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AMMODI Virtual Roundtable: Making African(ist) Migration Research Visible

AMMODI Virtual Roundtable

Making African(ist) Migration Research Visible: Challenging the Knowledge Production Hierarchies in Migration Research

Global academia is in the midst of renewed debates and interventions against the persistent inequalities in African and Africanist higher education following calls for decolonising academia. Migration patterns and policies, as well as research on them, are often deeply informed by post-/colonial relations, and migration research has been slow in exposing and addressing its post-/coloniality.

This roundtable therefore seeks to address the structural inequalities embedded in Africanist migration research through a set of dialogues between researchers, journal editors, and librarians who confront these issues in different ways.

What are the most important actors, structures, cultures and other barriers denying African and Africa-based scholars access to visibility and possibilities in mainstream migration research? What are the main grievances and aspirations of African academics in terms of their career goals and their place in international migration scholarship? What are examples of practices, strategies, and changes that have increased the visibility of African(ist) migration scholarship?

Through these guiding questions, the roundtable aims to diagnose the persistent inequalities in our field, and offer inspiration for ways to work towards more equity and inclusivity.The roundtable will also briefly introduce the AMMODI database of over 200 Africa-based scholars working on migration, mobility and displacement and their work, which aims to be one step towards increasing the visibility of African migration research.

The event is moderated by Leander Kandilige and Faisal Garba.


The registration is now closed. If you want to participate on a short notice, please send an e-mail to crgammodi [at]
If you have registered but did not receive the Zoom information, please send an e-mail to conferences.abi [at] (conferences[dot]abi[at]abi[dot]uni-freiburg[dot]de) 


Who?Speakers are, from left to right: Kudakwashe Vanyoro, Ruth Nyabuto, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Sergio Carciotto, Jessica Adjeley Mensah, Kwesi Sewe, Åsa Lund Moberg, Ibrahima Amadou Dia and Heaven Crawley. Moderated by Leander Kandilige and Faisal Garba