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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.

Ongoing Projects in 2019

◆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)






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