Asia-Africa Relations: Its Status and Possible Trajectories

Day 1: October 12, 2023 | 3pm - 6:15pm
Location: S020, Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

3:00 p.m. Opening Address 
Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, Harvard University 

3:20-5:15 p.m.
Diaspora and Identity in Asia-Africa Relations: A Conversation with Authors
Ufrieda Ho, Journalist and Author 
Gayatri Sethi, Educator and Author
Moderator: Duncan Yoon, New York University  

Concourse, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St. Cambridge 

Day 2: October 13, 2023 | 8:15am - 5:00pm
Location: S010, Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

8:15-9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:15-10:45 a.m. 
Panel 1: Globalization Beyond the West 
Moderator: Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School
Annette Skovsted Hansen, Aarhus University
Isaac Odoom, Carleton University
Marlous van Waijenburg, Harvard Business School   

10:45-11:00 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Panel 2: Africa-Asia Historical Connections
Moderator: Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, Harvard University
Seifudein Adem, Doshisha University
Lina Benabdallah, Wake Forest University
Maria Adele Carrai, New York University Shanghai
Idriss Fofana, Harvard University

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Panel 3: Reconceptualizing Agency
Moderator: Maria Adele Carrai, New York University Shanghai
Kumiko Makino, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization
Xiaoyang Tang, Tsinghua University
Veda Vaidyanathan, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi 

3:00-3:15 p.m. Coffee Break

3:15-4:45 p.m. 
Panel 4: The Vernacular of Everyday Infrastructures
Moderator: Annette Lienau, Harvard University
Daniel E. Agbiboa, Harvard University
Gaurav Desai, University of Michigan
Pedro Machado, Indiana University Bloomington

4:45-5:00 p.m.
Concluding Remarks  

Remote attendees can join via Zoom here: 

Co-sponsored by:
Harvard University Asia Center
Harvard University Center for African Studies

Harvard University's Asia-Related Resources