The Transcultural Caravan is proud to announce a joint research project with Zeppelin University students and Dr. Agnes Atim Apea, founder of the Hope Development Initiative, on Transculturality and Community in Uganda.
Dr Apea’s talk at the Transcultural Leadership Summit 2017 “Learning about Sub-Saharan Africa” not only spellbound her audience but also gave spontaneously rise to ideas how to take her thoughts further within the context of transcultural research. After the encouraging and thoroughly positive experience with the Transcultural Research Group (TRG) that, having emanated from the 2016 Summit on China, places an emphasis on Hong Kong, it appeared obvious that a TRG on Sub-Saharan Africa with a special focus on Uganda and the Hope Development Initiative would be a logical next step. For one thing, the Hope Development Initiative encapsulates several topics relevant for leadership research centred upon the notion of culture. For another thing, the TRG might actually help the Hope Development Initiative to document its efforts in a well-structured manner, making it scalable in that it may serve as a model for other countries and cultures.
We therefore are now calling for students, interested in collaborating on the project by way of a Humboldt project or other research papers. The group will comprise seven topics, including business, civil society, politics, sustainability, culture, leadership and digital transformation. Responsibility for any one topic rests with student researchers and their supervisors. It is essential that these topics – and the research questions they engender – be understood not so much as isolated approaches to a common theme but as interlocking perspectives on the subject matter. Ideally, students would work in transcultural pairs, i.e. every ZU student might partner with a student from the Sub-Saharan region. Subject to funding, the project includes a joint field trip to Uganda to witness the Initiative’s work first-hand and to conduct interviews with relevant individuals.
See all relevant information in our call for proposals