As part of its internationalization strategy, the Alianza 4 Universidades is seeking to strengthen and widen its links with African universities. In this regard, the A-4U has organized a Series of Debates with African scholars in Autumn 2021 around 4 topics about the present and the future of Africa, such as feminism, migrations, climate change and African culture. The Event, entitled “Reshaping the Dialogue with Contemporary African Worlds” and addressed to the University community and the general public, has the support of ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones.

All 4 Sessions share the same structure: in the first part, a keynote speaker will introduce the topic of discussion and answer questions from the audience, and the second part will host a round table on key ideas about the subject, also open to questions from the audience. Each Session is coordinated by a specialist on the subject from an A-4U university.

The 4 topics have been chosen with a will to enhance the vitality and creativity of the African continent from an African perspective in four specific areas of high impact and relevance.

The Event will count on the presence of eminent personalities of international prestige and leading researchers. The 4 Debates will be conducted by a team of moderators with extensive experience in the African continent: La Vanguardia correspondent in Africa and author of several books on the Continent, Xavier Aldekoa, exalumni of one the A-4U universities who as a journalist has covered conflicts and social matters in over 40 African countries, and the journalist and writer Agus Morales, director of the Revista5W magazine who publishes articles at The New York Times on a regular basis.

The Debates will be held in hybrid mode at the premises of the A-4U member university in charge of coordinating the Event and online via Zoom in English (translation service available English/Spanish on the 1st and 2nd Debates). They will also be streamlined live on the A-4U YouTube channel.

Participants and attendants to the Debates, both to the Event on site and online, are asked to register through the Event webpage at least 2 days prior to the Debate of their choice. Registration deadline: 2 days before the Debate, 17:00 (CEST)

Online participants and attendants will receive the link to connect to the Zoom platform to the email address they used for registration and must use the same email address to join the Event.

Wednesday, October 20,
10:30 – 13:30 (CEST)

African Women on the Move
Salón de Grados del Campus Puerta de Toledo, UC3M

Tuesday, October 26,
10:30 – 13:30 (CEST)

What can Africa tell us about Migration?
Salón de Actos de la Facultad de Formación del Profesorado, UAM

Thursday, November 25,
10:30 – 13:30 (CEST)

Securing Food Production in a Climate Change Environment
Sala de Actos del Rectorado, UAB

Wednesday, December 1,
10:30 – 13:30 (CEST)

Whose Culture? Cultural Appropriation and Repatriation in Africa
Auditorio del Campus Ciutadella, UPF