China Centrum Tübingen (CCT)

Podiumsdiskussion: China and the Future of Africa

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Solange Guo Chatelard

Solange Guo Chatelard is a Research Associate at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium. She has worked and published on rural development and everyday state formation in China and more recently turned her attention to contemporary Chinese relations with Africa Since 2008, she has focused on new Chinese migration to Africa through the case study of Zambia in Southern Africa based on long term ethnographic field work carried out in Zambia between 2008-2013. Her focus is on the interplay between two inter-connected but fundamentally different dynamics: bilateral state relations and private migration between China and Zambia. By looking at the everyday lives of migrants, backlit by a strengthening bilateral relationship with Beijing, her research explores local realities of global power dynamics, and reversely how ordinary local interactions translate and escalate into global political relations and tensions.

Solange Chatelard received a BSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics, and  MSc in Comparative Politics at Sciences Po Paris, where she is finalising her PhD in Political Science at the Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI). She helped establish the world’s largest international academic network on China-Africa affairs, Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network (CA/AC), and currently serves as a member of its Executive Board. Committed to research and public outreach beyond academia, Solange also works extensively with the media (BBC, ARTE, France 24, CNN, Al Jazeera, National Geographic etc) as an alternative platform to exchange ideas and experiences about China’s growing impact on the developed and developing world. In addition to her research she is also a film maker and has produced two film documentaries about China's growing presence in Africa, “When China Met Africa” (2011) co-financed by BBC and ARTE and winner of the 2010 Margaret Mead Film Award in New York,  and the investigative film documentary “King Cobra and the Dragon” (2012) for AL JAZEERA.   

Karsten Giese

Karsten Giese (Dr. phil. Modern Chinese Studies) is a Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany. His mainly qualitative research has covered various elements of socioeconomic change in China and Chinese human mobility, ranging from rural-to-urban migration to transnational migration to entrepreneurial migration between China and Africa. His recent publications include Chinese and African Entrepreneurs. Social Impacts of Interpersonal Encounters (ed. mit Laurence Marfaing. Brill 2019),  “无心插柳柳成荫西非中国新移民商人与当地草根社会创新的关联互动分析 in: 华人研究国际学报 (The International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies) (2016), andChinese Traders in Ghana: The Liminality Trap, and Challenges for Ethnic Formation and Integration” in: Min Zhou (ed.), Contemporary Chinese Diasporas (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). From 2005 to 2015 he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs. Since 2013 he has served as Executive Member of the Managing Board for the German Association for Asian Studies.

Stacey Links

Dr. Stacey Links is a researcher whose work is focused on the nexus of critical international relations, critical human rights scholarship and development. Her research in her PhD trajectory focused specifically on the human rights dimension of Sino-African relations. Her doctoral research was conducted through Utrecht University and funded by the Dutch Foreign Office as part of a broader project.

More broadly, she is interested in how South-South cooperation can tackle regional challenges, looking at such cooperation in the light of a reconfigured global order. Her approach to International Relations is informed by postcolonial and decolonial insights, both of which often go untouched in international relations scholarship and practice.

Prior to the completion of her doctoral research, Stacey worked in the field of human rights and development in South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Haiti, and The Hague.

She completed her Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Leiden in conjunction with The Clingendael Institute for International Relations in The Netherlands. She was awarded her bachelors and honours degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in International Studies and is a two-time recipient of The Nelson Mandela Scholarship.

Frank Sieren

Frank Sieren is „one of the leading German China experts” (Die ZEIT). He wrote for Süddeutsche, WirtschaftsWoche, Die ZEIT and the Handelsblatt about China. No other German Journalist has published more books than he did. In addition Sieren has authored many TV documentations for ARD and ZDF. Sieren has lived a quarter of a century in Beijing. His most recent work: “Zukunft? China!” (2018) was published at Penguin.