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  • International symposium: "Diversity in Fula Ethnicity and Challenges: Heterogeneity in Unity"

    Date and Time: November 14, 2016 15:00 – 18:00
    Venue: Inamori Center, 3rd Floor, Large Meeting Room, Kyoto University

    15:00 – 15:05
     "Welcome Address"
     Masayoshi Shigeta (Director, Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan)

    15:05 – 15:20
     "Projection of the Images from Fula World: Mosaics from a Peculiar Archipelago Images of Fulas"
     Dougoukolo Alpha Oumar Ba-Konaré (Researcher, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France)

    15:20 – 16:00
     "Keynote Speech: Heterogeneity and Unity among Fulbes in West Africa"
     Ryo Ogawa (Emeritus Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan)

    16:00 – 16:30
     Oussouby Sacko (Professor, Seika University, Japan)
     Yoshihito Shimada (Visiting Professor, Chubu University, Japan)

    16:30 – 16:55

    16:55 – 17:00
     "Announcement from the organizer"

  • International workshop "Health and Education in Africa"
    Date: October 2, 2016 15:00-17:00

    Venue: Large Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Hall, Kyoto University

    Co-organaised by:
    Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
    The Kyoto University Interdisciplinary Unit for African Studies

  • African Potentials 2016 "International Symposium on Conflict Resolution and Coexistence"
    flyer Date: January 23 - 24, 2016
    Venue: Large Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Hall, Kyoto University


    January 23 (Saturday), 2016

    10:30 – 10:40
     Welcome Address: Shigeki Kaji (Kyoto University)
    10:40 – 10:55
     Opening Remarks: Itaru Ohta (Kyoto University)

    10:55 – 11:00
     Introduction of the Keynote Speaker: Motoji Matsuda (Kyoto University)

    11:00 – 11:45
     Keynote Speech: Edward Kirumira (Makerere University)
     African Potentials and Sustainable Development

    11:45 – 12:00 Discussion

    12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

    13:30 – 14:05 Kennedy Mkutu (United States International University)
     New Challenges for African Potentials in Meditating Cross Border Conflicts

    14:05 – 14:40 Michael Neocosmos (Rhodes University)
     The Universality of Humanity as an African Political Potential

    14:40 – 15:15 Samson Wassara (University of Bahr El Ghazal)
     African Potential in Negotiating Statehood: Handling Crises of South Sudan

    15:15 – 15:35 Break

    15:35 – 16:10 Francis Nyamnjoh (University of Cape Town)
     Incompleteness and Conviviality: A Reflection on International Research Collaboration from an African Perspective

    16:10 – 16:45 Yntiso Gebre (Addis Ababa University)
     Systematizing Knowledge about Customary Laws in Africa: The Case of Ethiopia

    16:45 – 17:10
     Comments (by five Japanese scholars on above five presentations: 5 minutes each)

    17:15 – 18:15

    January 24 (Sunday), 2016

    10:00 – 10:35 Itaru Ohta
     “Liberal Peace” Debates and African Potentials for Materializing Coexistence

    10:35 – 11:10 Motoji Matsuda (Kyoto University)
     Cultural Creativity for Conflict Resolution and Coexistence: From the Viewpoint of African Potentials

    11:10 – 11:45 Shinichi Takeuchi (Institute of Developing Economies)
     African Potential as an Analytical Perspective

    11:45 – 12:20 Motoki Takahasi (Kobe University)
     People as Lithe Agents of Change: African Potential for Development and Coexistence

    12:20 – 13:50 Lunch

    13:50 – 14:25 Masayoshi Shigeta (Kyoto University)

     How People Can Achieve the Coexistence through the Sound Use of Resources

    14:25 – 15:00 Gen Yamakoshi (Kyoto University)

     Who Owns African Nature? African Perspectives on the Future of Community-Based Conservation

    15:00 – 15:20 Break

    15:20 – 16:20 Comments on these six presentations by six African scholars

    16:20 – 17:00 General Discussion

  • FOSAS Workshop
    Feb.25-26, 2015 Toungu Hotel, Yaounde, Cameroon

  • International Workshop“Construction of a Global Platform for the Study of Sustainable Humanosphere”

    “Ploughing in Africa: Is Animal Traction a Key Resource or a Bypassed Technology? ”

    Feb.6, 2015  Middle-sized seminar room, 3F Inamori Center, Kawabata Campus, Kyoto University
    This session will discuss the potential of the ploughing agriculture by animal traction in Africa in terms of History, Area Studies, and Food Security Studies. We will explore the better ways of development cooperation for the sustainable humanosphere.

    "Reflecting Local Knowledge to Global Context: The Development of a Sustainable Humanosphere in Asia and Africa”

    Feb.7, 2015  Middle-sized seminar room, 3F Inamori Center, Kawabata Campus, Kyoto University
    This session addresses the ways in which local knowledge (ZAIRAICHI) in Asian and African countries is reflected in the global context and examines the possibility of using this knowledge to develop a sustainable human environment in Asia and Africa. The session describes (1) Oral session: the reformation and metamorphosis of local knowledge related to livelihood, and (2) Poster session: the establishment and sharing of local knowledge in the museum.


    Organizer: Strategic Young Reseacher Overseas Visit Program for Accelerating Brain Circulation
    Co-organizer: ZAIRAICHI Research Group

  • ZAIRAICHI workshop“Reflecting Local Knowledge to Global Context”

    Pre-session of International Workshop “Construction of a Global Platform for the Study of Sustainable Humanosphere”

    Feb.2, 2015  Middle-sized seminar room, 3F Inamori Center, Kawabata Campus, Kyoto University


    Organizer: ZAIRAICHI Research Group Co-organizer: The Grant in Aid for Scientific Research(A) Project: Engaged Area Studies in the Arena of African Local-Knowledge Formation and Sharing: Seeking for the new images of community

  • African Studies meets Asian Studies(Second Asian Conference on African Studies)
    AmAposter May 23, 2014 13:00-18:00 Large-sized seminar room, 3F Inamori Center, Kawabata Campus, Kyoto University

    "African Studies meet Asian Studies" Second Asian Conference on African Studies This year marks the 50th year since the foundation of the Japan Association for African Studies. Tireless scholarly activities and contributions by members since its establishment have positioned this association as a leading Japanese academic society for regional studies. After 50 years, the time has come for sharing with the rest of the world the achievements in African studies in Japan that our precursors have accumulated over the years. On the other hand, the need for African studies and factors related to studies continue to diversify and are becoming more globalized, amidst Asian economic development and an increase of its presence within the world community. Challenges for the future include assimilating the international changes in African studies as the source of energy in the development of African studies in Japan. Also, research activities in Africa will require more contributions in the future. As 60 years have passed since the Bandung Conference, the relationship between Asia and Africa continues to change form while continuing to deepen. As one of the countries of Asia, we would like to take this delightful opportunity to celebrate the 50th year of JAAS. With the coming together of major Asian researchers on African studies and African scholars of Asian regional studies to share experiences in their respective streams of study, we commence this international conference in the hope of gaining common ground upon which we could base future cooperation for trans-continental research.


  • FOSAS Workshop
    Feb.12-13, 2014 Toungu Hotel, Yaounde, Cameroon

  • “African Potentials 2013: International Symposium on Conflict Resolution and Coexistence”

    Oct.5-6, 2013  Large-sized seminar room, 3F Inamori Center, Kawabata Campus, Kyoto University


    Co-organized by the Grant in Aid for Scientific Research (S) Project:
    Comprehensive Area Studies on Coexistence and Conflict Resolution Realizing the African Potentials
  • FOSAS Workshop

    Feb.12-13,2013 Yaunde Toungu Hotel(Cameroon)

  • Internal Project Meeting for FOSAS (Workshop)

    Feb.7, 2012  Faculty of Agriculture, University of Dschang(Cameroon)

  • nternational Workshop on African Development Issues, and Establishment of African Networks 2009.3.13
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  • International Symposium in Uganda2007.10.2-3
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  • "Multidimensionality of Displacement Risks in Africa"

    Nov.2-3, 2002


    2 November 2002

    Opening Speech Mitsuo Ichikawa (Kyoto University, Japan)

    SESSION 1: Refugees and Reintegration of Displaced People
    Chair: Michael Cernea
      ・ No Solution in Sight: The Problem of Long-Term Refugee Situations in Africa
       Jeff Crisp (UNHCR, Switzerland)
      ・ Psycho-Social Aspects of Long-Term Displacement: Some Lessons Learned from Somali Refugees in the Horn of Africa
       Etsuko Chida (UNHCR, Djibouti)
      ・ Social Displacement and Reintegration of African Child Soldiers
       Art Hansen (Clark Atlanta University, USA)
      ・ Belonging, Displacement, and Repatriation of Refugees
       Gaim Kibreab (South Bank University, UK)

    SESSION 2: Internal Displacement and Resettlement
    Chair: Art Hansen
      ・ Resettlement in Post-Crisis Africa: Poverty, Risks, Compensations, and Investments
       Michael Cernea (World Bank, USA)
      ・ Refugees in their Homeland: Rural Change in Post-Conflict Rwanda
       Shinichi Takeuchi (Institute of Developing Economies, Japan)
      ・ Is there any Comparative Advantage to Merging Risk and Stage Models in Settlement Theory? A Case Study from the Onchocerciasis Control Region in Burkina Faso
       Della McMillan (University of Florida, USA)
      ・ The Treatment of Multidimensional Risks in Involuntary Resettlement Policies and Practice in China: Possibilities for Research Experience Transfer to Africa
       SHI Guoqing (Hohai University, China)

    3 November 2002

    SESSION 3: Implications of In-migration for Host Populations
    Chair: Della McMillan
      ・ Multiple Socio-Economic Relationships Improvised between the Turkana and Refugees in Kakuma Area, Northwestern Kenya
       Itaru Ohta (Kyoto University, Japan)
      ・ Resettlement Risks for Resettlers and Hosts in Metekel, Ethiopia
       Yntiso Gebre (Kyoto University, Japan)
      ・ Multidimentional Impact of Refugees and Resettlers in Gambela Region,Western Ethiopia
       Eisei Kurimoto (Osaka University, Japan)
      ・ The Environmental Risks of Conservation Related Displacements in Central Africa
       Kai Schmidt-Soltau (GTZ-West Africa, Cameroon)
      ・ The Problem of Family Break-up among Refugees in Eastern and Central Africa
       Samwel J. Maghimbi (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

    SESSION 4: Comparative Perspective and General Discussion
    Moderators: Itaru Ohta and Yntiso Gebre
      ・ Questions, Comments, Discussions, Debates
      ・ Business Session for Publication (Closed)

  • Area Studies: Past Experiences and Future Visions
    Jan.19-21, 2001 Kyoto International Community House (233)

    Welcome Remarks: Prof. Takashi Shiraishi, (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, and Project Leader of the Center of Excellence (COE) Project)

    Part I.Building Institutions
    Moderator:Prof. Takashi Shiraishi, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

    1. Prof. Anthony Reid, (Professor of History and Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles)
    2. Prof. Tegegne Gebre Egziabher, (Director, Institute of Development Research, Addis Ababa University)
    3. Prof. Tong Chee Kiong, Dean, (Faculty of Arts and Sciences, National University of Singapore)
    4. Prof. Lennart Wohlgemuth, (Director, The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden)
    5. Prof. Yonosuke Hara, (Director, Center for Oriental Studies, University of Tokyo)

    Part II.Everyday Life, Ideologies, State Formation and Capitalism

    Session 1.Africa in Transformation: Environment, Agriculture and Everyday Life
    Moderator:Prof. Masayoshi Shigeta, (Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)

    1. "Indigenous Aspects and Potentials of African Agriculture: Where do Science and Culture Meet?"
      Prof. Shigeru Araki, (Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)
    2. "Land Cover Transformation in Central Zambia: Role of Agriculture, Biomass Energy and Rural Livelihoods"
      Prof. Emanuel N. Chidumayo, (Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, University of Zambia)
    3. "The Citemene System, Social Leveling Mechanisms and Agricultural Changes in a Rural Area of Northern Zambia: An Overview of 15 Years of Research in Bemba Villages"
      Prof. Makoto Kakeya, (Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University), Prof. Yuko Sugiyama, (Faculty of Humanities, Hirosaki University), Dr. Shuichi Oyama, (Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University)
    4. "Impacts of Population Growth and Economic Change on Traditional Agricultural Practices in Africa"
      Prof. Abraham Goldman, (Geography Department, University of Florida)

    Discussant:Prof. Koji Tanaka, (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

    Session 2. Sufi Thought and Regional Formation: Ibn 'Arabi and His School in Asia and Africa
    Moderator: Prof. Yasushi Kosugi, (Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)

    1. "The School of Ibn 'Arabi between Wahda al-Wujud and Wahda al- Shuhud"
      Prof. Yasushi Tonaga, (Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)
    2. "Ismail Ankaravi's Interpretation of Ibn 'Arabi"
      Prof. Bilal Kuspinar, (Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University)
    3. "The Influence of Ibn 'Arabi in Southeast Asia during the Ottoman Period"
      Prof. Baharudin Ahmad, (International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, Malasya)

    Discussant:Prof. Masayuki Akahori, (Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University); Prof. Ko Nakata, (Faculty of Education, Yamaguchi University)

    Session 3. State Formation in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa and Asia
    Moderator: Prof. Shigeyuki Abe, (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

    1. "State Formation in the Raj and Its Shadow: Burma and India in the 19th and 20th centuries"
      Prof. Mary P. Callahan, (Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington)
    2. " War and States: Central Africa and West Africa Compared"
      Prof. William S. Reno, (Political Science, Northwestern University)
    3. "Progressive-Machine Conflict in Early Twentieth Century: American Politics and Colonial State-Building in the Philippines"
      Prof. Patricio N. Abinales, (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)

    Discussant:Prof. Eisei Kurimoto, (Faculty of Human Sciences, Osaka University); Prof. Yutaka Katayama, (Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University)

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