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Non-Western Actors in Africa: Interests, Conflicts and Agency



The Collaborative Research Group (CRG) African Politics and International Relations of the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS), in collaboration with GIGA, is organising the virtual workshop on ‘Non-Western Actors in Africa: Interests, Conflicts and Agency’.

The workshop brings together seven contributions of scholars from different parts of the world who seek to explore recent cases of non-western actors reviving and/or expanding their engagement in Africa.

The AEGIS CRG group is looking for new members and two new convenors - please attend the workshop if you are interested.

In order to register as an external attendant, please go to the EventBrite page of the event.


First day - Thursday, 21 January 2021 9:30 - 9:45 (GMT) | Welcome and introduction from the convenors of the AEGIS CRG Charlotte Heyl (GIGA), Giulia Piccolino (Loughborough University), Jorg Wiegratz (University of Leeds)

9:45 - 11:15 (GMT) | Panel 1: Africa and the Middle East: involvement and security implications Chair: Jorg Wiegratz, Discussant: Yolanda Spies

  • Alexandra Magnólia Dias (Universidad Nova De Lisboa): "The Horn of Africa and the changing international order"

  • Tabitha W. Mwangi (King's College London): "Security Implications of Gulf States Activities in the Horn of Africa"

  • Adedeji Ademola (Obafemi Awolowo University): "A Vital or Superficial Ally? Interrogating Israel’s New Engagement with African Countries"

11:15-11:45 (GMT) | Break 11:45-13:15 (GMT) | Panel 2: China’s involvement in Southern Africa Chair: Charlotte Heyl (GIGA), Discussant: Mandira Bagwandeen (Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS))

  • Yuezhou Yang (London School of Economics): "Property Institutions, Politics, and Foreign Investments in Africa"

  • Tim Zajontz (University of St Andrews): "The Chinese infrastructural fix in Africa: Lessons from the Sino-Zambian ‘road bonanza’"

  • Innocent Batsani Ncube (School of Oriental and African Studies): "Understanding the phenomenon of Chinese Funded Parliament buildings in Africa"

Second day: Friday, 22 January 2021 9:30 - 11:00 (GMT) | Panel 3: China and India: South South cooperation, rivalry and African agency Chair: Giulia Piccolino (Loughborough University), Discussant: Pedro Seabra (University of Lisbon)

  • Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Hong Kong Baptist University): "India-China Competition in Africa and the Indian Ocean: The Case of Seychelles "

  • Elisabeth Hofmann (University Bordeaux Montaigne), Kamala Marius (University Bordeaux Montaigne) and Valentin Karm (Barefoot College): "Exporting women empowerment from India to Africa? Reflections based on the case study of the African expansion of Indian NGO Barefoot College"

11:00 - 11:15 (GMT) | Break 11:15 - 12:15 (GMT) | Final discussion, AEGIS CRG business and goodbye


Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies


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