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March 6 - 7, 2023

UG-TUFS Seminar 2023 (the Joint Seminar with University of Ghana and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Outline of the Joint Seminar General theme: State and Rural Resource Management in Africa Dates: Monday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 7, 2023 Venue: Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (Legon campus) Pre-meeting Date & Time: 1st pre-meeting Friday, July 22, 2023 9:00-10:30 (UTC) / 18:00-19:30 (JST) 2nd pre-meeting Friday, December 16, 2023 9:00-10:30 (UTC) / 18:00-19:30 (JST) Venue: Online (closed) Greetings from the organizer African Studies Center - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (ASC-TUFS) has made various efforts to construct and develop academic networks with African research and educational institutions. In this context, joint seminars were organized in 2018 and 2020 with the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa and the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), Rwanda, respectively. We plan to organize the next joint seminar in March 2023, in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. The objectives of the joint seminar are threefold. First, it aims to promote research and publications via the exchange of different perspectives from various countries. In particular, the topic of rural resource management has been emphasized in our discussion. A selection of papers, from those presented in the seminars, have been published in the ASC-TUFS Working Papers series. In addition, the joint seminars led to certain publications, including Shinichi Takeuchi ed. African Land Reform Under Economic Liberalisation: States, Chiefs, and Rural Communities. Singapore: Springer, 2022. Second, a key objective of the seminar is to strengthen the academic network. In the first joint seminar with UP, 22 scholars from six countries made presentations, while 24 scholars from eight countries participated in the second joint seminar with PIASS. The academic network built up thus far, has produced rich and varied results through cooperation. The third objective is to nurture young scholars. Since the first joint seminar, we have invited a number of Ph.D. students and post-doc researchers, to provide them with opportunities for presentation, discussion, and publication. The general theme of the next seminar, State and rural resource management in Africa, is similar to the previous ones. The center of our research interests is the dynamics of rural resource management and comparative studies within different settings. The topic is of great importance, considering the recent evolution of the political economy in Africa. Meanwhile, a broader range of presentations will be allowed in the seminar. I sincerely hope that the joint seminar will provide all participants with an arena for fruitful discussion as well as active networking, and will contribute to producing stimulating research results. Shinichi TakeuchiDirector, African Studies Center - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Participant institutions (tentative) University of Ghana Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Aichi University Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Eduardo Mondlane University Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) University of Cape Town The UG-TUFS joint seminar is financially supported by the following research projects: Rural resource management and the state in Africa: Comparative analysis of Ghana and Rwanda (JSPS Grants-in-aid 19KK0031) Revisiting the African states: Thinking from the perspective of rural areas (JSPS Grants-in-aid 21H04390)
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UG-TUFS共同セミナー2023(ガーナ大学と東京外国語大学の共同セミナー)
Friday, September 23, 2022
5:40 - 7:10 pm (JST)

The 69th "The Weight of Inheritance: Legacies of Inequality in South Africa's Health System"

African Studies Center - TUFS (ASC-TUFS) will host the 69th ASC Seminar in collaboration with Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies. It is said that there is a health inequality in South Africa. Dr. Efua Prah, a researcher in medical and visual anthropology, will argue howSouth Africa's historical background has been affecting its health care system, and how it can be improved. ◆Speaker: Dr. Efua Prah (Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University) ◆Title: The Weight of Inheritance: Legacies of Inequality in South Africa's Health System ◆Abstract: The main thesis presented in this paper explores the possible historical continuities of inequality and porous access to health care for those population groups who were previously enslaved. Through archival research, these apparitions of South Africa's past, experience an afterlife, made apparent through unequal access to proper health care. The broader project seeks to account for how current health challenges are divided disproportionally along racial, income-level and geographic realities. The interlocked nature of historic violence and race-based discriminations in the practice of medicine, will account for why critical omissions in basic care persist. Presently, there is no synthesized compilation of work that sets out to account for the kinds of intersections mentioned above. These intersections are important to recognize especially if any meaningful social transformation is intended. ◆Date & Time: Friday, September 23, 2022 5:40 - 7:10 pm (JST) / 8:40 - 10:10 (GMT) ◆Venue: Online (Zoom Meeting) ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆Pre-registration is required. Please visit here for registration by September 21, 2022. The application will be closed as soon as the capacity reaches 300. We will send the Zoom Meeting information to the registered email address on September 22, 2022. ◆Jointly Organized by African Studies Center - TUFS and Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies
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第69回「The Weight of Inheritance: Legacies of Inequality in South Africa's Health System」
July 28 and 29, 2022

The 5th South Africa-Japan University Forum

【Updates】 2022.7.28 The details of the event, including the programme, is now available. The 5th South Africa-Japan University (SAJU) Forum will be held on July 28 and 29, 2022. It is jointly organized by Universities South Africa (USAf), Tunis Office, University of Tsukuba, and African Studies Center - TUFS. The Forum will be online. This event is the partner event of the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8). For those who wants to join the event and those who has registered but has not recieved the Zoom link, please contact asc_coretufs.ac.jp immediately. What is SAJU Forum? The South Africa-Japan University (SAJU) Forum is a platform with the aim of providing a structured framework for collaboration between the higher education institutions of the two countries. Its goals are 1) to increase mobility of researchers and students, 2) to increase joint R&D collaboration, 3) to establish exchange programs among universities and 4) to institutionalize cooperation among universities of the two countries. The 4th SAJU Forum held in Pretoria in 2019, opened the door to mutual dialogue between scholars, universities, government agencies, science councils, business and industry in South Africa and Japan. On the occasion, scholars of diverse specialities came together from both countries and shared their research, works, achievements, perspectives and challenges. The 5th SAJU Forum aims to consolidate and extend this dialogue. ◆Theme: Open Collaboration and Innovation with Trust ◆Date & Time: Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:00 am - 1:00 pm (SAST) <3:00 - 8:00 pm (JST)>         Friday, July 29, 2022 8:00 am - 12:30 pm (SAST) <3:00 - 7:30 pm (JST)> ◆Venue: Online (Zoom) ◆Programme, Abstracts and the details of the Parallel Sessions are available from below or the event's official website. Programme Abstracts the Parralel Sessions ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆For those who wants to join the event and those who has registered but has not recieved the Zoom link, please contact asc_coretufs.ac.jp immediately. ◆Organized by the Organization Committee of the 5th SAJU Forum (Universities of South Africa <USAf>, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Department of Science and Innovation <DSI>, National Research Fund <NRF>, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, Embassy of Japan ◆Supported by Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) - South Africa, Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) - South Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology - Japan, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan-Africa Academic Network (JAAN)
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第5回日本・南アフリカ大学フォーラム
Sat., July 9, 2022

JSAS Conference 2022 "Africa and Asia at the Crossroads: Pandemic, Resilience, and Mobilities"

Japan Society for Afrasian Study (JSAS) will hold the 2022 annual conference "Africa and Asia at the Crossroads: Pandemic, Resilience, and Mobilities". The conference will be held both onsite, at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and online, Zoom. Prof. Kojo Opoku Aidoo, our visiting professor, will give a key note speech, and Prof. Takeuchi, our director, will participate in the Special TICAD 8 Panel. The latest information will be announced on JSAS Conference website. ◆Theme|Africa and Asia at the Crossroads: Pandemic, Resilience, and Mobilities ◆Date|Saturday, July 9, 2022 ◆Venue|Onsite (Research and Lecture Buiding, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) & Online (Zoom) ◆Language|English ◆Pre-registration is required. Please visit here for the registration. *For those who wish to make a presentation, please visit here for the details and register by June 20, 2022. ◆Paticipation Fee|You can pay from here after you register on the Google form link above. *For those who wish to become a member of JSAS, please visit here. ◆Organized by Japan Society for Afrasian Studies ◆Supported by African Studies Center - TUFS
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日本アフラシア学会2022年学術大会「Africa and Asia at the Crossroads: Pandemic, Resilience, and Mobilities」

【For TUFS students】Major course’s lecture during Fall 2022 by our visiting professor (Islam)

October 6, 2022
- January 26, 2023
We will invite Dr. Adama Ousumanou, an associate professor at Maroua University, during Fall Semester 2022. He will give a lecture for undergraduate course: the topic is Islam in the Chad Basin. This course provides a comparative and historical overview of Islam and Muslim societies in their diversity in the Chad Basin. Graduate students are also welcome to attend the course. ◆Subject Title|African Studies 2 (Course Code: 19421082)/African Studies B (Course Code: 421153) ◆Course Title|Islam and Power in the Chad Basin: Comparative Study from Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria ◆Lecturer|Dr. Adama Ousumanou (Associate Professor, Mbarara University of Science & Technology / Visiting Associate Professor, African Studies Center - TUFS) ◆Semester|Fall Semester 2022 (Course schedule: October 6, 2022 - January 26, 2023) ◆Day and Time|Thursday, 4th Period (2:20 - 3:50 pm) ◆Classroom|Room 330, Research and Lecture Bldg. (we will consider to make it both face-to-face and online if a student who cannot enter Japan before the semester starts wants to take the course.)
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【TUFS学生限定】秋学期招へい者による専門科目開講(イスラーム)

【For TUFS students】Major course’s lecture during Fall 2022 by our visiting professor (Refugee and Migration)

October 3, 2022
- January 23, 2023
We will invite Dr. Frank Ahimbisibwe, a senior lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, during Fall Semester 2022. He will give a lecture for undergraduate course: the topic is refugee and migration in Africa. The course introduces students to migration, forced migration, and IDPs (Internally Displaced People) in Afirica and helps them comprehend how those problem impact on contemporary society. Graduate students are also welcome to attend the course. ◆Subject Title|International Cooperation 2 (Course Code: 19423054)/ International Cooperation B (Course Code: 423015) ◆Course Title|Refugees and Forced Migration in Africa ◆Lecturer|Dr. Frank Ahimbisibwe (Senior Lecturer, Mbarara University of Science & Technology / Visiting Associate Professor, African Studies Center - TUFS) ◆Semester|Fall Semester 2022 (Course schedule: October 3, 2022 - January 23, 2023) ◆Day and Time|Monday, 4th Period (2:20 - 3:50 pm) ◆Classroom|Room 315, Research and Lecture Bldg. (we will consider to make it both face-to-face and online if a student who cannot enter Japan before the semester starts wants to take the course.)
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【TUFS学生限定】秋学期招へい者による専門科目開講(移民・難民)

The Stellenbosch University Japan Centre (SUJC) was launched

August 2022
In August 2022, the Stellenbosch University Japan Centre (SUJC) was launched at the Stellenbosch University, and Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen, our former visiting professor (June - August 2021) assumed the position of director. SUJC aims to be a leading hub for academic research and cultural exchange between South Africa and Japan. The official website of the Stellenbosch University Japan Centre (SUJC) Since the Stellenbosch University is one of the partner universities of TUFS Inter-University Exchange Project (IAfP), we will have many opportunities to collaborate. We will also strengthen the research and academic network with South Africa through the relationship with SUJC.
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ステレンボッシュ大学に日本センターが創設されました

Leaving members and new member

May 1, 2022
Tow of our members resigned their posts, whereas we welcomed a new member. Dr. Kota Kariya, our former associate professor, left his position on March 31, 2022 and arrived at his post as an associate professor at Graduate School of Arts and Sociences, the University of Tokyo on April 1, 2022. Dr. Isao Murahashi, our former specially appointed researcher, left his position on April 30, 2022 and arrived at his post as an assistant professor at School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka on May 1, 2022. Dr. Emmanuel Vincent Nelson Kallon was accepted as our visiting researcher from April 1, 2022. His research topic is "Japan's emerging influence on the socio-economic livelihood of youth and peace in Africa: The case study of Sierra Leone". Dr. Kariya took part in our events and so on since our center established in 2017. Dr. Murahashi was involved in oru center's management since being appointed in 2020. Dr. Kallon obtained his PhD at TUFS in 2020 and has had a strong connection with our center since its establishment. We will help him conducting his research and collaborate when it's needed.
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離職者と新メンバーの紹介