The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), the South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development (SEPHIS) and the Institut des études africaines (IEA) of Université Mohammed V-Souissi, Rabat (Morocco) are pleased to announce the launching of the Advanced Institute on Afro-Arab Relations. The inaugural session will be held on 12-23 March 2012 and will be directed by Professor Shamil Jeppie of the University of Cape Town (South Africa).
This annual institute is organised within the framework of the CODESRIA Arab Initiative that seeks to promote exchanges between African researchers using Arab as their working language and those using French, English or Portuguese. It is conceived as a platform for knowledge deepening, renewal and widening, as well as networking amongst senior researchers who would like to invest in new research fields and explore new theories on Afro-Arab relations.
The underlying objective of the institute is to transform the frontiers of African and Arab studies by questioning and transcending the boundaries inherited from colonisation, the intellectual legacy of Orientalist and Africanist studies, and of more recent studies successively undertaken in the context of the Cold War and of the “clash of civilisations”. One of the important dimensions of this institute will primarily be its interest in linkages, convergences, complementarities, and historical, cultural, economic, religious, social, political, and human solidarities that exist between Northern and sub-Saharan Africa.
Participants are from all parts of the continent and the Diaspora. During the ten days of the institute, they will work together on the problematic of “The Changing Political Economy of Afro-Arab Relations” with the objective of producing a collective book on the subject.
The Opening Ceremony of the inaugural session will take place on Monday 12 March 2012 from 9:00 to 10:30 and will be chaired by Professor Fatima Harrak, President of CODESRIA. Several Moroccan authorities will also participate in this ceremony.
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