France-Japan Area Studies Forum (December 1st, 2nd and3rd)




This international symposium promotes academic exchange with overseas collaborators Center for African Area Studies and Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies have long engaged with. It aims to reconceptualize “Africa”  as a newly emerging geographical and academic area to better understand globalizing forces that shape the modern world. The symposium is one of the events organized under the research project, “Network Formation for Reconstructing the Paradigm of African Area Studies in a Globalizing World” sponsored by Program for Advancing Strategic International Networks to Accelerate the Circulation of Talented Researchers, Japan Society for Promotion of Science. 

Throughout this project, we have organize seven small seminars at Kyoto University in FY 2016. This symposium will invite 18 researchers from seven overseas institutions as well as 45 researchers from five domestic institutions. On the first day, we will have a joint seminar with EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences),  one of our core partners in Europe. On the 2nd and 3rd days, there will be presentations on different themes by junior researches who have received grants to travel to Japan and Africa under the project. 


December 1st (Fri)-3rd (Sun), 2017


Inamori Foundation Memorial Hall, 3rd Floor, Large Conference Rooms


●New territoriality on Asian and African Area Studies
December 1st (Fri)
10:00 Welcome Session
10:30 Panel 1: Diffusionism Revisited
13:00 Panel 2: Religious Encounters and Area Studies
14:30 Panel 3: Economic Dimensions of Area Studies
15:50 Panel 4: Area Studies in Tension
●Voices for the Future:African Area Studies in a Globalizing World
Day 1, December 2nd (Sat)
9:30 Introduction
10:00 Panel 1: How Does Long-term Field Study Contribute to Biodiversity Conservation in Madagascar?
12:00 Poster Session
13:30 Panel 2: The Relationship between Women’s Life Course and School Education
16:00 Panel 3: Child Socialization and Learning Environment in Africa
18:00 Dinner Party
Day 2, December 3rd (Sun)
10:00 Panel 4: Bridging African Economic and Social Relationalities in Regional, Transnational and Global Scales
12:00 Poster Session
13:30 Panel 5: Land issues, Local livelihood, and Nature Conservation in Africa
15:30 Closing Session


TEL 075-366-7207 (No Registration Required)


EHESS, Center for African Area Studies, Interdisciplinary Unit for African Studies,
Strategic Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program for Accelerating Brain Circulation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and
Kyoto City and the Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau