Save the date: De:link // Re:link final conference in May

We’re delighted to announce that the conference marking the end of our first phase of funding will take place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on on 23 and 24 May 2024. Titled ‘Local Roads, Global Belts’, the event will cover the wide spectrum of research that has been produced on the Belt and Road Inititative over

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Coming Soon: Edited Volume “New Silk Road Narratives”

It is not only goods, financial capital or technologies that are being traded, negotiated and circulated along the China-led Belt and Road Initiative but also values, emotions and cultural practices. The latter are often decisive when imagining and establishing a transregional infrastructure of the scale of the BRI. This book explores connections and disconnections along

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©Dekoloniale Festival 2023_Damian Charles

Transnational Anticolonial Afro-Asian Memory Spaces in Berlin

Berlin has witnessed myriads of events that shaped global politics. One such event is the 1884-1885 Berlin Congo Conference which subdivided Africa amongst colonialists. China often strategically invokes Western colonialism to remind its Global South counterparts that while the West acted colonially -including colonising China- China is interested in cooperation, friendship, trade and development such as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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Silk Roads Workshop for Teachers

On the 11th of December, we held a Silk Roads Workshop for teachers from various schools located within the state of Berlin. The workshop was titled The New Silk Road and it lasted from 1500 until 1800. Ulrike Cordier and John Njenga Karugia organized the workshop at the Institute for Asian and African Studies Institute at the Humboldt University of Berlin. The objectives of the Silk Roads Workshop were:

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Silk Roads Roundtable with De:Link // Re:Link Fellows

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.

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New Insights about the Belt and Road from (Eur)Asia to (East)Africa: Strategies, Narratives and Reactions

World Café
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.

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Localizing Confucius Institutes Through African Languages: The Confucius Institute in Dar es Salaam

Two Confucius Institutes exist in Tanzania. Their construction was financed by China and they are hosted by the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Dodoma. The Tanzanian Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Prof. Dr. Aldin Mutembei is a Fellow of our De:Link // Re:Link research project. Prof. Mutembei gave a very insightful public lecture at the Institute for Asian and African Studies here at the Humboldt University zu Berlin.

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Talk: The Power of Transcultural Politics Along China’s BRI

On June 15, 2023 Jamila Adeli and Linda Ammann gave a presentation at the University of Vienna. Under the title “The power of transcultural politics along China’s Belt and Road Initiative: The promise of culture in Sino-African relations” we introduced a decidedly (trans)cultural perspective on the BRI and its reciprocal relations in so-called new silk

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