JSAS 2019 conference is over.
See you again in Nagoya in 2020!
The University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, was the host for the Japan Society for Afrasian Studies’ (JSAS) 2nd annual conference on Saturday 27th July, 2019. Thanks to the hard work of Professor Hanai Kazuyo and her team, all the conference’s proceedings went without a hitch. Many thanks also to the co-organizers: The Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), the University of Tokyo, The Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), the University of Tokyo, and The Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM), the University of Tokyo. All the day’s events were conveniently held both in Fukutake Hall Learning Theatre and in the International Academic Research Building, both very close to the famous Akamon gate of this urban campus. We were blessed with two high profile scholars in the field of Afrasian studies for our key-note speakers. Many thanks to Prof. Scarlet Cornellissen of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and Prof. Kweku Ampiah from Leeds University in the United Kingdom. We also thank all the day’s other speakers. Your wonderful presentations surely made the day a big success. Last but not least, we are very grateful to the United Nations Development Program for their financial support, without which JSAS 2019 could not have been realized. This, plus a comparatively cooler July Tokyo, the wonderfully relaxing atmosphere of Todai, and the meticulous precision of the organizers, all helped make the conference a memorable occasion.
Vick L. Ssali, JSAS President