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European Expansion and Africa

07 February 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Speaker: Prof. Dr. A. Nuri Yurdusev, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Date: 7 February 2014

Time: 12H15 for 12h30  – 13H30  

This seminar will examine the impact of European overseas expansion upon Africa. Beginning by noting that, although European overseas expansion started in late fifteenth century and initially directed towards Asia via sailing through Southern Africa, did not have significant impact on Africa until the nineteenth century. To examine this seemingly puzzled phenomenon and the European impact, the paper analyses European overseas expansion in three historical phases namely 1) the Iberian phase directed to the South America (from the late fifteenth century onwards), 2) the North-Western European phase directed to the North America and Asia (from the seventeenth century onwards), and 3) All-European phase directed to Africa (the nineteenth century). It then concentrates upon the impact of European expansion in terms of a comparative examination of the Americas, Asia and Africa. The seminar will conclude by highlighting the impact upon Africa especially in demographical and cultural areas.

Professor Dr. A. Nuri Yurdusev (1963-), Professor. Yurdusev was educated in Turkey and England. Presently he is Professor of International Relations at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He has held visiting appointments at University of Leicester, St Antony’s College (University of Oxford) and Kansai University (Japan). He was elected as a principal member to the Turkish Academy of Sciences in 2012. He is the author of International Relations and the Philosophy of History: A Civilizational Approach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and the editor of Ottoman Diplomacy: Conventional or Unconventional? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). His articles have been published in various journals, including Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies. His current research interests include theory and history of international relations, the European identity and the Ottoman diplomacy.

Kindly RSVP by 5 February 2014

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below.  

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: