Presentations by Seifudein Adem

2018

Forging Ahead with an Afro-Asian Studies Initiative in Japan.  Round-table Discussion at the 1st Conference of Japan Society for Afrasian Studies.  Kansai University, Osaka, Japan, 6 October.

 

2018

Abiymania, Africa's Triple Heritage and the Japanese Experience.  Presentation at the 1st Conference of Japan Society for Afrasian Studies, Faculty of Economics, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan, 6 October.

 

2018

The Relevance and Necessity of an Afro-Asian Studies Initiative in Japan.  Presentation at the International Conference on the theme of Africa-Asia: A New Axis of Knowledge.  University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 20-22 September.

 

2018

From Lawrence of Arabia to Wolf Warrior II.  A Tradition of Discourse?  Presentation at the Summer Institute organized by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies on the theme of China in the Middle East and Africa.  Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 6-10 August.

2018

African Reflections on Japan’s Culture, Ideology and Economy.  Keynote Address.  4th International Conference of the Transatlantic Research Group on the theme of Africa and Asia Encounters: Historical and Contemporary Perspective.  Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, 29-30 June.  [By Proxy.]

 

2018

Towards a Theory of Normative Convergence in Afro-Asian Relations.  A presentation at the Inaugural Conference of Afro-Asian Studies Initiative.  Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, 28 April.  [Also moderated a panel.]

2018

Asia's Next Game in Africa. Presentation at a Round-table of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Washington, D.C., 24 March.

2018

Japan and China in Africa: Allies, Partners or Adversaries?  AFRASO Lecture at Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 18 January.

2017

China, Japan and the Contest for Influence in Africa.  Public Seminar organized by the Department of Government and International Studies.  Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China, 6 December.

2017

Ethiopia as a Jewel of China's Diplomacy in Africa.  A presentation at the International Conference on "China's Maritime Silk Road Initiative, Africa, and the Middle East."  East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 18-19 November.

2017

New Perspectives on Sino-African Relations.  A presentation at a workshop on “Exploring the Local in IR” organized by the Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association, University of Havana, Havana, Cuba, 6-8 July.  [Also served as a discussant of a Panel on “Perspectives of Specialized Academic Programs.”]

 

2017

Shifting Focus in Sino-African Relations: Agriculture.  A presentation at Africa-China Conference 2017 on “Infrastructure, Resource Extraction, and Environmental Sustainability.”  Department of African and Afro-American Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 6-8 April. 

 

2016

Understanding African Conflicts.  A presentation at the 7th China-US Civil Society Peace Forum, Zhijiang, Hunan, China, 20-21 October.  [Also moderated the Panel on “China-US Cooperation in Tackling Humanitarian Crisis.”]

2016           

Is Southeast Asian Experience Relevant for Agricultural Revolution in Africa?  A presentation in the "Issues in African

Development" Seminar Series Fall 2016.  Institute for African Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 13

October.

2016           

Lessons for Africa from Southeast Asia: Is Agriculture the Answer?  A presentation at the 3rd Africa's Asian Options Conference on “Afrasian Transformations: Beyond Grand Narratives?” Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, 28-30 September. [Also chaired two panels.]

2016           

Africa’s Key Bilateral Relations: China, India and Japan.  Chair and Discussant.  A Policy Research Seminar on                    “Africa and External Actors.” Organized by the Center for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa, 24-25                     August. [Also gave an interview to Japan’s daily newspaper 毎日新聞 regarding the Tokyo International                               Conference on African Development which was scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya.] 

2016            

Triple Tropes of Triads.  Opening Remarks at the  Ali Mazrui International Symposium.  Organized by the Institute of             Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University; and Twaweza Communications, Nairobi, Kenya.  The                     Symposium was held in Nairobi, Kenya, 15-17 July.

2016            

A New Paradigm of Economic Modernization?  A presentation at the 41st Annual Meeting of the New York African                   Studies Association, Columbia University, NY, NY, 2 April.

2016           

The United States of the Horn of Africa.  An opening speech at the 70th National Debate Tournament, Binghamton                 University, Binghamton, NY, 31 March.

2016            

The Role of China in Africa’s Green Revolution.  A presentation at the Yale Africa-China Conference on “Balance, Growth        and Sustainability in Africa-China Relations,” Lagos Business School, Lagos, Nigeria, 15-18 March.

2016            

The Hedley Bull – Ali Mazrui Nexus as a Metaphor for IR.  A presentation at the 57th  International Studies Association Annual Convention on“Exploring Peace,” Atlanta, GA, 16-19 March. [By Proxy.]

2015            

Political Economy of Development: Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.  Intensive Lectures.  World Bank                       Graduate Studies Program in Economic and Public Policy.  University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, 23-28                               November.

2015            

Africa and China in a Global Setting: Comparing Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and Other Summitry Diplomacies.   A presentation at "Wits China-Africa Reporting Project Roundtable 2015.”  University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 November.  [Interviewed after the Roundtable by CCTV regarding the Johannesburg Summit of FOCAC, 4-5 December.]

        

2015            

Africa and Globalization.  Lectures at the School of Management, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 28 October           and 4 November.

2015            

Prediction and Fortune-telling in Mazrui’s Scholarship.  A presentation at a symposium on the “Life and Legacy of Dr.             Ali A. Mazrui.”  Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 25-26 September.  A revised                 version of this paper was presented at a seminar entitled “Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Ali A. Mazrui (1933-2014).”               IIIT, Herndon, VA, 15 October.

2015            

Singer, Strange, Mazrui and the Study of Sino-African Relations.  A presentation at the "China-Africa Knowledge Project"       Working Group Meeting.  Social Science Research Council, NY, NY, 4-5 June.

      

2015            

Is Sino-optimism Sustainable in Africa?  A presentation at the  Workshop on “China-Africa Relations: Engagement,               Investments and Media Strategies.”  Center for African Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 9-10 April.

2015            

Ali Mazrui and the Study Sino-African Relations.  A presentation at the 40th Annual Meeting of the New York African             Studies Association at Union College, Schenectady, NY, 4-5 April.  [Also organized and participated in a plenary                   panel in memory of the late Professor Ali Mazrui.]

2015            

実学 [JITSUGAKU] African Reflections on Japan.  A keynote address at the Conference on “Rethinking African-Asian             Relationships.”  Organized jointly by the Center for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa and                   Goethe University Frankfurt, Research Program on Africa’s Asian Options, Frankfurt, Germany.  The conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa, 24-26 March.

      

2015            

Taming the Dragon: Lessons for Africa from China’s Relations with Southeast Asian Countries.  A presentation at the 2nd       International Studies Association's  Global South Caucus Conference on “Voices from the Outside: Reshaping IR Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation.”   Singapore Management University, Singapore, 8-10 January.  [Also read a tribute to the late Professor Ali Mazrui at the closing session of the conference.]

2015            

Taming the Dragon: Lessons for Africa from Sino-Japanese Relations.  Presentation.  2nd International Studies Association's Global South Caucus Conference on “Voices from the Outside: Reshaping IR Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation.” [Also Chaired the Panel.]  Singapore Management University, Singapore, 8-10 January.

2014            

Taming the Dragon: Lessons for Africa from Sino-Latin American Relations.  A presentation at the 57th Annual Meeting         of the African Studies Association.  Indianapolis, Indiana, IN, 20-23 November. [On the same occasion I organized and chaired a special panel in memory of the late Professor Ali Mazrui.  Subsequently, I gave an interview about Mazrui’s life and legacy to Voice of America (Radio) broadcast on 24 October 2014 (Part I) and 26 October 2014 (Part II).]

2014            

China and the Third World.  A lecture at the School of Management, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 5 November.

2014            

China and the West.  A lecture at the School of Management, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 3 November.

2014            

Africa, China and Japan: Political Economy of Soft Power in Black-Yellow Relations.  A presentation at the 2nd Conference on “Africa-Asia Entanglements in Past and Present.” Advanced Doctoral Program in Global Resource Management, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, 26-27 July.

2014            

Sino-African Relations: A Preliminary Analysis of Costs and Benefits to Africa.  A presentation at the 7th China-US Symposium, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 17-19 April.

 

2014            

Sino-Japanese Rivalry in Africa.  A presentation at the 39th Annual Meeting of the New York African Studies Association, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY, 4-5 April.

2014            

Leader Nelson Mandela and Scholar Ali Mazrui.  A presentation on the panel on “Sojourners of South Africa: Apartheid, Mandela and Mazrui.”  39th Annual Meeting of the New York African Studies Association at SUNY Cortland, NY, 4-5 April.

2014            

Japan and China in Africa: Is there an Unfolding Rivalry?  A presentation at the “Economic Change and Emerging Asia-         Africa Interactions” Lecture Series Organized by Asia Institute and African Studies Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 20 February.

2014            

The Unfolding Rivalry between China and Japan in Africa: Analysis of Potential Effect on Africa with regard to MDG and its Implementation.  A presentation at the  “The Addis Ababa Conference on Cross-Continental Cooperation.”  The Goethe Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 27-31 January.

2013            

Towards a More Balanced Sino-African Relationship: Lessons from Southeast Asia.  A presentation at the 56th Annual Meeting of African Studies Association Conference on “Mobility, Migration and Flows,” Baltimore, MD, 22 November.

2013            

Mapping Knowledge about China-Africa Relations.  A presentation at the Yale-Social Science Research Council Workshop on “Making Sense of the China-Africa Relationship.”  Maurice R. Greenberg Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 18 November.

 

2013            

Ali A. Mazrui and Reflections on the Revolutions in North Africa.  A presentation at the Workshop for Community College Faculty on “Global Islam: Borders, Boundaries and Belonging/s.”  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 16 November.  A slightly revised version of this paper titled “The Arab Spring between the End of History and the Clash of Civilizations” was presented at the Summer Institute for Scholars 2013.  IIIT, Herndon, VA, 24 June - 3 July.

2013           

Taming Globalization: An Afro-Asian Perspective.  A presentation at the School of Management, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 6 and 11 November.

2013           

Developmental States in a Comparative Perspective: Japan and China.  A presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting of the New York Conference on Asian Studies, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 28 September.

2013           

Conceptualizing Challenges to Peace and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.  A presentation at the 1st African Symposium on Water Conflict; and the 5th International Conference on Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Peace Science, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 19-21 June. [Presentation delivered by the co-author.]

2013           

China’s Evolving Role in African Development.  A presentation at the Lyceum, Indian Cultural Center, Vestal, NY, 17 April.

2013           

Major Phases in the Evolution of Ali A. Mazrui’s Scholarship.   A presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting of New York African Studies Association, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 5-6 April.

2013           

Japanese and Chinese Approaches to African Development: Convergence and Divergence.  A presentation at the Seminar Organized by East Asian Studies Department, University of Leeds, UK.  In collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency-UK, London, UK, 18-19 January; a slightly modified version of the same paper was also presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of New York African Studies Association, Binghamton, NY, 5-6 April.

2012           

Sources of China’s Conduct in Africa.  A presentation at the 55th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Philadelphia, PA, 29 November-1 December.

2012           

The Lion of Judah and the Dragon: Imperial Ethiopia’s Relations with Maoist China.  A presentation at the “Asian-African Intersections and Migrations Conference,” Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 4 May.

2012           

China-Africa Relations: Making Sense of the Discourse.  A presentation at the 53rd Annual Meetings of the International Studies Association on the theme of “Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age,” San Diego, CA, 1-4 April. [Also chaired the Panel.]

2012           

China in Africa: Public Diplomacy, Political Economy and/or Geopolitics?  A roundtable discussant at the 53rd Annual Meetings of the International Studies Association on the theme of “Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age,” San Diego, CA, 1-4 April.

2012           

From Bandung to Jakarta: Changing Attitudes about China in Ethiopia from Haile Selassie to Meles Zenawi.  A presentation at the  37th Annual Meeting of the New York African Studies Association on “Africans in the Americas and African-Americans in Africa.”  Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 24-25 February.

2011           

Three Perspectives on Africa-China Relations: Sino-optimism, Sino-pragmatism and Sino-pessimism.  A presentation at the 13th CODESRIA General Assembly.  “Africa and the Challenges of the Twenty First Century.”  Rabat, Morocco, 5-9 December.

2011           

Ali A. Mazrui and His Triple Otherness: Method, Ideology and Culture.  A presentation at a roundtable in Honor of Professor Ali A. Mazrui.  54th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Mariott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington D. C., 16-19 November. [Also organized the roundtable.]

2011           

China in Ethiopia and Peru:  The Expansion of China’s Influence in Africa and Latin America.  A joint Presentation (with Professor Fanny S Arellano-Lopez) at the 36th Annual Meeting of New York African Studies Association, SUNY-Oneonta, Oneonta, NY, 25-26 March.  (Presented by Professor Arellano-Lopez).

2011           

China’s Diplomacy in Ethiopia and its Implications for the Oromo.  A keynote Address at the Annual Mid-Year Conference of the Oromo Studies Association, Carleton University, Ottawa, 2-3 April.  (Not delivered because of the nuclear crisis in Japan).

2011           

Convergence and Divergence in Sino-Ethiopian Relations.   A presentation at the Institute for African Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 24 February.

2010           

Divergent Perspectives about Afro-Chinese Relations: A Critical Appraisal.  A presentation at the International Conference on Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Peace Science.  Institute of Defense Economics and Management, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China, 18-19 November.

2010           

Comparative Diasporas in Japan and the United States.  A presentation at the "Race, Ethnicity and Place" Conference. Binghamton Regency Hotel. Binghamton, NY, 6-8 October.

2010           

Dialectics of Political Violence in the Horn of Africa: A Theoretical Survey.  A presentation at the International Workshop on “Intra and Inter-State Conflicts and Security in the Horn of Africa.”  The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden, 25-26 May.

2010           

Emerging Trends in Afro-Chinese Relations: Theoretical and Comparative Perspective.  A keynote address at the 35th Annual Meeting of New York African Studies Association—Global Africa and Asia in the Age of Globalization—Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 26-27 March.

2010            

Sino-optimism, Sino-pragmatism and Sino-pessimism: The Paradox of China’s Policy in Africa.  A presentation at the University of Tsukuba Research Project on China’s ODA that was funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences.  Tsukuba city, Ibaraki, Japan, 22 February.

2010           

China’s Dual Diplomacy in Africa and Its Consequences. Preliminary Assessment.   A presentation at Cornell University, East Asia Program, Ithaca, NY, 15 February.

2010           

Conflict Prevention in Japan and Africa: A Cross-Cultural Perspective.  A presentation at an International Conference on Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Peace Science.   Indira Gandhi National Open University, School of Social Sciences, New Delhi, India, 11-13 January.

2009           

A Tale of Two Pan-Africanists: Haile Selassie and Nkrumah.  A presentation at a roundtable in Commemoration of Nkrumah’s Centenary “From Osagyefo Nkrumah to Nana Obama.”   52nd Annual Meeting of African Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, 17-22 November.

2009           

Japan in Africa: Diplomacy of Change and Continuity.  A presentation at the Conference on “Africa in Contemporary International Relations: Contexts, Stakes, Actors and Issues.” Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, 21-22 September.

2009           

The Paradox of China’s Policy in Africa.  A presentation at the ABRI-International Studies Association Joint International Meeting on “Diversity and Inequality in World Politics,” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22-24 July.

2009           

How Leninist was Nkrumah?  Was He also a Czar?   A presentation at the Nkrumah’s Centenary Panel.  33rd Annual New York African Studies Association Meeting, “Reconstruction, Peace and Transformation in Africa,” Syracuse University, NY, 4-5 April.

2009           

Japanobama: Effect of Obama Phenomenon in Japan.  A presentation on the Panel on “African and African-American Perspectives on Barack Obama.” Organized by Black Students Union, Binghamton University, NY, 26 March.

 

2009           

Re-reading ‘Nkrumah: the Leninist Czar’.  A presentation at the 51st Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association at a Roundtable on “Nkrumah and the Birth of African Diplomacy: A Centenary,” NY, NY, 15-18 February.

2008           

Triple Heritage as Approach to African Studies: Premise and Promise.  A presentation at the 51st Annual Meeting of African Studies Association, Chicago, IL, 13-16 November.

2008           

Elder and Sage Traditions in Japan and Africa: A Comparative Study.   A presentatio at the 7th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Cultural Studies, University of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, 2-7 July.

2008           

Political Re-Cycling and Conflict Prevention in Japan: Are they Culturally Related?   A presentation at the Provost’s Symposium on “Culture and Conflict: Do they Need Each Other?” Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 11-12 April.

2008           

Japan and China in Africa: Some Comparative Insights.  A presentation at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the New York African Studies Association, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 28-29 March.

2008           

Foreign Policy of Japan after the Cold War: Theoretical and Cultural Perspectives.  A presentation at the 49th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, 26-28 March.

2007           

Japan’s African Diplomacy in the New Century: An African Perspective.  A presentation at the International Workshop on “Afro-Japanese Relations in Historical Perspective.”  Sponsored by The Center for Advanced Studies of African Society, Cape Town, South Africa and Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1-3 November.

2007           

Africanity, African Intellectuals and the Study of Ethiopia.   A presentation at the 16th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies.  Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management, Department of Social Anthropology, Trondheim, Norway, 20-21 April.

2007           

Social Knowledge between Discovery and Invention.  A presentation at the International Workshop at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 28-30 March.

2006           

Africa and Japan in Comparative Civilizational Perspective.  A presentation at a roundtable on “Africa between Concord and Clash of Civilizations.” 49th Annual Meeting of African Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, 16-19 November.

2006           

Comparative Response to Dilemmas of Modernization in Africa and Japan.  A presentation in the Department of International Studies, Wells College, Aurora, NY, 14 March.

2003           

Culture and Modernity in Japan.  A presentation at the 19th Congress of the International Political Science Association, Durban, South Africa, 29 June - 5 July.

2003           

Emerging Trends in Japan-Africa Relations.  A presentation at the International Studies Association Convention, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, 26 - 28 July.

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