Afrasian Transformations

Transregional Perspectives on Development Cooperation, Social Mobility and Cultural Change


African-Asian interactions contribute to the emergence of a decentred, multi-polar world in which different actors need to redefine themselves and their relations to each other. Afrasian Transformations explores these changes to map out several arenas where these transformations have already produced startling results: development politics, South-South cooperation, cultural memory, mobile lifeworlds and transcultural connectivity. The contributions in this volume neither celebrate these shifting dynamics as felicitous proof of a new age of South-South solidarity, nor do they debunk them as yet another instance of burgeoning geopolitical hegemony. Instead, they seek to come to terms with the ambivalences, contradictions and potential benefits entailed in these transformations – that are also altering our understanding of (trans)area in an increasingly globalized world.

Contributors include: Seifudein Adem, Nafeesah Allen, Hanna Getachew Amare, Tom De Bruyn, Casper Hendrik Claassen, Astrid Erll, John Njenga Karugia, Guive Khan-Mohammad, Vinay Lal, Pavan Kumar Malreddy, Jamie Monson, Diderot Nguepjouo, Satwinder Rehal, Ute Röschenthaler, Alexandra Samokhvalova, and Sophia Thubauville.

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Ruth Achenbach is the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies and lecturer at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her research interests include migration and decision making theory, student migration in Asia, IR theory, Japanese management practices and development cooperation.

Jan Beek currently leads the research project ‘Police-translations’ at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His research focuses on policing, fraud, transregional connections and collaborative research. He authored the book Stateness: Police work in Ghana and co-edited Police in Africa.

John Njenga Karugia is a former postdoctoral researcher at the Africa’s Asian Options (AFRASO) project at Goethe University Frankfurt and currently works on Afrasian Sea memories. His recent publications include The Political Economy of Chinese Migration to Tanzania in a Transnational and Translocal Context.

Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel teaches in the Department of Political Science at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her research focuses on political relations in the global South. She is the co-editor of Negotiating Normativity and author of Mobilizing Transnational Gender Politics in Post-Genocide Rwanda.

Frank Schulze-Engler is professor of New Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the Department of English and American Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. He has published widely on African, Asian and indigenous literatures, postcolonial theory, globalisation and transcultural studies.
Academics and students in the fields of Global Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies and other Area Studies. Anyone in political science, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, literary studies and economics interested in African-Asian relations.