The third Summer School of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Centre for African Studies Basel (CASB) was held from 20 to 24 August 2018 in Dakar. The overall objective of the School is to stimulate debate and consolidate interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Africa and other regions of the world. This year, the School focuses on the gaze in African Studies and seeks to identify themes that are theoretically enriching and methodologically relevant to reflection on Africa.
At the opening ceremony of the Summer School, which is being held at the CODESRIA headquarters in Dakar, participants observed one-minute silence in honour of Professor Samir Amin, a leading African scholar and Founding Executive Secretary of CODESRIA, who passed on recently. In his opening remarks, the Executive Secretary, Dr. Godwin Murunga, emphasized the importance of the Summer School as an initiative to provide deeper engagement with African Studies while at the same time highlighting the critical role that knowledge production from a CODESRIA perspective has contributed in inflecting and often completely challenging the Eurocentric gaze on Africa.
At the opening session, the Centre for African Studies, University of Basel and the Oumou Dilly Foundation were represented respectively by Elisio Macamo and Noemi Steuer and Lucy Koechlin.
This round of the School attracted over 300 applications of which only 15 were selected. There were laureates from 11 African countries participating in the programme which is on the theme: “African Studies and Africanists: Whence the Gaze?”