Welcome to the Global African Diaspora Studies Research Platform!
The research platform GADS aims to build a centre of excellence in the study of Africa and its relations with the rest of the world, particularly focusing on how diaspora African communities impact their host countries and the socio-cultural development of their countries of origin in Africa.
African Diaspora Contributions to African Studies: Towards a Knowledge-based African Society Model
by Dr. Alain Nkoyock
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, 17.00 hrs
Seminar room 1, Department of African Studies
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5, 1090 Vienna
In this talk, the speaker, who belongs to a team of scholars and professionals from Africa residing abroad, outlines ways in which Africans abroad can make a difference in their home continent. Through programs, policies, and advocacy, Diaspora Africans have harnessed their talents, expertise, and resources for Africa's development and nation building as well as to contribute to African studies. In furthering these objectives, the speaker has championed the establishment of a think tank called CABAC with the mission to promote patriotism, networking, and cooperation among Africans in the Diaspora, and he will outline the activities of this think tank. These activities include a case study research through which the think tank has explored the extent to which the African diaspora can influence national development issues as well as the plurality of modalities through which it can exercise such influence. In the information age, there can be a substantial amount of contribution of the African diaspora to a knowledge-based African society (KAS) supported by suitable high-tech tools and services that span over fundamentals of knowledge of African societies and their interactions with the rest of the world.
Dr. Alain Nkoyock, earned a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership with a Specialization in Information Systems and Technology from University of Phoenix in Arizona (U.S.), a Master’s Degree in Computer Science (Software Engineering), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon). For over 18 years in the U.N. Secretariat, Dr. Nkoyock proposes advanced evidence-based tools for Member States that mainstream multiple dimensions of development. Dr. Nkoyock is a faculty member in many universities and a member, and/or editor/reviewer in several scholarly networks, journals, and conferences. Dr. Nkoyock has contributed to book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and published books. He is the founder of Think Tank CABAC and Association Nkom.
Website: www.nkoyock.net; weblog: http://blog.nkoyock.net.
Prospects for Transnational Collaboration in Chinese-African Relations
by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel (Goethe University Frankfurt / University of Vienna)
Date: Monday, 5 December 2016
Location: Seminarraum 1, Department of African Studies
Commentators and scholars alike have debated the virtues and vices of China’s renewed interest in the African continent. Not least the limitations imposed by the pivotal policy of non-interference – that differentiates China from other international partners – has been criticised for suspending African democratisation processes. Sino-African relations, however, do not occur in isolation. They build on existing socio-political relations but also tie into Beijing’s prior association with Africa.
An expectation, in particular when relying on African civil society, lies in its potential to provide a new impetus to African-Chinese encounters. Under which conditions does civil society operate? What are important issues facing civil society? And how can it engage on-going Sino-African relations? The talk investigates the setting and sites of African and Chinese civil society interaction to locate them within wider fields of cooperation. It therefore aims to move beyond a state-centred analysis by discussing prospects for transnational collaboration in Sino-African relations.
Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel is a Visiting Professor in Development Studies at the University of Vienna. She is a Research Fellow at Africa’s Asian Options (AFRASO) and lectures in the Department of Political Science at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Her work focuses on political relations in the global South; it particularly addresses the international relations of gender politics. She is the author of Mobilizing Transnational Gender Politics in Post-Genocide Rwanda (Ashgate, 2015) and co-editor of Negotiating Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations (Springer, 2016).