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Emerging Worlds - Ethnographic Explorations of New South-South Connections 

‘Emerging Worlds’ is a collective research program aimed at exploring the yet unfolding South-South connections between Asia, Africa and Latin America. 

The ‘Emerging Worlds’ research program embarks upon a collective enquiry into the yet unfolding, and accelerated 21st century phenomenon of south-south connections between Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The Global South is now increasingly being shaped up through South-led investments, development aid and migration in search of opportunities and livelihood within the South.

Through grounded ethnographies in a number of locations within Asia and Africa, the project seeks to rethink the idea of the Global South and the ways in which it presents itself as a political-economic force in the 21st century.



Jean ComaroffJean Comaroff
Professor of African and African American Studies and Anthropology and Oppenheimer Research Fellow, Harvard University


John ComaroffJohn Comaroff
Professor of African and African-American Studies and Anthropology, and Oppenheimer Research Scholar, at Harvard University


Prasenjit DuaraPrasenjit Duara
Raffles Professor of Humanities at the National University of Singapore where he is also Director of Asian Research Institute and Research in Humanities and Social Sciences.

David Theo GoldbergDavid Theo Goldberg
Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the University of California system-wide research facility for the human sciences and theoretical research in the arts. 

Achille MbembeAchille Mbembe
Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Varun Sahni Varun Sahni
Professor in International Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Chairperson, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD).

Barbara WeinsteinBarbara Weinstein
Professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at New York University. Her research interests include race, gender, labour, and political economy, especially in relation to the making of modern Brazil.




Name Title Phone E-mail
Kaur, Ravinder Professor +4551302705 E-mail


Independent Research Fund Denmark

The project is funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Project period: 2014-2019

PI: Head of centre Ravinder Kaur


We are always interested in working with committed researchers with interest and expertise in South-South connections, connected histories of Asia-Africa and intra-Asia. Please get in touch if you wish to get involved.

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