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January 23 - 26, 2018

Dr. Sonwa, our visiting professor, will give a intensive course

Dr. Denis Jean Sonwa, who is now staying at Japan as a visiting professor of African Studies Center - TUFS, will give a intesive course. It will be held at January 23 - 26, 2018. Even non-TUFS students can participate (No registration required but can not get course credit). Additional information on textbooks and reference books are in the syllabi. Class: African Studies B Schedule code: 421198 Course instructor: Dr. Denis Sonwa Course credit: 2 Class period: Intensive (January 23 - 26, 2018) Grade: Undergraduate 2nd - 4th degree, Master's degree Registration period: January 12 - 16, 2018Class hours: 10:10 - 15:50 Class venue: 221, Research and Lecture Bldg. TUFS Title: Agroecology, Forest governance and rural development in Central Africa. Goals of the course: Provide attendants with some basic information on forest and agricultural linkages with implication on ecological services, livelihood and governance at the global, national and local levels, whit emphasis on Central Africa. Overview of the course: While the first day will be on forest ecological services importance at different levels, the second day will put emphasis on how forest and agricultural products are useful to global, national and local livelihood and economy. The third day will be on institutional and governance issues related to the management of forest and agricultural products at the scales mention before. The last day will be open for student to ask more question, but will also be an opportunity for those who hare research topic linked to the classes to make presentations and get feedbacks from attendants. Keywords: Tropical Forest, Congo Basin, Ecological services, climate change, Biodiversity conservation, Tropical crops, Farmers livelihoods, Landscape management, Sustainable development. Plan: ◆Day 1 (23 Jan), (4h) from 10h10 to 16h, Ecological services Global Level -Global Forest Coverage -Tropical Forests -Congo Basin Forest Biodiversity and importance for climate change Typology of forest and ecological importance National Level Forest distribution in national context with his diversity. Biodiversity conservation effort Agro-Ecology area in national context (Ex. Cameroon and/or DRC) Local Level Forest Biodiversity in forest landscapes (Primary forest, Secondary forest, fallow, farm) Importance of Forest biodiversity in farm (Agroforestry: Biodiversity in cocoa agroforest). Groups formation by attendants for the oral presentation that will be share with other participants in the fourth day. Each attendant need to be part of one group. ◆Day 2 (24 Jan),(4h) from 10h10 to 16h, Livelihood and economy Global Level -Global Economy importance of forest and agricultural products from forest landscapes (Cocoa & Oil Palm) -Value chain of products (Ex: Forest and perennial crops) from tropics to non-tropic areas National level Forest and agricultural product contribution to national economy Local level Importance of NTFP from forest and Agroforestry system (Agroforest) to local populations ◆Day 3 (25 Jan), (4h) from 10h10 to 17h30, Governance and institutions Global Level Global institutions managing forest and agricultural products -Private sector (World Cocoa Foundation, Oil palm organization) -Civil societies (Green Peace; IUCN, WWF, etc...) -UN organisation (FAO, WB, UNFFF, SDG) National level Governance and institutional issues related to the management of forest and agricultural products Local level Local institutions and governance structure managing forest and agricultural products Ex on the relation between environment and rural development ◆Day 4 (26 Jan), (3h) from 10h10 to 16h, Open for student presentation on their research topics Oral presentations by attendants base on the topic that they selected in the first day and the contain of the course. Other attendants are encouraged to ask questions to the group after each oral presentation. Notes: The class is opened for students with various background (Social sciences, economy, agronomy, ecology, etc.) as the aim is to highlight the fact that forest and agriculture problems needs be resolve in an integrated manner using multidisciplinary and multi-institutional approaches We will use PowerPoints presentations, video projection, etc.. Flier is here.
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Mon., January 29, 2018

International Symposium "Re-examining Global Capitalism from the perspective of Afro-Japanese Relations: Land, Space and Modernity" on January 29, 2018

We will hold an international symposium "Re-examining Global Capitalism from the perspective of Afro-Japanese Relations: Land, Space and Modernity" on January 29, 2018. The symposium is jointly sponsored by Institute of Japan Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Prof. Shinichi Takeuchi, a director of ASC - TUFS, will give a keynote address, and Dr. Makiko Sakai, an associate professor of Graduate School of Global Studies and ASC - TUFS, will participate in as a discussant. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is needed. We look forward to your participation. ◆Date & Time: Monday, January 29, 2018 1:00PM - 6:00PM ◆Venue: Room 101, Research and Lecture Building, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies ◆Objective:During the recent wave of land reform in Africa, governments across the continent introduced various policies governing land use and rights. At the same time, however, private actors, whose behavior is influenced by the political economy of Western financial centers, such as New York and London, have enclosed huge tracts of African land. Through a critical analysis of four case studies from Africa, Colombia, Japan, and India, this symposium considers the implications of land reform and politics, and their relationship to modernity. Thereby, it seeks to reexamine the historical trajectory and contemporary state of global capitalism. ◆Program:○Keynote Address Carol Gluck (Columbia University) "The World Today: Why Modernity Matters More in Lesotho than in London" Shinichi Takeuchi (ASC - TUFS) "Land and Power in Contemporary Africa: Understanding Drastic Rural Changes in the Age of Land Reform" ○Speakers Noriko Hataya (Sophia University) "Land problems in Colombia after the peace agreement" Takeshi Haraguchi (Kobe University) "The Conflicts over Ex;loting Urban Space: A Case Study in Osaka" Hiroshi Sato (Contemporary political history of South Asia) "Politics of Land Acquisition by the Indian states; case study on West Bengal and Gujarat" Chikako Nakayama (TUFS) "Rethinking the uneven development in the 21st century" ○Discussants Makiko Sakai (TUFS) / Tsutomu Tomotsune (TUFS) ◆Language: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation) ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is needed. ◆Jointly sponsored by Institute of Japan Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and African Studies Center - TUFS ◆Contacts: Office for International Affairs (3F, AGORA Global)       042-330-5829 caas_admintufs.ac.jp Please click here for the PDF ver. of flier.
国際日本学研究院との共催シンポジウム開催
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
Sat, December 23, 2017

Joint Symposium "Regional Biological Resources in Tropical Africa"

We will hold a symposium "Regional Biological Resources in Tropical Africa" on Decemer 23, 2017. The symposium is jointly sponsored by International Environmental and Agricultural Science (IEAS), Graduate School of Agriculture of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) and ASC - TUFS. Dr. Denis Jean Sonwa, a visiting professor of ASC - TUFS, Dr. Makiko Sakai, an associate professor of ASC - TUFS, and Dr. Takanori Oishi, a lecturer of ASC - TUFS will give a presentation, too. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is needed. We look forward to your participation. ◆Date & Time: Saturday, December 23, 2017 1:15 PM - 4:00 PM ◆Venue: 2-22, Bulding 2, Fuchu Campus, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) ◆Program:Opening: Dr. Masaaki YAMADA (Head of IEAS, TUAT), Dr. Yoshiharu FUJII (IEAS, TUAT), Dr. Takanori OISHI (ASC - TUFS)Presentation:1) Dr. Denis SONWA (CIFOR / IITA / ASC - TUFS) "Agroforestry in Cameroon"2) Dr. Takanori OISHI(ASC - TUFS) "Tobacco, Smoking Wild Plants and Alcohol: Evolutionary Cultural Anthropology of "shikohin" in Central African forests"3) Dr. Yoshiharu FUJII (IEAS, TUAT) "Ethnobotanical and Allelopathic Survey of African Plants"4) Dr. Makiko SAKAI(ASC - TUFS) "A Study of Local Periodic Market System in West Cameroon - Women Vendors' Network for Vegetable Marketing -"5) Dr. Laurence Mona Ndam (TUAT) "Medicinal Plants of the Cameroonian Pharmacopoeia: Biological Activity Versus Phytomedicinal Survey and Chemosystematics"Closing Remarks: Dr. Shin'ichi TAKEUCHI (ASC - TUFS) ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆No pre-registration is needed. ◆Jointly sponsored by International Environmental and Agricultural Science (IEAS), Graduate School of Agriculture of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) and ASC - TUFS. ◆Contact: Dr. Takanori Oishi (ASC - TUFS) 042-330-5745 Please click here for the PDF ver. of flier.
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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. Revised version of presented papers will be shared in this website in the near future. At the opening session, President Hirotaka Tateishi delivered the opening address on behalf of the university, then Prof. Takeuchi (Director of the ASC) presented the introduction to the symposium (click here to 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 Dr. Yumi Nakayama: Migration Governance: Migration within and from Africa 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? Dr. Demachi: Periphery or Battlefront: Africa in the International Economy 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 Dr. Takanori Oishi: Sustaining Forest Livelihoods in an Era of Climate Change: Dialogue beyond "Participation" and "Community" Arguments 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.
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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

【Book Publication】Takeuchi, S. ed. Land and Power in Africa: Understanding Drastic Rural Changes in the Age of Land Reform (in Japanese)

◆ Editor Shinichi Takeuchi ◆Chapter Introduction: Land Reform and Rural Change in Recent Africa Chapter 1: Customary Land Tenure and Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Sierra Leone: What Would be Changed and Would Not be Changed by Land Reform (Takehiko Ochiai) Chapter 2: National Land Policy and Chief's Land Administration in Customary Land in Zambia (Shuichi Oyama) Chapter 3: State Territorialization in Rural Ethiopia: A Case of Land Tenure System in Amhara Region (Yuka Kodama) Chapter 4: Land Tenure Reform in South Africa: Traditional Leadership, CLaRA, and 'Living' Customary Law (Chizuko Sato) Chapter 5: Design of Current Land Policy in Tanzania: A Compromise between the Secure 'Customary' Land Right and the National Land Use Plan (Jun Ikeno) Chapter 6: Implementation of Land Law and Political Dynamics in Mozambique (Akiyo Aminaka) Chapter 7: Do Land Law Reforms Deter Further Poltical Violence in Kenya? : Elections, National Land Commission, and 'Historical Land Injustices' (Miwa Tsuda) Chapter 8: land Reform and Rural Changes: Comparison between Rwanda, Burundi, and Western DR Congo (Shinichi Takeuchi) Conclusion: Understanding the Relationship between Land Reform and Drastic Rural Changes in Recent Africa (Shinichi Takeuchi)
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武内進一【書籍】『現代アフリカの土地と権力』

Takanori OISHI【Paper Publication】Is ☺ Smiling? Cross-Cultural Study on Recognition of Emoticon’s Emotion

◆Name: Kohske TAKAHASHI, Takanori OISHI, Masaki SHIMADA ◆Date: October 24, 2017 ◆Published in Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology ◆Title: Is ☺ Smiling? Cross-Cultural Study on Recognition of Emoticon's Emotion ◆Abstract:Emoticons are getting more popular as the new communication channel to express feelings in online communication. Although familiarity to emoticons depends on cultures, how exposure matters in emotion recognition from emoticon is still open. To address this issue, we conducted a cross-cultural experimental study among Cameroon and Tanzania (hunter-gatherers, swidden farmers, pastoralists, and city dwellers) wherein people rarely experience emoticons and Japan wherein emoticons are popular. Emotional emoticons (e.g., ☺) as well as pictures of real faces were presented on a tablet device. The stimuli expressed a sad, neutral, or happy feeling. The participants rated the emotion of stimulus on a Sad-Happy Scale. We found that the emotion rating for the real faces was slightly different but similar among three cultural groups, which supported the "dialect" view of emotion recognition. Contrarily, while Japanese people were also sensitive to the emotion of emoticons, Cameroonian and Tanzanian people hardly read emotion from emoticons. These results suggested that the exposure to emoticons would shape the sensitivity to emotion recognition of emoticons, that is, ☺ does not necessarily look smiling to everyone.
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