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Title:Polish African studies at a crossroads: past, present and future
Authors:Czernichowski, KonradISNI
Kopinski, DominikISNI
Polus, AndrzejISNI
Periodical:Africa Spectrum (ISSN 0002-0397)
Geographic term:Poland
Subject:African studies
External link:https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/article/view/557
Abstract:This article examines the development of African Studies in Poland, with a special focus on the fields of political science and economics. It demonstrates that the historical development of Polish African Studies has shaped, but also limited, the ongoing debate concerning its nature and objectives. After an outline of the historical development of African Studies, the article discusses the ongoing debate concerning the nature of African Studies in Poland. There are two competing interpretations of the substance of African Studies: a narrow interpretation, attributed to linguistic and cultural studies, which regards African Studies as a fully autonomous field, and an interpretation which sees African Studies as similar to European and Asian Studies. Finally, the article deals with the current challenges facing the Polish African Studies community. It argues that while the field of African Studies usually serves as a common denominator and a type of 'area' platform where various scholars doing research on Africa can share their findings, this does not necessarily lead to integration within the community and/or to better communication. Quite paradoxically, the diagnosis of Polish African Studies presented almost 50 years ago by Jan Halpern can still be applied today: 'Generally speaking, Polish scholars in African subjects feel that the further progress of their work demands, above all, a better coordination of research and closer contact with specialists abroad'. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and German. [Journal abstract, edited]