4th International Conference of the Transatlantic Research Group - Africa and Asia Encounters: Historical and Contemporary Perspective

Country: Nigeria

City: Abuja

Abstr. due: 01.04.2018

Dates: 28.06.18 — 30.06.18

Organizing comittee e-mail: africaasiaencounter@gmail.com

Organizers: Transatlantic Research Group


Contact between Asia and Africa and other forms of exchange have expanded greatly in recent times. Trade and cultural exchanges have expanded with countries throughout the Asia sub-continent from china to Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia among other. Today, China has become an important commercial partner in Africa as well as an important provider of aid to African nations. China has invested billions of dollars and is Africa’s biggest trading partner and buys more than one-third of its oil from the continent. The expanding Chinese presence in particular has been viewed with skepticism. Indeed, the shifting attention of African countries to China and other Asian countries has raised concerns at other levels, including the old ideological rivalries that marked the Cold War era and the potential to spread new ideology. There are also concerns about what some have called a “new colonialism” by Asian nations. This emerging political and economic order calls for intellectual discussions on Asia-Africa relationships and Africa’s role in this encounter.

Conference Web-Site: https://www.transatlanticresearchgroup.org/index.php