Taking place from the 7th and the 11th of June 2019, this years edition of the Model African Union Conference at the University of Bayreuth was a huge success! Next to fruitful exchange through various workshops and discussions, this year’s conference was organized under the theme “Africa in motion – Visions of Mobility, Identities and Citizenship” and included topics of utmost relevance for the present and future policies, processes and innovations.
Besides the main part of the conference -the simulation of the African Union- we were able to offer a rich framework programme full of cultural and informative activities for the delegates. Have a look at all the countless workshops like singing or informative workshops, lectures, a movie night and a panel discussion on the topic “Decolonizing knowledge systems in Africa” in the video below!
A central goal of the conference is to point out the complexity and paradoxes of the political situations of African countries and also to understand the multi-layered reasons why this is the case. Another is to raise the awareness of the diversity of the African Continent and to draw a more differentiated image of Africa by giving young African entrepreneurs a platform to talk about their innovations.
Therefore, by taking on the role of a delegate and representative of an African country, the participants of the conference did not only learn about the economic and political interests of an individual country of the African Union, but were also able to enjoy a rich workshop program that included topics like social entrepreneurship and startups, the feesmustfall movement and cultural workshops. The five days of the Conference were hence a great opportunity for the participants and guests from all over the world to network, exchange and evolve new ideas together.
Since the outcomes of the discussed topics during the Model African Union Conferences received attention from the African Union itself in the past, we were proud to welcome Ambassador Salah Siddiq Hammad, Head of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Secretariat at the African Union (AU) for the second time during the Conference this year. He expressed his ideological support for the conference and also presented the Agenda 2063 of the African Union, which is gradually being implemented.
Next to representatives of NGOs like Afrique Europe Interact and Visa Wie who conducted a variety of workshops and known people such as diversity consultant and curator Dr. Cassandra Ellerbe took part in this year’s panel discussion on the topic “Decolonizing knowledge systems in Africa”. Not enough, Barrister Felix Agbor (Balla) Nkongho, a well known Anglophone Cameroonian human right lawyer, activist, founder and director of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa held a lecture during the Conference on the causalities of colonial heritage in present wars and conflicts on the African Continent.
Making this outstanding Conference in Bayreuth possible, we would like to thank all the students who spent their time and effort as well as the University of Bayreuth, especially the Excellence Cluster ‚Africa Multiple‘ who financially supported this year´s conference.
If we caught your interest whether in organizing next year’s Model African Union Conference or being part of our association, please feel welcome to meet us during our meetings and get to know us better. The weekly meeting takes place every Wednesday starting at 6 pm. in room S25 in the GEO building! We would love to see you there!