--Research & Education Activities--
Field Station Division/ Area Info Division/ COE Researchers/ International Workshops/ Research Projects
 Field Station Division

Field stations are the bases for intensive on-site education and field researches. Cooperation with the local research and educational institutions is to be enhanced towards the formation of a multilateral and multi-centered research and education network through the activities of field stations. In order to materialize these purposes, existing institutional set up such as the CSEAS liaison offices in Jakarta and Bangkok and MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding, agreements with the purpose of international academic exchange) are utilized. After the termination of the 21st Century COE Program, some of the Field Station will be maintained by a new large-scale program, while the management of others will gradually be transferred to local institutions.


Outline and News of Field Stations

cameroon myanmar
ethiopia philippines
indonesia_bogor tanzania
indonesia_makassar vietnam
kenya zambia
laos south asia
malaysia West Asia

• Click the name of countries to read the outline and news of Field Stations.


List of Dispatched Members Fieldwork Reports
Report of Students Report of Faculty Members
  Outline and news of Field Stations


 Area Info Division

Area Studies Information Center (Area Info)

Since fiscal year (FY) 1998, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies have been working together on a COE (Center of Excellence) program "Creating Regions: Proto-Areas, Transformations and New Formations in Asia and Africa." Under it, a vast amount of literature, micro-films/fiches, maps, images and other data have been collected and organized with a view to creating an "Area Studies Information Center"(or "Area Info") as an advanced research and education center for area studies.
As a follow-up, this 21st Century COE Program will also be engaged in a variety of activities for the creation and betterment of the Center. In the Area Info Division, which is part of the 21st Century COE's research organization, a great deal of thought will be given to the function and role the Center should play, and will work to substantiate them.

In FY 2002, the 21st Century COE computer server was set up, and hardware equipment was installed to facilitate better communication with the field stations. Plans for the coming fiscal year include the start-up of an electronic bulletin board system and mailing lists to expedite exchanges of information and communications among researchers, students and educational and research institutes involved in area studies. There are also plans for the development of a database system to deal with various field study materials and information in an integrated manner as well as the introduction of a participatory area study database system, in which database users can participate in the updating of data.

As is indicated by efforts described above, one of the objectives of the "Area Studies Information Center" is to start a network-type area study organization consisting of a number of communication modules, thereby forming a non-hegemonic academic exchange network in the field of area studies.
There are many other functions and roles the Center is expected to play, and they will be presented at appropriate times.

Finally, a comment is due regarding the relationship between the "Center for African Area Studies" and the "Area Studies Information Center" The Center for African Studies was established in April, 1986 and re-organized in 1996 by Kyoto University, and has worked to collect, organize and dispatch information on Africa with the aim of forming an academic exchange network with other research institutions both at home and abroad. The center, in cooperation with the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, is currently reviewing its organization. If the review goes smoothly, the Center will, in the near future, be reorganized and expanded as the "Area Studies Information Center" scheduled to be established by Kyoto University.

  Network Building Project  
  The Network Section of the Area Info Division is undertaking this project with the goal of establishing a network for area studies. The project aims to lay the foundations for the various functions that the gCenter for Integrated Area Studiesh is expected to fulfill.  
ASCOM Human Ecology Files
  Southeast Asian Topographic Map Database AFLORA  
  Web Archiving Area Studies Image Database  
  The Kotmai Tra Sam Duang (Three Seals Law) Project Video Streaming  
  Digitalization of Photographic Images in the Form of PhotoCDs Databases of Arabic Periodicals  
 COE Researchers
 Field Station Division
  MASUHARA Yoshiyuki "Transformation of Forest Resource Use in Laos from the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century to the Present: How Have People Concerned Themselves with the Forest?"(No.1)

    "Support for the Improvement of the Herbarium of the Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos"(No.2)

    "What Does the gTerritoryh Mentioned in the Administrative Documents (Bai Cum) of the Lan Xsang Kingdom (Laos) Refer to?"

  OHNISHI Nobuhiro (FY2002-2003)  
  UBUKATA Fumikazu "People, Society and Nature: The Changing Image of Laos and Area Studies"

ubukata reportReport
 Area Info Division
  SONG Xianfeng "The Construction of Online Databases Related to Asian and African Area Studies"
  UMEKAWA Michihisa "The Network Administration and Setting Up Services for the 21 Century COE Program"
 International Workshops

"Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries and Re-visioning Area Studies: Perspectives from Asia and Africa"

November 9-13, 2006


Indigenous Communities: Voices towards Sustainability

March 13, 2006


Concepts and Perceptions on African Way of Rural Development Based on Area Studies

December 12-13, 2005
Tanzania, Dar es Salaam


The 7th Kyoto University International Symposium, 2005
Coexistence with Nature in a eGlocalizingfWorld
-Field Science Perspectives-

November 23-24, 2005
Swissôtel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok



International Symposium on Geo-Informatics for Historical Studies in Asia

November 12-14, 2005
Hanoi, Vietnam


On-Site Joint Seminar "Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Rain Forest"

February 16, 2005
WWF office, Yokadouma, Cameroon

  "Workshop Jointly Organized by the Cameroon Field Station and WWF -Cameroon"
  "Workshop on Local Knowledge and Its Potential Role for Sustainable Agro-Based Development in Lao PDR"

February 9-10, 2005

  Comparative Area Studies: "21COE Laos Field Station Report on the Study Tour"
(February 11-12, 2005)
KOSAKA Yasuyuki
  PHOTO GALLERY (Japanese)  
  Workshop "The Micrology of Indonesian Local Societies"

March 23, 2004
Jakarta, Indonesia

  Workshop "Change of Rural Society and Local Agro-Ecological Knowledge in Myanmar"

March 16-17, 2004
  Laos Field Station Workshop "Forest Management and Conservation in Laos"

January 25, 2004
ASAFAS, Kyoto University

On-Site Joint Seminar "Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Rain Forest"

December 10, 2003
WWF office, Yokadouma, Cameroon

  "Cameroon Field Station and WWF Joint Seminar"
  Workshop "Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Forest Dynamics of Thailand:
Impacts, Ecology, Management and Rehabilitation"

November 28-29, 2003
Shiran Kaikan, Kyoto University

Joint Workshop "Environment, Livelihood and Local Praxis in Asia and Africa"

October 20-30, 2003
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
(Ethiopia Field Station HP)

  Comparative Area Studies: "21COE Ethiopia Field Station Report on the Study Tour" (October 24-27, 2003)
HIRAI Masaaki


 Research Projects
Information and Previous Activities
The common research theme encompasses four problem-areas of research, namely: Human Ecology Issues, Social and Cultural Issues,
Political and Economic Issues, and Area Studies Issues.
Human Ecology Issues Politicoal and Economic Issues
Social and Cultural Issues Area Studies Issues