AISAC Conference 2024 | Africa and China: Actors, Methods, and Geopolitics in the Everyday

12 April 2024 / University of Padova (IT)

We are delighted to announce the first AISAC Conference, to be held in Padua on 12th April 2024.The conference aims to bring together researchers across a range of disciplines, including geography, development studies, African and Chinese studies, anthropology and sociology, as well as political economy and international relations. Specifically, the AISAC Conference seeks to foster a conducive space for multidisciplinary dialogue concerning themes often under-researched in Africa-China Studies.

This one-day conference will feature a keynote speech by Dr Folashade Soule, University of Ghana (LECIAD) and a book presentation by Dr Di Wu, University of Oxford (SAME, COMPAS).


Registration includes: 

  • conference registration
  • lunch 
  • one year of AISAC membership (including access to our forthcoming ECR workshops)

Conference Programme

9:00-9:30: Registration

9:30-9:40: Welcome speech by AISAC founders

9:40-10:30: Keynote speech by Dr Folashade Soule (University of Ghana) 

Chair: Prof Chris Alden (London School of Economics and Political Science)

10:30-10:45: Short break

10:45-12:30Panel 1 State and non-state actors

Chair: Dr Mariasole Pepa (University of Padua)

Tianyi Wu (University of Oxford)

Creditor diversification, loan origination and drivers of Chinese infrastructure loans in Africa

Dr Oscar Otele (University of Nairobi)

Changing Relations between China and the Global South: Implications for the Global South and West

Manling Yang (University of Maastricht)

Beyond the confrontation: comparing the determinants of Chinese and the European Union’s development finance to Africa

Dr Kathy Dodworth (University of Edinburgh) and Prof Jana Honke (University of Bayreuth)

Non-state legitimation as practice: multiplicity and making in Afro-Chinese engagements

Dr Andrea Pollio (Polytechnic of Turin and University of Cape Town)

Standards and pragmatic geopolitics: building Africa-China payment corridors from the Silicon Savannah

12:30-14:00 Lunch (included with conference fees)

14:00-15:30Panel 2 Ethnographies and encounters

Chair: Prof Antonella Ceccagno (University of Bologna)

Dr Johanna von Pezold (University of Amsterdam)

Dealing with Frictions, Gaps, and Ruptures: Patchwork Ethnography in Africa-China Studies

Yiqiu Huang (The University of Hong Kong)

Create the Other Men: An enquiry into the black masculinities of African men in a nationalism China.

Felix Brender-Wang (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Security in a Hot Climate: Reflections on Participant Observation as a tool to explore Chinese microgeopolitical security practices in Juba (South Sudan)

15:30-17:15: Panel 3 Everyday (geo)politics

Chair: Dr Elisa Gambino (University of Manchester)

Yifan Mia Yang (University of Bayreuth)

Local content or CSR? Understanding Chinese corporate practices in Guinea

Prof Gianpiero Petraroli (University of Naples L’Orientale)

The economic and political presence of China in the Maghreb: the case of Tangier and Casablanca

Dr Cristina Alves (University Mohammed VI Polytechnic)

Replicating China’s Development Model: from Static Emulation to Dynamic Adaptation in African SEZs

Yexu Wang (China Foreign Affairs University)

China-US AI Competition in Uganda: Cure or Curse?

Dr Auxence Augustin Koa (The University of Dschang)

The local dynamics of China’s technological commitment in Cameroon

17:15:-17:30 Short break

17:30-18:20 Book launch by Dr Di Wu (University of Oxford)

Chair: Costanza Franceschini (University of Milano-Bicocca)

18:30-19:30 Museum tour

Conference fees

Conference fees

Lunch and AISAC membership included

Permanent faculty


Non-permanent faculty and early career researchers