Variations in partnerships or collaboration between European and African Social Science research institutes can be situated within the general history of African studies and Euro-African partnerships. An important debate dominates the history of African studies and the partnerships developed, namely that of the hegemony of knowledge production about Africa. The Netherlands provides an interesting example of these developments. In this chapter we examine the history of the collaboration policies of one of the major African Studies institutes in Europe, the African Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden, the Netherlands. In this chapter the history of partnerships at the ASC is outlined with the help of evaluations as available in the archives and in the memories of senior colleagues at the ASC; and we discuss extensively the partnership with CODESRIA that was established in 2005.

Lit Verlag, Berlin
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International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)