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The Graduate School of
Asian and African
Area Studies (ASAFAS)
Kyoto Univ.
Kyoto University
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International Symposium on “African Potentials and the Future of Humanity”

Contemporary African societies are confronting numerous problems and difficulties. These are approached on the basis of intellectual modes and structures that have been produced in the Western societies. These approaches tended to devalue problem-solving modes and structures developed within African and other non-Western societies.

African concepts and systems for solving problems have been continually re-created over the course of colonial rule, the Cold War system, and contemporary globalization. We term these approaches “African Potentials,” and seek to elucidate them as remedies for problems not only in contemporary African society, but across human society as a whole.

Time & Date: 9:30-17:50, 27th January 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: Large Conference Room, 3F, Inamori Center, Kyoto University [MAP]

Language: Working language is English (no conference interpreters)
Intended for:: All
Admission: Free and No Registration Needed

Organized by:
Grant in Aid for Scientific Research (S), “African Potential” and Overcoming the Difficulties of Modern World: Comprehensive Area Studies that will Provide a New Perspective for the Future of Humanity (Project No: 16H06318)

Grant in Aid for Scientific Research (A), Studies on Colonial Soldiers during WWII: War, Labour and Gender in the Colonial World (Project No: 16H01940)

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Opening Remarks: Motoji Matsuda (Kyoto University)


Session 1: Governmentality & African Potentials

1-1. Daniel Agbiboa (George Mason University)
Eyes on the Streets: The Civilian Joint Task Force and the Surveillance of Boko Haram in Northeastern Nigeria

1-2. Tamara Enomoto (Meiji University)
Africa and the West: Norms and Measures Regarding Arms Transfers to Non-State Actors (NSAs)

1-3. Atsuko Munemura (Kansai University)
Remuneration for “Her” Skill under Job Color Bar: Wage Structure during the 1942 Strike in Rural Western Cape

1-4. Teshome Emana (Addis Ababa University)
Using Traditional Cultural Framework of an African Society to Conceptualize Modern Governance


Session 2: Culturality & African Potentials

2-1. Antoine Socpa (University of Yaounde)
Patterns of Coexistence and Conflict Resolution between Fishermen Communities from Cameroon, Benin and Nigeria

2-2. Toshio Meguro (Hiroshima City University)
Misrepresentation and Appropriation of Cultural “Innovation” by Neoliberal Conservation Alliance: The Case of the Maasai Olympics

2-3. Frank Matose (University of Cape Town)
The Militarisation of Conservation in Africa: Emerging Insights

2-4. Wakana Shiino (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
The House Girl by Choice or the Circumstances in Kenya and Uganda


Session 3: Conviviality & African Potentials

3-1. Shose Kessi (University of Cape Town)
Towards a Pan-African Psychology: Defining and Confining Symbols of the Past

3-2. Shuichiro Nakao (Osaka University)
African Plurilingual Tradition and Conviviality: Lessons from Non-Arab Arabic-speaking Communities in Eastern Africa

3-3. Kyoko Nakamura (Toyo University)
Local Recognition Alienated from Global Discourse: Changes in Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in a Kenyan Pastoral Community

3-4. Kazuro Shibuya (Hiroshima University)
Households and Collectives in Participatory School Management in Ghana: Focusing on the Analytical Framework of Conviviality


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