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March 6 - 7, 2023

UG-TUFS Seminar 2023 (the Joint Seminar with University of Ghana and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Outline of the Joint Seminar General theme: State and Rural Resource Management in Africa Dates: Monday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 7, 2023 Venue: Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (Legon campus) Pre-meeting Date & Time: 1st pre-meeting Friday, July 22, 2022 9:00-10:30 (UTC) / 18:00-19:30 (JST) 2nd pre-meeting Friday, December 16, 2022 9:00-10:30 (UTC) / 18:00-19:30 (JST) Venue: Online (closed) Greetings from the organizer African Studies Center - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (ASC-TUFS) has made various efforts to construct and develop academic networks with African research and educational institutions. In this context, joint seminars were organized in 2018 and 2020 with the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa and the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), Rwanda, respectively. We plan to organize the next joint seminar in March 2023, in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. The objectives of the joint seminar are threefold. First, it aims to promote research and publications via the exchange of different perspectives from various countries. In particular, the topic of rural resource management has been emphasized in our discussion. A selection of papers, from those presented in the seminars, have been published in the ASC-TUFS Working Papers series. In addition, the joint seminars led to certain publications, including Shinichi Takeuchi ed. African Land Reform Under Economic Liberalisation: States, Chiefs, and Rural Communities. Singapore: Springer, 2022. Second, a key objective of the seminar is to strengthen the academic network. In the first joint seminar with UP, 22 scholars from six countries made presentations, while 24 scholars from eight countries participated in the second joint seminar with PIASS. The academic network built up thus far, has produced rich and varied results through cooperation. The third objective is to nurture young scholars. Since the first joint seminar, we have invited a number of Ph.D. students and post-doc researchers, to provide them with opportunities for presentation, discussion, and publication. The general theme of the next seminar, State and rural resource management in Africa, is similar to the previous ones. The center of our research interests is the dynamics of rural resource management and comparative studies within different settings. The topic is of great importance, considering the recent evolution of the political economy in Africa. Meanwhile, a broader range of presentations will be allowed in the seminar. I sincerely hope that the joint seminar will provide all participants with an arena for fruitful discussion as well as active networking, and will contribute to producing stimulating research results. Shinichi TakeuchiDirector, African Studies Center - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Participant institutions (tentative) University of Ghana Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Aichi University Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Eduardo Mondlane University Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) University of Cape Town The UG-TUFS joint seminar is financially supported by the following research projects: Rural resource management and the state in Africa: Comparative analysis of Ghana and Rwanda (JSPS Grants-in-aid 19KK0031) Revisiting the African states: Thinking from the perspective of rural areas (JSPS Grants-in-aid 21H04390)
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UG-TUFS共同セミナー2023(ガーナ大学と東京外国語大学の共同セミナー)
February 6th, 2023 18:00-19:30 (JST)

Talking Event 'Being an Artist reflecting Africa and Japan' 

PDF Paul Kani Bahoya, an artist from PIASS (Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences) in Rwanda, currently studying at TUFS, and Moto Yoshikuni, an artist who draws from his own African experiences and those of African descent in Japan, will talk about living and drawing in two societies, Africa and Japan. Please register below and join us. Forwarding is also welcome. Registration:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8AP1QTPElzpa7fPa8J-y0wPyHx9u3eg-1XIqeRckB38ghtQ/viewform Date: 6th February, 2023 6:00~7:30p.m. (JST, Japanse time) Venue: Room 303, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA) Language:English Fee: Free
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トークイベント:アフリカと日本、2つの社会を生きること、描くことについて
Friday,February 3, 2023
4:00~5:30pm (JST)

The76th "Refugees and the Dynamics of Peace Building in Africa"

◆Speaker: Dr. Frank Ahimbisibwe ◆Title: Refugees and the Dynamics of Peace Building in Africa ◆Abstract: The public seminar examines the relationship between refugees and the regional dynamics of peace building in Africa. The talk highlights the importance of peace building efforts focusing on refugees and other regional dynamics of conflict, given the links between refugee movements and regional insecurity. ◆Date & Time: Fridy, February 3, 2023 4:00 - 5:30 pm (JST) / 7:00 - 8:30 am (GMT) ◆Venue: Onsite (Room114 at Research and Lecture Bldg., Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) & Online (Zoom Meeting) ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆Pre-registration is required. Please visit here for registration by February 1, 2023. The application will be closed as soon as the capacity reaches 30 for onsite and 300 for online. We will send the Zoom Meeting information to the registered email address by February 3, 2023 in the morning. ◆Jointly organized by African Studies Center - TUFS and Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies 【Report】 The 76th ASC seminar was conducted in a hybrid format and with 29 participants (11 in person and 18 online). The lecture particularly focused the relationships between refugees and the politics based on various examples in East and Central Africa. The issue was actively discussed in the Q & A session.
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第 76 回「Refugees and the Dynamics of  Peace Building in Africa」
Thursday, January 26, 2023 5:40 - 7:10 pm (JST)

The 75th "Indigenous Knowledge of Forest Management among the Gedeo of Southern Ethiopia"

◆Speaker: Dr. Takele Merid(Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University) ◆Title: Indigenous Knowledge of Forest Management among the Gedeo of Southern Ethiopia ◆Abstract: In different parts of Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular, people maintained immense indigenous ecological knowledge and its management often distinctive to them. Forest management is one of the knowledge systems rural communities have accumulated. This presentation is concerned with indigenous knowledge of forest management among the Gedeo people of southern Ethiopia. Specifically, it deals with their livelihood strategies, which mainly considers the healthy circumstances of their forest resource and major factors that enabled them to manage their tree species. Among these, also the congeniality between the festivity of individual's rite of passage and planting/substituting varieties of tree species in each rite of passage is one of the cultural practices that the Gedeo perform. Then, it deals with challenges they often face with in order to continue maintaining the balance of their biophysical environment. Relevant data were obtained from both primary and secondary sources. Key informant and in-depth interviews, especially with community elders and members; focus group discussions with local residents and observation were data sources obtained from three kebeles (local level administration) of Wenago woreda (district). ◆Date & Time: Thursday, January 26, 2023 5:40 - 7:10 pm (JST) / 8:40 - 10:10 am (GMT) ◆Venue: Onsite (Room114 at Research and Lecture Bldg., Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) & Online (Zoom Meeting) ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆Pre-registration is required. Please visit here for registration by January 24, 2023. The application will be closed as soon as the capacity reaches 30 for onsite and 300 for online. We will send the Zoom Meeting information to the registered email address by Jan. 26, 2023 in the morning. ◆Jointly organized by African Studies Center - TUFS, the Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University, and Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies 【Report】 The 75th ASC seminar was conducted in a hybrid format and attended by 39 participants (7 face-to-face and 32 online). Presenters presented a multifaceted presentation on the management of forest conservation in Gedeo, followed by a question and answer session in which the reality of the situation was discussed in more depth.
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第75回「Indigenous Knowledge of Forest Management among the Gedeo of Southern Ethiopia」

International Seminar: Dr. Florence K. Muhanguzi “Rethinking Strategies for Ending Sexual Harassment in Higher Education in Institutions in Uganda"

February 1, 2023
Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa(ILCAA) Tokyo University of Foreign Studies(TUFS) Commons Café /ASC Seminar Date: 1st February 2023 Time: 17:00~19:00(JST) Venue: 303@ILCAA and Zoom Speaker: Dr. Florence K. Muhanguzi(Makerere University) "Rethinking Strategies for Ending Sexual Harassment in Higher Education in Institutions in Uganda" Commentator : Dr. Siyanbola A. Omitoyin (University of Ibadan) Dr. Muhanguzi has just conducted a survey on sexual harassment in several Ugandan universities and she will introduce the latest cases in Ugandan universities. We would like to use this as an important starting point for considering the case in Japan. Please check this website: https://bit.ly/3W1Fjni Pre-registration is required: https://forms.gle/6jHtEg9i9UqgvttN8 Language: English Admission: Free Access: http://www.aa.tufs.ac.jp/en/about/access Contact: wakana@aa.tufs.ac.jp (Wakana Shiino@ILCAA) Jointly Organized by The TUFS Field Science Commons (TUFiSCo), African Studies Center-TUFS and Field Science Center-ILCAA
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セミナー案内:Dr. Florence K. Muhanguzi 'Rethinking Strategies for Ending Sexual Harassment in Higher Education in Institutions in Uganda'

International Seminar: Dr. Stella Nyanzi 'Struggling against Homophobia in Uganda'

January 31, 2023
Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa(ILCAA) Tokyo University of Foreign Studies(TUFS) Commons Café /FSC/ASC Seminar Date: 31st January 2023 Time: 17:00~19:00 (JST) Venue: 303@ILCAA and Zoom Speaker : Dr. Stella Nyanzi (PEN Germany) 'Struggling against Homophobia in Uganda: An Academic-Activist-Ally's Analysis' Discussant: Keiji Fujimoto (Photographer) https://www.keijifujimoto.net/ Stella and Keiji, who have each worked on homophobia, and who may have been in the same place during the Pride parade in Uganda are now in Japan and they will discuss the issue together. Pre-registration is required. https://forms.gle/LrMW32FbwvAApj6k8 Please scan the QR code for registration by January 30, 2023. Admission: Free Language: English Access: http://www.aa.tufs.ac.jp/en/about/access Contact: wakana@aa.tufs.ac.jp Wakana Shiino (ILCAA, TUFS) Jointly Organized by The TUFS Field Science Commons (TUFiSCo), African Studies Center-TUFS, Field Science Center-ILCAA and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (Principal Investigator: Wakana Shiino) 22H00769, 'Volcanic Dynamics of sexualities, marriage and Singleness in contemporary East African Societies'.
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セミナー案内:Dr. Stella Nyanzi 'Struggling against Homophobia in Uganda'

Sexuality in Contemporary Africa (ILCAA seminar)

January 28-29, 2023
【TUFiSCo*-ILCAA International Symposium】 Sexuality in Contemporary Africa: Tradition, Education and Practices <Theme Abstract> Despite the international development organizations' efforts toward mitigation of learner single motherhood, early pregnancies, and HIV prevalence among societies in Africa, these issues have remained persistently incremental in the last one decade and more recently worsened during COVID-19 pandemic. Menstrual poverty and related WASH problems remain systemic. What explains this trend? Prior to colonial invasion, sexuality was central to every society whereby the family was the educational pivot. The events that followed colonial occupation repositioned the sexuality values toward 'presumed modernity'. The transitioning from the traditional to the 'presumed modern' practices has mutated into dynamic between-ness. In this symposium, we ethnographically interrogate this between-ness and associated complications. We tackle the sensitivities of sexuality in some societies and address the cultural, religious, and political dimensions of sexual education and practices. We identify the existential gaps in the sexual education in the life cycle of a 'presumed modern African' society. ◆Date: 28th -29th January 2023 ◆Venue: Room 303, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa(ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies(TUFS) and ZOOM ◆Access: http://www.aa.tufs.ac.jp/en/about/access ◆Language: English ◆Admission: Free ◆Jointly Organized by The TUFS Field Science Commons (TUFiSCo), African Studies Center-TUFS, Field Science Center-ILCAA, and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (Principal Investigator: Wakana Shiino) 22H00769, 'Volcanic Dynamics of Sexualities, Marriage and Singleness in Contemporary East African Societies'. ◆Pre-registration is required. Please scan the QR code for registration by January 25, 2023. https://forms.gle/VgX9MuSNJepcDMCM8 【Program】 10:30 Opening Remarks 10:35~10:45 Introduction Dr. Wakana Shiino (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa(ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies(TUFS)) <The 1st day: Traditional Sexual Knowledge Today > 10:45~11:20 1) Ms. Etuwete Shiningayamwe (Ph.D. Student, TUFS) 'Challenges Facing Schoolteachers in Preventing and Managing Learner Pregnancy: The Case of Rural Namibia' 11:20~11:55 2) Mr. Tendai Mutembedza (Ph.D. candidate, University of Cape town) 'Centering Sexuality in Men and Communities' Constructions of Early Marriage Practices in Zimbabwe.' 11:55~13:15   Lunch time 13:15~13:55 3) Dr. Wakana Shiino (Associate Professor, ILCAA, TUFS) Transmission of Sexual Knowledge - Tradition and Intergenerational Disconnection in Rural Kenya +Ms. Lynnet Achieng Ogallo (Primary School Teacher) 13:55~14:05   Break Time 14:05~14:40 4) Dr. Florence Muhanguzi Kyoheirwe (Makerere University) The Dilemmas of Communicating Sexuality Knowledge to the Young People in Uganda: Parents and Teachers Speak Out. 14:40~15:15 5) Dr. Tom Ondicho (Associate Professor, University of Nairobi/ Visiting Professor, ILCAA, TUFS) The Influence of Sexual Health Education on HIV Risky Sexual Behaviours and Practices among Kenyan University Students. 15:15~15:30    Break Time 15:30~16:05 6) Ms. Kaori Miyachi (Visiting researcher, Saga University) FGM/C and Education in the Present: How Have Anti-FGM Activities Brought Changes in Kenya? 16:05~16:40 7) Ms. Eri Koda (P.h.D. student, Ritsumeikan University) Having Sugar Daddies and Sugar Mummies: Ambivalent Attitudes towards Youth Sexual Relationships in Urban Ghana. 16:40~16:50  Break Time 16:50~17:30 Discussion Commentator: Prof. Yukio Miyawaki (Osaka Metropolitan University) <The 2nd Day: Menstrual Hygiene Management(MHM) and Sexual Education in Africa> 13:00~13:35 8) Dr. Viola Nilah Nyakato (Senior Lecturer, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Uganda) : virtual attendance 'The Family Structure has Changed: Explaining the Need for a Cultural Shift towards Parents' upper Hand in Sexuality education in Uganda' 13:35~14:15 9) Dr. Ian Karusigarira (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies:GRIPS) In between Traditions: Interrogating MHM Education as an Inclusive Approach in Uganda. +Ms. Beatrice Kyogabirwe (High School teacher) 14:15~14:30  Break Time 14:30~15:05 10) Dr. Stella Nyanzi (PEN Germany) 'Politicisation of Organising against Period Poverty in Uganda: a Case Study of #Pads4GirlsUG' 15:05~15:40 11) Mr. Vela Night Okindo (Trans Empowerment Initiative: TEI) : virtual attendance Dignifying Mensuration in Transgender Men. 15:40~16:15 12) Prof. Elli Sugita (Osaka University) Walls Standing in the Way of Menstrual Equity: A Case Study from Japan. 16:15~16:30 Break Time 16:30~17:30 Discussion   Commentator: Dr. Soichiro Shiraishi (Hirosaki University)
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AA研セミナー案内「現代アフリカにおけるセクシャリティ」

Mr. Bruno Asiimwe, our research student from Uganda, published his master thesis

November 18, 2022
Mr. Bruno Asiimwe, our research student from Uganda who aims to enter the Graduate School of Global Studies in 2023, published his master thesis open access from the SSE-UK. You can read it from here (doi: 10.14738/eb.309.2022). His supervisor was Dr. Frank Ahimbisibwe, our visiting researcher from Mbarara University of Science and Technology. The following is a book introduction by Mr. Asiimwe. I am Bruno Asiimwe, currently a Research Student and preparing to start a PhD in Global Studies, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. This research explains the push and pull factors that occasion rural-urban migration of refugees, casts light on the challenges and livelihood strategies met by refugees in urban centers. The shift observed in the choice of habitant zones exposes the spirit of Uganda's open door policy for refugees. In turn the right to freedom of movement stipulated in the 2006 Refugees Act stands a test of time given that humanitarian assistance is not accessible in urban areas. The study was possible using a case of Burundian refugees residing in Mbarara city with the origin of Nakivale Refugee Settlement. The findings also inform the work of UN agencies charged with protecting refugees like UNHCR, governments notably the Government of Uganda under the Office of the Prime Minister; relevant operating and implementing partners in rural settlement and urban areas where these refugees live. It is equally significant to avail a point of reference for scholars and policy makers as far as addressing challenges met by refugees living in urban areas.
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研究生Buruno Asiimwe氏の修士論文が公開されました