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Conference 2020

X International Conference «Africa and the formation of the new system of international relations» Africa's Past, Present and Future. (Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the “Year of Africa”)

Conference overview:

On February 28, 2020, RUDN University hosted the X international scientific conference "Africa and the formation of the new system of international relations"

The conference was attended by over 120 people, including leading foreign and Russian experts in African studies.

Since 2010, the conference has been annually held at the RUDN University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as one of the main national-level conferences in Africa. It is organized by the Department of Theory and History of International Relations and Department of African Studies and Arab Studies of the RUDN University.

Recently, the conference is also supported by the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences - the main research center for African studies in Russia. In 2020 the organizing committee have also decided to give the X anniversary conference a new international status. As a result of significant work on transforming the image, the conference received its own English-language website, an international name and an enhanced composition of speakers.

The conference also managed to win grants under the 5-100 program and the RFBR financial support.

The 2020 Conference brought together the Leading Africanists from across the globe such as Timothy Shaw (UMASS Boston), editor-in-chief of a dozen Springer and Palgrave Macmillan papers on Africa or Patrick Bond (University of Western Cape), a former adviser to Nelson Mandela, and one of the leading neo-Marxists in the world and in South Africa.  The conference was also joined by  Molefi Kete Asante (Temple Univeristy Philadelphia) - the ideologist of Afrocentrism as a scientific field, a leading specialist in the United States on African American studies, Ian Taylor (University of St. Andrews) - one of the leading Africanists and neo-Marxists in Great Britain, Padraig Carmody (Trinity College Dublin) - Ireland's chief Africanist; and Kasaija Apuuli (Makerere Univeristy) - internationally recognized expert from Uganda and many other guests.

The Conference was also attended by many Russian Experts from the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, including the Honorary President of the Institute Alexei Vasiliev, Director - Irina Abramova and Deputy Directors - Leonid Fituni and Dmitry Bondarenko.

The conference was opened by the RUDN First Vice-Rector, Vice-Rector for Scientific work - Nur Kirabayev, and was accompanied by the solemn speeches from Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Russian Federation - Steve Davis Ugba, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda Rutazindwa Gideon Mwebaze and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Vladimir Tsvyk.

Particular attention was drawn to the discussion: "China in Africa: a new strategic reality and its impact on the development of the continent" in which Patrick Bond, Ian Taylor, Padreig Carmody, Evgeny Grachikov, Tatyana Deich and Vladimir Yurtaev took part at the debate. The task of the expert circle was to prove their position on assessing the influence of China and other major powers in Africa, to highlight the prospects and problems of such interaction. Russian and foreign experts initially had different positions, but during the discussion they were able to find a common ground.

The X RUDN University Conference on Africa achieved its goals and actually reached the international level, as a world-famous event for all Africanists. RUDN University, founded in the year of the liberation of Africa, has demonstrated its readiness to become one of the world's main centers of African Studies. Which meets both the historical goals and the values of our University.

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