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June 28, 2018
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Contemporary History, Diplomacy and International Relations, Immigration & Migration History / Studies


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

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 February 2018. The biographical information should mention the presenter’s name and title, affiliation, email address, relevant publications.

Please send your documents to:

Important Dates

4 May 2017: Call for Papers
1 February 2018: Deadline for Abstracts
15 February 2018: Notification of Acceptance / Opening of Registration
01 May 2018: Deadline for Presenter Registration
01 June 2018: Deadline for Participant Registration
28 – 30 June 2018: Conference

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:

To submit your abstract online, please click here

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

Director, Transatlantic Research Group