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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:40 pm - 7:10 pm

Seminar with our visiting professor, Dr. Shangase

African Studies Center - TUFS will hold the 23rd ASC Seminar. It is jointly organized by Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies. The Speaker is Dr. Mabutho Shangase, who is a lecturer of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, and has been invited as a visiting professor of ASC. In this seminar, he will introduce a new concept of political science "temporal exponentiality" to analyze the dynamics of South African politics from Zuma to Ramaphosa regime. ◆Speaker: Dr. Mabutho Shangase (Lecturer, University of Pretoria / Visiting Professor, ASC - TUFS) ◆Date & Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:40 pm - 7:10 pm ◆Venue: Room 305, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is needed. ◆Jointly organized by Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies ◆Title: Institutional Stability and Change in South African Politics: Introducing Temporal Exponentiality ◆Abstract:How do we explain the state of South African politics today? The continuous evolution of political developments and outcomes warrants the formation of new concepts and mechanisms equipped with the requisite capacity to explicate phenomena. Temporal exponentiality could be understood at least at two levels. Firstly, temporal exponentiality can be defined as a phenomenon that arises of social and political interaction whereby one action or event sequentially leads to another. Secondly, temporal exponentiality emerges as an outcome or epiphenomenon brought to bear by macro level institutions within social and political life. By introducing the 'theory of macro level constraints' and the temporal mechanism of 'exponentiality' this paper follows the historical institutionalist tradition in political science in examining the macro level determinants of social and political behavior. Where most analysis fails, this paper draws linkages between micro level social interaction and the macro level institutions that enable or constrain social and political action. It is herein argued that the exponential nature of political events is a direct result of macro level institutions that structure the behavior of actors at a micro level. Because the behavior of actors is either enabled or constrained by macro level structures, the resulting events fragment unrecoverably into various paths hence the usage of exponentiality as a mechanism to explain the forms they assume. ◆Keywords: Historical Institutionalism, Macro Level Constraints, Temporality, Temporal Exponentiality, Path dependence
Fri., Nov. 16, 2018 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Inviting a chairman of a university in Burundi for our seminar

African Studies Center - TUFS will hold the 24th ASC Seminar on November 16, 2018. It is jointly organized by Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies. We will invite Professor Samuel Irungu Njau, the chairman and founder of Summit International Institute in Burundi. The Institute is the only English Language university in the country. Since Burundi was included into East Africa Community (EAC), the county has been facing the rapid social and economic changes. Prof. Njau will discuss the importance of higher education, and current and future challenges that Burundi will face. ❖Title: Issues and Challenges Facing Burundi: From the Perspective of Higher Education ❖Speaker: Prof. Samuel Irungu Njau      (Chairman, Summit International Institute, Burundi ❖Profile: Samuel Irungu Njau is the chairman and founder of Summit International Institute in Burundi. He has worked in higher education in Kenya, Burundi Tanzania, Rwanda. As the president of Summit International, the only English Language university in the country, he has extensive contacts throughout the region and has been assigned by the government to assist in tourism, education and trade. ❖Abstract: Burundi is the poorest country in the world. That metric means that out of 196 countries it is dead last. While that may seem like an extremely difficult situation, there is a silver lining, and that is that things can only improve. When the East Africa Community (EAC) was reformed, it was expanded from the original three (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) to include Rwanda and Burundi, and now South Sudan. This reformed EAC has repositioned the newer members further into East Africa geopolitically, creating numerous opportunities, due to the new free movement of people, business, and education. These newly created opportunities under the umbrella of the EAC can only be positive for Burundi. This presentation will discuss some of social implications, mainly from the perspective of higher education and the role that English must play, as it becomes the lingua Franca of the region. The presenter will give personal insight on the consequences of this rapid changing social and economic situation, as well as discuss current and future challenges that the country will face. ❖Date & Time: Friday, November 16, 2018 4:00 - 5:30 pm ❖Venue: Room 322, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies ❖Language: English ❖Admission: Free ❖No pre-registration is needed. ❖Jointly organized by Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies
Thu., November 22, 2018 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Our visiting professor, Dr. Paleker's seminar at Kyoto University

Center for African Area Studies (CAAS), Kyoto University and African Studies Centre, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (ASC - TUFS) will jointly hold the 7th KU-TUFS Seminar on November 22, 2018. ◆Speaker: Dr. Gairoonisa Paleker (Lecturer, University of Pretoria; Visiting Professor, ASC-TUFS) ◆Time & Date: Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm ◆Venue: Conference Room I (#330), 3rd Floor, Inamori Foundation Building, Kyoto University ◆Title:Ethnic film in South Africa: history, meaning and change ◆Abstract:This paper provides an overview of ethnic films in South Africa. It traces the historical development of 'national' and 'ethnic' cinema in the context of apartheid where creative and financial control of filmmaking was controlled by the state and white individuals who acted as surrogates of the state. The paper interrogates the extent to which the 'ethnic film' category can be applied to film productions that represented an inauthentic African worldview, culture and tradition. It further argues that the categories of national and ethnic have shifted since the democratic elections of 1994 and in the post-1994 context, sectors of the Afrikaans-language film industry have now moved to the margins in what can be described as an 'inward migration'. In the process, these films have become decentred and detached from the 'national' industry and are now arguably the new 'ethnic' cinema in South Africa. ◆Jointly sponsored by Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University and African Studies Centre - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
October 20, 2018 - November 20, 2018

Call for Photographs for the 2nd TUFS African Photo Contest

African Studies Center and Oishi Seminar of School of International and Area Studies will hold the 2nd TUFS African Photo Contest. ◆Application Period: From October 20, 2018 to November 20, 2018 ◆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 only one photo. 5. It would be better to send a photo with the original resolution. (Please do not reduce image size.) ◆Applicant Eligibility:Undergraduate students, graduate students, international students, alumni, faculty and staff of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (All nationalities can apply!) ◆Exhibition:20 photos will be exhibited at GALLERIA (1st floor of Lecture and Research Bldg.) from December 3, 2018 to December 21, 2018. If more than 20 photos are submitted, adjudicators will select 20 photos out of all the photos. During the period, the photo exhibition "African Next Generation" will be also held at GALLERIA. In the exhibition, we will exhibit the photos that shows the usual life of African young people, such as fashion, love, marriage, studying, working and so on. You can find their reality through the photos. The exhibition is jointly organized by the non-profit organization "AFRIC Africa", African Studies Center - TUFS, and Oishi Seminar. ◆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 (click here and download)*Please send its scan copy with your photo, or bring it to ASC (401E2, Research and Lecture Bldg.) ◆Contact: Dr. Takanori Oishi (takanoritufs.ac.jp)

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【The 22nd ASC Seminar】South Africa’s Economic and Political Relations with Northeast Asia

Friday, October 26th, 2018 5:40 pm - 7:10 pm
Date & Time: Friday, October 26th, 2018 5:40 pm - 7:10 pm Venue: Room 104, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Speaker: Scarlett Cornelissen (Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stellenbosch University/ Visiting Professor, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) Theme: South Africa's Economic and Political Relations with Northeast Asia Title: South African Foreign Policy and SA's Asian Interests Report: On the 22nd ASC Seminar, held at TUFS on the 26th of October 2018, Professor Scarlett Cornelissen gave a lecture on the topic "South Africa's Economic and Political Relations with Northeast Asia". The presentation was divided in two parts, first the presenter gave an introduction to South Africa's Foreign Policy and how it had evolved from the apartheid era to present. She mentioned that in the beginning it was characterized by isolation, greatly influenced by the domestic ideology of apartheid. With the end of Apartheid, it shifted to become more open, with its pillars on: human rights, promotion of democracy, justice and respect for international law, international stability, interdependence and reflecting Africa's concerns and interests. Later, it started to focus more on national interests and finally it became more centered on economic diplomacy. She divided this evolution in a comparative analysis of each of the Presidential eras, pointing out the Foreign Policy Agenda promoted in each one. The second part of the presentation addressed South Africa's Asian interests, giving special attention to trade relations between South Africa and China, Japan and South Korea throughout the years. It was mentioned that economic relations between South Africa and these three Asian countries are strikingly uniform. On her concluding remarks, she mentioned that patterns of South Africa's Foreign Policy have been consistent, and that the Foreign Policy interests are shifting due partially to the rise of China's influence that is challenging South Africa's influence in the continent. The Q&A session revolved around South Africa's Foreign Policy and its relation with domestic developments and about South Africa's relations with Northeast Asian countries, particularly China and Japan.
【The 22nd ASC Seminar】South Africa's Economic and Political Relations with Northeast Asia

Japan-TUFS so far

Oct., 22, 2018
Nancy sent us the message to express her gratitude to those who have supported her to come to Japan, such as Toyota Ghana who provided her and Samuel the roundtrip tickets. Nancy's been busy with classes and assignments of Peace and Conflict Studies course. She's also absorbing Japanese culture. For example, she has learned how to use chopsticks in just a few hours! On 25th of September, 2018 I arrived in Japan and TUFS. Generally it has been a wonderful journey so far, having to experience a new culture in terms of the food, language and the many others. The Japanese demeanor of humility and hospitality have made life very comfortable. Also, the academic friendly environment of TUFS and the warm reception from African Studies Center, TUFS, have made Tokyo worth more the stay. I would like to use this medium to thank the leadership of Toyota Ghana, for financing the flight tickets, I am very appreciative for the gesture. Another thank you goes to University of Ghana and Center of Asian Studies, University of Ghana for the great opportunity given me. I look forward to making the best of my stay in TUFS.
Visiting Researchers

My life in Japan

Oct. 11, 2018
Samuel looked back his days in Japan since he came to TUFS. We were worried about him because he caught a cold right after he arrived here, but now he's feeling and doing well, and enjoying life in Japan. We will support him to enjoy Japan as much as he can before he goes back to Ghana next January. My life in Japan for this short while has been an interesting one. Japanese are always welcoming and are very hospitable as well as caring. TUFS is a very noble institution and authorities are always ready to assist students. The academic structure in the school is very good with available institutions to aid teaching and learning. It has been interesting and worth the moments of having an exchange program at TUFS and also having the chance to visit the beautiful Japan. I will on this note like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Toyota Ghana for helping me with an air ticket to be able to come to Japan, and also my home university, University of Ghana. I look forward to many memorable moments during my stay in Japan.
Visiting Researchers

My gratitude to all of the people involved

Oct. 9, 2018
It's been 2 weeks since Rodrigue arrived at Japan. He sent us the message for all of the people who were involved in realizing his dream to come to Japan. He's taking Japanese class every day with Shukulu, and he always tries to absorb Japanese culture. For example, he uses chopsticks when he eats at home too. Since I came to Japan, I feel happy and welcomed. First of all, I am happy because we (me and all other people who were involved) successfully made it. Coming to Japan was a long process to which many people were involved; in Japan at TUFS generally and at African Studies Center in particular, in Rwanda at my home University, and in Burundi, in my family. Second, I feel welcomed as Student Exchange Division, African Studies Center and my Japanese friends have worked hard in guiding and advising me on different issues of my new life in Japan. To all of you who is making me to feel happy and welcomed, I humbly say:"Arigato gozaimasu".
Visiting Researchers