Tuesday, June 24, 2008

International Africa Conference, Cracov

Hi everybody!

As my sister coulnd't be bothered to write a blog entry till now, I'll do it for her. She was moonlighting as an interpreter at the "International Africa Conference" at her native city of Cracov, Poland, and has sent me an email with a couple of pics from the event. The speakers were university professors from Africa and Europe, ant they were presenting on african economic communities, i.e. on business cooperation and economic integation between african countries. Or should I say the need if it? We cannot really compare an organisations like OAU an EU, but I digress here... The other theme was the african culture and the a little bit different angle from which the Africans are seeing the world. This was rounded off by a concert of the "Cracov Gospel Choir" (where my sister is singing, too!!!) and an african fashion show.

Well, you may ask yourself, wy am I writing all this? Just look at the pics. Can you see the contrast between the mediaeval, foggy, central-european universty (the Colleguim Novum of the venerabe Jagellonian University) and Africa? It's elemental. On the one side, it looks like we cannot do anything about the complete incompatibility of our cultures, but on the other side, some brave people are still trying...


PS: pictures by Julia Gajdarska (AKoN UJ) http://www.e-afryka.ovh.org/