Archive | Past conferences

Programme 2016

21-23 February 2016 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso),
African Courts: Actors, Institutional Developments and Governance
Conveners: Prof Alhassan Sulemana Anamzoya, University of Ghana, Legon, Dr Jan Budniok, University of Hamburg, Dr Hamani Oumarou, LASDEL, Niamey and Prof Alexander Stroh, University of Bayreuth. In collaboration with CGD Ouagadougou and Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

2-8 March 2016 in Bamako (Mali),
Making a Better Life: Training, Work and Mobility of Youth in Western and Central Africa
Conveners: Prof Ute Roeschenthaler (University of Mainz), Prof Augustin Emane (University of Nantes), Dr Moussa Sissoko (Point Sud Bamako), Prof Ibrahima Thioub (CARTE and Cheikh Anta Diop University Dakar). In collaboration with Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

20-24 September 2016 in Stellenbosch (South Africa),
Imaginaries of Afflication, Healing and Medicine. Sickness and the Representation of Africa
Conveners: Prof Rose Marie Beck (University of Leipzig), Prof Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht), Prof Joseph Tonda (University Omar Bongo Libreville) and Prof Abdallah Daar (STIAS/University of Toronto). In collaboration with STIAS Stellenbosch and Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

1-6 October 2016 in Stellenbosch (South Africa),
Political Subjectivity in Times of Transformation: Classification and Belonging in Postcolonial Africa
Conveners: Dr Katharina Schramm (University Halle-Wittenberg) and Dr Lindsey Reynolds (Stellenbosch University). In collaboration with STIAS, Stellenbosch University and Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

6-12 October 2016 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso),
The Challenges of Research in Contexts of Proximity
Conveners: Prof Mamadou Diawara (Goethe University Goethe Frankfurt), Dr Fatoumata Ouattara (IRD Marseille). In collaboration with CGD Ouagadougou and Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

10-14 Dezember 2016 in Bamako (Mali),
Sahelian Identities in Times of Crisis, Past and Present
Conveners: Prof Baz Lecocq (Humboldt University Berlin), Prof Isaie Dougnon (University of Bamako), Dr Amy Niang (University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg). In collaboration with the University of Bamako and Point Sud Bamako. (PDF)

Programme 2015

10-12 April 2015 in Dakar (Senegal)
African Mobilities and Postcolonial Border-Regimes,
Conveners: Prof Heidrun Friese (TU Chemnitz) and Dr Judith Albrecht (TU Chemnitz). In collaboration with Prof Ibrahima Thioub of CARTE/University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar and Point Sud Bamako.

4-8 August 2015 in Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Place and Mobility: People and Cultural Practices in Cosmopolitan Networks in Africa, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean,
Conveners: Dr Fernando Rosa (University of Stellenbosch), Dr Patrick Desplat (University of Cologne) and Dr Shaun Viljoen (University of Stellenbosch). In collaboration with STIAS, the University of Stellenbosch and Point Sud Bamako.

9-11 August 2015 in Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Crossing boundaries. An interdisciplinary conference on the challenges and chances of research on the Indian Ocean-Africa-connection,
Conveners: Dr Franz Kogelmann (University of Bayreuth), Prof Louis Paul Randriamarolaza (University of Antananarivo), Prof Eva Spies (University of Bayreuth). In collaboration with STIAS, University of Stellenbosch and Point Sud Bamako.

20-24 October 2015 in Dakar (Senegal)
The Great War in Africa: Economic, Cultural and Political Consequences of the First World War on African Societies,
Conveners: Prof Elikia MBokolo (IMA/EHESS Paris), Prof Jean Bernard Ouédraogo (EHESS/CNRS Paris), Prof Catarina Madeira-Santos (IMA/EHESS Paris) and Dr. Michael Pesek (Humboldt University Berlin). In collaboration with CARTE, University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar and Point Sud Bamako.

3-6 December 2015 in Dakar (Senegal)
Afrika Nko: Africa in the World-Translation: Disputing the Sense of African Social Realities,
Conveners: Prof Mamadou Diawara (Goethe University Goethe Frankfurt), Prof Frieda Ekoto (University of Michigan), Prof Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo (CNRS, Paris), Prof Ebrima Sall (Codesria, Dakar). In collaboration with the University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar, Codesria and Point Sud Bamako.

Programme 2014

The series of workshops and conferences of the Programme Point Sud 2014 was organized by the Goethe University in Frankfurt, the centre for research Point Sud in Bamako et the partner institutions of the Programme Point Sud. The six events of the Programme 2014 focused on political actors and their agency on the institutional level (constitutions, courts) as well as on political culture. Another key subject was culture as an artistic and political resource to envision the future development on the continent and to negotiate colonial and postcolonial history. All workshops thus showed a strong sociopolitical relevance for the societies in Africa.

17th to 21th Mai 2014 in Dakar (Sénégal)
Imaginary of Renewal
Convenors:  Prof Ute Fendler, Dr Ulf Vierke, Dr Viviane Azarian, Nadine Siegert, Maroua El Naggare and Aminata Cécile Mbaye (all from the University of Bayreuth). In collaboration with Point Sud in Bamako and CARTE/University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar.

6th to 10th October 2014 in Bamako (Mali)
Political Culture in Africa – the Narrative Foundations of Authority and Leadership
Convenors:  Prof Georg Klute (University of Bayreuth) and Prof Elisio Macamo (University of Basel). In cooperation with Point Sud/University of Bamako.

14th to 15th of November 2014 in Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Peace through Institutions? Constitutional Choices for Divided Societies
Convenors:  PD Dr Andreas Mehler (GIGA Hamburg), Prof Christof Hartmann (University Duisburg-Essen), Prof Pierre du Toit and Dr Nicola de Jager (both from the University of Stellenbosch). In collaboration with STIAS/University of Stellenbosch.

25th to 29th of November in Dakar (Senegal)
Photographs of 19th and 20th Century Africa: Changing Perspectives and Object Histories in School Textbooks and Digital Archives
Convenors:  PD Dr. Sissy Helff (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Dr Kokou Azamede (University of Lomé). In collaboration with Point Sud in Bamako and CARTE/University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar.

4th to 11th of December 2014 in Niamey (Niger)
African Courts: Actors, Institutional Developments and Governance
Convenors: Dr Jan Budniok (University of Mainz), Dr Alexander Stroh (GIGA Hamburg), Dr Hamani Oumarou (LASDEL, Niamey) and Dr Alhassan Anamzoya (University of Ghana). In collaboration with Point Sud in Bamako and LASDEL/University Abdou Moumouni in Niamey.

17th to 22st of December 2014 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Culture as a Resource – Understanding the Role of Art and Cultural Performance in Envisioning the Future
Convenors: Prof Dorothea Schulz (University of Cologne) and Dr Nadine Sieveking (University of Leipzig). In collaboration with Point Sud in Bamako and CDG/University of Ouagadougou.

Programme 2012-2013

Due to the current political crisis in Mali and a travel warning issued by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we were unfortunately not be able to host the Programme Point Sud 2012-2013 in Bamako. Instead, we expanded the programme to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Dakar (Senegal) in order to sustain this platform for dialog between scholars from Germany, Africa and the world. This was made possible through the unconditional commitment by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main. We are most grateful for their ongoing support.

4th-10th January 2013 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
How does transnational mobility transform cultural production? Informality and remediation in African popular cultures

20th-24th January 2013 in Dakar (Senegal)
South-South-relations and Globalization: Chinese migrants in Africa, African migrants in China

27th – 31st January in Dakar (Senegal)
African Episteme: Africa N’ko, Speaking of Africa in the World. Debating the African Colonial Library
Press Review

26th February – 3rd March 2013 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Follow-up workshop on the critical study of religious diversity in Africa – empirical and theoretical perspectives

Programme 2011-2012

Celebrating the Nation, Debating the Nation: Independence Jubilees, National Days and the Politics of Commemoration in Africa

Body, Health and Modernity in the Prism of Law in Africa

Competition and Cooperation in African Religions: Workshops on Concepts and Methods for the Critical Study of Religious Pluralism in Africa

New Spaces for Negotiating Art (and) History in African Cities
Images from the workshop and the program

Hello Hello Bamako: What is the Future of Mobile Telephones in West Africa?
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Programme 2010-2011

The second series of workshops focused especially on the subject of migration, highlighting new theoretical approaches of “spaces in movement”, discussing mobility and resource utilization as well as the representation of migration on the media. The latter were also the subject of another workshop on new actors and entrepreneurs in the media in Africa, making use of new technologies. This workshop also included a field school for young researchers. Last but not least, the series ended with a workshop on the political regime development in Africa in historical perspective. This venue brought together African scientists from 16 different countries from West-, East- and South Africa.

Programme 2009-2010

We have organised five events for the programme period 2009-2010. These included classical conferences as well as a workshop on project development and a field school for young German and African scholars. The content addressed in the interdisciplinary events included such diverse issues as health, urbanism, identity, concepts of order and the phenomenon of multilingualism.

Before the implementation of the first workshop, an international opening conference for the programme was held in Bamako on the subject of scientific co-operation between Europe, America and Africa. The events of the 2009-2010 programme at a glance: