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Friday, November 29, 2019 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Exchange meeting for two students from the university in Rwanda

On November 29, 2019, we will have a exchange meeting for Hélène Alinethu Mikanda and Octave Gahirwe Kabera from Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), Rwanda. It will be an opportunity for them to meet their supporters who have supported their airfare and so on through a crowdfunding project and to tell them how they're doing in Japan. We would also make the meeting an opportunity for Japanese students and other students from African countries to learn about each country and culture. ◆Exchange Meeting: Students from Rwanda & Supporters ◆Date & Time: Friday, November 29, 2019 5:00 - 7:30 pm ◆Venue: Fuchu Campus, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies ◆Language: Japanese with translation & English ◆Programme: PART I at Room 107, Research and Lecture Bldg. 17:00 - 17:05 Opening Address for PART I by Shinichi Takeuchi (Director, ASC-TUFS) 17:05 - 17:15 Presentation 1 by Mako Iino & Chika Umezu who've studied at PIASS 17:15 - 17:25 Presentation 2 by Octave Gahirwe Kabera from PIASS 17:25 - 17:35 Presentation 3 by Hélène Alinethu Mikanda from PIASS 17:35 - 17:45 Q&A 17:45 - 17:50 Closing Address by Kazuyuki Sasaki (Senior Lecturer, PIASS) 17:50 - 17:55 Photo Session PART II at 1st floor, AGORA Global 18:00 - 18:05 Opening Address for PART II by Jun Matsukuma (Vice President, TUFS) 18:05 - 19:30 Free Conversation Time *We will show messages from Shukulu and Rodrigue, the former exchange students Any students who have interest on African countries and any students from African countries can join the meeting, so please contact us via e-mail(africanstudies-centertufs.ac.jp).
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 14:00 - 18:00

Joint seminar with Kyoto University on Land tenure reform in Africa

Our visiting professors, Prof. Amanor and Dr. Teshome, and Prof. Takeuchi will visit Kyoto University and give a public lecture there. The seminar is jointly organized by the Center for African Area Studies (CAAS), Kyoto University and African Studies Center - TUFS, and this will be the 12th one. The seminar's theme is "Consequences of Land Tenure Reform in Africa". Prof. Takeuchi, Dr. Teshome, Prof. Amanor, and Dr. Oyama, Kyoto University, will consider the cases in Rwanda, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Zambia. You can check the abstracts of each presentation at the bottom of this webpage. ◆Theme: Consequences of Land Tenure Reform in Africa ◆Date & Time: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 14:00 - 18:00 ◆Programme:14:00 - 14:45 Shinichi Takeuchi (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies / IDE-JETRO)        "Consequences of the Land Tenure Reform: The Case of Rwanda" 14:45 - 15:30 Teshome Emana (Addis Ababa University / Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)        "Urban Land Deal, Competing Perceptions, and Actors' Network in the Suburbs of Addis Ababa City, Ethiopia" 15:30 - 15:45 Break 15:45 - 16:30 Kojo Amanor (University of Ghana / Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)        "Community, State and Chiefs: Administrative Land Reform and Commodification in Ghana" 16:30 - 17:15 Shuichi Oyama (Kyoto University)        "The Chief 's Authority and Local Beneficiaries in the Customary Land under the Land-market Reform of 1995 Land Act in Zambia" 17:15 - 18:00 General Discussion ◆Venue: Room #318 (CAAS Seminar Room), 3F, Inamori Center, Kyoto University ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is needed. ◆Jointly organized by the Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University and African Studies Center - TUFS
December 2 - 20, 2019

Let's share the attraction of Africa in African Weeks 2019!

Illustration by Ms. Amisa Shīki Since 2017, the students of African Studies Course, TUFS, plan and organize the event called "African Weeks". The catchphrase of the event is "Africa That You May Not Know". We had TICAD 7 this summer at Yokohama, and Africa has raised much more attention from worldwide as "Last Frontier". However, some people still consider it as "poor" or "the countries which need aid". The students of African Studies Course are learning about African countires in their courses, communicating with people from African countries, and some of them have actually visited some African countries. They will share how attractive African countries, people, cultures are especially with those who have negative images on Africa. All of the events are open to public, and admission is free. We look forward to your participation! ◆Name of the Event: African Weeks 2019 ◆Period: Mon., December 2, 2019 - Fri. December 20, 2019 ◆Venue: Fuchu Campus, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies*Please check the followings for venue of each event. ◆Organized by African Weeks 2019 Committee ◆Supported by African Studies Center - TUFS and Femme Café ◆Contact: African Weeks 2019 Committee (aficanweek2019gmail.com) TUFS Cinema "Chokora" The documentary "Chokora" shows the everyday life and the reality of children who live on streets at one of the local cities in Kenya. The exclusive interview with Mr. Shigeru Kobayashi, the director, and Dr. Makiko Sakai, an associate professor, will be followed by the movie. Date & Time: Tue. December 10, 2019 6:00 pm - (Doors open at 5:30 pm) Venue: Prometheus Hall Programme: Playing documentary "Chokora"        Exclusive inteview with Mr. Shigeru Kobayashi, the director, and Dr. Makiko Sakai, an associate professor, TUFS Synopsis: Republic of Kenya, one of the most famous countries in eastern Africa. There is a local city called Thika which takes an hour by car from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Its population is approximately 100,000. The movie shows harsh environments of children who live on streets and their backgrounds, as well as their relationships with their parents or NGOs with humors. You can also see the children in adolescence live their lives vibrantly. Staff: Director Shigeru Kobayashi, Director of Photography Taizo Yoshida, Music Sakaki Mango Languages: English, Kiswahili, Kikuyu with Japanese subtitles. *The interviews will be in Japanese. Production: 2008, Japan, 94 min. Sakaki Mango's Concert Mr. Sakai Mango, who studied the Swahili language at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies and has visited various African countries for concerts and fieldworks, will play thumb piano. He will also talk about his experiences in African countries. (*The talk will be in Japanese.) Date & Time: Fri. December 13, 2019 6:00 - 7:30 pm Venue: 1st Floor, AGOLA Global Performer: Mr. Sakaki Mango (Thumb Piano Player) Admission: Free No pre-registration is required. Sales of African Goods Date & Time: Tue., December 10, 2019 from 6:00 pm and Fri., December 13m 2019 from 6:00 pm*The sales stand will open during the events of TUFS Cinema "Chokora" and Concert by Sakaki Mango Venue: 1st Floor, AGORA Global Sales contents: You can find African goods which are usually sold by three brands and NGOs. 1. FemmeCafé (cofee) 2. Sūbi (accessaries, bookmarks, etc) 3. Tumambo (bags, pouches, etc) Exhibition of Photos and Posters Photo Exhibition "Photogenic Africa" will show the photos that capture color of Africa or the glitter of Africa, or photos related to Africa that you want to share with somebody. We wil also exhibit the postert which shows the basic data about Africa in the map. The data will show climates, languages, religions, food cultures, and cities. The painting exhibition "Faces and Bodies drawn in Africa" will be held at the same time. Period: December 2 - 20, 2019 Venue: GALLERIA (1st floor of Lecture and Research Bldg.) Seminars & Workshop There will be four seminars which are jointly organized by the Committee during the period. The 44th ASC Seminar *in Japanese ◆Speaker: Dr. Tomoaki Nishihara (Researcher, Wildlife Conservation Society; Specially Appointed Professor, Seisa University) ◆Date & Time: Thu. December 5, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm ◆Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Bldg. ◆Language: Japanese Seminar and Portrait Workshop on "Faces and Bodies Drawn in Africa" *in Japanese ◆Speaker: Dr. Kohsuke Takahashi, Dr. Masaki Shimada, and Dr. Takanori Oishi ◆Date & Time: Fri. December 6, 2019 5:40 pm - ◆Venue: TBA ◆Language: Japanese The 45th ASC Seminar ◆Speaker: Prof. Kojo Sebastian Amanor (Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies; Professor, University of Ghana) ◆Date & Time: Thu. December 12, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm ◆Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Bldg. ◆Language: English The 46th ASC Seminar ◆Speaker: Dr. Teshome Emana (Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies; Assistant Professor, Addis Ababa University) ◆Date & Time: Thu. December 19, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm ◆Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Bldg. ◆Language: English
October 15, 2019 - November 15, 2019

Call for Photographs for the 3rd TUFS African Photo Contest

African Weeks 2019 Committee will hold the 3rd TUFS African Photo Contest as a part of the event "African Weeks 2019". The Contest is jointly organized by African Studies Center and Oishi Seminar of School of International and Area Studies. TUFS African Photo Contest is the event to show photos related to Africa and share charms of Africa with people. Please share your photos with us and let us enjoy Africa from your point of view! ◆Theme of the Contest: "Photogenic Africa" Photos that capture color of Africa or the glitter of Africa, or photos related to Africa that you want to share with somebody. ◆Entry Condition: 1. A photo which is related to Africa.A photo taken in African countries or a photo taken in any other countries but have some kind of connection with Africa. 2. It should be the one taken by the applicant him/herself 3. If a photo is related to Africa, it doesn't matter when and where it was taken. 4. Each applicant can apply for the contest with three photos at most. 5. It would be better to send a photo with the original resolution. (Please do not reduce image size.) ◆Application Period: From October 15, 2019 to November 15, 2019 ◆Applicant Eligibility: Undergraduate students, graduate students, international students, alumni, faculty and staff of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and families of those. (All nationalities can apply) ◆Exhibition: Photos will be exhibited at GALLERIA (1st floor of Lecture and Research Bldg.) from December 2, 2019 to December 20, 2019. In case of too many applicants, adjudicators will select a certain number of photos out of all the photos. ◆How to entry: Please send the following two materials to africasyashin.asctufsgmail.com. 1. the data of a photo *the maximum size of the Gmail's attachment is 50 MB, so if it's more than 50 MB, please use file transfer service and so on. 2. an entry sheet (download from here for PDF version, or here for WORD version.) Please send its scan copy with your photo, or bring it to ASC (401E2, Research and Lecture Bldg.) ◆Announcement of prize-winning photos: December 1, 2019 (tentative) on the websites of ASC and African Studies Course of TUFS. ◆Contact: Ms. Yuki Sato and Dr. Takanori Oishi (africasyashin.asctufsgmail.com)

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【The 43rd ASC Seminar】How To View Africa: How We View Japan's Role

Tueseday, November 12, 2019 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Date & Time: Tueseday, November 12, 2019 4:00 - 5:30 pm Venue: Room 305, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Theme: How To View Africa: How We View Japan's Role Report: In the 43rd ASC Seminar, the speaker began by briefly explaining his experience in African Affairs. Mr. Okamura initiated to address the topic of the seminar stressing the diversity of the African continent which brings some difficulties in talking about it namely: the colonial past; the commodity-based economy; the geographic disadvantage of landlocked areas, the scattered and disconnected markets; and the elite-driven state management. The speaker then presented some examples, based on his observation, of how climate diversity and geographic characteristics influenced socio-economic and political dynamics such as trade, conflict and the way of thinking. Answering the question of what can Japan do, Mr. Okamura presented his proposal of the New Approach for Peace and Stability in Africa (NAPSA), centered in promoting Africa's Ownership, addressing root causes beyond the approach based mainly on humanitarian assistance and sanctions, identifying priority projects and mobilizing donor's resource. Additionally, he introduced a summary of seven points to achieve peace and stability, based in a consensus formed between the speaker and former five African Presidents (from Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Benin and Nigeria). These points were summarized as follows: National unity; Leadership and ownership; Institution building; Farmers and citizens; Traditional systems and values; Counter terrorism and organized crime; and Development strategy. But he reinforced the importance of local ownership of solutions. In his concluding remarks, Mr. Okamura mentioned that the basic concept of TICAD is to extend the experience that Japan had assisting Asia who faced similar challenges in the past.The Q&A session was turned into a thought provoking debate between the speaker and TUFS Graduate Students around topics related to the distinctive approach of Japan's agenda towards Africa, the youth component in the TICAD program and Japan's timeframe and financial commitment to Africa's development.
【The 43rd ASC Seminar】How To View Africa: How We View Japan's Role

Guests from Embassy of Madagascar in Japan

November 6, 2019
We had guest from Embassy of Madagascar in Japan on November 6, 2019: Ms. Zo Randrianjafy, Chargee d'Affaires a.i. and Ms. Harisoa Véronique TOTOZAFY, Counselor for Economic and Cultural Affairs. They visited our center after the SADC Ambassador Relay Lecture. Prof. Takeuchi explained them that TUFS has a long histry on African studies, and there are several researchers whose field is Madagascar. When he told them that we will show the movie called "Guitar Madagascar" directed by Takeshi Kamei, Ms. Randrianjafy was interested in the movie and said she would love to come to watch it.
Guests from Embassy of Madagascar in Japan