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The Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network (CA/AC Research Network)

Strengthening cross-regional research networks and collaboration

The Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network (CA/AC Research Network) aims to strengthen and widen the reach of emerging cross-regional communities of research and practice that include Chinese, African, and Western researchers and research institutions. Originally established in 2007 as a small research working group at the Centre for Sociological Research, at the University of Johannesburg, the CA/AC Research Network has grown rapidly to become a global network of researchers and practitioners. It provides a dynamic, virtual platform where members meet, debate, inquire, and stay in touch. The CA/AC Network also organizes participation in international and regional conferences, hosts its own workshops and conferences, and promotes publication in order to share cutting edge research.  

The SSRC provides direct support to strengthen and expand the CA/AC Research Network’s activities and listserv exchange, which is moderated by Dr. Yoon Jung Park. In addition to providing greater visibility to the work of the CA/AC Network and incubating a web presence, this partnership aims to develop a series of web-based resources to help strengthen scholarly and public debate and research collaboration around China and Africa. These would include online research and teaching resources (academic papers, syllabi, and bibliographies), a blog roll, profiles of leaders in this research space, and a searchable database of researchers.   

If you wish to subscribe to the CA/AC Research Network listserv, please send your name, institutional affiliation and title, contact details, and a brief description of your research interests to    

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