Call for applications: African studies seminars in Africa

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The Center for African Area Studies (CAAS) has begun accepting applications for the Kyoto University African Studies On-Site Seminar (KUASOSS) program. This seminar is funded from the University, provided by the 2017-2018 President's discretionary spending fund.

Since its inception in 1986, CAAS has held open seminars on African area studies on a monthly basis, inviting experts from across Japan to share their latest research with the general audience. Additionally, CAAS launched the Kyoto University African Studies Seminar (KUASS) series in 2011, a program conducted in English by renowned scholars from outside the country.

KUASOSS builds on these efforts in collaboration with Africa's leading universities and research institutes to present seminars featuring Kyoto University's early-career researchers and graduate students. Participants from Kyoto will share their work with African audiences and explore opportunities for research collaboration with their local counterparts.

CAAS looks forward to your application.

1. Eligibility

Applicants must be early-career researchers or graduate students affiliated with Kyoto University in research related to Africa, whether in a natural-science, social-science, or humanities field (work may cover other regions for comparative studies).

Those with a professorship are not eligible.

2. Seminar

Participants will deliver an academic presentation at an African university or research institute qualified and available to host a KUASOSS event. Presentations must be conducted in English, French, or other languages, such as Swahili and Amharic.

3. How to apply

Applicants must complete the specified form, available via the following link, and email it to CAAS (address below):

4. Deadline and the maximum number of proposals accepted

There is no application deadline, and selections are made on an ongoing basis.

Up to five proposals may be accepted for implementation.

For details and updates, visit the CAAS homepage at:

5. Selection

Submissions will be evaluated by CAAS faculty. Selection criteria include scholarly contributions to the field and the potential for collaborative research with leading universities or research institutes in Africa.

6. Funding

Up to 500,000 yen may be provided per successful applicant to cover travel and other expenses associated with the seminar.

7. Obligation

After the seminar, participants will be asked to submit a report by 31 March 2018, describing the research they presented at the event.

8. Submissions and inquiries

Center for African Area Studies (CAAS)
Inamori Foundation Memorial Hall, Kyoto University
46 Yoshida-Shimoadachi, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8501 Japan
Phone: 075-753-7800
Fax: 075-753-7810, 9191
Email: caas* (replace * with @)

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