Biennial Conference 2014 in Dakar

Scholars of the DFG Priority Programme (SPP 1448) “Adaptation and Creativity in Africa” will discuss the results of their research at a second international conference in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-4 October 2014. The Priority Programme is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and has been jointly coordinated by the Universities of Leipzig and Halle-Wittenberg respectively since 2011. It brings together around 70 researchers from Germany and Africa who analyse processes of social change in Africa. In doing so, they particularly examine how African societies deal with processes of accelerated global change. In Dakar, nearly 80 German and international guests are expected to take part in the four-day conference and a joint exploratory workshop on the application for a potential International Centre for Advanced Studies in Africa, organised in cooperation with the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The SPP 1448 conference will be opened and attended by DFG representatives and the German Ambassador H.E. Bernhard Kampmann (tbc). Key note lectures will be held by internationally renowned scholars from Political Sciences, Anthropology, and Postcolonial Studies, notably Prof Kristin Peterson (UC Irvine, USA), Prof Gilbert Khadiagala (Witwatersrand University, South Africa), Prof Hlonipha Mokoena (Columbia University, USA), and Prof Achille Mbembe (Witwatersrand University, South Africa). Also present at the conference will be members of African partner organisations from approximately ten different countries as well as representatives of African institutions of higher education and research, such as CODESRIA. In a Round Table discussion on "The politics of Infrastructures – Managing the Ebola epidemic” socio-political, economic and legal aspects of the current Ebola crisis will discussed.

Press informations

There is a press release (5 October 2014) available in English and French including a summary of the conference in Saly near Dakar.


The schedule is available here.

Travel Guide

There is a Dakar Travel Guide available here.

Travel-, Security and Health care informations

Further information (in German) is available at the website of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany at