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Shoichiro TAKEZAWA

National Museum of Ethnology

Shoichiro Takezawa (National Museum of Ethnology) is a specialist of West African history and archeology. Geographically, his research spans West Africa, France, and Japan and has extensively written on the nature of society and religion. He published a monography The Aftermath of the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (Lexington Books, 2016), illuminating how critical social ties are during and after disaster.

Research themes: West African history and archeology

Academic page

Collaboration with FFJ

2018 FFJ/Air Liquide Fellow
Stay: April 2018 – January 2019

Shoichiro Takezawa took part in the research project “Beyond the North-South: New territorialities between Asia and Africa” (NTAA) and participated to its international workshop in December 2015. In 2018 he has been FFJ/Air Liquide fellow and carried out a comparative study of Japanese and French organic food, arguing that greater understanding of the diverse methods of food distribution in France would assist Japanese farmers and consumers in promoting organic agriculture in Japan. In the framework of this fellowship he wrote a Research Statement and a Discussion paper: From Agribusiness to Food Democracy: Comparative Study on Agricultural Policy and Organic Farming in France and in Japan.

NTAA project FFJ/Air Liquide Fellowship Research Statement Discussion Paper

Selection of publications

Takezawa S., Mamadou C. (2001), “La domestication du cereal au Méma”, Proceedings of the 11th Panafricain Congres of the Prehistory and Related Subjects, pp.95-110.

Takezawa S. (2008), “Un-Making of History”, Yoshida Kenji & Johan Mack, eds., Preserving the cultural heritage of Africa: Crisis or Renaissance?, James Currey, pp.208-225.

Takezawa S. (2016) The Aftermath of the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Living among the Rubble, Lexington Books.