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Denkfabrik Session 5

  1. 1. The project Alumni-Denkfabrik 2012 initiatedby the Goethe Institut started in June 2012.The first step : choice of a subject.
  2. 2. The reason of the choice of the subjectMigration, Culture and Development. The impact of Migration in Africa and in the world, Impact on: Politics Economy Culture International relation
  3. 3. Second step: Constitution of an expert pool comprising: o Alumnis o Other colleagues Interdisciplinarity - Humanities - Economy - Political Science - Sociology - Philosophy - Law - Communication
  4. 4. Third step:First seminar on the 16th of July with 15participants. Presentation of an argumentary Elaboration of different sub themes Repartition of the work among the expertsFollowing sub themes were chosen
  5. 5. 1. Intra african Migration and its consequences on peace and development2. The Migrants, their families and their expectations. A discursive analysis3. Categorisation of Migrants and the politics of the guest countries4. Nomadism and Mobility as a cultural pattern in Africa5. Migration and Financial flows in Africa6. The Diaspora and their projects of developping their African countries
  6. 6. 7. Travelling without moving: encounters through media8. Migration and Human rights9. Migration and Imagination. How Migration transforms the Migrants10. The attitude of the cameroonian State towards Migration11. Migration from the centre to the periphery12. Cultural impact of African migration on the world since slavery
  7. 7. Fourth step:Second seminar (2 days) 24th – 25th of Septemberwith 32 participants: The experts of the first seminar Other experts Doctorate students from different universities in Cameroon
  8. 8. Agendao 10 Presentations of the reflection by the expertso Discussionso RecommandationsHere are the abstracts of 5 presentations:
  9. 9. I. Migration and Imagination work.( Prof simo) Using the category imagination work coined by Arjun Appadurai, some approaches to the problematic of migration are criticised: The nationalist approach in Africa Three approaches in Europe and America - Criminalization - Victimization - Idealization
  10. 10. Necessity to priviledge what happens in the mindof the Migrant - Learning process - Personality transformation - Constitution of new imaginaries - Acquisition of new competences (professional, intercultural)
  11. 11. II. Intra african Migration and its Impact on Peace and Development in Sub-Sahara (Prof Tagou)Three case studies:a. Poverty, Migration and conflict in West Africa - Demand for labor in the mining industry and exploitation of big agricultural plantations - 1 West African out of 3 migrates - Countries of destination: Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Gambia. First of all Côte d’Ivoire
  12. 12. - Countries of origine: the two Guineas, Mali, Niger, Liberia, Sierra Leone, TogoConsequences: - Poverty aleviation and economic growth, but - Micro and meso conflicts: Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali
  13. 13. b. East Africa - Circulatory migration until the 80s - Internally displaced person since the 90s
  14. 14. c. Central Africa - Voluntary migration of manpower - Non voluntary migration due to civil wars. Migration as integration factor and economic growth Migration as factor of tension and war Migration on religious basis
  15. 15. III. Nomadism as a cultural pattern and as a local project of globalization(Prof Sow) - The case of the pular population - The case of the Mouride brotherhood in Senegal • From a local brotherhood (Touba) to a global connected network
  16. 16. IV. European Migration to AfricaFrom colonial Migration to new MigrationProjects(Prof Misse Misse): - The case of Portugal - New challenges for Africa
  17. 17. V. African cultural impact on globalized cultures (Prof Socpa) : - Slavery and transplantation of African cultural patterns in America • Music • Religion - Today’s evolution
  18. 18. Fifth step:Short presentation of the results of the seminars onthe Alumniportal DeutschlandSixth step:Publication of a short version of all expertises inthe Alumniportal Deutschland
  19. 19. ConclusionDifferent themes have been addressed that need further investigations and reflectionsIn form of follow-up seminars.- Intra-national and international living together models. (How to prevent conflictual relationship in the era of globalization and migration flows)
  20. 20. - New cultural geographies (National, transnational and subnational spaces of culture)- Arts and cultural creativity and productivity in the era of globalization and migration flows

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