環インド洋地域研究|Indian Ocean World Studies

Activities as the INDOWS project

INDOWS International Symposium: Currents of Metamorphosis across the Indian Ocean

Date December 9-10, 2023
Venue Room 405, Research and Education Hub (4th floor), Minoh Campus, Osaka University, Japan + Online via Zoom
Language English
Details https://www.hindows.www1.lang.osaka-u.ac.jp/symposium2023.html
Notes Please register from the above link.

INDOWS International Symposium “Discovering the Indian Ocean World: “Gyres”, Indian Ocean and beyond”

Date and Time January 21 (Sat), 22 (Sun), 23 (Mon)
Venue Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology (2nd floor) + Zoom online
[Senri Expo Park 10-1, Suita City, Osaka 565-8511, Japan]
Access https://www.minpaku.ac.jp/en/information/access
Language English (simultaneous interpretation will be provided)
Registration Attend on site at National Museum of Ethnology: Entry form
Attend online via Zoom: Entry form
Registration deadline: January 11th, 2023
  • Zoom URL will be sent before January 20th, 2023, to all who registered.
  • On site attendance is limited up to the first 40 registrant.
Contact Center for Indian Ocean World Studies, National Museum of Ethnology
January 21 (Sat): Symposium Day 1
10:00-11:00 Opening remarks
  • Koji Miyazaki (Executive Director, National Institute for the Humanities)
  • Kenji Yoshida (Director-General, National Museum of Ethnology)
  • Minoru Mio (Convener, NIHU Indian Ocean World Studies Program)
11:00-13:30 Session 1: Materials
  • “Mocha Coffee” in Three Ways: Plant, Brand and Blend
    Hideaki Suzuki (National Museum of Ethnology)
  • From the Edge of the Indian Ocean: Qat and the people who trade and consume it
    Reiko Otsubo (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
  • A World made from Scrap: Scrap Circulation in and beyond Ahmedabad, India
    Ayako Iwatani (Kyoto University)
  • A blank canvas for fashion: merikani cotton cloth in the 19th century
    Sarah Fee (Royal Ontario Museum)
14:30-17:00 Session 2: Cultural Phenomena
  • Creolising swirls, transoceanic gyres: Creolisation theory and transcultural phenomena in the Indian Ocean world
    Ananya Jahanara Kabir (King’s College London)
  • Indians in Swahili Literature: Comparing Vuta N’kuvute and Propaganda Literature
    Fuko Onoda (Osaka University)
  • Spatial Organization of Port Cities in the Indian Ocean World: From the Perspective of the Distribution of Communities
    Shu Yamane (Kwansei Gakuin University)
  • Two Currents in Ramayana: Ramayana Productions from Singapore and its Gyre to the Global Indian World
    Yoshiaki Takemura (National Institutes for the Humanities)
January 22 (Sun): Symposium Day 2
10:00-12:30 Session3: People
  • Ecological factors behind the circulation of Indian traders in the Indian Ocean
    Claude Markovits (Centre national de la recherche scientifique)
  • Intersecting land and maritime trade networks in Southwest Asia: the Afghan arms trade in cooperation with various trade networks at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries
    Ichiro Ozawa (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Indian Social Networks and the Role of Intermediaries in Indian Ocean Labour Migration in the Colonial Era.
    Crispin Bates (Sunway University)
  • Different Migration Patterns of the Hadrami sada from a Comparison of the al-‘Aydarus and the al-Habshi families
    Kazuhiro Arai (Keio University)
13:30-16:00 Session 4: Ideas and Faiths
  • The Haddadian paradigm in the Indian Ocean. Tracing movements retold
    Anne Bang (University of Bergen)
  • Introspection of Religious Identity across the Indian Ocean: Reading ʿAlī b. Muḥammad b. ʿAlī al-Mundhirī’s Works
    Yohei Kondo (Fukuoka Women’s University)
  • A new aspect of Hinduism in the diaspora and its significance: Tamil ritual worship at a Hindu temple in Jakarta, Indonesia
    Hiroshi Yamashita (Tohoku University)
  • Shirdi Sai Baba’s Oceanic Transmigrations
    Smirti Srinivas (University of California, Davis)
16:30-17:30 Roundup discussion
January 23 (Mon): Interdisciplinary Conference on the Indian Ocean for Young Scholars
13:00-17:00 Time table: TBA

Activities at each project center

【Kyoto University】Special Seminar by Professor Dambar Chemjong: "Politics of Naming Limbuwan Province in Nepal"

Date February 9 , 2024, Friday, 15:00-17:00
Venue Meeting Room [AA447], 4th floor, Research Bldg. No. 2, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University + zoom
Details KINDOWS website

【Kyoto University】Special Seminar by Professor Dambar Chemjong: "A Project of Making the Asali Hindustaan in Light of Identity Politics in Nepal"

Date January 18 , 2024, Thursday, 15:00-17:00
Venue Meeting Room [AA447], 4th floor, Research Bldg. No. 2, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University + zoom
Details KINDOWS website

【Kyoto University】KINDOWS International Seminar: "Early Childhood Education: A Case from South Asia"

Date November 2, Thursday, 2023, 15:00-17:40
Venue Meeting Room [AA447], 4th floor, Research Bldg. No. 2, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University
Details KINDOWS website

HINDOWS Seminar: Studying, Strolling, Overhearing -Poetry in multilingual early modern North India-

Date March 7, 2023
Location Momiji Lounge, Graduate School of Humanities, Osaka University (10F)
Zoom Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81602913191?pwd=WWtHb3VLcExKanBzOW5SRmtiTlhSQT09
  • Meeting ID: 816 0291 3191
  • Passcode: 274555
Lecturer Dr. Francesca Orsini (SOAS, emerita)
Abstract Within the multilingual milieu of early modern north India, poetry circulated within and acrossseveral devotional and courtly "communities of taste" and reached listeners and practitioners acrossboundaries of script and literacy. But while devotional poets experimented with multilingual registersand "nuggets" of poetic language, others kept their languages in which they cultivated their poetictastes quite distinct. This talk tries to make sense of such different attitudes by considering thefunctions of poetry, the terms used for cultivating poetry in different languages (e.g. "strolling" vs "studying"), and the presence or absence of multilingual traces and clues in texts. In addition, a spatialapproach allows us to read together textual production and literary practices in different languages byactors who were active in the same area, whether they acknowledge each other or not. Suchmultilingual and located approach, the talk argues, produces quite a different, more textured, andentangled literary history than the ones of accounts centred on single languages. It involves aliterary comparatism "in one place" focused more on circulation and transmission than on translationand transregional movement.

Rwanda Genocide through Literature Lecture by Ms. Véronique Tadjo commemorating her visit to Japan

Objective  The Japanese translation of The Shadow of Imana, a masterpiece by Véronique Tadjo, one of the leading writers of African literature, was published in 2019 by édition F (translated by Haruse Murata). This is a literary work written in French that addresses the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. We are pleased to host Ms. Tadjo's first lecture in Japan and ask her about this work and her thoughts behind it. How can we look at the widespread destruction of humanity by man, and how can we look at it in relation to ourselves? What can literature do in such a situation? We will confront these core questions together with the writer.
 As commentators, we welcome Mr. Moriyuki Hoshino, who specializes in French-speaking literature, and Mr. Masahiko Nishi, who has been exploring the memory of genocide from various perspectives in his literary research that transcends language borders.
Date March 2 (Thur), 2023, 14:00-16:30 (Entrance from 13:30)
Venue Hall, Bldg. 18, Komaba I Campus, The University of Tokyo + Zoom online
Registration Please pre-register if you plan to attend.
https://forms.gle/ERkt1jYyjsxDkY2M8 ZoomID will be provided after pre-registration.
Program (tentative) Moderator: Yuichi Sekiya (Professor, University of Tokyo)
Welcome Address: Prof. Takumi Moriyama (Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Introduction of Guests of Honor and Congratulatory Telegrams
Introduction of the main purpose of the symposium
Lecture by Ms. Tadjo (Simultaneous interpretation scheduled)
Break (10minutes)
Commentator Ⅰ: Mr. Moriyuki Hoshino (Professor, University of Tokyo)
Commentator II: Mr. Masahiko Nishi (Professor Emeritus, Ritsumeikan University)
Dialogue with the floor
End (scheduled around 16:30)
Brief biography of Véronique Tadjo Born in Paris in 1955 to an Ivorian father and French mother. She grew up in Abidjan. She studied black American literature in France and the U.S. In 1983, her first book of poetry, Red Earth / Laterite (1984), won the ACCT Prize for excellence in French-speaking literature, and in 1998 and 1999, she participated in the literary project "Rwanda: writing as a duty to memory" to write about the Rwandan Genocide, which resulted in The Shadow of Imana (2000). In 2005, she won Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire for Queen Pokou (2004), a reinterpretation of an Ivory Coast legend; in 2021, her English translation of En compagnie des hommes (2017), about the spread of Ebola in West Africa, won the LA Times Fiction Award. She is also the author of numerous children's books, including the picture book Mamy Wata and the Monster (1993), which won the 1993 UNICEF Prize, and was listed in the "100 Best African Books of the 20th Century" in 2002, published at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair In 2021, the French In 2021, she was awarded the Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture for her writing. Her other Japanese translation is the picture book Ayanda (translated by Haruse Murata, Futohsha, 2018).
Notes Organized by Indian Ocean World Studies Project, The University of Tokyo (TINDOWS)
Co-organized by Research Center for Sustainable Development, Institute for Advanced Global Studies, The University of Tokyo
Contact Indian Ocean World Studies Project, The University of Tokyo (TINDOWS)
4th floor, Building 14, Komaba I Campus, The University of Tokyo, 3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8902, Japan
Please use the "Contact Us" form on the official project website (https://www.gsi-iags-tindows.com/ ).

【Co-hosted event with CSAS and HSP】: Fieldwork Experiences in Asia

Date November 11, 2022 (18:00-19:30 Japan time, GMT+9)
Venue Online (Zoom)
Language English
  • Dr. Farhana Rahman (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Cambridge)
    "Conducting Feminist Ethnographic Research: Notes from a Refugee Camp"
  • Dr. Nafay Choudhury (British Academy Fellow, University of Oxford)
    "Fragile Fieldwork: Strategizing Research in Unstable Settings"
Discussant: Sae Nakamura ( Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo)
Moderator: Riho Isaka (Professor, The University of Tokyo)
Notes Co-hosted by: Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS); Indian Ocean World Studies (TINDOWS); Gaduate Program on Human Security (HSP), The University of Tokyo; South Asia Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

【Co-hosted event with CSAS】: "Liberal ideas in India"

Date September 20, 2022 (17:00-18:30 Japan time, GMT+9)
Venue Online (Zoom)
Language English
Lecturer: Dr. Rochana Bajpai (SOAS) : "Liberal ideas in India"
Liberal ideas in India remain understudied as liberalism, having been subsumed within Indian nationalism. Revisiting my earlier sketches of liberal ideas in India (Bajpai 2012, 2019), I distinguish three strands that were influential in nineteenth and twentieth-century India: colonial, nationalist, and radical. All shared a strong belief in the state as the principal agent of liberal reform and an acceptance of group-differentiated rights, reflected in the Indian Constitution. Even though liberal ideas have had a significant presence, strong liberalism has rarely been articulated – the need for limiting state power and protecting individual freedoms has rarely been elaborated, a key concern today. Liberalism is often located within Western colonialism in current debates in political theory. However, the decolonizing agenda also requires us to attend to the novel forms and emancipatory potential of liberal ideas and practices in non-Western contexts.
Moderator: Prof. Riho Isaka (The University of Tokyo)
Notes Co-organizer: Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS); Indian Ocean World Studies (TINDOWS), The University of Tokyo; South Asia Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies