The division is located in the Inamori Memorial Building in the Kawabata Campus, by the Kamo River. The environment is serene, with relaxing greenery in the landscape, ideal for delving into academic studies.
The building houses the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Integrated Area Studies, Kokoro Research Center, and Center for African Area Studies. There are also the Kyoto Prize Library and the Audio-Visual Research Resource Archive Station on the 1st floor, both open to the public, Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-16:00. The building has several conference rooms, including the Inamori Memorial Hall.
In the Division of African Area Studies, we have 12 rooms for the graduate students. Each graduate student use one desk and bookshelf. We install a desktop PC with necessary software and a printer for common use. As the students make themselves comfortable, each office develops an individual character although the dimension is almost the same for all the rooms.
DAAS prepare basic research tools such as handy GPS, 30 and 50 meters tape measures, platform scales, spring balance, hand levels, clinometer, laser range finder, and soil hardness tester, soil color chart, salinometers and so on. When you borrow the tools, you write your name and name of tools at the notebook. You can use them for long-term research, but please take care of them with cautions.
The equipment in the experiment room is optimal for applying various academic approaches to area studies, such as ecology, environmental sciences, and health sciences. All the equipment may look forbidding, but there are instruction sessions held as needed by representatives from the equipment makers. Humanities graduates and other novices to the equipment will soon be able to employ various natural science methods to their research.
The long whiteboards flanking each side of the wall is striking in this room. The room is mainly used for the graduate courses.
Seminars are held here in the third course-hour, every Wednesday. The seminars are all in presentation style, where presenters use power point equipment as necessary. The seminars provide good training for presentations at academic conferences, to gain confidence in disseminating one’s own research. Students and faculty specializing in ecology, ethnic coexistence, area dynamics, jointly participate in the seminars. The discussion is naturally lively, as experts of various specializations participate.
The room has a capacity of more than 120 people, and is used for pre-doctoral thesis presentations, symposia, and other occasions.
There is a space in the seminar room for the students to study alone or together. There also are student mailboxes as well as common computer monitors, a large poster printer, bookbinder, cutter, and audiovisual equipment, all useful in preparing presentations and archiving material.
Next door to the seminar room is a space for students to socialize. The sunshine reflected from the Kamo River fills the laboratory, where the students chat and talk about how their studies are progressing over a cup of tea. There is a microwave oven, hot water electric thermos, and a simple kitchenette for a simple meal.
This machine is not just a printer, but a comprehensive business hub. It can print hardcopy, produce pdf files, and scanned material can be emailed. Also, emailed material from home and overseas may be printed out on site. These functions are useful, especially when sending in material from the field.
Room 301, located at the north end of the third floor of the Inamori Center, is generally referred to as “san-maru-ichi,” the Japanese language equivalent of “three-zero-one.” The room is open around the clock, for 24 hours and used for activities such as study groups, extracurricular seminars, meetings with main and associate supervisors, and research workshops. Many workshops organized by faculty members are also held here, as are reading groups on specific topics of interest to graduate students and researchers. Equipped with a projector and large-sized monitor, the room can also be used to practice for conference presentations.
The student and faculty offices are on the 3rd floor, where scholars are found working away at any given hour. The corridor doubles as an exhibit space for photographs and daily artifacts brought back from Africa by the students and the faculty.
The library, along with the Southeast Asia Library, has 6,900 Japanese books and 19,000 books in other languages, including material from various parts of Africa in the local languages.
The library’s major collections are the Douglas Jones Collection (1,280 materials) and the Kirk Green Collection (3,453 materials). The Douglas Jones Collection is a large body of materials on the history and ethnology of West Africa collected by Dr. Douglas Jones, a member of the first generation of African studies scholars in the United Kingdom. The Kirk Green Collection constitutes part of the collection of Dr. Kirk Green, who retired from the university in 1992. Dr. Green pursued research on Africa while working in the British colonial government in Nigeria, and after returning to the UK continued his work at the University of Oxford and other institutions in the UK and US, becoming one of the foremost scholars of African studies. This collection includes a broad range of materials on African history, society, politics, and economics from the colonial era through to the present, but has especially extensive holdings of historical and political materials and official statistical documents concerning Nigeria.
There are back numbers of magazines on numerous subjects. The reading room holds 380 journal titles in English and 97 journal titles in Japanese. There also are 143 pre-doctoral theses and 81 doctoral dissertations of Division of African Area Studies on March 2015.
An exhibit of sculptures, furniture, farming tools, and other artifacts from Africa and Southeast Asia greet you upon entry to the building.