Thanks to a generous grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, our Remoboko research group organised its final conference entitled “University Campuses in Africa and Beyond: Training Grounds, Moral Spaces and Political Arenas” at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin on 6-8 September.
This conference sought to examine how university campuses in Africa and beyond:
- offer training for various skills and know-how which translate into key assets for the social becoming of students beyond the campus;
- become a site of moral activism where competing claims of social good and citizenry lead to projects of self-transformation (individual, collective) and/or even conflicts of norms;
- feed on various forms of engagements (intellectual, religious, political) while developing their own politics (regional, religious, ethnic, ideological, etc.).
The event featured 22 papers in 8 panels, a book launch, a photo exhibition and the screening of an ethnographic film.
We are very grateful to Rakiya El Matine, Patrycja Komor and Tim Fedke for all the logistical work they have done.