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February 18 and 19, 2020

Joint seminar with the university in Rwanda

African Studies Center - TUFS will conduct a joint seminar with Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) in Rwanda on February 18 and 19, 2020. This is the second international seminar that we conduct in African countires after UP-TUFS Seminar held on September 2018 in South Africa. The theme of the seminar is "Resource Management and Development", and we invite researchers and students from Japan, Rwanda, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Democratic Republic of the Cong. ◆Theme: Resource Management and Development ◆Date: February 18 and 19, 2020 ◆Venue: Conferece Hall, PIASS ◆Jointly organized by PIASS and ASC-TUFS You can see the abstracts of all the presentations and short biographies of all speakers from here.
ルワンダの大学との共同セミナーを開催します
Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:00 - 5:30 pm

Workshop on cults and spirits

CAAS Unit, Institute of Japan Studies, African Studies Center, and Institute of Transcultural Studies will hold a workshop on cults and spirits on January 23, 2020. Dr. Yasuo Matsunami, our specially appointed researcher, will also give a presentation on spirit posession in Ethiopia. This interdisciplinary workshop was set up with two main objectives: a) to display some of the interesting research conducted at TUFS and b) to bring both faculty and students together in a relaxed atmosphere. Please join us on: ◆Title: Contemporary Spirit(ual) Cults: Revival or Continuity? - An Interdisciplinary Workshop ◆Date & Time: Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:00 - 5:30 pm ◆Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Building ◆Programme:Chair: Dr. Iris Haukamp (Lecturer, Institute of Japan Studies) and Prof. Shinichi Takeuchi (Director and Professor, African Studies Center) 3:00 - 3:20 pm Prof. Ratana Tosakul (Retired Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Sociology & Anthropology, Thammasat University; TUFS Open Academy)"The Spirit Cults of Baby Ghosts in Globalized Thailand" 3:20 - 3:40 pm Dr. Yasuo Matsunami (Specially Appointed Researcher, African Studies Center)"Healing Ritual or Cause of Suffering: Spirit Possession in Rural Ethiopia" 3:40 - 4:00 pm Dr. Fabio Gygi (Lecturer, SOAS; Visiting Professor, Institute of Japan Studies)"Re-enchanting the Doll: Ningyō Kuyō and the Return of Animism" 4:00 - 4:20 pm Prof. Tsutomu Tomotsune (Professor, Institute of Japan Studies)"Decoding Asahara Shoko's Prison Notes: Aum Shinrikyo and Its Disciples" 4:20 - 4:35 pm Comment: Dr. Kosit Tiptiempong (Lecturer, Institute of Global Studies) 4:35 - 4:50 pm Comment: Dr. Takanori Oishi (Lecturer, African Studies Center) 4:50 - 5:30 pm General discussion ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is needed. ◆Jointly organized by CAAS Unit, Institute of Japan Studies, African Studies Center, and Institute of Transcultural Studies
儀礼や精霊についてのワークショップを行います
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Seminar on current South Sudan

African Studies Center - TUFS will invite Hon. Yien Oral Lam Tut, the Minister of Higher Education, Sicence and Technology, South Sudan and hold the 48th ASC Seminar. He will give a lecture on current situation in South Sudan. We look forward to your participation. ◆Theme: South Sudan NOW!: Some Thought on Peace in South Sudan of Today and Beyond ◆Speaker: Hon. Yien Oral Lam Tut      (Minister of Higher Education, Sicence and Technology, South Sudan) ◆Date & Time: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 4:00 - 5:30 pm ◆Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is needed.
南スーダン高等教育・科学技術大臣を招いてセミナーを開催します
Thursday, December 19, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm

Seminar on land and youth migration in Africa

African Studies Center - TUFS (ASC-TUFS) will hold the 47th ASC Seminar on December 19, 2019. This is jointly organized by Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies and African Weeks 2019 Commitee. The speaker is Dr. Teshome Emana, our visiting professor.In the seminar, Dr. Teshome will present a result of his reseach he has conducted in two districts in Ethiopia to figure out challenges and opportunities for rural youth land access, employment, and migration. Then, he will suggest possible ways for understanding the relationship between land and youth internal migration. ◆Title: Land and Youth Migration in Africa: the Case of Two Districts from the Highlands of Ethiopia ◆Speaker: Dr. Teshome Emana      (Visiting Professor, African Studies Center - TUFS /Head and Assistant Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Addis Ababa University) ◆Abstract: This paper presents the results of a short-term research project conducted in 2018/2019 on challenges and opportunities for rural youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa to inform policy and programs. It is mainly based on qualitative data secured from two districts, Kuyu and Bora from the highlands of Oromia National Regional State of Ethiopia. The districts were purposefully selected in that one represents the first represents agricultural cold spot areas while the second represents hotspot areas in the rift Valley. By drawing on local case studies in these two districts in Ethiopia, this study aims to shed light on the daily lives, means of access to land, patterns and destinations of youth internal migrants, their networks to access land in both the place of origin and destination , and their aspirations, preferences, and challenges they encounter to realize this. Finally I suggest possible ways to make the relationship between land and youth internal migration better understood by policy makers and designers of intervention programs. In this way, the paper has put a light on the potential opportunities that the youth have and challenges they face in the study areas. ◆Keywords: Bora, Ethiopia, Kuyu, migration, land, youth ◆Date & Time: Thursday, December 19, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm ◆Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is needed. ◆Jointly organized by African Studies Center - TUFS, Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies, and African Weeks 2019 Committee
アフリカの土地と若年層移動に関するセミナーを開催します

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【The 47th ASC Seminar】Land and Youth Migration in Africa: the Case of Two Districts from the Highlands of Ethiopia

Thursday, December 19, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm
Date & Time: Thursday, December 19, 2019 5:40 - 7:10 pm Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Title: Land and Youth Migration in Africa: the Case of Two Districts from the Highlands of Ethiopia Speaker: Dr. Teshome Emana (Visiting Professor, African Studies Center - TUFS / Assistant Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Addis Ababa University) Report: Dr. Teshome began by explaining that this research is part of a joint research funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and carried in two selected districts in Ethiopia and the objective was to explore the challenges and opportunities for rural youth employment and to inform policy and programs. Initially, he presented data about youth in Ethiopia showing that 37% of the population was between the age of 15 and 34 and 61.42% were between the ages of 0 to 24. This was followed by an explanation of the methodology of the research, focused on the districts of Bora and Kuyu in Oromia region with informants between the ages of 18 to 30. Presenting the preliminary findings, Dr. Teshome explained that there was no problem of land in the Bora district, and there is opportunity for farming as well as non-farming activities such as brokerage (dalala). Contrastingly, while in Kuyu district, the main activity is farming and milk production, the youth is restricted from this opportunities because they do not own land. He proceeded to explain the legal framework of rural land in Ethiopia, highlighting that the land is an exclusive state propriety where only 21% of the rural land is owned by the youth of which only 3% is owned by young women. He mentioned that the main challenge is land scarcity because of its concentration in the hands of the families and absence of land redistribution. He argued that alternative land access opportunities are through share cropping, labor to cash or labor to crop, traditional means of lineage inclusion, and contract systems. Addressing the patterns of migration, the speaker noted that there was migration of the youth in Kuyu to Arab countries or within the Oromia region due to land scarcity. And contrastingly migration is not common in Bora due to diversification of livelihood. And regarding youth aspirations, according to the informants, they want to do non-manual labor work. The challenges identified by the speaker are: serious lack of land in Kuyu, no financial support and no networking systems for the youth in both districts. In conclusion, he argued that since the young people are migrating from Kuyu area, there is a decrease in productivity; there is commercialization of agriculture land by the landholding families, off-farm jobs are directly related to outward migration, and families encourage the female youth to migrate abroad. As solutions, the speaker proposed a better access to financial resources, land law in favor of the youth such as readjustment or resettlement programs to support the youth in Kuyu district, and developing control systems over illegal trade in Bora district to prevent the illegal actors. In the Q&A session, Dr. Teshome discussed with the audience topics related to youth engagement in sand mining, migration and labor conditions of African workers in Arab countries, land policies during the communist era, the interest of youth in agriculture, the role of education in the aspirations of youth and the impact of land inputs .
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【The 47th ASC Seminar】Land and Youth Migration in Africa: the Case of Two Districts from the Highlands of Ethiopia

We had Sakaki Mango's Special Concert

December 13, 2019
African Weeks 2019 held a concert, inviting Mr. Sakaki Mango, a Thumb Piano Player. Many audience, including students and researchers, as well as people from outside of TUFS and students from African countries, joined the concert and enjoyed Mr. Sakaki Mango's distinctive music and humorous speech. Mr. Sakaki Mango used music instruments from African countries and from South Kyushu, his hometown, and played famous African music and his original music. Although he was the only player in the concert, he used some digital equipments to enhance, repeat, or edit sounds he was playing there, which made his music as if there were several or a dozen players or singers. His original musics gave us such feelings as if we were standing in the midst of African town, as if we were flying the sky, or as if we were floating in our imaginary world. He also showed us some pictures and movies that he took or shoot when he visited African countries as field trips. In the photos or the movies, African people including kids play their bricolage instruments. Even though we call that huge continent in one word, Africa, there are more than 50 countries and countless languages and ethnic groups. Japan is geographically far from the continent, we don't have many chances to experience its charms. In the concert, Mr. Sakaki Mango introduced us his experience at African countries and various music instruments he got there, which eventually showed us the diversity of "Africa". Besides, since he sometimes encourage us to sing or be a part of his music, we could experience a small part of "Africa". Thanks to Mr. Sakaki Mango, the audience could know and experience "Africa That You May Not Know", the catchphrase of African Weeks 2019, with our hearts and bodies.
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We had Sakaki Mango's Special Concert