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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Study of Nationhood in Contemporary Africa: New Media, Globalization, and Democracy (jrp000185)

Study of Nationhood in Contemporary Africa: New Media, Globalization, and Democracy


  • Nation state
  • Intermediate group
  • Non-state actor
  • Media
  • Global capitalism
  • Democracy


  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Europe
  • Oceania



About the Project

Project term: April, 2012–March, 2015

This project considers the possibilities for African states and civil societies by examining issues related to state formation or reformation in Africa and surrounding areas. The project will focus primarily on three domains related to state crises and (re)formation: 1) the rise of new media such as mobile phones and the Internet; 2) the influence of the global economy and transnational economic activities; and 3) political or social movements such as democratization and indigenous movements. The project will compare ethnographic data related to the above-mentioned domains and consider the diverse nature of the nation-state in the context of globalization.

Naoki NAITO, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor,The University of Tokushima)



  • Naoki NAITO (Associate Professor, The University of Tokushima)


  • Ichiro MAJIMA

Joint Researchers

  • Akira SATO
  • Hatsuki AISHIMA
  • Ichiyo HABUCHI
  • Junko MARUYAMA
  • Makiko Nishitani
  • Makoto NISHI
  • Masataka TANAKA
  • Mayuko OKAWA
  • Rumiko MURAO
  • Sayaka OGAWA
  • Sayaka UEMURA
  • Shinsuke NAGAOKA
  • Taku IIDA
  • Toru SAGAWA
  • Tsuyoshi SAITO



The 7th meeting

  • Date/Time: 30 March 2015 (Mon.) 13:00‐18:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Taku IIDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology)
    “Five Years of Transitional Government in Madagascar”
    Sayaka OGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ritsumeikan University)
    “The Riots and Unionizations of East African Traders: The Rethinking of Informality”
    All members
    General Disucussion

The 6th meeting

  • Date/Time: 25 October 2014 (Sat.) 9:00‐12:00
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Toru SAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Land grabbing and security in Southern Ethiopia”
    All members
    General Disucussion

The 5th meeting

  • Date/Time: 13 October 2013 (Sun.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Language: Japanese
  • Junko MARUYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tsuda College)
    “Immigrated ‘indigenous people’: post-colonial state and ‘Khoi San’ in South Africa”
    All members
    Discussion 1
    Akira SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies)
    “State formation and ‘Ivoirian-ness’ phenomenon in cote-devoir”
    All members
    Discussion 2
    All members
    General Disucussion

The 4th meeting

  • Date/Time: 14 July 2013 (Sun.) 14:00-18:30, 15 July 2013 (Mon.) 10:00-13:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • 14 July
  • Mayuko OKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University)
    “The Semantics of Africaness in Zanzibar and Oman: Ethnic Differentiation and Communality of Omani migrants”
    Hatsuki AISHIMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Manchester)
    “Being an Intellectual in Contemporary Egyptian Society: Islam, Mass Media, Secular Modernity”
    All members
  • 15 July
  • Makoto NISHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Themes in the Anthropology of “Democracy” in Rural Societies of Asia and Africa”
    All members

The 3rd meeting

  • Date/Time: 15 December 2012 (Sat.) 14:00-18:00, 16 December 2012 (Sun.) 10:00-17:00
  • Venue: Room 303 (Large Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Organized by: Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies”
  • 15 December
  • Session 1. “Media, State and Market in Contemporary Africa”
  • Masataka TANAKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Takachiho University)
    “Radio Broadcasting and Democracy in Benin: Thinking through the journalist and the participation program”
    Naoki NAITO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokushima University)
    “Mobile money, Diaspora and Space: The Socio-economic Relationships between Somali Protracted Refugees and Hosts in Eastern Kenya”
    Shinsuke NAGAOKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Cyberspace and the Emergence of the New Global/Local Economic Order: An Inquiry from Revival of the Islamic Economic Networks”
    Comentator: Ichiyo HABUCHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University)
  • Special Session. “Borders in Ethnic Music”
  • Yuji MATSUHIRA (Nagoya University)
    “Diffusion and Transmission of Mbira Technics”
  • 16 December
  • Session 2. “State, Nation and Ethnic group; Difficulties to Coexistence in Border Area
  • Momoka MAKI (Tsuda College)
    “Border, Nation and International Relations: the Experiences of Tigray in Ethiopia and Eritrea”
    Rumiko MURAO (ILCAA Research Associate)
    “Border and Coexistence: History and Contemporary Land Use in Western Zambia”
    Comentator: Shinichi TAKEUCHI (Japan External Trade Organization)
  • Session 3. “Islam and Borders in Africa”
    “Creating Boundaries: Narratives of Lands of Gold and Slave in the Western S?d?n from the 9th to the 14th Century”
    Shinzo SAKAI (Nanzan University)
    “Sufi Order and Secret Societies in 19th Century West Africa: Parallelism and Competition between Religious Associations in Growing Commercial Centers”
    Shigeo KIKUCHI (Meisei University)
    “Islamization and Spirit Possession: Imaginary Boundaries in Modern Kenya Hinterland”
    All members
    General Discussion

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: 20 October 2012 (Sun.) 13:30-17:00
  • Venue: Room 301 (Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Ichiro MAJIMA (ILCAA)
    “Some Notes on ‘Nationhood’”
    All members
    All members
    General Discussion on ‘Nationhood’ and ‘intermediate group’

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: 1 July 2012 (Sun.) 13:30-18:00
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Naoki NAITO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of TOKUSHIMA)
    All members
    Self-Introduction by Joint Researchers
    All members
    Research Meeting

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