The 9th European Conference of African Studies was held in Cologne (Germany) from 31 May – 3 June 2023. ECAS9 has been organized by the Global South Studies Center (University of Cologne) and the IARA, Institute for Anthropological Research on Africa, University of Leuven, under the theme of “African Futures”.
“African Futures” explored the continent’s critical engagements with the past, present, and future of Africa’s global entanglements, and shed light on the role of perceptions and narratives, often depicting Africa as “”an experimental field for global tomorrows.
The conference featured several panels focusing on environmental issues, including discussions around urban planning and sustainable cities, the need for a just energy transition as well as climate-related mobility and migration governance.
The conference brought together an exceptional group of researchers from various disciplines, each bringing unique insights and expertise to the table. According to the organisers, the conference brought together over 2000 delegates from 80 countries, delivering 1470 papers across 245 roundtables.
© Sharon Nathan / Global South Studies Center Cologne