The European Social Model

Which Benefits for South Africa and Africa?

15 October 2008
South African Institute of International Affairs
Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand

The French Institute of South Africa, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the South African Institute of International Affairs will host a one-day conference entitled "The European Social Model: Which Benefits for South Africa and Africa". Initiated through a French-German partnership the conference aims at fostering open debates on future perspectives of the European socio-economic development and its benefits for South Africa and Africa.

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African Meeting Process for Debate and Proposals on Governance in Africa

Southern African Perspectives

African Meeting Process for Debate and Proposals on Governance in Africa

17-19 June 2008 - Polokwane
20 June 2008 - Pretoria

The search for forms of governance adapted to the different development aspirations and requirements of contemporary Africa raises, in almost every domain, the question of power legitimacy, between tradition and modernity, between what is local and national or regional, between administrative and customary cultures, and between imported institutional and historically-rooted regulation systems. For a few years now and with the support of the French Department of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE), the Institute for Research and debate on Governance (IRG) and the Alliance for Refoundation of Governance in Africa (ARGA) have been leading a brainstorming process consisting in an exchange of experience and the formulation of proposals on legitimacy and governance issues. Through various constitutional innovations and the way pluralism was dealt with in Southern Africa, at the legal level in particular, the Southern African experience is looked upon with much interest by the other regions of the continent, and by international organisations.

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The State of International Migration Studies in Southern Africa

International Colloquium

The State of International Migration Studies in Southern Africa

17 March 2008 - 19 March 2008
Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, Wits University

Focus areas

- Rethinking Belonging: Community, Ethnicity and Nationality
- New Migrations, New Methods? Southern Africa as an Experimental Lab
- Who Calls the Shots? Migration Research Agenda Setting in Southern Africa
- Looking into the 'Black Box' of Migration Policy-Making in Southern Africa
- Revisiting Livelihoods: Trade, Labour Markets and Transnationalism
- Agency and the Imagination of Places

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Written Culture in a Colonial Context

16th - 19th Centuries

2-3 December 2008
International Workshop

University of Cape Town,

The French Institute of South Africa and the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town are organising an international workshop on the links between written culture and European expansion in early modern times. Recent developments in the cultural history of written culture have omitted the specificity of practices relative to writing that were anchored in colonial contexts. The circulation of images, manuscripts and books between different continents played a key role in the process of European expansion from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

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Urban Governance and Participation in Indian and South African Cities

Perspectives for a Comparative Research

26-28 November 2007
IFAS

The workshop took place at the French Institute of South Africa, Johannesburg, involving a number of South African and French researchers . The aim of the workshop was to build a comparative research programme on urban governance, local participation and the voice of the poor in Indian and South African cities.

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