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Joint Research Group

Joint Research Group is a new framework launched in 2019 to foster incipient research projects based on new creative ideas. Each group is lead by several staff members, and the research activities are conducted in collaboration with researchers outside ILCAA.

Ongoing Projects in 2019

◆Historical Study of Race Theory on Africa

About the Project


Although the race theory of Africa left scars on the history of the continent, there are numerous unsolved problems regarding the formation of this theory and its historical role. This study, based on historical research, aims to consider the historical significance of the race theory of Africa by examining the relationship between race theory in the Islamic world and the European race theory of Africa formed in the Modern Period. Furthermore, it will compare the historical influence of race theory on several areas of Africa. The project members will hold a discussion at annual meetings based on their research on the race theory of Africa in their specialized fields.

Hiroki ISHIKAWA, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, ILCAA)

Members


Coordinator

  • Hiroki ISHIKAWA (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Kota KARIYA

Members

  • Takashi ARAYA
  • Hiroaki OOSAWA



◆Research on Archiving Primary Data, Research Materials and Products

About the Project


Primary data collected through fieldwork, such as audio, image, and video files, are often not open to the public. Such data, however, can be a valuable resource for other researchers and part of an invaluable cultural heritage for indigenous communities in the future; they may even have more value than research products such as books and academic papers if they are given proper annotations. More and more researchers are becoming aware of this fact and consider it part of a researchers’ responsibility to make the data available, or at least searchable, to others. In this context, this project discusses proper and realistic methods for annotating, archiving, and publishing primary data.

Asako SHIOHARA, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, ILCAA)

Members


Coordinator

  • Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Keita KURABE

Members

  • Hiroki NOMOTO



◆Dynamism of Cultural Contact in South Asia

About the Project


This project examines the processes and consequences of contacts between objects and people having different sociocultural backgrounds in South Asia where diverse religions, languages, and human groups coexist. It aims to deliberate on a variety of contacts between entities of different religions, languages, social origins, classes, regions, or intellectual traditions and to explore power dynamics affecting those contacts in South Asia from the Early Modern period up to the present day. The formations and reformations of “boundaries” as the premises or consequences of cultural contacts will be one of the main topics of the project.

Nobuhiro OTA, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, ILCAA)

Members


Coordinator

  • Nobuhiro OTA (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Satoshi OGURA
  • Nobuaki KONDO
  • Jun TAKASHIMA
  • Masahiko TOGAWA




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