China-Africa From Below: Intimacy, Desire and (Mis-)Communication

In studies of China-Africa relation thus far, this affective dimension is often overshadowed by the researches that emphasize the contradictions and tension in the political-economic engagements. This one-day workshop calls for a critical intervention in current China-Africa studies, and explores Africa’s relation with China through the lenses of emotion, intimacy, and (mis)communication in Sino-Africa relations. It invites ethnographic cases that explore the affective, emotional and intimate dimensions in the process of everyday interactions between Chinese and African people.


Benjamin SOARES, senior researcher, African Studies Centre, Leiden University; Professor (by special appointment) of the Anthropology of Islam in Africa and its Diaspora, the University of Amsterdam

QIU Yu, post-doctoral research fellow, African Studies Centre, Leiden University, and the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS)

Morning session (9:00-13:00) open to all. Registration required

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