Here are some of links to other projects focused on Afro-Asian connections
Bandung 60: The 1955 African-Asian Conference, 60 years later. Essential site with primary source material about the African-Asian Conference in Bandung in 1955. Materials are public-access and may be added over time. Compilation of sources by David Webster, Department of History, Bishop’s University, Canada.
Africa-Asia: A New Axis of Knolwedge. An inclusive transnational platform or collective convening schoalars, artists, intellectuals, and educators from Africa, Asia, Europe, and beyond to study, discuss, and share knowledge on the intricate connections and entanglements between the African and Asian world regions. Past conference have been held in Zambia, Macau, Ghana, and Dar es Salaam. Hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden University.
Afro-Asian Futures Past, from the American University at Beirut is a collaborative reserach project between the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies and the Department of English at the American University of Beirut, the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana, the Department of Sociology at Cape Town University and the Department of Political Studies at the University of Witwatersrand. The project is a south-south collaboration of empirical, theoretical, and literary questions formulated within, and that is of importance to, the Afro-Asian world today… To this end, the program will also further an archive of literature and primary source documents from the Bandung era at the Archives and Special Collections at the University Libraries at AUB and the J.H. Kwabena Nketia Archives at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana. Through curating an institutional cultural repository of primary source material that can support meaningful grassroots south-south research, the program will also support a contemporary humanities and humanistic social sciences in, of and for the Global South.
Also at the American University in Beirut is the Lotus Project which aims at documenting the legacy of the, impact, and current relevance of the work of the anti-colonial writers of the Afro-Asian Writers’ Association and their journal Lotus.
Afro-Southeast Asian Affinities during a Cold War: An iterative exhibition presenting contemporary art works and archival material that nuance Afro-Asian legacies. Focusing on Southeast Asia as a geopoetic imagination alongside a post-WWII global anti-colonial resistance to racism, the exhibition traces a historical line between early regional imaginations such as Maphilindo to contemporary appropriations of Afro-Asian histories, such as China’s development of cultural infrastructure in Senegal. Includes an exhibition in Singapore (past), a Webinar (past), and exhibitions in Manila and Korea (coming soon). Curated by Kathleen Ditzig and Carlos Quijon, Jr. A research project developed in partnership with Konnect Asean
Another World? East Africa and the Global 1960s seeks to understand and explain how East Africa’s global connections systematically broke down after independence, opening up a set of new and unpredictable paths forward. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and will run from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022, and is co-led by our own Gerard McCann. The global turn has privileged long-term flows of people, capital and ideas, assuming the ubiquity and ever-increasing power of these connections. But the view from early postcolonial East Africa challenges this narrative. East Africa’s global connections were powerful and real at independence. But by the early 1970s, utopian ideas of a globally connected African future had been destroyed by introverted nationalism.
Re-Centring AfroAsia: Musical and Human Migrations in the Precolonial Period 700-1500AD is a multi-pronged research, mapping, and archiving project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It seeks to create an AfroAsian community of scholarship and is housed at the at the Centre for African Studies and the College of Music at the University of Cape Town, in cooperation with the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, the Wits City Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, and the School of Culture and Creative Expressions of the Ambedkar University, Delhi. Check out the full video playlist of the Sound Travels: Music Connections between Asia and Africa exhibition.