We were privileged to host our four international fellows this past Summer Semester and partly Winter Semester. During their stint in Berlin, we held a Silk Roads Roundtable session where we discussed various research approaches to study the Belt and Road Initiative and updated each other on our various research projects.
Connectivities and disconnectivities
Gigi Scaria - Face to Face, 2010
Street sign in Tanga
Maritime trade in Zanzibar
John Njenga Karugia
A road funded by Chinese loans
The research consortium De:link//Re:link aims to demonstrate the importance of area studies for knowledge production, communication and dissemination in a world increasingly characterized by uncontrolled digitization and fragmented knowledge. Engaging with the notion of “link”, the group brings local perspectives and new dimensions of knowledge into focus: Local Insights and New Knowledges. In the research, the term “local” does not only include spatial but also, and even more so, relational components.
Our very own PI Dr John Njenga Karugia (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) will give the next Silk Road Talk on 22 November from 4.15 to 5.45 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Department of Asian and African Studies at Invalidenstraße 118, Room 410. China and the European Union’s interests and competition across Africa are
New Insights about the Belt and Road from (Eur)Asia to (East)Africa: Strategies, Narratives and Reactions
Tuesday, 28 November 2023 | 4pm – 5:30pm
Zentrum für Osteuropa- und internationale Studien (ZOiS), Mohrenstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin
10 years after Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as the New Silk Road, it is time to take stock. On this occasion, we are pooling the diverse expertise of ZOiS and its partners for you in the format of a World Café to present new insights about local perspectives on the BRI and the goals China is pursuing with this initiative.