Organization for Regional and Inter-regional StudiesWaseda University

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Waseda Institute of Latin American Studies

Director

MATO Shigeko  [ MATO Shigeko ]
Faculty of International Research and Education

Research Themes

Immigration, democratization, rights of indigenous people, LGBTQ and gender equality, transitional justice and reconciliation, among others

Research Overview

Founded in 2014, the Waseda Institute of Latin American Studies (WILAS) serves as a center of cultural and intellectual activities and exchanges for Waseda faculty members and independent scholars engaged in the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. The WILAS members are researchers and professors of different fields, such as Political Science, Gender Studies, Anthropology, Literature, among others.

The geo-political, socio-economic, and cultural relations between Asia and Latin America and Caribbean regions have been much closer and more visible than ever in the age of advanced technology, rapidly-changing digital communications, and human mobility. At the same time, however, because of the overwhelming amount of constant technological and social changes affecting the world, a sense of uncertainty and unpredictability has permeated human society beyond Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Situating the relations between Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean in a global system, we look into various issues and phenomena emerging both in Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean from comparative perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are imperative to gather knowledge beyond the turfs of specific disciplines and in order to analyze the commonality and difference of regional and inter-regional epistemology and practice.

The main research topics which WILAS has been exploring are: poverty and human mobility, immature democracy, racial and ethnic conflicts, gender discrimination, and human rights violations and reconciliations in Latin America. Obviously, these topics should be understood, not as issues that have emerged suddenly in the 21st-century, but as ongoing problems that have been examined, although not solved, for centuries. The principal roles of WILAS are 1) to make the Waseda community and Japanese society aware of these issues by presenting the dynamics of knowledge gathered through comparative and interdisciplinary studies and 2) to delve into them exploring manifold possibilities for tackling problems. Connecting Latin America and the Caribbean with Asia can offer fresh inter-regional perspectives that can lead to make the unexplainable, explainable and the unsolvable, solvable (even though this may sound like Utopian optimism).

Advisor

YAMAZAKI Shinji (Professor Emeritus)

Researchers

LOPEZ-PASARIN BASABE Alfredo (Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Professor)
TAKAHASHI Yuriko (Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Associate Professor)
ISHIDA Chie (Faculty of Law, Assistant Professor)
IWAMURA Kenjiro (Faculty of Law, Associate Professor)
IGAWA Kenji (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Professor)
GOTO Yusuke (Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, Professor)
TERAO Ryukichi (Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, Professor)
MATO Shigeko (Faculty of International Research and Education, professor)
Kellam Marisa Andrea (Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Professor)
HAMA Kunihiko (Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, Professor)

Researchers

Adjunct Researchers

TAKEDA Kazuhisa
HATA Keiko
WATABE Nana

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