Project: African Union–EU Relations, Regional Partnerships for Actorness in Effective Global Governance, AURORA

Project Number: 621325-EPP-1-2020-1-ZA-EPPJMO-PROJECT

About the Project
The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) and the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) in the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the Institute of African Studies Carleton University, Canada, are pleased to announce AURORA. This project seeks to explore ways to increase diversity within the field of European Studies through a series of events, research collaborations and publications.

  • Gather scholars from diverse intellectual disciplines, professionals, and practitioners to examine regional trade agreements, the African Continental Free Trade Area and Africa’s engagement with the EU in international affairs
  • Draw comparative lessons and parallels from Africa Union and European Union.
  • Consolidate international networks to add value and provide comparative knowledge on free trade areas, especially from the EU
  • Introduce local students to the African Union, European Union and increase the level of their engagement in African Union, European Union and regionalism issues to ensure continuity into the future.

Title: Webinar on African Union – European relations and implications for the African continental free trade area -Jean Monnet project with support from the European Union

Dates: March 15 – 17, 2022

Register to attend

Call for papers
A widely held view concerning the African Union suggests that it is modeled after the European Union in terms of motivation for fostering regional integration and development. The European Union is, indeed, a well advanced and resourced supranational organization with unified external policy. Despite the differences in capacity and resources, the African Union is constantly engaged with the European Union on issues of trade, migration, natural resources governance and development. The two parties even upgraded their relationship recently to a ‘partnership’.

The newly established African Continental Free Trade Area has created more impetus for interaction between the African Union and European Union. Expectations in some circles are that the African Union will draw lessons from the European Union on how to manage regional trade agreements. Despite the coming into effect of the African Continental Free Trade Area, African Union and European Union member countries respectively continue to engage in different forms of bilateral agreements. Concerns exist that if not well managed, these bilateral agreements can undermine the grand objectives of structural transformation that the continental free trade area is meant to achieve for Africa.

In view of the foregoing, the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, Canada, in collaboration with the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, invite scholars to contribute research papers to be presented at a joint Webinar scheduled for March 15 – 17, 2021 in any of the following areas:

  • African Union and European Union relations: Cooperation or Paternalism?
  • Contextualizing Institutions in AU and EU
  • AU and EU approaches to regional integration
  • AU and EU relations in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area
  • AU and EU in the global governance of trade
  • Soft power in Africa-EU relations
  • AU and EU as global actors for global peace and security
  • Post-Brexit Africa-EU relations
  • Foreign Direct Investment in Africa-EU relations
  • Digital economy in AU-EU relations
  • Intercultural partnership in AU-EU relations

Please send abstracts (300 words) along with contact details of corresponding authors to: HeatherPyman@cunet.carleton.ca

A selection of papers will be published in an edited volume or as a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 20, 2021.

Title: Webinar on African Union – European relations and implications for the African continental free trade area -Jean Monnet project with support from the European Union

Date: March 15 – 17, 2022

Register to attend

Partners:
Funding Agency: European Commission
Program: Erasmus+