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Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context. Roundtable 1: Asia through an African Lens: Rethinking the Discourse on Asian Studies

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

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University of Ghana
Legon Boundary
Accra
Ghana
GH

As part of the A-ASIA – ICAS international conference Asian Studies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interaction (University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, 24-26 September 2015), IIAS, co-organizer of the conference, coordinated two consecutive and complementary roundtables. The first half-day interactive discussion focused on Asia through an African Lens: Rethinking the Discourse on Asian Studies. The second addressed concrete ways to move Towards a Sustainable Model of Asian Studies in Africa.

The discussion in the first roundtable, ‘Asia through an African Lens: Rethinking the Discourse on Asian Studies’, was led by A-ASIA Steering Committee Member Oka Obono (University of Ibadan) and senior scholar Carol Gluck (Columbia). The first sessions consisted of an open discussion, led by the chairs, of the panellists and audience participants about theoretical, conceptual, and methodological issues in the study of Asian from Africa. In decentering the discourse on Asia away from the West and taking into account an Africa voice, the group considered the ways in which knowledge is constructed, processed, and shaped, in an attempt to dismantle regimes of dependency on knowledge production.

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