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Webinar on “Towards Understanding Grassroots Perspectives in Africa under COVID-19”

2021年8月31日(火曜)に日本アフラシア学会(JSAS)と東大IFIの共催によるオンラインセミナー “Towards Understanding Grassroots Perspectives in Africa under COVID-19” を開催します。ぜひご参加ください。

We are pleased to announce that Japan Society for Afrasian Studies (JSAS) and Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) will co-host a Webinar on “Towards Understanding Grassroots Perspectives in Africa under COVID-19.” We look forward to your participation in our seminar.

◇◆Webinar Details◆◇

  • Date: August 31st (Tue), 2021
  • Time: 19:00 – 21:00 (JST)
  • Venue: Online (Zoom Webinar) *The Zoom link will be sent to the email address you provided by the day before the seminar.
  • Language: English Only
  • Participation Fee: Free
    Please register from this URL: https://forms.gle/uxo51gJwWTKXa5xb8 (by August 29th 23:59)
  • Host of the Webinar: Japan Society for Afrasian Studies (JSAS),
  • Co-host: SDGs Collaborative Research Unit, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), the University of Tokyo

◇◆Overview◆◇

Japan Society for Afrasian Studies (JSAS) and Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) of UTokyo have launched an international collaborative research project on “Exploration of Practical Wisdom and Resilience Overcoming Downside Risk – Collecting grassroots voices in Africa under COVID-19.” This research project aims to classify and assess the real and perceived risks associated with both Covid-19 and government responses to the pandemic in six African countries. It also aims to elucidate the people’s resilience in overcoming the risks. We will collect daily grassroots voices from private mobile communication applications, including Twitter and WhatsApp, the most widely used platform in Africa. We shall also collaborate with research institutions in the countries. Through that, this research will contribute to improving aid policy and business strategies. As a kick-off event of the research project, this seminar will illustrate the research subject based on the information sharing with Japanese and African researchers concerning the pandemic situation and impact of COVID-19 containment policies in six targeted countries.

◇◆Program◆◇

  1. Opening Remarks: Vick Ssali (President of JSAS / Aichi Gakuin University)
  2. Introduction: Kazuyo Hanai (The University of Tokyo)
  3. Session 1 – “Societal and policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic: The case of South Africa” Scarlet Cornelissen (Stellenbosch University) – “Martial law and COVID-19: Evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo” Christian Otchia (Nagoya University) – “Responding to COVID-19 in Ethiopia: A Triple Heritage Perspective” Seifudein Adem (Doshisha University) – Comments: Masaki Inaba (Africa Japan Forum) – Q&A
  4. Session 2 – “Political interference and the Socio-Economic Impact of Covid-19 on the Masses in Uganda” Vick Ssali (Aichi Gakuin University) – “The Politics of Scapegoating and Fatigue in COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya” Kinyua Laban Kithinji (Sophia University) – “Farmers perception of COVID-19 (effects, implications and government response policy) on agricultural markets and rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe” Rangarirai Gavin Muchetu (Doshisha University) – Comments Scarlet Cornelissen (Stellenbosch University) – Q&A
  5. Open Discussion

◇◆Inquiry◆◇

hanai [a] ifi.u-tokyo.ac.jp(*アットマークの部分を修正してご使用ください)

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