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Field Science Center (FSC)

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1. Purpose

In 2004, the center was tentatively established as a preparatory section within ILCAA. Then, since April 2005, FSC has officially started its activities. The original purpose of FSC is to establish ‘field science’ as a discipline by developing methods of field research in humanities, social and natural sciences. It also serves as a center for systematic accumulation of records of field research conducted by Japanese scholars and for enhanced collaboration and communication between them.

2. Planned Activities

The center has the following seven foci of activity.

  1. Development of theory and practical methods of field sciences
  2. Seminars Field Science Colloquium open to the concerned public on the above-mentioned methods
  3. Establishing and managing overseas offices: Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) in Lebanon and Kota Kinabalu Liaison Office in Malaysia
  4. Research project on ‘Islam in Southeast Asia (ISEA)’
  5. Accumulation of records of the fieldwork based on the Grants-in-Aid from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  6. Collaboration with the Japan Consortium for Area Studies (JCAS): JCAS, established in April 2004, aims to form a network of research institutions engaged in area studies in Japan. ILCAA made a contribution to establish JCAS, and is one of its organizing institutions. FSC functions as gateway of JCAS collaborative interaction in ILCAA.

3. Successive Heads

(Academic Year)
2015-presentIkuya TOKORO
2013-2014Ichiro MAJIMA
2011-2012Ryoko NISHII
2009-2010Masato IIZUKA
2005-2008Hidemitsu KUROKI
2004Motomitsu UCHIBORI (as a head of a preparatory section)

Member of the Center

Hidemitsu KUROKI, Nobuhiro OTA, Asako SHIOHARA, Yutaka SAKUMA, Norikazu KOGURA, Yukako YOSHIDA, Anthony Robert JUKES

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