BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG CONFERENCE DAY | June 9, 2022
Location: University of Freiburg, KGI
On Thursday, the foundation Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and some of its partners are offering a continuous programme with events of various formats: round tables, film screenings and music. Promoting young talent is one of the core goals of the BW Stiftung; the foundation is therefore supporting the reception on Thursday evening, which accompanies the presentation of the VAD Young Scholars Awards. Materials at the foundation's booth will provide general information about the scholarship programme Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM and project-based international university collaboration including the Regional Development Component that is designed particularly for students from African countries and from other countries in the Global South. The Baden-Württemberg Day expresses a joint interest of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and ACT: The ACT is not only a centre of the University of Freiburg; it contributes to the bundling and visibility of Africa-related research in Baden-Württemberg.
by Christoph Dahl (Managing Director, Baden-Württemberg Stiftung)
Moderation: Katie Gallus
The roundtable "Joint Research in the Natural Sciences“ will examine challenges and perspectives of a cooperation at eye level in the Natural Sciences / Mathematics / Global Health. Representatives from African universities and from universities in Baden-Württemberg will present current forms of performing research together and discuss possibilities for paving the way to a more sustainable future cooperation.
Prof. Dr. Joacim Rocklöv (Heidelberg Institute for Global Health, Heidelberg University Hospital / Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, Heidelberg University)
Prof. Dr. med. Steffen Borrmann (Institute for Tropical Medicine, Tübingen University Hospital)
Dr. Jerome Joorst (Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Dr. Ivy Rose Mathews (Botho University (BOTHO), Botsuana)
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Racke (Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Konstanz)
Prof. Hulda Shaidi Swai (Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Tanzania)
Moderation: Katie Gallus
The roundtable "Digitalization in International Networks: Challenges and Opportunities“ will focus on international networks and on their efforts referring to digitalization. African representatives and representatives from Baden-Württemberg will present the networks they are involved in. Furthermore, they will discuss opportunities and challenges they are facing in the context of digitalization. Finally, they will take a critical look on the perspectives of the current wave of digitalization in terms of sustainability and global demands.
Kodzo Abotsi (scholarship holder of the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM, video-recording)
Dr. Susan Kurgat (Moi University, Nairobi, Kenya)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pattar (University of Public Administration Kehl)
Prof. Dr. Sabine Möbs (School of Business, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) Heidenheim)
Christian Möllmann (International Office, University of Tübingen)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gertrud Schaab (Faculty for Information Management and Media, University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe)
Dr. Andreas Weber (Head of Education, Baden-Württemberg Stiftung)
Networking Event BWS Plus
Welcoming address by Dr. Andreas Weber (Baden-Württemberg Stiftung)
Please note: by invitation only
Moderation: Katie Gallus
After the screening (30 minutes), the filmmakers, political decision makers, activists and researchers will discuss to which extent films can be instrumental in the process of change making. What can be done to translate their findings into a broader discourse in societies?
Two filmmakers from Kenya and Germany embark on a journey to find out more about a mysterious Kenyan object: The only available data is that it came to the Lindenmuseum in Stuttgart, Germany in 1903. Why don’t the museums know more about it? The film crew with both a German and a Kenyan director wanted to find out more about this wooden object from Kenya. Do people back in Kenya remember what it was once made for? And what does it mean to them today? Since it was not possible to take the physical object, a 3D installation was created, and a search through Nairobi and the suburbs began.
Directors: Elena Schilling, Saitabao Kaiyare
Directors of Photography: Artur Ortlieb, Garry Sonneborn
Production: Ann-Katrin Boberg, Mumo Liku, Daniela Fritz
The film won the Osmane Sembène Short Film Award 2021, the Los Angeles Cinematography Award 2020, and has been nominated at the African Movie Academy Awards 2020.
Film presentation: “If objects could speak”, a film by Elena Schilling and Saitabao Kaiyare (30 min)
Prof. Dr. Inés de Castro (director, Linden-Museum Stuttgart)
Mwazulu Diyabanza (political activist)
Dr. Margret Frenz (Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg)
Saitabao Kaiyare (film director)
Guido Lukoschek (International Office, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
Prof. Ciraj Rassool (University of the Western Cape)
Elena Schilling (film director)
Films by junior artists of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
After arriving in Germany on a six weeks scholarship visa, Abdul starts getting calls from his friends in Nigeria, reminding him of why he shouldn't come back home. Although he puts no thought to this, the calls and messages start getting frequent that it starts to disturb him. Two weeks to the end of his stay in Germany, he gets a call from his mum, telling him that his brother has been killed in the EndSARS protest in Nigeria. His heavyhearted mum breaks down on the phone, begging him never to come back home. Now he’s really scared of going back home.
He starts to see the event of the protest happening back in Nigeria online, he sees videos from the Lekki Massacre, horrendous and dreadful images and videos from the massacre, while also getting aggravated calls from friends who are asking what to do to leave the country and also telling him never to come back. He eventually loses his mental health and develops an irrational fear of going back home, Nostophobia. He becomes desperate and distressed that he would do anything to remain in Germany after running out of legal options. He orders a fake gun online, robs a cafe and forces the cashier to call the police. He is arrested and thrown into jail.
He narrates his experience to a therapist in jail, happy within that he gets to stay in Germany, even though it’s in a jail, but his hopes are quickly shattered when he’s given a document that sends him back to Nigeria to complete his jail term.
Runtime: 13 min
Director: Samuel Adeoye
Script: Samuel Adeoye
Camera: Patrizio Guerra
Producer: Samuel Adeoye, Bathurshan Ganeshalingam
The story of an old man who is haunted by his abusive past and all the guilt that comes with it. This guilt is represented by the wife he abused, his younger self and the house they raised their son in. As he tries to forget his past, he is constantly brought back by his own guilt.
Runtime: 17 min
Director: Thanky Hamutenya
Script: Thanky Hamutenya
Camera: Konstantin Pape
Editor: Chamika Wijamunige
Producer: Matrid Nyaga, Jana Klingeiesen, Felix Schreiber
Mungai, a 55 year-old Kenyan man who has been living in Germany for the past 20 years is on the brink of death, he starts reliving his younger days and through a sequence of dance and movements we get inside his head , in an almost dreamy and disillusioned manner he gets a visitation from his family in Kenya as they have a final ‘last supper’ together before he closes his eyes for the final time.
Runtime: 10 min
Director: Karanja Daniel Ng'Endo
Script: Karanja Daniel Ng'Endo
Camera: Baljinnyam Altansukh
Producer: Philipp Hester, Jannik Graf
GALAMSEY - FOR A FISTFUL OF GOLD
A Documentary about illegal gold business in West Africa. What does it mean for residents of a small town in Ghana to live on top of a huge gold deposit? As a young development worker the narrator experienced a gold rush in small town in Ghana. Years later he returns to investigate what the gold really means for residents of this town. On his journey he meets old friends, arrives at places of destruction and learns about a dangerous magnetism between people and gold. A bloody conflict broke out in town between local police and gold miners. Who are profiteers and who are victims in this hunt for glittering stones?
Runtime: 28 min
Director: Johannes Preuss
Producer: Johannes Preuss
Camera: Johannes Preuss
Editor: Manuel Sosnowski
VAD Young Scholars award ceremony with reception
Introductory speech and moderation by Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler, ACT
Welcoming address by Dr. Andreas Weber, Head of Education, Baden-Württemberg Stiftung
Award ceremony and laudatory speech
VAD awards 2020/2021:
Maurus, Sabrina: Battles over State Making on a Frontier: Dilemmas of Schooling, Young People and Agro-Pastoralism in Hamar, South West Ethiopia (Dissertation)
Paulau, Stanislau: Das andere Christentum. Zur transkonfessionellen Verflechtungsgeschichte von Äthiopischer Orthodoxie und europäischem Protestantismus (Dissertation)
Šváblová, Alžběta: A Tourtuous Way Forward: Peacebuilding Process and Actor Interaction in Postwar Liberia (Dissertation)
VAD awards 2022:
1. Jeannot Moukouri Ekobe: Die (Re-)Imagination des Nationalen in Zeiten der Transformation. Eine afropäische ästhetische Intervention (Dissertation)
2. Anitha Tingira: Provision and Utilization of Maternal Health Services in Lalta Ward, Tanzania: Women’s and Health Workers’ Experiences (Dissertation)
Musical Performance by “Stolen Moments Namibia” and reception
Jackson Wahengo and the Stolen Moments are dedicated to Namibian pop music of the 50s to 80s, which was censored and made impossible during the apartheid era. Jackson Wahengo is a Namibian guitarist, singer and songwriter living in Copenhagen, the Stolen Moments Band consists of alumni of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg. The project was developed within the framework of the exhibition project Stolen Moments - Namibian Music History Untold.
Guitar and Vocals: Jackson Wahengo
Vocals : Anny Otoo
Keyboard : Andre Haaf
Saxophon : Manuel Paschmann
Bass: Alexander Broschek
Drums : Julius Oppermann
Mark Hernadi: Music Director