Latest Books by JSAS Members

Pedro Miguel Amakasu Raposo de Medeiros Carvalho, David Arase and Scarlett Cornelissen eds, Routledge Handbook of Africa-Asia Relations, Routledge, 2018, 5,692 yen (Kindle).

The Routledge Handbook of Africa–Asia Relations is the first handbook aimed at studying the interactions between countries across Africa and Asia in a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive way. Providing a balanced discussion of historical and on-going processes which have both shaped and changed intercontinental relations over time, contributors take a thematic approach to examine the ways in which we can conceptualise these two very different, yet inextricably linked areas of the world.

Katsuhiko Kitagawa, Japan's Economic Relations with Africa in a Historical Perspective: A Study of the Pre-War Japanese Consular Reports, Kansai University Press, 2020, 2,200 yen + tax.

This book is a unique empirical study on Japan-Africa relations based on Japanese pre-war consular reports. It investigates how and why the complex relationships between Japan and Africa started to develop. An attempt is made to identify the forms and structures upon which these historical relations were constructed against the backdrop of the changing global system and the internal dynamics of the Japanese political economy. The book addresses an important question: whether the relationships were characterized by equality/reciprocity or by imperialism/dependency.

Ross Anthony and Uta Ruppert eds, Reconfiguring Transregionalisation in the Global South: African-Asian Encounters, Palgrave, 2020, Euro 85.59.

This book examines the Africa-Asia relationship from a transregional perspective. Drawing on a host of countries from both regions, the contributions illustrate how encounters increasingly transcend fixed territorial categories at local, national and regional levels. With an emphasis on the “trans” aspects of inter-regional exchange, the volume contributes to a better understanding of new forms of space-making between these two increasingly important regions. The book contains a chapter written by Seifudein Adem: "Reason and Number: African Reflections on Japan".

Keiichi Shirato, Seeing Africa, Seen by Africa, Tokyo: Chikuma Shobo 2019, August, 820 yen + tax.

This another Afrasian Manifesto is written in Japanese.

白戸圭一『アフリカを見る アフリカから見る』ちくま新書、2019年8月、820円+税


Yoichi Mine, World Maps in 2100: The Age of Afrasia, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2019, August, 960 yen + tax.

This Afrasian Manifesto is written in Japanese.



Scarlett Cornelissen and Yoichi Mine eds, Migration and Agency in a Globalizing World: Afro-Asian Encounters, Palgrave, 2018, Euro 96.29.

This book – through a collection of case studies covering Southern and East Africa, China, India, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia – offers insights into the nature of social exchanges between Africa and Asia. In the age of the ‘Rise of the South’, it documents the entanglements and the lived experiences of African and Asian people on the move. Divided into three parts, the authors look at Asians in Africa, Africans in Asia, and the ‘connected histories’ that the two share, which illuminate emerging and historical modalities of Afro-Asian human encounters.

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