Nordic Africa Days 2018

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Expanding the discourse on Africa

2018 theme: African Mobilities – Reshaping narratives and practices of circulation and exchange

The Nordic Africa Days (NAD) is the leading academic conference on Africa in the Nordics, organised by the Nordic Africa Institute since 1997. NAD provides a vibrant platform for researchers to critically expand the discourse on Africa. The conference attracts Africanists from across the world, including a high representation of scholars from the African continent.

NAD 2018 focused on African Mobilities – Reshaping narratives and practices of circulation and exchange, and took place in Uppsala, Sweden, 19-21 September 2018. See photos from the conference here.

Mobilities have always been central to economic, social, cultural, and political formations across the African continent. In light of rising concerns over mass displacement and irregular migration towards the global North, the movement of people tends to be seen in an intellectually limiting and politically hostile manner.

The unequal distribution of social mobility continues to raise concerns relating to economic and political prospects for African polities. These different mobilities, moreover, combine and overlap in significant ways that are often neglected in public debates and policy initiatives.

By highlighting the multiplicity of mobilities that characterise contemporary Africa and the wider world today, as well as the social, cultural, economic and political anchorage of these movements in localised understandings and agendas, the theme African Mobilities encourages a holistic understanding of human movements as embedded in wider webs of circulation and exchange.

Further information resourses on African Mobilities from the NAI library.

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