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Fri., April 20, 2018

ASC Seminar #13 will be held on April 20

African Studies Center -TUFS (ASC -TUFS) and the Center for African Area Studies - Kyoto University (CAAS - KU) will hold ASC Seminar #13 / TUFS-KU Seminar #5 on April 20, 2018. We will invite Ohsoon Yun, a research professor of Institute of African Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea, who has been staying at Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University as a visiting professor. The title is "South Korea-Africa Encounters via Culture and Arts: The Case of Seoul Africa Festival." She will talk about an importance of a participatory event to share knowledge on Africa. Dr. Yun is now an Executive Director of the Seoul Africa Festival, which was initiated in 2016 and aims to spread awareness among Koreans on culture in Africa. ◆Speaker: Dr. Ohsoon Yun (Research Professor, Institute of African Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies / Visiting Profesor, Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University) ◆Title: South Korea-Africa Encounters via Culture and Arts: The Case of Seoul Africa Festival ◆Date & Time: Friday, April 20, 2018 2:20 pm - 4:00 pm ◆Venue: Room 327, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is needed. ◆Jointly sponsored by African Studies Center -TUFS (ASC -TUFS)& the Center for African Area Studies -Kyoto University (CAAS -KU) Please click here for the PDF ver. of flier.
第13回ASCセミナー開催決定
Wed, April 11, 2018

Dr. Alex de Waal will give us a lecture at TUFS

African Studies Center - TUFS will hold the 12th ASC Seminar on April 11,2018. We will invite Dr. Alex de Waal from World Peace Foundation, Tufts University, USA. He is an eminent researcher on famine in Sudan and war in Darfur. Dr. de Waal will give us a lecture about the history and the current situation of multilateralism in Africa. ◆Speaker: Alex de Waal (Executive Director, the World Peace Foundation / Research Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University) ◆Date & Time: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm ◆Venue: Room 227, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies ◆Title: Africa, Multilateralism and the Emerging Global Order ◆Abstract:Africa has a unique history of multilateralism, which is coming under severe strain in the emerging global order in which transactional zero-sum security politics is on the rise. Africa's multilateralism emerges from its history as a weak continent that therefore has much to gain from the sovereign status of states in an anarchic world system, from the role of the United Nations and the Organisation of African Unity in the decolonization of the continent, and from the way in which Pan-Africanism was rooted in a transnational people's movement. During the 1990s, in response to the extreme political crises that afflicted the continent, African leaders forged new norms and collective commitments, which have played a key role in preventing and resolving conflicts. As the embodiment of these aspirations, the African Union has provided formal principles and informal mechanisms to promote a promising form of African multilateralism. However, these aspirations are currently jeopardized by militarization of U.S. foreign policy and the expansion of Middle Eastern rivalrous politics into Africa. ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is needed. ◆Contact: African Studies Center -Tokyo University of Foreign StudiesAddress) Research and Lecture Building #401E2,Tokyo University of Foreign Studies3-11-1, Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo 183-8534 JAPANTel/Fax) +81-42-330-5540e-mail) africanstudies-centertufs.ac.jp Please click here for the PDF ver. of flier.
アレックス・デ・ヴァール氏を招いてASCセミナー開催
April 6 - July 17, 2018

Charles Agyebeng Acheampong, a student of exchange program, has come from University of Ghana

Charles Agyebeng Acheampong, a student of exchange program, has come from University of Ghana. This is a first opportunity to invite undergraduate student from Ghana. TOYOTA GHANA Company Ltd. fund airline tickets of this student exchange program, and International Programmes Office of University of Ghana, Embassy of Japan in Ghana and JICA support this program. We really appreciate their supports.
ガーナ大学より留学生のチャールズ・アジェベン君がやってきました
Mon., February. 5, 2018

Annonce de l'atelier International du 5 Février 2018

Thematique: Potentiel de l'éducation environnementale chez les enfants Baka du Cameroun ◆Contexte et problématique de l'atelier L'avenir des peuples de la forêt dépend grandement de la qualité de l'éducation destinée à leur jeunesse. Pour cela, l'éducation conventionnelle peut contribuer à améliorer leur culture et favoriser leur participation à la société civile afin de bénéficier pleinement de leur statut de citoyen dans le système d'état. Dans ce vaste projet, plusieurs associations locales mènent des activités remarquables visant la préservation des connaissances endogènes. Ainsi par exemple, OKANI, CADDAP et APPEC ont mis des efforts remarquables pour appuyer les enfants Baka à poursuivre le plus longtemps possible leur cursus scolaire d'une part ; et pour leur apporter une éducation culturellement adaptée fondée sur le respect de leur environnement socioculturel d'autre part. Par ailleurs, la tradition socio-culturelle est en train de disparaitre face aux grands changements socio-économiques depuis les années 2000. A cela s'ajoutent l'implantation des sociétés industrielles (exploitation de bois et de ressource sous-sol, etc.), les actions anthropiques diverses qui mettent à mal la conservation de nature. Les connaissances traditionnelles sur la nature, et les savoir-faire des activités variées dans la forêt sont au cœur de la culture de l'autochtonie. Des études menées par le CED en 2013 montrent bien que malgré la volonté des populations Baka pour aller à l'école, ils sont conscients que l'école bouleverse la structure sociale autochtone en créant un effritement des savoirs ancestraux, et en diminuant la participation des membres de leur communauté dans les activités traditionnelles. Pour assurer et enrichir l'avenir des peuples de la forêt, nous pensons que, la tradition et la modernité doivent aller de pair. Donc cet atelier essayera de répondre aux préoccupations suivantes: - Quels sont les défis et réussites du modèle d'éducation conventionnelle dont bénéficient les enfants Baka d'aujourd'hui? - Quelles sont les entraves à la transmission des connaissances écologiques traditionnelles pour prochains générations? - Comment harmoniser l'éducation conventionnelle et l'éducation traditionnelle chez les populations Baka?- Quelle est la valeur des cultures traditionnelles dans le monde global d'aujourd'hui? ◆Objectif de l'atelierCet atelier se propose d'analyser les enjeux, les contraintes, les bonnes pratiques et les opportunités d'une éducation culturellement adaptée au contexte des sociétés Baka. ◆Organisation, Méthodologie de l'atelierCet atelier est co-organisé par les institutions suivantes: CSEAS-KU (Center for South East Asian Studies, Kyoto University), CADDAP (Centre d'Action pour le Développement Durable des Autochtones Pygmées), Association OKANI, MEM (Millennium Ecological Museum), Université de Douala et ASC-TUFS (African Studies Centre, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies). La méthodologie de cet atelier comprendra des exposés oraux et des échanges. ◆Date et Lieu de l'atelierL'atelier se déroulera le 05 février 2018 à Hotel Résidence le Zurikoi, Quartier Djow Vers Le Lycee Technique, Abong-Mbang, L'Est, Cameroun ◆Horaire: 8h30-15h30 (environ 7hrs y compris un repas d'amitiés). ◆Programme des exposés (provisoire): Session Exposés : Les exposés oraux porteront sur les thématiques suivantes:- Dr. OISHI T. (ASC-TUFS) & AYE MONDO (CADDAPP): Introduction & Justification- MESSE, V. (OKANI): Créer un livre des écoles en langue Baka: Reflection sur la méthode ORA (« Observer - Réfléchir - Agir ») et perspectives.- AYE MONDO (CADDAPP): Défis et réussite de projet des écoles pour les enfants Baka: Cas de Abong Mbang. <Pause Café> - Dr FONGNZOSSIE, E. (MEM/ University of Douala): Mesurer les connaissances écologiques traditionnelles chez les Baka: une approche ethnobotanique. - Dr. IIZUKA, N. (CSEAS-KU) & Dr. OISHI, T. (ASC-TUFS): Relier les enfants du monde par l'éducation environnementale: au-delà de la nature et du monde de la ville. Session Echange et DiscussionSession d'Amitié ◆Contacts : Dr. Takanori OISHI (E-mail : takanoritufs.ac.jp, takanori.oishigmail.com, Tel. +81-8061234706), Ms. Aye Mondo (E-mail : ayemondoyahoo.fr) Flier
カメルーンのバカ・ピグミーと環境教育をテーマにした国際ワークショップ開催

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African Studies Association 60th annual meeting at Chicago, Visit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

November 15-22, 2017
At the occasion of the 60th annual meeting of African Studies Association at Chicago (16-18 November 2017), I (Takeuchi) had a chance to organize the following panel titled"Land Reform, Rural Changes, and Political Power in Africa". Chair Scott Straus (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Discussant Sara Berry (Johns Hopkins University) Panelist Shuichi Oyama (Kyoto University) "Autonomy and authority of chiefs regarding administration of customary land in Zambia" Teshome Emana (Addis Ababa University) "The Political Economy of Land and Socio-economic Dynamics in a Rural-Urban Interface in Ethiopia" Horman Chitonge (University of Cape Town) "Land Restitution in South Africa Re-Loaded: What Happens after the Land is Restored?" Shinichi Takeuchi (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies / IDE-JETRO) "African Enclosure in the Context of Land Law Reforms" Professor Sara Berry and Professor Scott Straus kindly accepted to serve as a discussant and a chair, respectively. It was very lucky for me to have a lot of insightful comments. (With panelists and Professor Sara Berry) After the ASA meeting, I moved to Madison for a visit of the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The African Studies Program includes more than 70 professors of various departments and can trance back in the 1970s, when eminent scholars like Jan Vansina, Phlip Curtin, and Aristid Zolberg worked together for the launch. At the visit on 20 November, Neil Kodesh (Director of the Program) and Aleia McCord (Associate Director) kindly explained their activities. (Ingraham Hall. African Studies Program is located in this building.) Professor Scott Straus provided great assistances for my visit at Madison. In the afternoon, I had a chance to attend his class on "The Comparative Study of Genocide" for undergraduate students. In addition, thanks to his arrangements, I could meet outstanding scholars in the field of DR Congo, Professor Michael Schatzberg and Emeritus Professor Crawford Young. It was truly a wonderful day! Thank you very much, Scott!
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全米アフリカ学会参加、ウィスコンシン大学マディソン校訪問

Report: African Studies Center "Kick-off" Symposium “Frontiers of African Studies”

November 3, 2017
On November 3, the "kick-off" symposium which commemorates the establishment of African Studies Center of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies successfully held (click here to the flyer). In this symposium, three eminent guest speakers as well as Japanese Africanists presented their views and ideas on the achievement and future challenges with regard to their research fields, concerning mainly 1) politics and international relations, 2) economy and development, 3) environment and climate change. Updated on April 17, 2018.Revised version of presented papers are shared. Please click the links on each title to view the PDF version. At the last of this page, you can see the link to view the full pages of the proceedings. At the opening session, President Hirotaka Tateishi delivered the opening address on behalf of the university (click here for the PDF), then Prof. Takeuchi (Director of the ASC) presented the introduction to the symposium (click here for the PDF). At the first session, on politics and international relations, Dr. Olukoshi and Dr. Nakayama delivered their presentations and Prof. Endo made some comments to them. The title of the presentations are below: Dr. Adebayo Olukoshi: Africa Changing Politics in a Changing World (click here for the revised paper) Dr. Yumi Nakayama: Migration Governance: Migration within and from Africa (click here for the revised paper) At the second session, on economy and development, Prof. Amanor and Dr. Demachi delivered their presentations and Prof. Yoichi Mine made some comments to them. The title of the presentations are below: Prof. Kojo Amanor: Markets, Politics and Land Administrative Reform in Africa: What can African Studies Contribute? (click here for the revised paper) Dr. Demachi: Periphery or Battlefront: Africa in the International Economy (click here for the revised paper) At the third session, on environment and climate change, Dr. Sonwa and Dr. Oishi delivered their presentation and Prof. Ueru Tanaka made some comments to them. The title of the presentations are below: Dr. Sonwa: Forest and Climate Change Response in Africa (click here for the revised paper) Dr. Takanori Oishi: Sustaining Forest Livelihoods in an Era of Climate Change: Dialogue beyond "Participation" and "Community" Arguments (click here for the revised paper) At the final session, on the general discussion, speakers, commentators and audience lively discussed the topics which mentioned in the sessions. Thanks to everyone who involved in the event, the symposium was closed a success. You can view and download the full page of the proceedings from here.
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ASCキックオフ・シンポジウム「現代アフリカ研究のフロンティア」開催報告

Yumi NAKAYAMA【Paper Publication】Migration Governance: Migration within and from Africa

◆Name: Yumi NAKAYAMA ◆Date: April 13, 2018 ◆Published in Proceedings of the ASC ― TUFS 'Kickoff' Symposium Frontiers of African Studies ◆Title: Migration Governance: Migration within and from Africa ◆Abstract:A recent and significant increase of migrants from the Global South to the Global North has caused serious issues such as smuggling and brain drain; additionally, illegal immigrants are included in the movement of people. As the migration problem has become a global issue, multi-layered migrationg overnance is resulting in the rapid emergence of inter-regionalism, regionalism, and bilateralism.In Africa, regional efforts for facilitating the free movement of persons and improving border control have been progressing gradually in several decades. For instance, the Economic Community on West African States (ECOWAS) agreed on introducing common passports in 2000. These developments are the results of neoliberalism on the one hand and external pressure exerted - especially by Europe--on the other hand. Funds from the EU support technical assistance and capacity building of the ECOWAS Commission. Confronted with illegal migrants from Africa, the EU developed an inter-regional approach to contribute to the externalisation of migrant control beyond its regional framework. The Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM) since 2005 focuses on continuous dialogue and the conclusion of readmission agreements with non-EU countries.Apparently, migration governance in Africa is strongly affected by European preferences. However, this essay argues that African countries are no longer merely rule takers and that they attempt to seek leverage from European countries both in inter-regional and bilateral approaches. Furthermore, it raises issues regarding governance of migration within and from Africa. ◆Key Words: migration, Regional Consultative Processes (RCPs), inter-regionalism
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中山裕美【論文】「Migration Governance: Migration within and from Africa」