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).
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.
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.
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
On October 21st 2022 we held a De:link // Re:link workshop entitled Translating the “Chinese Dream”: Narratives and Languages in New Silk Road Regions in Berlin. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI, initiated 2013 under Xi Jinping) is a large transregional infrastructure project that not only aims to connect trade, politics and people. It
In order to identify synergies between single projects and thematic lines, we conceptualized and organized reading group sessions open to all De:link // Re:link researchers. In the third reading group we continued to engage with translocality but looked at it via a case study. We dealt with the notion of translocality as space as a
In order to identify synergies between single projects and thematic lines, we organized and conceptualized reading group sessions open to all De:link // Re:link researchers. In the second reading group session, we were interested in the (trans)local and its relation to scale. The concept of translocality as defined by Freitag & von Oppen foregrounds local