In its third edition, the TOAfrica Summer School addresses the social and cultural impacts of digital technologies in Africa.
Technological innovation has significantly accelerated over the past three decades, transforming the ways in which we relate to each other, to the environment in which we live, to our job, our health, or our leisure time. New technologies, particularly in the field of media and communication, have dramatically contributed to accelerating the circulation of people, objects, and ideas, further connecting Africa to the world. They participated in reducing Africa’s internal frontiers: between cities and villages, across the Sahelian and tropical areas, beyond the boundaries created by the legacies of colonialism. New economies, professions, services, political movements, and cultural forms emerged as a result of these transformations.
The Summer School will explore these different phenomena focusing on a number of key topics, ranging from the consequences of the introduction of mobile technologies in the field of public health and money transfers on people’s everyday life to the effects of technological innovation on migration and transnational mobility and the impact of digitalization on the production and circulation of African arts and cultures.
Against this background, the TOAfrica Summer School brings together scholars from different disciplines and practitioners, and offers lectures, roundtables and workshops that provide an in-depth exploration of these dynamics, intending to provide students with a thorough perspective and a critical knowledge on the topics of digital innovation in Africa, while at the same time delivering practical insights and a hands-on approach to learning.
The Summer School will be held in the presence at the Reggia di Venaria (Venaria Reale, Italy). However, a maximum of ten participants will be allowed to remotely attend the classes.