Midterm Conference: Sustainable Governance in a Time of Global Flux: Issues, Concepts and Future Directions


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Meeting-ID: 631 0954 0467
Code: CWFVDu20A

The Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) is dedicated to the issue of “Sustainable governance” in an interdisciplinary perspective. It is based on a collaboration between the University of Ghana and four German partners and aims at making African thinking increasingly relevant in academic debates. The Institute is jointly sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the University of Ghana.

Its Midterm conference will review findings from previous research by fellows, but also new perspectives on central thematic fields where sustainable governance would make a difference to actual governance practices, be it with regard to peace, environment, democracy, mobility, land access, energy transitions, natural resources, African cities, human rights or memory politics. Over the last five years, Interdisciplinary Fellow Groups, research tandems and individual researchers at MIASA have worked on related topics and have come up with findings that speak to somewhat compartmentalized academic discussions. In addition, recent transformations and disruptions across the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have generated lively debates about the governance of economies, growing inequalities and the autonomy of economic policy making across Africa and indeed the globe.

This conference aims at establishing linkages between only apparently separate debates, and stimulating a conversation across disciplines and specific thematic fields. We understand MIASA’s overarching theme as a conceptional challenge, by some endorsed and others contested, but worth to further explore in a time of global flux and uncertain futures.

PROGRAMME (click to downlad)


Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 09:30 to Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 17:00
ISSER Conference Center, University of Ghana