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ILCAA Joint Research Project

A Study of Sources for African History

A Study of Sources for African History

Keywords

  • African History

Areas

  • Africa

Website

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2014–March, 2017

The field of African historical studies has witnessed remarkable progress in recent years resulting from cooperation among multiple disciplines, including history, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and area studies. There is still plenty of ground to cover, however, in the examination of sources, one of the most important foundations of historical studies. More progress can be achieved through collaborative efforts such as a comprehensive accumulation of information about historical documents, information sharing among researchers, reexamination of well-known writings, new investigation of sources that have not been sufficiently considered, and the examination of methodologies of historiography.
In this joint research project, therefore, we comprehensively examine the kinds, quantities, and contents of sources for historical studies on North, West, East, and Southern Africa and the surrounding areas that have historically had relationships with Africa. In addition, to consider how a more detailed and precise African history can be written, we examine methodologies that cover not only written sources such as European, Arabic, and Ajami documents, but also unwritten sources such as oral traditions.

Kota KARIYA, Project Coordinator (ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Kota KARIYA (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Hiroki ISHIKAWA

Joint Researchers

  • Akihito KUDO
  • Akiyo AMINAKA
  • Hiroaki OSAWA
  • Katsuhiko KITAGAWA
  • Momoka MAKI
  • Shinzo SAKAI
  • Yasuo MIZOBE
  • Yoko NAGAHARA

Outputs

Meetings

The 9th meeting

  • Date/Time: 5 March 2017 (Sun.) 13:00–15:00 (Open),15:00–18:00 (Closed)
  • Venue: Room 301, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • 13:00–15:00 (Open)
  • Yasuo MIZOBE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meiji University)
    “A Preliminary Report on a Survey of Historical Sources Relating to African Nationalism and Pan-Africanism: with a Focus on the Press and Broadcasting in Ghana, the Former British Gold Coast, Since the Latter Half of the Nineteenth Century Until the 1960s. (tentative)”
  • 15:00–18:00 (Closed)
  • All Members
    Discussion on the Publishing Plan

The 8th meeting Report (Japanese)136KB)

  • Date/Time: 19 November 2016 (Sat.) 13:00–18:30
  • Venue: Room 301, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Taro NISHINO (Chuo University)
    “A New Value of an Italian Manuscript on Cabral’s Voyage: An Analysis on the Accounts with Kilwa”
    Katsuhiko KITAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kansai University)
    ““Re-Orient” of Africanist Historiography Revisited”
    Abstract (Japanese) (267KB)
    All members
    Annoucement of the Schedule

The 7th meeting Report (Japanese)(144KB)

  • Date/Time: 23 July 2016 (Sat.) 13:00–19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Hiroaki OSAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nanzan University)
    “Image of Africa Transformed?: Reading Historical Sources on British Humanitarianism”
    Yoko NAGAHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Africanization of African History/African Area Studies and Colonial Sources”
    All members
    Annoucement of the Schedule

The 6th meeting Report (Japanese)(133KB)

  • Date/Time: 27 March 2016 (Sun.) 13:00-17:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Language: Japanese
  • Takashi ARAYA (ILCAA Junior Research Fellow)
    “Trends and Prospects of the Italian Colonial History Studies Based on Catholic Church Documents”
    Momoka MAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Sophia University)
    “Approach to Social History of Ethiopia and Eritrea”
    All members
    Annoucement of the Schedule

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)(141KB)

  • Date/Time: 15 November 2015 (Sun.) 14:00-17:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 3F
  • Language: Japanese
  • Sayuri YOSHIDA (Nagoya University)
    “History of "Social Discrimination" in Southwest Ethiopia: Texts Studies of Document, Oral and Physical Movement”
    Commentator: Hiroki ISHIKAWA (ILCAA)
    All members
    Discussion
    All members
    Annoucement of the Schedule

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(355KB)

  • Date/Time: 20 June 2015 (Sat.) 13:00-17:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 3F
  • Language: Japanese
  • Akiyo AMINAKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies)
    “Intersection of Document & Non-Document Historical Materials: Hints from the Research on the Rural Society in Colonial Mozambique”
    Shinzo SAKAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nanzan University)
    “Literary activities as social act in West African Muslim communities”
    All members
    Annoucement of the Schedule

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(106KB)

  • Date/Time: 26 February 2015 (Thu.) 14:30-17:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies”
  • Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies” Open Meeting
  • Tamon BABA (ILCAA Short Term Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    “Eastern Africa in the Rasulid Corpus”
    Commentator: Yasuyuki KURIYAMA (Toyo University)

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(86KB)

  • Date/Time: 29 November 2014 (Sat.) 14:00-18:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 5F
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies”
  • Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies” Open Meeting
  • Asuka TSUJI (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia,The University of Tokyo / JSPS Research Fellow)
    “Written Materials from Qasr Ibrim: Sources for Northeast African History”
    Hiroki ISHIKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Source Materials on the Historiography of Northern Ethiopia and their Characteristics”
    All members
    Annoucement of the Schedule

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(71KB)

  • Date/Time: 21 June 2014 (Sat.) 14:00-17:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • 14:00-15:30 (Closed meeting)
  • All members
    Discussion on the project
  • 15:30-17:00 (Open meeting)
  • Kota KARIYA (ILCAA)
    “Arabic Sources for historical studies of West Africa”

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