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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Présence Africaine: Towards New Political and Cultural Perspectives

Présence Africaine: Towards New Political and Cultural Perspectives

Keywords

  • Negritude
  • Decolonization
  • Cold War era
  • Cultural studies

Areas

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Europe
  • Atlantic

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2015–March, 2018

Our research project deals with the black literary and cultural journal Présence Africaine, which was founded by Senegalese Alioune Diop in 1947 and continues to be published to this day. As a major black intellectual press, the journal played a particularly important political and cultural role in the decolonization period of the 1950s. By re-examining the selected issues from the 1950s, the project attempts to shed new light on the black thought and movement of the mid-twentieth century as represented by the négritude movement, and thereby, attempts to explore the changing relations between politics and culture in an increasingly globalized world of the post-Cold War era. This joint research enables us to combine different areas of studies such as anthropology and literature, Africa and the Caribbean, francophone and anglophone worlds.

Takayuki NAKAMURA, Project Coordinator (Lecturer, Daito Bunka University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Takayuki NAKAMURA (Daito Bunka University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Yutaka SAKUMA

Joint Researchers

  • Ayako AIHARA
  • Ichiro MAJIMA
  • Moriyuki HOSHINO
  • Ryo OGAWA
  • Tasuku SASAKI
  • Yukitoshi SUNANO
  • Yutaka YOSHIDA

Outputs

Meetings

The 6th meeting

  • Présence Africaine : Towards New Political and Cultural Perspectives Identities, memories and resistances between Africa, Europe and the Americas from colonization to post-colony
  • Date/Time: 23 August 2017 (Sat.), 24 August 2017 (Sun.)
  • Venue: Room 303, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese, English and French
  • [Speakers are now being called] For details, please refer to the following announcemets. (Deadline: 15 March 2017)
  • Announcement in Japanese
  • Announcement in English
  • Announcement in French

The 5th meeting

  • Date/Time: 25 March 2017 (Sat.) 10:00–19:00, 26 March 2017 (Sun.) 10:00–15:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese and French (with consecutive interpretation)
  • 25 March
  • Yutaka SAKUMA (ILCAA)
    “Progress Report about Organization of the International Symposium on Presence Africaine”
    Aggee Celestin Lomo Myazhiom (ILCAA Visiting Professor, Strasbourg University)
    “Presence Africaine in the Context of The Decolonization of Africa”
    Commentator: Ryo FUKUSHIMA (The University of Tokyo)
    Yukitoshi SUNANO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Prefectural University Of Kumamoto)
    “Presence Africaine and Politics of language in the 1950s”
    Commentator: Junko MOTOKI (Hosei University)
    All members
    Discussion
  • 26 March
  • Tasuku SASAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe University)
    “Poetics and social science in Presence Africaine”
    Commentator: Masaki SAKIYAMA (Ritsumeikan University)
    All members
    Discussion on the next research meeting
    All members
    Meeting on the International Symposium

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(116KB)

  • Date/Time: 30 July 2016 (Sat.) 14:00–18:30
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Yutaka YOSHIDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher,Tokyo University of Science)
    “The Cold War on Race and Culture: The First Congress of Negro Writers and Artists and Richard Wright, George Lamming, and James Baldwin”
    Commentator: Ryo OGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher,Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    Moriyuki HOSHINO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “Niam n’goura: Reading Early Issues of Presence Africaine”
    Commentator: Hideya ARITA (Seijo University)
    All members
    Discussion on the next research meeting

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(108KB)

  • Date/Time: 5 March 2016 (Sat.) 14:00‐18:30
  • Venue: Room 301, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Hiroshi MATSUI (Kinjo Gakuin University)
    “Dreaming of Earth in Upheaval: Césaire’s Poetics and Politics”
    Commentator: Syu HIRATA (The University of Tokyo/ JSPS Research Fellow)
    Takayuki NAKAMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Daito Bunka University)
    “Édouard Glissant and the journal Acoma”
    Commentator: Masahiko NISHI (Ritsumeikan University)
    All members
    Discussion on the next research meeting

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(147KB)

  • Date/Time: 3 October 2015 (Sat.) 14:00‐18:30
  • Venue: Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Yutaka SAKUMA (ILCAA)
    “A bibliography of Presence Africaine: An Overview from 1955 to 1960”
    Ryo OGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “The Way Which Leads to “Hosties Noires”From B. Diagne, W.E.B. Du Bois to L. S. Senghor”
    Commentator: Tasuku SASAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe University)
    All members
    Discussion on the next research meeting

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(88KB)

  • Date/Time: 20 June 2015 (Sat.) 14:00‐18:00
  • Venue: Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • All members
    Introduction
    Takayuki NAKAMURA(ILCAA Joint Researcher, Daito Bunka University)
    “What is the nationality of poetry?: on the question of literature among French-speaking African and Caribbean intellectuals in the decolonization era”
    Commentator: Yukitoshi SUNANO(ILCAA Joint Researcher, Prefectural University Of Kumamoto)
    All members
    Discussion on the next research meeting

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