Roundtable: Afro-Asian Studies: Practices and Perspectives – May 24, 2022 – 8:00 am (UTC-4)


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Prof. Faishal Aminuddin, Vice Dean, Faculty of Social and Political Science,

University of Brawijaya, Malang, East Java, Indonesia

Prof. Ute Fendler, Chair of Francophone Literatures, Cultures and Media in

Africa, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Prof. Soyoung Kim, Cinema Studies, Korea National University of Arts, Chair,

Trans-Asia Screen Culture Institute, South Korea

Prof. Shinichi Takeuchi, Chair, African Studies Center - Tokyo University of

Foreign Studies, Japan

Mingqing Yuan, Bayreuth International School of African Studies, University of

Bayreuth, Germany

Prof. Siphamandla Zondi, Politics and international relations, University of

Johannesburg, South Africa



Prof. Isaac Bazié, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Prof. Darwis Khudori, Université Le Havre Normandie, France


The 20th century was the century of the first decolonization - political and led by states - in a context marked by the Cold War and a strong advocacy for non-alignment. The symbolic and political value of the Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, April 1955, is worth noting. Therefore, the 21st century is shaping up to be the century of a second decolonization, no longer in a context of a Cold War and Bipolarity, but of multipolarity strategical repositioning of established as well as emerging game changers from the South. This multipolarity is consequently ideal for the redeployment of relations between continents, particularly between Asia and Africa. All this builds an exciting challenge for scholars working on Asia and Africa from diverse disciplines. The roundtable brings together some of those specialists who will share their experiences and their visions of what Afro-Asian studies should be in the future.