As member of the AEGIS network, the GSSC organized the “African Futures” Conference, which explored the past, present, and future of Africa’s global entanglements. 1900 delegates from 80 countries came together in Cologne addressing the theme by presenting 1400 papers across 245 panels/roundtables. Because the GSSC cooperated with the city of Cologne as well as various as Afro-Diasporic and other civil initiatives and cultural platforms, public outreach of this major event was enormous: the “African Futures – all around” public programme highlighted the creativity and complexity of modern Africa and its diaspora as well as the discussions and outcomes of the conference in numerous panels, lectures, workshops, discussions, theatre, film, music, literature, art and performances.
Notably, the Panel discussion “African energy futures: Navigating sustainability, electrification and export opportunities” ( PIC: 23_05 Roundtable…; https://crc-trr228.de/panel-discussion-african-energy-futures-navigating-sustainability-electrification-and-export-opportunities/), co-convened and moderated by our network member and GSSC managing director Clemens Greiner, proved a worthy kick-off for this international key event in African Studies. As is to be expected from a “European” conference of African Studies, the issue of decoloniality loomed large this week, at times triggering heated debate.