it will pivot around the activities of the Centre for Asian Studies (CAS) which was founded barely a year after the Asian Studies in Africa Conference which took place in September 2015 in Accra, Ghana. The presentation will share and discuss the logistical, spatial, financial, organizational, strategic, ideational and other realities that must be confronted in building Asian Studies Centres in Africa using CAS as a case study. The presentation will point out how African Asianist scholars with their partners elsewhere decided to take counterhegemonic action, and how their approach differs from the status quo as a prefigurative politics of the power-with society they seek. It will then conclude with the needling challenges that still remain to be surmounted.
Asia-africa, A New Axis of Knowledge [International Institute For Asian Studies (Iias)]