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17 and 18 October 2024


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Intercontinental Alliance for Urban Studies (AIEU) holds this first international Congress in the city of Granada (Spain), and offers a forum for debate on the results of research on digitisation and cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa from the Social Sciences and Humanities.

The theme of this first international edition of the Congress is: “Social Sciences and Digital Humanities: Cooperation, Cultures, Societies and African Processes of Digitisation South of the Sahara”, with the aim of contributing to cooperation with Africa in terms of respect for the cultures, knowledge and decisions of African peoples.

The inspiration for this first international conference comes from the R&D&I project “Digital transition, social cohesion and gender equality: mobile banking and women’s digital empowerment in Africa” (DIGITALFEM), reference: TED2021-130586B-I00, funded by MCIN/AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033 and by “European Union NextGenerationEU/PRTR”. Also the recent boost to the Unit of Excellence in Women’s and Gender Studies (University Institute for Research in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Granada).

Please come and join us in Granada for the Conference on the website: https://digitaldiverse.es/


Since the end of the 20th century and clearly so far in the 21st century, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have not only expanded exponentially in the world but also impacted numerous spheres of people’s lives. The African continent is experiencing a major digital acceleration at many levels, interconnecting local and global structures, processes and actors/actors, thus identifying multiple challenges and opportunities for Africa’s digital and socio-economic transformation. Some of these opportunities and challenges would be linked to the very development and socio-cultural compatibility for socio-economic growth in this region of the world, as the access of African populations to digital services (financial, business and marketing, media and resources) is not necessarily to their benefit, even if they offer potentially viable, effective and relevant alternatives for self-employment, among others. European and Spanish governmental economic and cooperation strategies (EU-African Union 2020 Summit, EU-Africa 2020 Business Forum, Agenda España Digital 2025, Agenda 2030, etc.) are in tune with the options offered by technological digitalisation in terms of access to information, contacts, innovation and opportunities in order to generate greater equality and development.

This Congress aims at joint, inter and multidisciplinary reflection, through the exhibition and discussion of quality research related to the phenomenon of digital transition in Sub-Saharan Africa, from the Social Sciences and Humanities, with the challenges it poses for today’s global digital society, through thematic symposia on digitisation and empowerment, for example, in the cases of Guinea Bissau and Tanzania; the social and gender digital divide; socio-cultural compatibility and digitisation processes; digitisation and cooperation as avenues for socio-economic growth and development; inequalities and public policies for digitisation in African countries; digitisation processes in relation to business and trade activities.

Who is organising it?

It is organized by the Intercontinental Alliance for Urban Studies (AIEU) and the research group AFRICAInEs: studies and research applied to development (SEJ 491)

Organised by:

  • Director: Roser Manzanera Ruiz (University of Granada)

Scientific Committee:

  • PhD. Clara Carvalho. ISCTE, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • PhD. Fernando Carrión, FLACSO (Ecuador)
  • PhD. M. Soledad Vieitez Cerdeño, University of Granada (Spain)
  • PhD. Rosemary Mwaipopo, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
  • PhD. Rosa Maria Soriano Miras, University of Granada (Spain)
  • PhD. Katrien Pype, University of Leuven (Bélgium)
  • PhD. François Seck Fall, Université de Toulouse (France)
  • PhD. Amalia Morales Villena, University of Granada (Spain)
  • PhD. Carlos Oya, School of Asian and African Studies, University of London (UK)
  • PhD. Ignacio Tamayo Alvarez, University of Granada (Spain)
  • PhD. Patricia Gomes Godinho, CODESRIA (Senegal)
  • PhD. Samuel Mhadija, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
  • PhD. Mercedes Jabardo, University Miguel Hernandez (Spain)
  • Dr. Teresa Cunha, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Dr. Almudena Marí Sáez IRD, Université de Montpellier (France)
  • Dr. Ewa Strzelecka, Vrije Universiteit (Holanda)
  • Dr. Sibongile P. Tshabalala, University of Zululand (Sudáfrica)
  • Dr. Ezra Nhampoca, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)
  • PhD. Maria Carmen Cuellar Padilla, University of Córdoba (Spain)
  • PhD. Titus Mpemba, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

Organizing Committee:

  • PhD. Ana Maria Bojica Bojica, University of Granada (Spain)
  • PhD. Maria Luisa Jimenez Rodrigo, University of Granada (Spain)
  • PhD. Albert Roca,University of Lleida, CEA Barcelona (Spain)
  • PhD. Jorge Guardiola, University of Granada (Spain)
  • PhD. Isabel Marín Sánchez, University of Granada AFRICAInES, (Spain)
  • PhD. Susana Moreno, University of Seville (Spain)
  • PhD. Patricia García Espin, University of Granada (Spain)
  • PhD. Agnes Kamya, University of Makerere (Uganda)
  • PhD. M. Valle Medina Rodríguez, University of Granada
  • PhD. Ane Sesma Gracia, University of Granada, AFRICAInES (Spain)
  • PhD. Marian del Moral Garrido, University of Granada (Spain)
  • PhD. Vanessa Sánchez Maldonado Farmamundi (Spain)
  • Dña. María Nazaret Ibáñez Rueda, University of Granada
  • Dña. Gemma Maria Gonzalez Garcia, University of Granada
  • Dña. Josefa Sanchez Contreras, University of Granada
  • Dña. Estefania Belen Cano, University of Granada
  • Dña. Xenia Domínguez Font, University of Granada
  • Dña. Akloté Sokoum, University of Granada


  1. Economies, digitalisation and empowerment (Coordinators: Agnes Kamya and Ane Sesma)
  2. Inclusion and social and gender digital divide (Coordinated by: Ezra Namphoca and Estefanía Cano)
  3. Digitalisation, cooperation and post-development (Coordinated by: Xènia Domínguez y Carlos Bajo)
  4. Mobile money and digital financial strategies (Coordinated by: François Seck Fall)
  5. Business and trade in a digital key (Coordinators: Estelia Mwanbene and Gemma M. González)
  6. Sustainable and equitable digitalisation and activisms (Coordinator: Patricia García Espín and Josefa Sánchez Contreras)
  7. Making a living on the move: bottom-up practices of digital entrepreneurship from African migrants and refugees (Coordinator Dr. Griet Steel)
  8. Exploring Digital Sovereignty in Sub-Saharan Africa (Coordinator Dr Davide Casciano)

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