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ICC Mission

With a motto of "connecting Sophia to the world," the Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) promotes interdisciplinary studies in social sciences and humanities from a comparative perspective, building the global networks of Sophia's international researchers, and supporting collaboration with world-class researchers outside Japan. The specializations of ICC members include business, economics, history, literature, art history and area studies, focusing on Asia. All research activities and public events are conducted in English. The central activity of the ICC is funding and organizing research projects initiated by ICC members.

Director: Tina Burrett
Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts,
Sophia University

Vice Director: Takehiro Watanabe (渡邉 剛弘)

Ph.D., Associate Professor

Faculty of Liberal Arts,

Sophia University

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents a

 

Film Showing and Discussion

“Mark-A Call to Action”

Ron Small, Filmmaker

Nagase Osamu, Professor, Ritsumeikan University

Dr. Paul Bookman, Mark Bookman’s father

2pm to 5 pm / Sunday, Feb 25, 2024

Room 401, 4F, Building 2, Sophia University

In person ONLY; Registration from the QR code on the flyer recommended but not necessary. Please see the flyer

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

'Sexual Violence and Gender Inequality in Japan'

Machiko Osawa, Professor Emeritus and Researcher at the Research Institute for Women and Careers at Japan Women’s University

Jan. 18, 2024, 19:00-20:30 (JST)

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University

In person only / No registration required

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Kyoto Vegetables, Uji Tea, Natori Seri:

Food Producers and Place Branding in Contemporary Japan  

Greg de St. Maurice, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business and Commerce at Keio University

Jan. 19, 2024, 18:00-19:30 (JST)

Room 301, 3F building 10, Sophia University 

Format: In-person only

Registration: Not necessary

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Nuclear Minds:

Cold War Psychological Science and the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki  

Ran Zwigenberg, Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University

Dec 19, 2023 , 17:30-19:00 (JST) 

Room 301, 3F building 10, Sophia University 

In person only / No registration necessary 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023 with support from ICAS (Temple University Japan) presents a book talk, 

Is British Politics Turning Japanese? 

Book title: Contemporary Ministerial Leadership in Britain and Japan, Palgrave Macmillan 2023 

Presenter: Tina Burrett, Associate Professor of Political Science, Sophia University and Academic Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) 

Moderator: Robert Dujarric, ICAS Co-Director 

Tuesday 12 December 2023 , 18:00-19:30 

Room 503, 5th Floor, Building 6, Sophia University 

No registration required/ In person only. 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Symposium

Supported by the Great Britain-Sasakawa Foundation Grant

ART IN THE VILLAGE, ART IN THE LANDSCAPE

Moderated by John Williams, Filmmaker and professor at Sophia University

Speakers:

Hazel Barron-Cooper (IN PERSON, TOKYO), Visual Artist

Mike Collier (ZOOM PRESENTATION), Artist, Writer, Curator

Elisabeth Brun (ZOOM PRESENTATION), Norwegian Artist

Atsuko Nakamura (ZOOM PRESENTATION), Sculptor and Visual Artist

December 7, 2023, 19:00-20:30 

Room 301, Building 10, Sophia University,

In Person and on Zoom (For Zoom information, please register.)

Please register from HERE: https://forms.office.com/r/ng3ymQU2nX

For more information click HERE

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Sophia Gender and Sexuality Research Association (SGSRA) and the Institute of Comparative Culture presents: 

Boys Love Media in Thailand:

Celebrity, Fans, and Transnational Asian Queer Popular Culture

Thomas Baudinette, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and International Studies at Macquarie University

December 14, 2023, 18.00-19.30 

In person only, no registration required 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Japan’s Prisoners of Conscience:

Protest and Law During the Iraq War 

Lawrence Repeta, Former Professor of Law, Meiji University

December 1, 2023, 18:30 - 20:00

Room 301, 3F Building 10, Sophia University 

In person only 

Please register from here: https://forms.office.com/r/yZE8J9V7mz 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Book Break 

Japan’s Triple Disaster:

Pursuing Justice after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Accident (Routledge, 2023).  

Moderator:

Prof. David Slater (Professor, Cultural Anthropology, Sophia University)

Speakers:

Dr. Natalia Novikova (Language Instructor at Tamagawa University, Japan)

Dr. Julia Gerster (Assistant Professor at the Disaster Culture and Digital Archive Division at the International Research Institute for Disaster Studies at Tohoku University, Japan)

Dr. Manuela Hartwig (Currently a research associate at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Tsukuba, Japan)

November. 25, 2023, 19:30-20:30 (JST)

On Zoom only 

Please register: https://forms.office.com/r/WnDPUeLruV 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture and the Institute of International Relations presents: 

Challenges to Taiwan's Defense: 

Implications for Japan and Japan-Taiwan Relations   

Paul Huang, Research Fellow, Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation / Visiting Fellow, Fairbank Center, Harvard University 

Wednesday 18 October 2023, 17:00-18:30  

Event format: Hybrid  

In Person: Room103, 1F, Building 13, Sophia University  

On zoom: https://sophia-ac-jp.zoom.us/j/99103169626  

Meeting ID: 991 0316 9626  

Passcode: 931412  

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture for SORW 2023

Adaptation and Regional Revitalisation

(アダプテーションと地域再生)

A Case Study in a Small Fishing Village on Sado Island   

John Williams, Professor, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University

November 22, 2023, 19:00 - 20:30

Room 301, 3F Building 10, Sophia University 

In person only / No registration required 

This project was supported by the Sophia University Special Grant for Academic Research (Adopted Research Projects of Research in Priority Area 2020-2022) 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture for SORW 2023

Literature in Heisei Japan

Speakers:

Literature professors from the Faculty of Liberal Arts:

  • Shion Kono

  • Matthew Strecher

  • Mathew Thompson

  • Angela Yiu

Sophia PhDs:

  • Munia Hwedi (PhD, Graduate Program in Global Studies, PD, Faculty of Global Studies)

  • Valentina Giammaria (PhD, Graduate Program in Global Studies)

November 22, 2023, 12:30-14:00 (JST)

Room 301, 3F Building 10, Sophia University 

Hybrid Format (In person and on Zoom)

Please register: https://forms.office.com/r/pUqhmM3veJ

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Househusbands and Breadwinning Mothers:

(Un)doing, Displaying and Challenging Gender in Japan 

Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni, Professor, Tel Aviv University

October 13, 2023, 19:00 - 20:30

Room 301, 3F Building 10, Sophia University 

Format: Hybrid 

Register from HERE: https://forms.office.com/r/yHEZnhaKPU 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

The German-Japanese Military Alliance in World War II

Bernd MartinProfessor Emeritus of Freiburg University

October 5, 2023, 18:30 - 20:00

Room 301, 3F Building 10, Sophia University 

In person only / Registration: Not necessary 

We are very sorry to have to inform you that Dr. Martin had to cancel his trip to Japan and will not be able to give the planned talk on October 5. We apologize for the short notice and hope we will be given another chance to host him in the near future. 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Gas Mask Nation:

Wartime Civil Air Defense, Aviation, and Japan’s Aerial Imaginary 

Gennifer Weisenfeld, Walter H. Annenberg Distinguished Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University

Moderator: Noriko Murai (Professor of Art History, Sophia University) 

October 31, 2023, 18:00 - 19:30

Room 503 on the 5th floor in Building 6, Sophia University 

In person only 

Change of venue notification

The venue for the ICC Lecture Series talk scheduled on October 31, 2023, changed.

The "Gas Mask Nation" will be held at Room 503 on the 5th floor in Building 6.

Campus map: Campus | Sophia University

Access to Room 6-503: PDF

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Ecocriticism and Performance Today:

Reflections on Slow Dramaturgy 

Peter Eckersall, City University of New York

October 10, 2023, 17:30 - 20:30

Room 301, 3F Building 10, Sophia University 

Hybrid Format / Please register. https://forms.office.com/r/x6Y9RcM9cm 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

The Importance of Rescuing Responsible Hydropower Initiatives in Southeast Asia for Long-term Reduction of Carbon Emission

William Ascher, Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics at Claremont McKenna College

October 6, 2023 , 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Room 301, 3F Building 10, Sophia University 

In person only 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Involuntary Consent:

A Form of Structural Violence in Japan’s Adult Video Industry? 

 

Akiko Takeyama, Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas

July 24 from 19:00 to 20:30 
In Person Only/ No registration required/ Lecture in English 
Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Becoming Mr. Everyman:

Middlebrow Media and White-Collar Masculinity in Japan’s Era of High Economic Growth 

 

Hannah Airriess, Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington.

July 26, 2023 / 19:30- 21:00 (JST) 

Hybrid (In-Person and on Zoom) 

Venue: Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

Please register from here: https://forms.office.com/r/fnwhx8Rc1b 

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A panel discussion presented by SGSRA, GPGS and ICC

Gender and Sexuality in Migration Research 

 

July 13 / 18:00-19:30,  

Room 301, Bldg.10, Sophia University 

In person only

 

Click HERE for more information

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A workshop presented by KASA Sustainability, GPGS and ICC

New entry farmers from a non-farming background: challenges and opportunities faced by Japan’s new generation of farmer

 

Niccolo Lollini, a faculty member at the Graduate School of Governance Studies at Meiji University

Bldg. 10-428 | Fri, 14 July 2023 | 05:00 PM | in-person

Register via link: https:/kasasustainability.org/environmental-change-workshop

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Fashioning Lesbianism

Seitō (1911-1916) and the global New Woman

 

Eleanor Medhurst, A historian of lesbian fashion and author of the website Dressing Dykes

July 21, 2023 

07:30 PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

Format: Online only

Registration necessary: https://forms.office.com/r/eJCLTNSGEn

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

To Arrange a Sculpture:

Teshigahara Sōfu and Japan’s Postwar Internationalization

 

Alice Ashiwa, Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at UCLA and a visiting researcher at the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University

July 14, 2023 18:00-19:30

In person only / No registration necessary

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

“This Absolutely is not a Hui Rebellion!”

The Ethnopolitics of Great Nationality Chauvinism in Early-Maoist China

 

Benno Weiner, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University

July 6, 2023, 17:30-19:00
Room 301, 3F, Building 10
In person only/No registration required

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Global Food Project Book Launch

The Global Japanese Restaurant:

Mobilities, Imaginaries and Politics  (University of Hawai’i Press 2023) 

 

James Farrer, Sophia University, Japan 
David L.
Wank, Sophia University (emeritus) and Tōyō Bunko, Japan 
Christian A. Hess, Sophia University, Japan

Mônica R. de Carvalho, SKEMA Business School, Brazil 
Lenka Vyletalova, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic 
Chuanfei Wang, Hosei University, Japan 

July 11, 2023, 18:30-20:00 (Japan time)

In person: Room 10-301, Sophia Yotsuya Campus

On Zoom: register HERE

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents 

 

Writing Away from Home

POETRY READING, TALK AND BUTOH 

July 3rd, 19.00 till 21.00

Building 6, Room 404, Sophia University

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative and SRSG presents

Screening of "My Small Land"

日付・Date: June 23, 2023

会場・Venue Room 309, Building 2

開場・Room open at 17:30

上映開始・Screening starts from 18:00 (Film length approx. 2 hours)

解説と質疑応答(日本語のみ)・Commentary and Q and A in Japanese only (no translation available) from 20:00 to 21:00

映画は日本語のみ(他の言語の字幕はありません)Film is in Japanese without subtitles

詳細はチラシをご覧ください。

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents 

Screening of “Paper City” 

Memories of the Tokyo firebombing

Q&A with writer/director, Adrian Francis 

Moderator: Dr. David McNeill 

June 21, 18:30-20:30 (approx.) 

Room 201 in bldg. 6, Sophia University

Please register from here:

https://forms.office.com/r/Fj8Uh03uNu 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Savoring Wisdom

Exploring the philosophical foundations of a slow gastronomy 

 

Maddalena Borsato, Senior Researcher in the R-GIRO project at Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto) within the Faculty of Gastronomy Management

June 14, 2023, From 17:30 to 19:00 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University

In-person only / No prior registration required

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

The Art of Resistance: Myanmar Artists under Siege

Speakers: Four Myanmar Artists

More information on the flyer or HERE: The Art of Resistance: Myanmar Artists under Siege (icc-sophia.com)

June 15, 2023, 18:00-20:00 (JST)

Zoom only

Registration essential: Please register from HERE

https://forms.office.com/r/ByyjBGkBke

(Registration closes on June 14, noon, JST)

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

“Cinema of Discontent: Representations of Japan’s High-Speed Growth”

Tomoyuki Sasaki, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies at the College of William & Mary in Virginia

 

Friday, June 9, 5:30 PM (JST)
In person and on zoom
Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University
Please register: https://forms.office.com/r/7sy8EdHqrV

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

A Fragmented Man’yōshū:

Horiguchi Sutemi’s Plan for a Total Man’yō Park in Yugawara 

Naomi Kuromiya, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University

 

June 8, 2023, 18:00-19:30 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

In person only 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents

Contesting and Commemorating Trauma in East Asia

A book talk for Routledge Handbook of Trauma in East Asia, edited by Tina Burrett and Jeff Kingston

Jeff Kingston, Chair/moderator, Professor of History and Asian Studies, Temple University, Japan

Tina Burrett, Associate Professor of Political Science, Sophia University

Sven Saaler, Professor of Modern Japanese History, Sophia University

Christian Hess, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History, Sophia University

Collin Rusneac, PhD candidate, Heidelberg University,

 

May 26, 2023, 18:00-19:30
Room 404, Building 6, Sophia University

Please register from HERE

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

Two Lectures on Japanese Buddhist Art

Distinguishing the Phoenix: Conceptual Landscapes of Buddhist India in Medieval Japan (15:00-)

Rachel Saunders, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums

Echoes of the Past: Korean Buddhist Bells that Rang at Shrines in Japan and Ryukyu (16:20-)

Sherry Fowler, Professor of Japanese Art History at the University of Kansas

 

15:00-18:00 (approx.), 27 May (Sat) 2023

Room 301 (3F), Building 10, Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University

In person only

Please register from HERE

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Sophia University Insitute of Comparative Culture presents

EU Energy Politics in the Shadow of the Ukraine War

Jens Geier, SPD member of the EU Parliament

May 22, 2023, 18:00-19:30
Room 407, Building 6, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

In Person Only

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Sophia University Institute of International Relations and the Institute of Comparative Culture presents:

Whither Security on Okinawa: Recapitulating international relations through a layered approach

Ra Mason, Sasakawa Associate Professor of International Relations and Japanese Foreign Policy at the University of East Anglia (UEA)

Friday 2 June 2023, 5:20pm (JST)
Event Format: Hybrid 
In-person: Building 2 Room 407

On Zoom: https://sophia-ac-jp. zoom.us/j/99818041419

Meeting ID: 998 1804 1419 Passcode: 110742

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2022

Locally National: Koseki Rokuhei and the Advent of Contemporary Lacquer Art in Iwate

Joel Thielen, Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley and a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University

May 18, 2023, 18:00~19:30

Room 301, 3F, Building 10Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University

In person only

No registration required, Free of charge.

Language: English (No translation)

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2022

Hashtag activism found in translation: Unpacking the reformulation of #MeToo in Japan (*)

Saki Mizoroki, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Isarel, University of Tokyo

April 28th (Friday), 5:30 PM (JST) – 7:00 PM (JST)

Zoom only
Join Zoom Meeting
https://sophia-ac-jp.zoom.us/j/99468537215

Meeting ID: 994 6853 7215
Passcode: 982771

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Workshop

"Migration to Japan: Focus on Kurdish Communities" Workshop

Hosts: Dr. Evelyn Reuter (Visiting Scholar, Sophia University)

Dr. David H. Slater (Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sophia University)

Inquiries and Contact: Dr. Evelyn Reuter (evelynareuter@gmail.com)

April 8 (15:00-18:00) and April 9 (10:00-12:30), 2023

Room 301, 3F Building 10, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

No registration necessary, 
In-person only

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2023

‘Waking Sleeping Babies’: 

Building Memorials in Japan to Allied Prisoners of War 

Daniel Milne, Kyoto University

Taeko Sasamoto, POW Research Network Japan

February 15, 2024 / 17:30-19:00 (JST) 

Room 503, 5F, Building 6, Sophia University 

In person only / No registration required 

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