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Joint Research Projects (by Visiting Researchers)

As part of our activities as the “International Research Center for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa,” ILCAA invites visiting scholars to carry out joint-research projects in collaboration with the staff members.


The Past Projects

◆Village, Kinship and the Wider World: Ethnographic Studies in South Asia

About the Project

Project term: 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Jul 2019

This joint research project aims to reconsider developments in the theory and methodology of ethnographic studies in South Asia since the British colonial period, by reflecting on the various ethnographic works in Bengal, and acknowledge its importance and relevance to various fields of South Asian studies. In particular, this project will revisit an ethnography written by the late Japanese anthropologist Tadahiko Hara (1934-1990), a former professor at the Institute of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, who conducted fieldwork in a Muslim village in East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh).

Members

Coordinator

  • Abhijit DASGUPTA

ILCAA Staff

  • Masahiko TOGAWA




◆Malay and Persian Historical Literatures Compared

About the Project

Project term: 1 Sep 2019 - 29 Feb 2020

This project aims at a comparison of Malay and Persian historical writings. It begins with the syairs, narrative poems made up of monorhyme quatrains. First, Historical syairs are compared with Malay historical sources, and then with Persian epics and chronicles. The project tries to get an insight about similarities and differences between the Malay and Persianate worlds in early modern period.

Members

Coordinator

  • Henri CHAMBERT-LOIR

ILCAA Staff

  • Nobuaki KONDO



◆Documentation of the Oral Tradition of Kui in Alor, the East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia

About the Project

Project term: 1 Oct 2019 - 31 Mar 2020

The aim of this project is to document Kui language, spoken in Alor Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Unlike typical language documentation attempts focusing on the communicative function of languages, this research project will focus on functions that languages play in the culture, especially on oral tradition of Kui Language, called Lego-lego.

Members

Coordinator

  • Katubi

ILCAA Staff

  • Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)



◆Social Action and the Grammar(s) of Contemporary Indonesian

About the Project

Project term: 1 Nov 2017 - 30 Jun 2018

In this project I will explore the phenomenon of different types of grammar within Indonesian.
Rather than viewing these a separate grammatical systems, I see them as differing modes of grammatical organisation and arising from constellations of differing modes of interaction and the various social actions that language users engage in, and integrated in complex ways. I will investigate how language users deploy these different modes of grammatical organisation and what motivates the use of these different modes, by exploring their use in a corpus of naturally occurring Indonesian language.

Members

Coordinator

  • Michael C. Ewing

ILCAA Staff

  • Toshihide NAKAYAMA (ILCAA)



◆Language Documentation and Youth Participation in Sustainable Language and Culture Reclamation Development

About the Project

Project term: 1 Jan 2018 - 15 July 2018

This pilot action research project focuses on theoretical study of language documentation and youth participation in reclamation activities in two research sites; Ikema-Miyako (Okinawa, Japan) and Black Tai (Petchburi, Thailand). Ethnographic interviews will be conducted to elicit in-depth information about language and culture activities in Ikema-Miyako community. This, combined with comparable information from Black Tai community that has been already collected, will form a foundation for the proposed research. With informed consent, recordings of locally salient forms of conversational exchange, discourses and cultural events with expanded metadata will be produced and analyzed.

Members

Coordinator

  • Sumittra Suraratdecha

ILCAA Staff

  • Toshihide NAKAYAMA (ILCAA)



◆From Turkestan to Istanbul: in Seeking the Freedom

About the Project

Project term: 1 Apr 2018 - 31 Jul 2018

The most prominent modernist figure and Turkestani leading intellectual who pioneered the modernist visions and agendas was ‘Abd al-Ra’ūf Fiṭrat (1886 – 1938) who for over two decades fought against, first, what he perceived as the restrictive conservative Islamic thought and practice of local Muslim elites and later, the rigid dogmatism of the newly installed Soviet regime. The project is trying to investigate how Fiṭrat contributed to the concept and notion of freedom by following his changes of mind: from Islamism to atheism within the development of anti-colonial thought and general intellectual changes in Turkestan in the early twentieth century. This research can provide valuable insight into the intellectual history in Central Asia, that has until today not received adequate attention within Islamic Studies of the recent past.

Members

Coordinator

  • Abdirashidov Zaynabidin Sharabidinovich

ILCAA Staff

  • Jin NODA (ILCAA)



◆Cultural and Linguistic Study of the Agrico-Pastoral People in Qinghai Tibet

About the Project

Project term: 1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019

The objective of this project is to conduct an ethnographical and linguistic study on agrico-pastoral people in Qinghai Tibet through a collaborative research of Tibetan and Japanese researchers.

Members

Coordinator

  • Laxianjia

ILCAA Staff

  • Izumi HOSHI



◆Studies on the Tangut Text of Collection of Explicit Opinion Belong to Three Generations Excavated from Khara-Khoto

About the Project

Project term: 1 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

Members

Coordinator

  • Bojun SUN

ILCAA Staff

  • Shintaro ARAKAWA



◆Semantic Approach on Silk Texts from the Han Tomb of Mawangdui, Changsha, with an Emphasis on the Xiangmajing

About the Project

Project term: 1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018

Members

Coordinator

  • Zhao LIU

ILCAA Staff

  • Arnd Helmut HAFNER (SUEYASU)





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