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Online Symposium

ILCAA International Zoom Symposium

How Are Young People in Africa Thinking and Living?: Education, Unemployment, Aesthetics, Politics, and Singleness

will be held online on 22nd Nov 2020 through Zoom. The symposium is held in English. Pre-registration is needed for the participation.

For the registration, please access the following URL. (Please register by 20th Nov 2020) Announce for African graduate students :

This symposium focuses on (East) African society, which is rapidly becoming highly educated with rapid economic growth and an overwhelmingly large population of young people. What kind of life background do ‘youth’ living in cities and rural areas surrounded by traditional/modern thoughts? How do they grasp the situation of their countries, look at themselves, make life strategies and life plans, act, and move? We would like to depict a part of the practices from ethnographic surveys.


November 22nd (Sun) 2020

Start 4:30pm (UTC(Coordinated Universal Time)+9/JST: Japan)

10:30am (UTC+3/EAT: Uganda, Kenya)

8:30am (UTC+1/CET: Poland, Denmark)

Opening Remarks and Introduction

4:30-4:45pm (JST), 10:30-10:45am (EAT), 8:30-8:45am (CET)

Dr. Wakana SHIINO

(Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA))

<Session 1> Impact of Education on Youth

4:45-5:45pm (JST), 10:45-11:45am (EAT), 8:45-9:45am (CET)

Dr. Chris OPESEN (Makerere University, Uganda, Assistant Lecturer)

‘Culture, Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education Aspects in East Africa: Ethnographic Evidence from the Pokot Context of Female Genital Modification Rituals’

Dr. Soichiro SHIRAISHI (Hirosaki University, Associate Professor)

‘Extended “Age of Opportunity”? : Adolescence, Uncertainty and Globalism among Youth in East Africa’

<Break 10mins>

<Session 2> Youth’s Dream and Challenges

5:55-6:55pm (JST), 10:55-11:55am (EAT), 9:55-10:55am (CET)

Dr. Wakana SHIINO (TUFS, ILCAA, Associate Professor)

‘House Girl’s Life Plan in Nairobi: Reality and Dream’

Dr. Takuya HAGIWARA (Kyoto University, Researcher)

‘Use of Sport ×SNS for Moving on to the Next Stage of Life: A Case of Young Cyclists in Kenya’

<Break 5 mins>

<Session 3> Youth, Music and Politics

7:00-8:30pm (JST), 12:00-13:30pm (EAT), 11:00am-12:30pm (CET)

Dr. Piotr CICHOCKI (University of Warsaw, Post Doctor)

‘The Sound of the Young Mzimba: (Im)material Connections of Malawian Electronic Music’

Dr. Nanna SCHNEIDERMANN (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University in Denmark)

‘Ugandan Music Stars Between Political Agency, Patronage and Market Relations: Cultural Brokerage and Digital “Bigness” in Times of Elections.’

Mr. Ian KARUSIGARIRA (PhD Candidate, TUFS)

‘Facing up to Contemporary Political Absolutism through History and Threats: Aesthetics, LGBTI+ and the Youth Movements in Uganda’

<10mins Break>

8:40pm~9:00pm (JST), 1:40-2:00pm (EAT), 12:40~1:00pm (CET)

Questions and Answers, Discussions


Dr. Laban Kithinji KINYUA (Hosei University, JSPS Research Fellow)

Prof. Peter Atekyereza (Makerere University)

Closing Remarks

Dr. Soichiro SHIRAISHI and Wakana SHIINO

Organizer Contact:

Sponsorship:Tokyo University of Foreign Studies,

Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of

Asia and Africa

Endorsement:African Studies Center, TUFS

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