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No. 9 Special lecture on Ancient Khmer History “Hierarchy in Ancient Cambodia: The Study of Title Nouns” will be held on Thursday, March 28th.

organizerInstitute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University
date and timeMarch 28th, 2019 (Thu.) 14:00-15:30(Door open:13:45)
titleHierarchy in Ancient Cambodia: The Study of Title Nouns
lecturerProfessor Vong Sotheara
Head of Faculty of History, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
venueSophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Building no.2, 6F Room 615a
https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya.html#yotsuya_direction
languageEnglish
admissionPre-registration would be preferred.
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No. 8 Lecture, The Aftermath of the Marawi Siege in Mindanao in the Philippines: Problems and Prospects for Its Rehabilitation, will be held on Friday, February 22nd.

organizerInstitute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University
date and timeFebruary 22nd, 2019 (Fri.) 17:30-19:30
titleThe Aftermath of the Marawi Siege in Mindanao in the Philippines: Problems and Prospects for Its Rehabilitation
lecturerDr. Moctar I. Matuan (Research Consultant, MARADECA, Inc.)
Moctar I. Matuan is a sociologist and anthropologist, currently engaged as a research consultant in the Maranao People Development Center (MARADECA), Inc, an NGO based in Lanao del Sur in the Philippines. He obtained BA in Sociology from Notre Dame University in Cotabato City, MA in Anthropology from University of San Carlos in Cebu City, and Ph.D. in Peace and Development from Notre Dame University. The positions he held include the Director of Dansalan Research Center in Marawi City, Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Executive Director of the Institute of Peace and Development in Mindanao at the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City. He retired from MSU in 2017. He has also been engaged in inter-religious dialogue movements, and peace and development efforts of several NGOs. He conducted research on the clan feuding among Muslims in Mindanao, which resulted in the following publications.

“Inventory of Existing Ridos in Lanao del Sur (1994-2004). In Rido: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao. Wilfredo Magno Torres III (ed.), Makati City: The Asia Foundation, 2007.
“Responses to Interkin Group Conflict in Northern Mindanao”. In Rido: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao. (Co-authored with E. Montillo-Burton et al.)
abstractThe unfortunate emergence of the extremists in the Middle East countries whose narratives are built on the frustration of the Muslim masses worldwide extended its reach to the young Muslims in the southern Philippines. Together with local extremists, they laid siege to Marawi City in May, 2017, which lasted more than four months. It left the city in total ruins and uninhabitable up to the present, displacing its population. The Philippine government established, and later reorganized, the Task Force Bangon Marawi (Task Force Rise Up Marawi) to lead the rehabilitation, recovery, and reconstruction of Marawi. Unfortunately, however, it has thus far failed to achieve its mandated task for a variety of reasons, which I will discuss in my lecture. I view the present situation with concern because the rising frustration of the people may provide a fertile ground for the recruitment of extremists. With the government inaction, the people are pinning their hope to the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) for their eventual return and the rehabilitation of the city.
venueSophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Building no.2, 5F Room 507
https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya.html#yotsuya_direction
language English
admission Pre-registration would be preferred.
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No. 7 Wokshop, Reconsidérer les ‘ulama’ et les confréries religieuses en Algérie à l’époque coloniale, will be held on Sunday, January 20th.

organizersCenter of Islamic Area Studies, Sophia University
Institute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University
date and timeJanuary 20th, 2019 (Sun.) 13:00-18:30
titleReconsidérer les ‘ulama’ et les confréries religieuses en Algérie à l’époque coloniale: Les transformations socioéconomiques et les idées politico-culturelles
speakers1.Shoko Watanabe(Institute of Developing Economies)« La dichotomie ‘ulama’/ marabouts en question: Peut-on appliquer la théorie d’Ernest Gellner du nationalisme et du réformisme à l’Algérie coloniale? »
2.Kamel Chachoua (IREMAM, France), « Le projet de réforme des Zawiyas kabyle, par le cheikh Ibnou Zakri ( 1852-1914), Mufti de la grande mosquée d’Alger, auteur d’une épitre sur « awdhah al dalail ala wujub islah al zawaya bi bilad al qabaïl » publiée à Alger en 1902 »
3.Afaf Zekkour ( Université Hassiba Benbouali, Chlef, Algérie), « Les enjeux socio-économique des islahistes du département d’Alger : une confrontation entre centres urbains et zones rurales 1931-1956 »
4.Masatoshi Kisaichi (Sophia University), « L’établissement de l’état-nation algérien: l’alliance et de la convergence des deux nationalismes -- le mouvement nationaliste culturel et le mouvement nationaliste politique -- »
venueSophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Building no.6, 4F Room 406
https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya.html#yotsuya_direction
languageFrench
admissionPre-registration would be preferred.
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No. 6 Public Lecture, "Dark Ages" in the History of the Philippines will be held on Friday, December 7th, 2018.

organizersInstitute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University
Supported by Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies
date and timeDecember 7, 2018 (Friday) 19:00-20:30
title"Dark Ages" in the History of the Philippines:
Tyrants, Martyrs and Saviors in the Construction of
a National Narrative
lecturerDr. Reynaldo C. Ileto
(Honorary Professor, Emeritus Faculty, Australian National University)
venueSophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Building no.6, 2F Room 204
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languageEnglish
admissionPre-registration would be preferred.
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No. 5 Seminar "Towards TICAD 7: Consolidating the African Voices “will be held on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018.

organizerInstitute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University
date and timeDecember 5, 2018 (Wednesday) 17:00-19:45(door opens at 16:45)
titleTowards TICAD 7: Consolidating the African Voices
programRegistration: Doors open at 1645

Welcome remarks:
Dr. Maki Momoka,
(Associate Professor, Faculty of Global Studies - Sophia University)

Keynote Speeches: 1700 - 1810
a) The Necessity for Japanese Private Sector Involvement in the TICAD Process
Prof. Kweku Ampiah (Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies - University of Leeds)
b) The Economic Approaches for African Partners from the East (FOCAC and TICAD): Divergences and Convergences from a personnel point of view
Prof. Oussouby Sacko (President - Kyoto Seika University)

Overview of Keynote Speeches in Japanese 

Panel: 1810 - 1850
c) Navigating the tides of a corrupt state: Rural youths’ engagement with SMEs, and ICTs
Dr. Kinyua Laban Kithinji
(Research Fellow, Institute of African, Asian, and Middle Eastern Studies – Sophia University)
d) Human resource development or brain-drain of Africa? Feedback from African scholars sponsored by the Japanese Government
Mr Nico de Wet (ABE Initiative Participant at SoftBank, & COO of Kakehashi Africa).

Overview of Panel Presentations in Japanese
Break: 1850 – 1900
  Collect Questions sheets
Q&A Floor Discussion 1900 - 1945
Panel commentators and general comments: Kweku Ampiah, Oussouby Sacko

Closing Remarks 1940 - 1945
Dr. Toda Mikako, (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Global Studies - Sophia University)
venueSophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Building no.6, 1F Room 101
https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya.html#yotsuya_direction
languageEnglish (partly with Japanese translation)
admissionFree admittance. No reservation required. All who are interested are welcome to attend.

No. 4 Film "The Rainbow over the River Kwai" will be showing on Monday, Nov. 19th, 2018.

organizerInstitute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University
date and timeNovember 19th, 2018 (Mon.) 17:00-19:45
venueSophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Central Library 9F, Room 921
https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya.html#yotsuya_direction
commentaryCommentary: Kei Nemoto (Professor, Faculty of Global Studies)
Emily Obaidey (Senior student, Faculty of Global Studies)
Director's Greetings: Yasuhiro Mitsuda (Setonaikai Broadcasting Co., Ltd.)
languageFilm: Japanese with English subtitle
admissionFree admittance.
Please pre-register by e-mail by 15th November 2018
i-asianc@sophia.ac.jp
(No registration required for students or faculty members of Sophia University)

No. 3 Sophia Open Research Weeks 2018 Symposium on will be held on Friday, November 16th, 2018.

organizersInstitute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University
Center of Islamic Area Studies at Sophia University
date and timeNovember 16, 2018 (Friday) 17:10-19:10
panelistsKei NEMOTO (Sophia University)
Yuki SHIOZAKI(International Islamic University Malaysia)
Natsuko SAEKI(Nagoya Gakuin University)
Michiko ONO(Postdoctral Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
venueSophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Building no.6, 4F Room 408
https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya.html#yotsuya_direction
languageJapanese

No. 2 Lecture on Rohingya people will be held on Friday, July 6th

organizerInstitute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University
date and timeJuly 6th, 2018 (Fri.)17:30-19:30
venueSophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Room L-821 (8th Floor, Library)
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speakerItaru Furuta (United Nation officer of World Food Programme)

languageJapanese
admissionFree admittance.
For external participant, please email to Institute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University(i-asianc@sophia.ac.jp) by July 4th.

No. 1 African Weeks: Photo Exhibition and Workshop will be held from May14 to June 8.

organizersInstitute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies Sophia University
AFRIC Africa
datesMay 14(Mon) - June 8 (Fri)
venueSophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Library 1F
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admissionFree admission.
WorkshopMay 16 (Wed)16:00:-18:00
Venue:Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Library B1F Learning Commons
Admission: Free admittance
please email for reservation:
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