Call for Papers: Asia-Africa Encounters

Call for papers

Africa and Asia Encounters: Historical and Contemporary Perspective Conference
28-30 June 2018
Venue: Public Service Institute of Nigeria, Abuja.

Contact between Asia and Africa and other forms of exchange have expanded greatly in recent times. Trade and cultural exchanges have expanded with countries throughout the Asia sub-continent from china to Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia among other. Today, China has become an important commercial partner in Africa as well as an important provider of aid to African nations. China has invested billions of dollars and is Africa’s biggest trading partner and buys more than one-third of its oil from the continent. The expanding Chinese presence in particular has been viewed with skepticism. Indeed, the shifting attention of African countries to China and other Asian countries has raised concerns at other levels, including the old ideological rivalries that marked the Cold War era and the potential to spread new ideology. There are also concerns about what some have called a “new colonialism” by Asian nations. This emerging political and economic order calls for intellectual discussions on Asia-Africa relationships and Africa’s role in this encounter.

The conference will examine both old and emerging relationship from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives.

The conference themes include but not limited to:

  • Historical perspectives on African-Asian relations
  • Asia Studies in Africa
  • African Studies in Asia
  • Asian Communities and Diaspora
  • African Diaspora in Asia
  • Cultural and Historic Connections and Exchange
  • Migration and Transnational networks
  • Race and Identity
  • Ethical and global challenges of doing business in Asia
  • Ethical and global challenges of doing business in Africa
  • Private dimensions of the Asia-Africa connections
  • Made in China Goods
  • Marriage, race, and identity

Please submit a 250 to 300-word abstract and a 150-word biography latest by 1 April 2018. The biographical information should mention the presenter’s name and title, affiliation, email address, relevant publications.

Please send your documents to:

Registration fees will be 150 dollars (International Participants). Participants from Africa (only) will pay the registration fee equivalent of N20, 000. Local students may attend for of 5,000 naira.

For all general inquiries please write to:

Please submit your abstract by email:

Conference conveners

Professor Chima J. Korieh, Director Transatlantic Research Institute/University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Professor Michael Mbanaso, Global Institute of Commerce and Technology, Abuja/ Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja

Professor Rapahel Njoku, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho USA

Professor Okpeh O. Okpeh, Federal University, Lafia, Nigeria

Dr Uche Okonkwo, University of Nigeria, Nigeria

Professor Romanus Ejiaga, Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Nigeria

Dr Elizabeth Onogwu, Benue State University, Nigeria

Professor Chidi N. Igwe, University of Regina, Canada

Dr Cajetan Ifeanyi Nnaocha, Kaduna State University, Nigeria


Contact Info:

Dr Chima J. Korieh,

Transatlantic Research Institute

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