Japanese-Tunisian Online Seminarwill be held on March 11th.


As every year since the 2011 revolution in Tunisia, the 10th anniversary of this major socio-political change (14 January) has been marked by night-time protests and violent clashes with the Security forces, conducted by young people from the poor and popular classes neighbourhoods of many coastal Tunisian cities (Tunis, Monastir, Souse...) or from the interior (Siliana, Kasserine...).
These violent protests have revealed the extent and depth of the social, economic and also political crisis, which has continued to worsen since 2011. The health crisis linked to Covid 19 has further aggravated the situation since the beginning of last year, 2020.
The seminar aims at overviewing the ten years after the Revolution of 2011 in Tunisia. Tunisia is renown as an only country that succeeded in Revolution in difference to other Arab countries that experienced the so called Arab Spring, with different destinies (hard civil wars in Libya, Syria and Yemen return of an authoritarian regime in Egypt...etc). At the same time, Tunisian society faces serious socioeconomic and political problems such that the Revolution is seen as failure. Thus, the question is "Tunisia after the revolution of 2011: a decade of failure? Is the picture/ the board so dark?".

Four Tunisian and Japanese lecturers/scholars try to answer this question from different approaches : From Tunisian side, Hassan Boubakri, Professor of Geography and Migration Studies (University of Sousse) and Amor Boubakri, Professor of Public law (University of Sousse) and Electoral advisor of the UNDP (Afghanistan and Haiti) From Japanese side, Keiko Takaki, Professor of J. F. Oberlin University (Tokyo), as an anthropologist and expert on Tunisian society, and Erina Iwasaki, Professor of Sophia University (Tokyo), as socioeconomist on North African Societies (Egypt and Tunisia) studies.

organizersUniversity of Sousse
Institute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies, Sophia University
date and time17:00 - 19:00 (Japan time)
9:00 - 11:00 (Tunisian time)
Held by Zoom meeting
titleTunisia, 10 years after the Revolution of 2011:
A decade of failure? Is the picture so dark?
program17:00 - 17:10 Opening
Professor Lotfi BELKACEM President of Sousse University
Vice President of Sophia University, Prof. Miki Sugimura

17:10 - 17:20 Introduction
Erina IWASAKI (Professor, Sophia University) "Questions on Tunisian Revolution 2011"

17:20 - 17:40 Amor BOUBAKRI (Professor, University of Sousse, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences) " Political and Institutional transition: elections and political"

17:40 - 18:00 Hassen BOUBAKRI (Professor, Unversity of Sousse, Faculty of Humanities and Arts) "Social and economic transition after 2011: the disenchantment?"

18:00 - 18:20 Keiko TAKAKI (Professor, J.F. Oberlin University)
"Tunisia after the Revolution 2011 and the Civil Society"

18:20 - 19:00 Discussion
SpeakersBiography of Amor Boubakri
Amor Boubakri is an associate professor of public law at the University of Sousse. He is now on a temporary leave working with the UNDP in Haiti. He served also in many countries like Afghanistan, Egypt, Guinea and Libya in different capacities in field of elections, democratic governance and as legal expert mainly with UNDP, UNHCR, FAO, International Foundation of Electoral Systems, International Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance, and Democracy Reporting International.

Biography of Hassen Boubakri
Hassen Boubakri is full Professor of Geography and Migration studies at the University of Sousse (Tunisia), and Associated Professor at the University of Sfax (Tunisia). He has more than 25 years of experience in teaching, research, participating and/or leading research projects and programs in different migration fields. His current research topics ranges: Irregular migration, asylum, refugees and migration policies International migration flows in North Africa and in its neighbourhoods the migratory triangle Tunisia-Libya-Italy Migration, investment and development in the Mediterranean regions of origin.
He is:
- The Tunisian partner (University of Sousse) and the Steering Committee member of the EuroMedMig / Jean Monnet Network) (Leader: Universitat Pompeu Fabra/Barcelona),
- The Tunisian partner (University of Sousse) of the MADAR (Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights) Network Plus (6 Maghreban and UK Universities & 3 Maghreban NGOs
- Member of the Steering committee of the North African Migration Academic Network (NAMAN).

Biography of Keiko TAKAKI
Keiko Takaki is a Professor of cultural anthropology at College of Arts and Sciences,
J.F. Oberlin University (Tokyo). She currently serves as the dean of the Library and Media Center of the University. She has conducted anthropological field researches in Maghreb countries, especially in Tunisia since the 1980s. Her main works are Islamic Saint Cults in North Africa: A Historical Ethnography of Village Seddada, Tunisia (2000), Cultural Anthropology of Microcredit: Toward democratization of finance in the MENA (2007), The Tunisian Revolution and Democratization (2016). She is at present a member of the academic project of Islam and Gender Studies, making research on transnational social movements.

Biography of Erina IWASAKI
Erina Iwasaki is a professor at Department of French Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University (Tokyo). She currently serves as the director of Institute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies at Sophia University. She conducts socioeconomic field researches in North African countries, especially in Tunisia and Egypt. Her recent work on Tunisia includes "Transformation of Fertility Behavior in Southern Tunisia: Case Study of Two Villages in Tataouine", Ajia Keizai, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) 61 (1): 35-67 (2020), Iwasaki E. & Makino K (eds) Social Welfare in the World. Africa and Middle East (2020).
Registration deadline March 9th, 2021
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