The Newsletter 82 Spring 2019

'Africa-Asia: A New Axis of Knowledge'. Second edition

It was with great pleasure that the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) could once again serve as the principal facilitators of the Second Edition of the International Conference ‘Asia-Africa: A New Axis of Knowledge’ in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 20-22 September 2018. The honour of being associated with this major effort alongside the Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-ASIA) and the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), stems from a continuing commitment to collaboration beyond boundaries of any kind, a collaboration that must include academic, cultural, public and social actors from the two most populated and dynamic ‘southern’ regions (or continents) of the world, Africa and Asia.

The conference was an extraordinary event, enjoyed by so many, both new and familiar participants, and supported by first-time and long-standing partners. The cooperation provided by our local hosts at USDM was truly exceptional, and the conference would not have been quite so gratifying, let alone possible, without them. More information about the most recent and the first conference, including programmes, speakers, the platform, organisers, etc. can be found on the website

A few of the student volunteers helping at registration

Dr Mathew Senga - Local convenor UDSM

Below is just a small selection of commentaries sent to us by attendees, who like us agree that the meeting in Tanzania was a uniquely stimulating and thought-provoking collaborative event. More information about the third conference will be shared soon, but we hope to see you all there!

Africa-Asia: a ‘New Axis of Knowledge’, to what effect?
Shine Choi
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An intellectual place of liberation and liberalization of intellectual discourses
Jimmy Harmon
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Does Area Studies require ‘fine-tuning’, or should we take a sledgehammer to it?
Elizabeth Walker
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Unusual connections
Tharaphi Than
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