African Dynamics in a Multipolar World


Fifty years after the foundation of the OAU and the consolidation of most African states and institutions, the international panorama and Africa’s position in it have changed considerably. The world's geopolitical and economic configuration has evolved, with new actors appearing in a new period of globalization. In tone with ECAS 2013, this volume proposes that the experiences appearing in Africa question dominant paradigms in terms of political practice and academic reflection and thus offer a clear challenge to the academic community. The volume offers clues to answer questions such as: What is the impact of the current processes of globalization for African countries and African citizens? How should African Studies be engaged to gauge African dynamics, both at a local and global level? What interdisciplinary means and tools should be brought in to produce an epistemologically relevant view (or narrative) of the issues under analysis?
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Biographical Note

Ulf Engel, Dr. phil. and habil. (1962), is Professor for African Politics at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He is also regularly working at the universities of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Stellenbosch, South Africa, respectively. He publishes on peace and security in Africa, and new spatialities of power. Manuel João Ramos, PhD. and habil. (1960), is Associate Professor in Anthropology at ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon and Senior Researcher of the Centre of African Studies of the same Institute. He publishes on Ethiopian Studies, Heritage Studies, and on risk and conflict.

Table of contents

CONTENTS About the authors African dynamics in a multipolar world Ulf Engel and Manuel Joao Ramos Maputo home spaces: Working for a Home, Working at Home Ana Bénard da Costa and Adriano Biza Changing patterns of intimacy among young people in Africa Alcinda Honwana Listening and archiving migrant voices: How it all began Alessandro Triulzi Overcoming the cost to Africa of being a good neighbour to Denmark: Unconstrained geography as an alternative to the end of history John Davies Corporate social responsibility in Africa: New trends for development? A new field for African studies? Virginie Tallio Africa’s demographics: a threat or a bonus? Ana Pires de Carvalho Doctoral studies in sub-Saharan Africa and the planned RESSESA intervention Paulos Chanie and Paschal B. Mihyo Africa globalized? Multipolarity and the paradoxes of time-space compression Preben Kaarsholm ‘The road to Sudan, a pipe dream?’ Kenya’s new infrastructural dispensation in a multipolar world Mark Lamont The compulsion to do the right thing: Development knowledge and its limits Elisio Macamo The study of Africa in a multipolar world A perspective from within Ebrima Sall Index


All interested in the trajectories of Africa in the 21st century and in the foundations of African Studies as an area studies undergoing change.