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Economic and Sociocultural Encounters in Borders: Experiences from Southern Africa, Perspectives from Europe, Asia and South America

This project is situated within debates on borders, borderlands, sub- and regional integration. It examines local, grassroots and non-state actors and their cross-border economic and sociocultural encounters and contestations. And the role they play in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and its integration project. The project also deliberately includes perspectives on borders, borderlands and integration in other world regions including Europe, Asia and South America. The aim is to not only enhance the understanding of Southern African borders, but also contribute to the attempts and formulations by scholars, policymakers, practitioners and ordinary people to make sense of the lines that seem to so easily separate and box people into mutually exclusive categories.

Project leaders: Dr Chris Nshimbi, Dr Inocent Moyo (University of Zululand), Dr Jussi Laine (University of Eastern Finland).

 

Contacts

Chris.nshimbi@governanceinnovation.org

Dickson Ajisafe

Dickson Ajisafe at the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association magazine

Dickson Ajisafe

ESA-SSA and the University of Pretoria’s very own Dickson Ajisafe has returned to South Africa after successfully completing a postgraduate research exchange year at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Dickson left his mark on Europe, swiftly achieving a number of firsts, including as first Nigerian scholar to be awarded an Erasmus+ international scholarship to study in Europe, as well as the first African to be a member of several working groups attached to the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA). Such has been his contribution to Erasmus+, that the ESAA magazine has dedicated its feature article to Dickson’s story. Bravo Mr Ajisafe!

Please follow this link to the story: http://www.esaa-eu.org/about/esaa-magazine/

Public Lecture: “Donald Trump: Aggravator or Catalyst in EU Crises”

 

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the Department of Political Sciences (University of Pretoria) held a public lecture on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 entitled “Donald Trump: Aggravator or Catalyst in EU Crises”. The lecture was presented by visiting scholar Dr Wolfgang Seibel from the University of Konstanz, Germany. The event was well attended by a variety of scholars and practitioners including members of the diplomatic corps, government and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), and boasted a strong showing by students from the Department of Political Sciences eager to engage with a highly topical subject matter.

 

A transcript of Dr Seibel’s lecture is available below.

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Public Lecture: “Donald Trump: Aggravator or Catalyzer of the EU crises?”

The Center for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and Department of Political Sciences invite you to our public lecture, “Donald Trump: Aggravator or Catalyzer of the EU crises?” with guest speaker Professor Wolfgang Seibel from the University of Konstanz (Germany). Professor Seibel is a Professor of Political and Administrative Sciences at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. He held guest professorships at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and the Central European University, Budapest. He was twice a temporary member of the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2009, he was elected member of the Heidelberg Academy of Science. His latest publications include “Arduous Learning or New Uncertainties? The Emergence of German Diplomacy in the Ukrainian Crisis” (Global Policy, 2015), “Persecution and Rescue. The Politics of the ‘Final Solution’ in France, 1940–‐1944” (University of Michigan Press, 2016).

Date: 15 February 2017
Time: 16:00‒18:00
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House (Building 24 on campus map), University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield), please use entrance on University Road.
RSVP: 14 February by following this link: https://goo.gl/forms/rhfD2049F70G0dKM2
Enquiries: info@governanceinnovation.org

Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) Old College House
University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20
Hatfield – 0028 Pretoria

South Africa

www.governanceinnovation.org

‘Why Europe’s ‘fortress’ approach to migration crisis won’t work’ The Conversation 17.11.2016

GovInn Deputy Director Dr. Chris Nshimbi and Dr Innocent Moyo (University of Zululand) consider the European Union’s migration policy in a recent article in The conversation. The failures of physically fortifying Europe against waves of migrants is compounded by policy incoherence and contradictions to EU legislation. Similarly the inability of the EU to adequately address the sources of migration is used as a tool to inform a more sustainable approach to resolving the issue. Read the full article here.

ESA-SSA IN GERMANY

We are proud to announce that ESA-SSA Executive Committee member and GovInn Associate Fellow, Dickson Ajisafe, has begun exchange studies at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Mr Ajisafe is the first non-South African student to participate in this ERASMUS + mobility programme from the University of Pretoria and in fact the first student from West Africa (Nigeria) to ever be accepted under the auspices of this programme at the University of Konstanz!

The University of Konstanz’s international exchange study mobility programme includes more than 300 top students from Africa, Asia, Middle East, Oceania, Latin America, South and North America. The. The University of Konstanz is ranked among the top universities in Germany, renown for research output and academic excellence. Since 2001, the University of Konstanz has maintained cooperation with the University of Pretoria and one main activity within this partnership is the student exchange programme. Particular thanks must also be extended to Prof Stephan Muehr, the Director of the African and European Cultural Relations MA programme at UP, for facilitating the process.

Mr. Ajisafe will return to his MA studies at the University of Pretoria in March 2017. Members of GovInn and ESA-SSA wish him well as he flies the University of Pretoria flag high in Germany!

“The Future of Democracy in Europe and Africa”

 

 

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The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) invites you to the Rethinking Development  seminar on the topic “The Future of Democracy in Europe and Africa” Presented by Professor Leonardo Morlino.

Leonardo Morlino is Professor of Political Science and Deputy Vice Chancellor at LUISS University, Italy. He’s one of the world’s leading experts of democracy and democratization and was President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) (2009‐12). He is the author of more than 30 books and more than 200 journal essays and book chapters published in English, French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Chinese, Mongolian, and Japanese. His most recent books include Changes for Democracy (Oxford UP, 2011). He was also one of the three editors of the International Encyclopedia of Political Science (8 voll., Sage Publications, 2011), which won the Honorable Mention of Darthmouth Medal for reference publishing in all domains of knowledge. Morlino is directing a new research project on the impact of the global economic crisis on democracy.

Date: Monday, 24 October 2016
Time: 17:30‐19:30
Venue: GovInn Headquarters, Old College House, University of Pretoria Main Campus (Hatfield). Building no. 24 on the attached map.
RSVP essential: contact Neil Kasselman (neil.kasselman@governanceinnovation.org) by 20 October 2016.

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‘Visible and invisible bordering practices: The EU-African migration conundrum and spatial mobility of borders’

 

In his latest article with Inocent Moyo (Department of Geography, University of South Africa), GovInn deputy-director Chris Nshimbi interrogates the European Union’s (EU) and Africa’s relationship on international migration issues. The paper employs the concepts of displacement and humanitarianism in an effort to frame the EU-Africa relations on migration in the context of borders, boundaries and frontiers. The findings suggest that issues of militarisation, securitisation, restrictive and, sometimes, draconian immigration regimes do not provide sustainable solutions to the migration crisis facing Europe. Theoretically, the paper attempts to understand better, the way the EU and Africa engage each other on international migration issues, in the context of border studies. Empirically, the paper positions itself in policy engagements and the quest for practical solutions by the two continents in view of the migration crisis currently facing Europe. Read the full article here.

‘Brexit opportunity for Britain to find the courage to change’, Business Day 27.05.2016

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THERE is much talk about a potential exit of the UK from the European Union (EU), which will be decided by British citizens through a referendum in June. There are a number of unanswered questions over how this may affect Europe-Africa relations.

The latest polls indicate a neck-and-neck battle, with voters divided on the issue in roughly equal percentages. Politicians are split between those wanting to stay in Europe provided that Britain’s special status is preserved, and those who call for a unilateral exit regardless of the conditions offered. Only a minority believes in the intrinsic value of a united continent. This is perhaps not surprising for a country that has never been enthusiastic about the European integration project.

Please click here to read the entire article.

‘Brexit opportunity for Britain to find the courage to change’, Business Day 27.05.2016

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In his latest op-ed for BDLive GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti discusses the upcoming Brexit vote and considers Great Britain’s often difficult relationship with the European Union. The article asks what “Britain can do for Europe?” in contrast to the traditional narrative of “what can Europe do for Great Britain?” and points out the Brexit vote is an opportunity to for British people to rethink their own governance as well as their relationship with Africa. to read the full article follow the link here.

 

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