Minutes of the Meeting

Present: Avi Sooful (Chair), Ebenezer Acquah, Juste Constant Onana Amougui, Paul-Henri Souvenir Assako Assako, Ruth Belinga, Patrique deGraft-Yankson, Osuanyi Essel, Lea Frauenknecht, Mary Claire Akinyi Kidenda, Lize Kriel, Runette Kruger, Jane Otieno, Nicola Pauli, Bernadette Van Haute, Ernst Wagner; Apologies: Stefan Eisenhofer, Constanze Kirchner, Suki Mwendwa


Welcome: The chair, Avi Sooful, welcomed all participants, proposing the agenda.

Introduction of the SDG Graduate School at the University of Hildesheim: Lea Frauenknecht briefly introduced her role as coordinator of the SDG Graduate School (a cooperation between the University of Hildesheim, Germany; University of Maiduguri, Nigeria; University of Cape Coast, Ghana). As funding for this Graduate School ends in 2025, she is looking for partnerships to develop perspectives beyond 2025. The contact with EVC also constitutes an important network when it will come to inviting speakers and facilitators for future workshops, colloquia, online lectures and/or conferences of the SDG Graduate School.


Reports about running local and international activities by panel members


Virtual exhibition: theme Gender Matters

10 – 15 artworks created by students at the participating universities

Concept see appendix II

Timeline: Sending image(s) to Ernst by July 31 / Programming: August / Launch of the online exhibition at the conference in September

National coordinators:

  • Ghana: Ebenezer Acquah
  • Cameroon: Constant Onana Amougui
  • Kenya: Jayne Awuor
  • South Africa: Teboho Lebakeng
  • Germany: Anja Schönau


EVC Publication “Art, Culture, Education and Global Contemporaneity - Reflections in the Context of documenta 15”

39 abstracts have been accepted by the editorial board. Chapters must be submitted by 31 April. Lize Kriel will send a reminder.


EVC- (A) Gender Matters Conference in Pretoria (Sept 19 – 22)

Avi presented the concept, see appendix III


EVC as a registered association

Options for funding activities make the legal foundation of an association necessary. If we do this, the (charming and attractive) character of an informal network might be lost, going to be transformed into a quite formal structure with strict rules. An association must have its registered office in one country. Arguments for and against were exchanged. Members are asked to inform themselves about local conditions for establishing an association or alternatives, in order to enable funding opportunities.



Ernst Wagner reported on negotiations with the Ghana National Museum in Accra after a visit in early March. A MoU with this institution can serve as a blueprint for clarifying the relations with partners that are not members of the Expert Panel. See: https://explore-vc.org/en/info/partners.html


Date of the next meeting: 24 May