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Connectivities and disconnectivities

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Gigi Scaria - Face to Face, 2010

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Street sign in Tanga

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Daniel Koßmann

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Maritime trade in Zanzibar

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John Njenga Karugia

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A road funded by Chinese loans

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Linda Ammann

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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.

De:link // Re:link - Local perspectives on transregional (dis-)entanglements


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3. Mother Language Day: Transcultural encounters with Chinese communities, languages and cultures in Asia and Africa

For the third time, the IAAW cordially invites all interested parties to participate in an exciting program on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day. The Mother Language Day will take place on February 21, 2023 in room 315 at the IAAW, Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin. The two collaborative research projects De:link//Re:link – Local

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Mehr als Schienen und Straßen – Audio Feature

Audio feature “Mehr als Schienen und Straßen: Kulturelle Begegnungen entlang Chinas Neuer Seidenstraße.” We are happy to announce the release of our audio feature “Mehr als Schienen und Straßen: Kulturelle Begegnungen entlang Chinas Neuer Seidenstraße.” produced by Berlin based journalist Susanne Balthasar. In this feature, we introduce our transcultural perspective of people-to people-connectivity (P2P) on

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In Between Dreams – De:link // Re:link Podcast Episode

For this episode, we invited Ghanaian academic and professor for African Languages and Literatures, Adams Bodomo to talk about language and identity, Africa – China – Europe relations, narratives about the Belt and Road initiative and cultural diplomacy. This episode is hosted by Linda Ammann Gerlach in collaboration with John Njenga Karugia and Daniel Kossmann.

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