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International Symposium 'Global Youth Dynamics and 'Reality' Negotiation in East Africa and South Asia: Gender, Diversity, Agency'

18,19 Nov 2023


Note: Please encourage younger scholars including graduate students and PhD candidates to attend the casual lunch meeting on Saturday. It will be a great opportunity for their networking across areas of study.

◆Date: November 18 and 19, 2023

◆Venue: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Administration Building 2F Conference Room (Access:https://www.tufs.ac.jp/english/abouttufs/contactus/access.html)

【Theme】This symposium focuses on youth ethnographically and seeks to examine, with an intersectional lens, how young people, in Eastern Africa and South Asia, understand their social world through their multiple identities -gender, caste, region, language, and nation - as well as their individual aspirations, desires, and choices. It also seeks to compare the structural factors that act as barriers to their mobility as well as identify the strategies and pathways that individuals develop for change. Through such an approach that focuses on both structure and agency, we aim to arrive at a broader understanding of the issues at hand in vastly different terrains and social communities.
The symposium seeks to address some pertinent questions: How do patriarchy, kinship, lack of (higher) education, unemployment, insecurity, and social and cultural inequalities common to these regions confront young people? How do they cope with the complexities and challenges they may encounter in their diverse social and cultural contexts? What forces compel them to make difficult choices for change? What new forms does their agency take?
We are especially interested in contributions that focus on gender, religion, and diversity with particular attention to agency. The diverse geographical sites and socio-political contexts will enrich our understanding of the themes through multiple social and regional perspectives. We hope this symposium will further enable us to arrive at a nuanced understanding of youth in diverse settings and provide a comparative background to anthropological youth studies.

Please check the time and program on the ILCAA website.

For details, please see here.


【South Asia】
Prof. Marie Lall: Professor and Chair of Education and South Asian Studies at the UCL Institute of Education
Dr. Jane Dyson: Associate Professor in Human Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne
Dr. Nirmala Ranasinghe: Associate Professor, Faculty of Regional Creation, Nara Prefectural University
Dr. Tomoyuki Chaya: Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, Hyogo University of Teacher Education
Dr. Kazuyo Minamide: Associate Professor, Department of English, Kobe College

Mr. Takuya Hagiwara: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences, Toyo University
Dr. Kinyua Laban Kithinji: Researcher, Institute of Asian Cultures, Sophia University
Dr. Piotr Cichocki: Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw
Dr. Constance Mudondo: Lecturer, Makerere University
Dr. Wakana Shiino: Associate Professor, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

◆Language: English
◆Admission: Free ※Pre-registration is required.
For registration, please see here. Registration deadline is 10th Nov.

◆Cohosted by:
ILCAA, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) "Youth Strategies and Social Transformation under Uncertainty in South Asia" (Project number: 21H03715), TUFiSCo

◆Sponsored by:
African Studies Center - TUFS

For the latest information, please refer to the following link.