Research Center of Africa Studies of Nanjing University
Introduction of CASNJU
Research Center of Africa Studies of Nanjing University is one of the research centers in Nanjing University, established in the year of 1964. The center is a subdivision of the School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences of Nanjing University, and the school is including the following departments: Human Geography, Physical Geography, Coastal Ocean Sciences and GIS. In the year of 1964, the Research Center of African Economic Geography was established in the background of the stage of strengthening Sino-Africa relationship. From 1964 to 1993, the main research fields is the analysis of the geographic issues of Africa. A series published and unpublished papers, books and reports were the earliest academic or popular archives of Africa in China, which made more Chinese to known and to understand Africa.
During the Revolution period (1966-1976), the research works of Africa economic geography was stopped. After the year of 1976, there was an exciting period of African studies in Nanjing University with academic achievements in the study of Africa issues and especially the African geographic studies. In the year of 1979, the NGO group of “Association of African Issues Research in China” was established in Nanjing University, and members of the association were over five hundreds in the blooming time. Many published works had the fundamental influences to the African Studies in China.
In the year of 1993, the Research Center of African Studies of Nanjing University (CASNJU) was named based on the Research Center of African Economic Geography. The research fields have expanded since then. Most of the researches were related to the geographic topics and comparison studies of Sino-African economic relationship as well as the traditional culture, history.
Former directors of the Research Center of African Studies of Nanjing University include:
Professor Tongzhu Zhang, academic interest was the African issues and integrated studies.
Professor Zungu Zeng, main interest is African agricultural economy and regional development.
Professor Rongxing Zhuang human geography studies
Dr Guoying Long human geography and regional planning
Professor Feng Zhen, main interest is human geography, especially the regional planning in geographic view.
Professor Zhenke Zhang is the present director of the CASNJU, interest in the physical geography and coast resources management.
Seminar of African Studies April 2012
Art exhibition by Mr. Yang Xiaomin at Stellenbosch University, 2011