African students' movement in 21st century What do they stand for? Exploration of the emerging African students' association of Ireland(ASAI)
(University College Dublin)
Paper short abstract:
This paper engages with the issue that when examined- do 21st Century African students' movements in Europe differ in political focus from the ones in past, or whether they are similar but differ only in content of political concerns.
Paper long abstract:
Formed in 2010 and growing fast to establish branches (Africa societies) in 21 universities and other higher learning institutes, in Ireland, the African Students Association of Ireland, (ASAI) is probably one of the youngest and the biggest national level African Students association in Europe. This paper seeks to explore the history which led to the formation of this association, in particular it explores the difference of political ideas and vision of this movement in practice with those from the past associations especially as it relates to Africanist agendas (Pan-Africanism, African development, and African Identity). This paper is part of an attempt and contribution to understanding the 21st century African students' movements.
African students in European universities from c.1800 to present: uncovering lost histories, decolonising the academy