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ASC-TUFS 5th Anniversary International Symposium

November 3 (Wed.) & 6 (Sat.), 2021



Oct. 25, 2021 The programme is now available online. (the programme for all sessions, the programme for Session 1)

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the establishment of African Studies Center - TUFS (ASC-TUFS). For the commemoration, an international symposium will be organized on November 3 and 6, 2021.

Together with invited researchers from both Japanese and foreign research institutions, discussion will be held under five themes: international politics, migration and refugees, economy and development, ecology, and religion. Besides, we will have a session for graduate students and young scholars mainly for networking with other scholars.

The symposium will be held both onsite, at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and online. Please note that we may hold only online or restrict the number of participants as per the infection status. The symposium is open to public, and admission is free. Pre-registration is required for both onsite and online participation from here.

ASC-TUFS 5th Anniversary International Symposium

Date & Time: November 3 (Wed.) & 6 (Sat.), 2021
12:00 - 6:20 pm (JST) / 3:00 - 9:20 am (GMT)

Venue: Onsite (Large Conference Room, 2F Administration Bldg., Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) & Online

Language: English

Admission: Free

Pre-registration is required. Please register from here.

Registration Deadline: Participate on both days or only Nov.3: 11:59 pm (JST) / 2:59 pm (GMT) on Nov. 1, Participate on only Nov. 6: 11:59 pm (JST) / 2:59 pm (GMT) on Nov. 4

Capacity: 50 people for onsite and 300 people for online

Jointly organized by African Studies Center - TUFS, Inter-University Exchange Project (Africa), TUFS, and the Cooperation of Three National Universities in West Tokyo


★You can check the abstracts and the short bios of the presenters from here. You can also check the list of the presenters and the abstracts of Session 1 from here.★

Day 1 November 3 (Wed.), 2021

Opening Remarks (12:00 - 12:05 pm <JST> / 3:00 - 3:05 am <GMT>)

Session 1: Young Scholars' Networking Session
(12:05 - 2:00 pm <JST> / 3:05 - 5:00 am <GMT>)

Session 2: Considering Africa - Japan Relationship for TICAD VIII
(2:10 - 4:10 pm <JST> / 5:10 - 7:10 am <GMT>)

Shinichi Takeuchi (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies <TUFS> / Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization, Japan)
Kweku Ampiah (University of Leeds, UK / TUFS, Japan)
Adekeye Adebajo (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

Scarlett Cornelissen (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Motoki Takahashi (Kyoto University, Japan)

Session 3: Cross-border Mobilities in Sub-Saharan Africa
(4:20 - 6:20 pm <JST> / 7:20 - 9:20 am <GMT>)

Yumi Nakayama (TUFS, Japan)
Isao Murahashi (TUFS, Japan)
Frank Ahimbisibwe (Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda)

Eria Olowo Onyango (Makerere University, Uganda)
Akiko Sugiki (Keio University, Japan)

Day 2 November 6 (Sat.), 2021

Session 4: Africa in the Market Economy
12:00 - 2:00 pm <JST> / 3:00 - 5:00 am <GMT>)

Makiko Sakai (TUFS, Japan)
Kazue Demachi (TUFS, Japan)
Christian Otchia Samen (Nagoya University, Japan)

Simplice Asongu (African Governance and Development Institute, Cameroon)
Yoichi Mine (Doshisha University, Japan)

Session 5: Ecology and Socio-politics in Contemporary Africa
(2:10 - 4:10 pm <JST> / 5:10 - 7:10 am <GMT>)

Takanori Oishi (TUFS, Japan)
Hitomi Kirikoshi (Kokushikan University, Japan)
Evariste Fongnzossie Fedoung (University of Douala, Cameroon / TUFS, Japan)

Denis Jean Sonwa (Center for International Forestry Research, Cameroon)
Papa Saliou Sarr (Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, Japan)

Session 6: Religious Plurality in Contemporary African Societies
(4:20 - 6:20 pm <JST> / 7:20 - 9:20 am <GMT>)

Marloes Janson (SOAS University of London, UK)
Ran Muratsu (TUFS, Japan)
Yasuo Matsunami (Meiji Gakuin University, Japan)

Hidetoshi Kondo (Kansai Gaidai University, Japan)
Francis B. Nyamnjoh (University of Cape Town, South Africa)


The ASC-TUFS 5th Anniversary International Symposium was held online on schedule on 3rd (Wed.) and 6th (Sat.) Nov.

There were 50 participants who joined the seminar on 7th, and 35 participants on 10th.

At the beginning, Prof. Shinichi Takeuchi, who was the director of ASC-TUFS stated opening remarks, being followed by each session's presentation and comments.

On 3rd Nov, 3 sessions -Sesion 1,2,3 - was held. For each session, more than 50 persons joined online and 15-20 persons onsite.

On 6th Nov, 3 sessions - Session 4,5,6 - was held. For eash session, more than 45 persons joined online and about 15 persons onsite.

Lively discussion took place among Japanese and African scholars in each sessions.