Knowledge without borders
With "ACT in Video", the Africa Centre of the University of Freiburg (ACT) is launching a video series to communicate scientific results in a contemporary and concise manner. The videos serve to offer researchers from the African continent a medium through which to present their research topics without being limited by geographical or language boundaries. The videos are subtitled in German, English and French.
The series kicks off with Andreas Mehler, the creator of ACT, who founded the institute primarily with the aim of reducing global knowledge asymmetries and advancing the production of knowledge together with African researchers. In his video, he starts with an intellectual experiment through which researchers from the Western world can think themselves into the reality of African scientists, which is marked by countless disadvantages. In doing so, he not only enables an understanding for those who work there, but also shows possibilities to actively participate in improving the situation.
Khangelani Moyo is a South African sociologist whose research focuses on migration and the governance of refugees. In his contribution - recorded at the University of the Witwatersrand - he describes the challenges posed to the southernmost African country by the crisis in Zimbabwe and the accompanying migration flows. He sees this as the greatest political opportunity for the South African government to find a new way of dealing with migration movements. More.