John Edward Philips Presentation on 'African Studies in Japan: Recent Developments'

Professor Philips earned his Ph.D. in History and his MA in African Area Studies from UCLA. While at UCLA he studied under Professor Boniface Obichere. Currently Professor Philips is Professor of International Society, College of Humanities, Hirosaki University.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10367 Bunche Hall
10th floor
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Professor Philips has taught in the Japanese university system and at two American universities in Japan.  Courses taught include English as a Foreign Language, American History, African-American literature, African-American history, World History, American Culture and Society, Modern Africa, English Language Folk Ballads, History and Dialects of English, Comparative Cultures, Topics in Socio-Cultural History, Introduction to Buddhism, and Films of Akira Kurosawa in English.

His ongoing research areas are Revolutions and theories of social change, The Zangon Kataf crisis and the Kaduna riots, and Area Studies in Japan.  Regarding Area Studies in Japan, he says, “As a participant observer in area studies (African, American and Middle Eastern) in Japan for over a decade I have developed an interest in the nature, growth and development of area studies in Japan. I also have a strong personal (not to mention family) interest in promoting area studies in Japan, and in improving its links with the outside world. This includes not only the areas of study (e.g. Africa in the case of African studies) but scholars based in other countries who are also studying the area.” 


Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 3 in $7.

For more information please contact:

James S. ColemanAfrican Studies Center

Tel: 310-825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center