The China-Africa Connection: From History to Geopolitics


 Room Segalen, 25/F, Admiralty Centre, Tower 2, 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong (Admiralty MTR station, exit A)


We are happy to anounce that today’s seminar, which was unfortunately cancelled due to weather conditions, will be held tomorrow morning September 24 from 10AM to 12AM at the following venue :

Room AAB 1123
11th Floor Academic and Administration Building
Hong Kong Baptist University, 15 Baptist University Road/p>
Kowloon Tong Hong Kong



“When our world was global (8th-15th century). Travelling in Africa with Ibn Battuta and Zheng He” by François-Xavier Fauvelle-Aymar (CNRS, University of Toulouse)

François-Xavier Fauvelle-Aymar is an Historian and Archaeologist, specialist of Africa. He is Senior Researcher at the CNRS, affiliated with the University Toulouse II Le Mirail, where he is the coordinator of a course entitled “History and archeology in Africa.” His research focuses on the history of human settlement in Africa, and on the history and archeology of ancient and medieval Africa. His geographical focus is on Southern Africa, the Horn of Africa, Morocco and Western Africa.

“China’s Role in Africa: A Snapshot of the African Debates?” by Roland Marchal (CNRS, Sciences Po Paris)

Roland Marchal is a Researcher at the CNRS (CERI-Sciences Po). He graduated in mathematics and social sciences from the University of Strasbourg, and holds diplomas from the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) and University Paris VI. His research on economy and conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa falls within the pluridisciplinary research project of the CERI, “Historical trajectories of the State”.

“African entrepreneurs in South China” by Gordon Mathews (CUHK)

Gordon Mathews is professor of anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket and What Makes Life Worth Living? How Japanese and Americans Make Sense of Their Worlds, coauthor of Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation, and most recently Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong.


Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Hong Kong Baptist University)


This seminar will be held in English

Refreshments will be served at the end













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