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Transfer of knowledge on the Other. Japanese narratives on Sub-Saharan Africa in years 1868-1945

Przemysław Sztafiej

Abstract

The present dissertation is devoted to an analysis of Japanese narratives on Sub-Saharan Africa in the period between the Meiji era and the end of the Second World War (on the basis of non-fiction, functional texts on the geography of the world), as well as to the problem of the transfer of knowledge on the Other in the context of a nearly complete lack of zones of direct contact (in the case of the Japanese and the Africans). The corpus of analysed texts includes the pioneer works on world geography by two figures of Meiji enlightenment intellectuals – Fukuzawa Yukichi and Uchida Masao – as well as elementary and secondary school geography textbooks published in the aforementioned period. To provide a clear contextualization of the abovementioned works some of the most relevant non-Japanese sources of information utilized by the Japanese authors were also mentioned. The key aim of the dissertation is to demonstrate that the process of transfer of knowledge about Sub-Saharan Africa and its inhabitants was in most cases not based on a simple reproduction of Western sources but of adapting the relevant information to contemporary intellectual discourses and the geopolitical interests of Japan.
Record ID
UAMfd42b9d8254e451191dce213079de4d3
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
Transfer wiedzy o Innym. Japońskie narracje na temat Afryki Subsaharyjskiej w latach 1868-1945
Title in English
Transfer of knowledge on the Other. Japanese narratives on Sub-Saharan Africa in years 1868-1945
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Wydział Neofilologii [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNoJiL/WN)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.5 literary studies
Status
Finished
Year of creation
2021
Start date
2020
Defense Date
22-06-2021
Title date
22-06-2021
Supervisor
Pages
297
URL
https://hdl.handle.net/10593/26305 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Japan; Sub-Saharan Africa; school textbooks; geography; race
Abstract in English
The present dissertation is devoted to an analysis of Japanese narratives on Sub-Saharan Africa in the period between the Meiji era and the end of the Second World War (on the basis of non-fiction, functional texts on the geography of the world), as well as to the problem of the transfer of knowledge on the Other in the context of a nearly complete lack of zones of direct contact (in the case of the Japanese and the Africans). The corpus of analysed texts includes the pioneer works on world geography by two figures of Meiji enlightenment intellectuals – Fukuzawa Yukichi and Uchida Masao – as well as elementary and secondary school geography textbooks published in the aforementioned period. To provide a clear contextualization of the abovementioned works some of the most relevant non-Japanese sources of information utilized by the Japanese authors were also mentioned. The key aim of the dissertation is to demonstrate that the process of transfer of knowledge about Sub-Saharan Africa and its inhabitants was in most cases not based on a simple reproduction of Western sources but of adapting the relevant information to contemporary intellectual discourses and the geopolitical interests of Japan.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAMfd42b9d8254e451191dce213079de4d3/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAMfd42b9d8254e451191dce213079de4d3

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