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Friday, December 10, 2021
5:40 - 7:10 pm (JST)

The 64th "East African Borders: From Colonial Partition to Contemporary Disputes"

African Studies Center - TUFS (ASC-TUFS) will host the 64th ASC Seminar in collaboration with Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies and African Weeks 2021 Committee. We invite Dr. Eria Olowo Onyango from Makerere University, who currently stays in Japan as our visiting associate professor, as a speaker. At the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, almost all of the states in contemporary Africa were arbitrarily parceled out in ways that would meet the most needs for the European imperialists. Dr. Onyango will use the case of Uganda to examine how these boundaries impact African socio-political insecurity. ◆Speaker: Dr. Eria Olowo Onyango (Visiting Associate Professor, African Studies Center - TUFS, Lecturer, Makerere University) ◆Title: East African Borders: From Colonial Partition to Contemporary Disputes ◆Abstract: The borders of African states today began with the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885. This meeting saw European powers portion most of Africa and drew boundary lines that remain to date. With the exception of Ethiopia and Liberia, all the states in present day Africa were arbitrarily parceled out in ways that would meet the most needs for the European imperialist. The creation of these borders impacted adversely on Africa's social structures culminating into the contemporary socio-political disputes that bedevil the continent. Using an ethnographic study of the borders of Uganda, an extensive desk review of relevant literature was done, complemented with focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with key participants and established that most African states are imbued in socio-political insecurity arising from the boundaries created by the Berlin meeting. Whereas ethnicity was never echoed in the conference, the social interaction across borders continue to give rise to disputes engulfing Africa. ◆Date & Time: Friday, December 10, 2021 5:40 - 7:10 pm (JST) / 8:40 - 10:10 (GMT) ◆Venue: Onsite (Room 113, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) & Online (Zoom Meeting) ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆Pre-registration is required. Please visit here for registration by December 8, 2021. The application will be closed as soon as the capacity reaches 50 for onsite and 300 for online. We will send the Zoom Meeting information to the registered email address on Dec. 9, 2021. ◆Jointly Organized by African Studies Center - TUFS, Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies, and African Weeks 2021 Committee
ASC Seminars
第64回「East African Borders: From Colonial Partition to Contemporary Disputes」
Thursday, December 2, 2021
5:40 - 7:10 pm (JST)

The 63rd "The Role of the African Diplomatic Corps in the TICAD Process"

African Studies Center - TUFS (ASC-TUFS) will host the 63rd ASC Seminar in collaboration with Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies and African Weeks 2021 Committee. The Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) will be held in 2022 in Tunisia (reference: the press release by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan). H.E. Mr. Estifanos Afeworki Haile, the Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to Japan, will provide his view on TICAD 8, as the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps. ◆Speaker: His Excellency Mr. Estifanos Afeworki Haile (Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to Japan) ◆Title: The Role of the African Diplomatic Corps in the TICAD Process ◆Date & Time: Thursday, December 2, 2021 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 November 30, 2021. 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 December 1, 2021. ◆Jointly Organized by African Studies Center - TUFS, Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies, and African Weeks 2021 Committee
ASC Seminars
第63回「The Role of the African Diplomatic Corps in the TICAD Process」
November 29, 2021
- December 10, 2021

African Weeks 2021 will be held

The student oriented event "African Weeks 2021" will be held from November 29, 2021 to December 10, 2021 both onsite at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and online. The event is jointly organized by African Studies Center - TUFS. The event is planned and organized mainly by the students who belongs to African Studies Course, School of International and Area Studies, TUFS in order to share the attractions of African countries and the problems they face with people. The aim of the event is to eradicate negative images on Africa and make people feel familiar with African countries and cultures. The theme of "African Weeks 2021" is "sharing". The following is the brief translation of the introduction of the event. We think it is indispensable to "share" and "sympathize" experiences and thoughts in order to build inclusive society where anybody can shine in the modern world where the socail division is spreading more and more. Although African continent is located geographically quite far from Japan, we're sure that we can feel close from each other psychologically. We also believe that we can build a good relationship by sharing experiences and feelings with each other not as an "African" or "Japanese", but "a person". ◆Event Period: Monday, November 29, 2021 - Friday, December 10, 2021 ◆Venue: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) and online (SNS and Zoom) ◆Content: The event will be held in 5 fields. ◆Jointly organized by the Committee of African Weeks 2021 and African Studies Center - TUFS. Exhibition Bibliobattle The Committee will collect the reccommendation of a book related Africa from public and exhibit both at TUFS and on their website. You can apply from here. Photo Exhibition The Committee exhibits the photos related to Africa which they collected from public onsite and online. Introducing Cultures Africa Tip You can get a paper slip with the attraction of an African country and a piece of trivia. The First Step The Committee will make a booklet to indroduce African cultures for those who have few knowledge or idea about African countries. Introduction to African Fashion Through a fashion brand created by a student of African Studies Course, TUFS, the Committee will show African fashion and social issues contained there. Interview Coming Soon! Workshop The Committee will hold the workshop regarding to inclusion. Promotion They share the latest information about the event itself, as well as quizes on Africa and interview of the committee members on SNS (all in japanese). Official Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
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5:40 - 7:10 pm (JST),
Mon., November 15, 2021

The 62nd "The Dynamics of Economic Events between Japan and Africa from the 1930s to the 1960s"

African Studies Center - TUFS (ASC-TUFS) will host the 62nd ASC Seminar in collaboration with Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies. Prof. Kweku Ampiah, our visiting professor, will assess the trajectory of Japan's economic relations with Africa in the context of decolonization and Japan's pronouncements at the Bandung Conference of 1955. Using the case-study of a public-private venture he will also examine policymaking in economic collaboration between Japan and Ghana in the 1960s. ◆Speaker: Prof. Kweku Ampiah (Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds / Visiting Professor, African Studies Center - TUFS) ◆Title: The Dynamics of Economic Events between Japan and Africa from the 1930s to the 1960s ◆Abstract: As early as 1965 the Political Scientist James R. Soukup wrote that, 'there are, of course, certain obstacles in the path of rapid expansion of Japan's efforts to assist African development.' The talk chronicles the evolution of Japan's economic engagements with the African countries from the 1930s to the 1960s to assess the trajectory of Japan's economic relations with post-colonial Africa. The analysis will evoke Japan's pronouncements at the 1955 Bandung Conference about its commitment to the socio-economic development of Asia and Africa. It is in that context that the interest of the Japanese private sector in the economic prospects of early post-colonial Africa is explored. A discussion of the composition and framework of a Japanese public-private venture in Ghana in the 1960s is used (as a case study) to examine policymaking in economic collaboration in both Japan and Ghana, which might give us an insight into Soukup's comment. ◆Date & Time: Monday, November 15, 2021 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 November 13, 2021. 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 November 14, 2021. ◆Jointly Organized by African Studies Center - TUFS and Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies
ASC Seminars
第62回「The Dynamics of Economic Events between Japan and Africa from the 1930s to the 1960s」

We invited a visiting researcher from Makerere University, Uganda

November 15, 2021
We invited Dr. Eria Olowo Onyango from Makerere University. He will stay in Japan until December 15, 2021. His major fields are African studies and international relations. We will ask him to deliver lectures at courses for undergraduate students at TUFS and at ASC Seminar. He was going to come to Japan 1 month earlier to attend our ASC-TUFS 5th Anniversary International Symposium as a commentator of Session 3, but we had to give it up due to the visa issuance matter. However, he attended online and gave us significant comments. Although he will stay in Japan only for a month, we will provide him opportunities to meet as many students and researchers as possible. ウガンダのマケレレ大学社会学・人類学学科の講師で、アフリカ研究と国際関係論を専門とするエリア・オロウォ・オニャンゴ博士を招へいしました。2021年11月半ば~12月半ばの1か月間、日本に滞在し、セミナーや授業でのゲスト講師を務めていただきます。 オニャンゴ博士には、11月3&6日に行ったASC-TUFS創設5周年記念国際シンポジウムにおいてセッション3のコメンテーターとしても登壇していただきました。この時にはビザが間に合わずオンラインでコメントしていただくこととなりましたが、セッションを盛り上げてくださりました。 短い滞在となりますが、より多くの学生や研究者の方と交流できる機会を設けたいと思います。
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Dr. Fongnzossie, our visiting associate professor, has arrived

October 1, 2021
Our another visiting researcher, Dr. Evariste Fongnzossie Fedoung from University of Douala, Cameroon, arrived in Japan in late September and started his lectures for both undergraduate and graduate courses from October 1. His major fields are tropical forest biodiversity and ethnobiology, and he is a research collaborator of Dr. Takanori Oishi. He will stay in Japan until the end of Japnuary and will give presentations at our symposium in November and other seminars. Since we had to give up inviting him in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us are excited to have him in Japan. He has come to Japan before only for a few weeks, so we hope he can enjoy Japanese culture while he's in Japan.
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The book on African land reform was published from Springer

October 11, 2021
The book "African Land Reform Under Economic Liberalisation: States, Chiefs, and Rural Communities" (Shinichi Takeuchi ed., Springer) was published online on October 1, 2021. This is a result of Prof. Takeuchi's research on resource management in Africa, one of the biggest research projects that Prof. Takeuchi has been working on recent years (cf. KAKENHI Project "Resource Managment and Political Power in Rural Africa", KAKENHI Project "Rural resource management and the state in Africa: A comparative analysis of Ghana and Rwanda"). The book is an open access book (License type: CC BY) which you can access and download free of charge for any use, whether commercial or non-commercial. Please visit here for more details.
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アフリカの土地問題に関する書籍が刊行されました

Shinichi Takeuchi (Ed.) 【Book】"African Land Reform Under Economic Liberalisation"

◆Editor: Shinichi Takeuchi ◆Book Title: African Land Reform Under Economic Liberalisation: States, Chiefs, and Rural Communities(Springer, xviii+203 pp.) ◆Published on October 11, 2021 (eBook) ◆Introduction: This open access book offers unique in-depth, comprehensive, and comparative analyses of the motivations, context, and outcomes of recent land reforms in Africa. Whereas a considerable number of land reforms have been carried out by African governments since the 1990s, no systematic analysis on their meaning has so far been conducted. In the age of land reform, Africa has seen drastic rural changes. Analysing the relationship between those reforms and change, the chapters in this book reveal not only their socio-economic outcomes, such as accelerated marketisation of land, but also their political outcomes, which have often been contrasting. Countries such as Rwanda and Mozambique have utilised land reform to strengthen state control over land, but other countries, such as Ghana and Zambia, have seen the rise in power of traditional chiefs in managing the land. The comparative perspective of this book clarifies new features of African social changes, which are carefully investigated by area experts. Providing new perspectives on recent land reform, this book will have a considerable impact on scholars as well as policymakers. ◆Contents: Introduction: Drastic Rural Changes in the Age of Land ReformShinichi Takeuchi Land Administration, Chiefs, and Governance in GhanaKojo S. Amanor 'We Owned the Land Before the State Was Established': The State, Traditional Authorities, and Land Policy in AfricaHorman Chitonge Renewed Patronage and Strengthened Authority of Chiefs Under the Scarcity of Customary Land in ZambiaShuichi Oyama Land Tenure Reform in Three Former Settler Colonies in Southern AfricaChizuko Sato Politics of Land Resource Management in MozambiqueAkiyo Aminaka Land Law Reform and Complex State-Building Process in RwandaShinichi Takeuchi and Jean Marara Post-cold War Ethiopian Land Policy and State Power in Land CommercialisationTeshome Emana Soboka Traversing State, Agribusinesses, and Farmers' Land Discourse in Kenyan Commercial Intensive AgriculturePeter Narh *This book is an open access book (License type: CC BY) which you can access and download free of charge for any use, whether commercial or non-commercial. ◆ISBN: 978-981-16-4724-6 (Hardcover), 978-981-16-4727-7 (Softcover), 978-981-16-4725-3 (eBook)
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武内進一(編)【書籍】「African Land Reform Under Economic Liberalisation」