Evening Programme

Film Session and Public Debate

Social Movements in Africa – Connecting Research and Activism

In collaboration with GlobaLE and Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig

Time: Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 8 pm (doors open 7.45 pm)
Venue: Grassi Museum, Johannisplatz 5-11

This film session looks at contemporary social movements and political activists in different African countries. It focuses on possibilities for action as well as on achievements and pitfalls of movements calling for political transition and social justice on the continent. Following different formats of documentary and cartoon films, a public debate will investigate the (potential) relationships between academic research and political activism. Which place does ‘activist research’ occupy within academia, and what, more specifically, determines scale and limits of collaboration of academia with the ‘outer world’? We will discuss these topics with Eric Wendpanga Segueda (University of Frankfurt), a researcher, political activist, and journalist from Burkina Faso.

Un coup de balai sur le pont
Les habitants d'un quartier pauvre se réunissent pour construire un pont qui leur permettrait d'accéder aux bienfaits du centre-ville. Un leader s'impose. Alors que le chantier avance, la lutte doit recommencer. Le peuple contre la dictature, pour la démocratie.

Burkina Faso, Boureima Nabaloum, 2016, original version with subtitles, 6 min.

View website here.

Burkinabè Rising – The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso
A new documentary from Cultures of Resistance Films, showcases creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso. A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who provide an example of the type of political change that can be achieved when people come together. It is an inspiration, not only to the rest of Africa but also to the rest of the world.

Burkina Faso/United States/Bulgaria, Iara Lee, 2017, original version with subtitles, 71 min.

View website and trailer here.


Keynote lecture and conference reception at Grassi Museum

In collaboration with Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig

Time: Thursday, 28 June 2018, 7 pm (doors open 6.30 pm)
Venue: Grassi Museum, Johannisplatz 5-11

Photography by Volkmar Heinz

The conference reception and keynote lecture will take place at Grassi Museum. The museum is a remarkable building complex which is home to the Museum of Applied Arts, the Museum of Ethnology, and the Museum of Music Instruments. Due to its unique architecture with elements of Art Deco, its courtyards, and the park-like old Johannis cemetery, the museum is not only a cultural place but also a location of inspirational retreat.

The evening will start with addresses of welcome by Erich Schröger (Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics of the University of Leipzig), Nanette Jacomijn Snoep (Director of Grassi Museum), Sven Trautmann (City of Leipzig, Office for International Affairs), Clara Carvalho (President of the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies, AEGIS), Rose Marie Beck (Dean of the Faculty of History, Arts, and Oriental Studies), and Katja Werthmann (President of the African Studies Association in Germany, VAD).

Poster courtesy of Grassi Museum

Afterwards the keynote lecture will be given by Amanda Hammar from the Centre of African Studies of the University of Copenhagen.

Finally, the VAD Young Scholars’ Prize will reward the most outstanding contributions by young academics of the past year.

During the following reception, Grassi Museum cordially invites you to visit the exhibition ‘Made in Africa’ where everyday objects, furniture, and jewelry from the museum’s historical collections are confronted with contemporary design from African cities. This exhibition opens for the first time this evening.

Conference dinner and Concert at Moritzbastei

Time: Friday, 29 June 2018, 7.30 pm (doors open 7 pm)
Venue: Moritzbastei, Universitätsstraße 9
Price: 20 € full fee / 10 € reduced fee (students, PhD students)
Booking and payment will be made during on-site registration.

Photo courtesy of Moritzbastei GmbH

The conference dinner will be held at Moritzbastei. Enjoy a rich dinner with colleagues, friends, and family in one of the most famous and extraordinary locations in town. Moritzbastei was built in the 16th century and is the last remaining part of the medieval town fortifications of Leipzig. The building is located in the heart of the city, right next to the renowned Gewandhaus and the University of Leipzig. In the 1970s, it was rebuilt under the supervision of the University as well as the help of 30,000 students – and converted into a student club. Today it is a café and a well-known cultural centre which – due to its seven impressive vaults and two courtyards – remains a popular meeting point of Leipzig’s locals and visitors.


Photo courtesy of Sam A. Jarju

After dinner, the band Reggaemanding will give a concert in one of the halls of Moritzbastei. The group was formed in 2000 in Saxony’s capital Dresden. As the name suggests, the band’s music reflects the musical and cultural origins of its members: a mix of ‘traditional’ West African Manding rhythms and reggae. The music invites for a dance just as much as joyful listening. But if you prefer a quiet chat with your colleagues, no worries – the evening at Moritzbastei will offer time and space for everybody’s taste.