Africa Days

Venue: SP 319, Sedláčkova 15, 30125 Plzeň


Date: April 10th – 11th

Wed 10th April


9:30       Introductory speech by Jan Záhořík

                (Past, Present and Future of Center of African Studies, UWB in Pilsen)


9:45       Introductory speech by Ahmed Hassen

(Cooperation between Addis Ababa University and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen)


10:00     Panel 1 Focus on Ethiopia (chair: Ahmed Hassen)


10:00     Decolonisation in the Horn and its Consequences on French-Ethiopian Relations

                Jan Dvořáček (University of West Bohemia in Pilsen)


10:25     Studying party cleavages in contemporary Ethiopia: some preliminary notes

                Jean-Nicolas Bach (University of Bordeaux)


10:50     Ethiopia under TPLF government from 1991 to 2012

                Alemayehu Kumsa (Charles University, Prague)


11:15     Minorities and Peripheries: Preliminary reflections on the interrelation of region-and statebuilding in Ethiopia

                Alexander Meckelburg (University of Hamburg)


11:40     Coffee break


12:00     Panel 2 Lusophone and South Africa (chair: Jakub Kydlíček)


12:00     Family and Diplomacy in South Africa: The Story of an Unusual Rapprochement,

c. 1880-1890

                Kirsten Rüther (University of Vienna)


12:25     Religion and politics in early 20th century Angola

                Kalle Kananoja (European University of Firenze)


12:50     Chinese engagement with Lusophone Africa. Case study: Republic of Mozambique

                Joanna Mormul (Jagellonian University of Cracow)


13:15     Lunch break


14:00     Panel 3 West Africa (chair: Joanna Mormul)


14:00     Mali: Political developments in a former poster child democracy. Abyss

or reconstruction?

                Baz Lecocq (University of Ghent)


14:25     Vicious Cycles and Revolving Doors: The Politics of Debt in a Colonial  City

                Matthew Park (Michigan State University)


14:50     Trade in the Senegambia in the First Half of the 19th Century

                Filip Strych (University of West Bohemia in Pilsen)


15:15     Coffee break


15:35     Panel 4 Continental issues (chair: Jean-Nicolas Bach)


15:35     Does global environmental governance improve sustainable development in Africa?

                Stig Jensen (University of Copenhagen)


16:00     The encounter between Ethiopia and the European international society: insights from the international relations theory

                Elsa Gonzales (Autonomous University of Madrid)


16:25     Southern Tunisia as a question in current Berber studies

                Jakub Kydlíček (University of West Bohemia in Pilsen)


16:50     Africa Research in Basel

                Christian Vandersee (Basler Afrika Bibliographien)


17:15     Closing remarks


19:00     Conference dinner at the restaurant “U Mansfelda”


Thu 11th April


09:00     Keynote speech: The Role of Ethiopia in Pan-Africanism

Ahmed Hassen (Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University)             


10:30     Coffee break


10:45     Panel 5 East Africa (chair: Linda Piknerová)


10:45     Leka Dutigite: World Heritage as a Resource in Contemporary Kigoma

                Geert Castryck (University of Leipzig)


11:10     “Africans have no pockets“: the monetization of Uganda in the early colonial period (1890-1905)

                Karin Pallaver (University of Bologna)


11:35     Saving the African Printed Past, the Eritrean Case

                Massimo Zaccaria (University of Pavia)


12:00     Lunch break


13:00     Panel 6 Europe and Africa (chair: Filip Strych)


13:00     An Austrian Colony in Africa? Ignaz Pallme and his concept for the conquest of Ethiopia

                Michael Zach (University of Vienna)


13:25     Indians and the interwar Kenya

                Jaromír Matějíček (University of West Bohemia in Pilsen)


13:50     Africa and Western Racial Imagination

                Ivo Budil (University of West Bohemia in Pilsen)


14:15     Closing remarks



16:30     Visit to the Pilsner Urquell Brewery and Brewery Museum


19:00     Dinner and Beer in the Typical Czech Pub “Na Parkánu”