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Japan Society for Afrasian Studies (JSAS)
2023 Annual International Conference
October 7th, 2023

Hosts: Japan Society for Afrasian Studies (JSAS).
Co-Hosts: Aichi Gakuin University.
Venue: Aichi Gakuin University, Meijo Koen Campus, ALICE TOWER (6th Floor)

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Redefining Development:

Examining Alternative Approaches in Africa and Asia

About JSAS

JSAS is a multi-disciplinary research platform of African studies in Japan/Asia and, potentially, of Japanese/Asian studies in Africa. Our focus is the creation of intercultural and intergenerational links to facilitate dialogue among participants on issues affecting Africa and Asia.

The theme for JSAS 2023 is Redefining Development: Examining alternative approaches in Africa and Asia.

Asian and African countries have for centuries partnered with the colonial West. What have been the results? New partnerships have lately been developing, for example between Asian powers China, India, Japan, Korea, and their less developed partners in Africa and Asia. This year’s theme suggests the need to analyze the traditional approaches to development in these regions, and to explore and consider both the recent trends and other alternative approaches to development that may better address the unique needs and challenges faced by communities in Africa and Asia.

With the theme of “Redefining Development in Africa and Asia,” therefore, this conference promises a wide range of academic research including, among others,
-    History and development
-    Local and regional economic development
-    Politics and economic development
-    Development studies
-    Anthropology
-    Sociology and socio-economic development
-    Sustainable development
-    Development, human security and people’s wellbeing
-    National and community-based development
-    Participatory development 
-    Natural Sciences and development
-    Local cultures and development
-    Literature and development

Conference Program

The one-day conference will be held on October 7th (Saturday) 2023. In the morning, we will have a plenary session with two key note speeches followed by two round-table project presentations and discussions. The academic presentations will take place in the afternoon starting at 13:00. Parallel sessions will fall under two broad themes: 

1.    SYMBIOTIC AFRASIAN PARTNERSHIPS: Lessons & Future ambitions


A third plenary session, and the main one, will be held at 16:20 after the academic presentations. Check here for the detailed conference program.

All the sessions are available online. We will send the Zoom link to those who registered for the conference.

Please note that prospective presenters need to be members of JSAS. To become a member, visit the JSAS website


Registration (on Google Form) and other information
The registration fees are as follows and payable either by the online ticket-selling app,  Peatix, or onsite, at the reception desk. 

Regular JSAS Members on site: 3,000 JPY
Regular JSAS Members online: 3,000 JPY
Non-members on site: 3,500 JPY
Non-members online: 2,000 JPY 


All students: 0 JPY
(Members/non-members, on site/online)
will be requested to show student ID) 

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Conference Dinner

We are planning to have a conference dinner between 18:30 and 20:30. It will be held next door from ALICE Tower at the AGU SARU CAFÉ. Participants will pay 3,000 YEN for 90 minutes of food and free drinks.

Please open this form and indicate IF you intend to join the dinner.

Organizing Committee
1.    Christian Otchia, Nagoya University
2.    Vick L. Ssali, Aichi Gakuin University
3.    Hedwig Rosznyoi, Aichi Gakuin University

Inquiries about the conference should be directed to:
General inquiries about JSAS should be directed to:

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