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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: Takehiro Watanabe (渡邉 剛弘)
Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts,
Sophia University

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The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series

Japan’s Global Restaurant Scene After Three Years of Travel Restrictions

Melinda Joe, American Journalist based in Tokyo, Japan

Event on Zoom

Dec. 10 (Saturday at 10 am JST)

Dec. 9 (Friday at 8 pm in NYC) 

Please register from HERE

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Film Screening 

Refuge in Religion

A FILM BY Rosa Barbaran 

Date: December 5th

Time: 17:15

Location: the Catholic Jesuit Center, Bldg. #2 1st floor

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A video of the "European Restaurant Marketing in a Time of Crisis: a Conversation with Smartbox"(The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series) is available here:

https://youtu.be/zWllEEEf4hg

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The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series

A View from Thailand

Dharath Hoonchamlong , Food Scholar

Event on Zoom

Nov 19, 2022, 11:00 AM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

Please register from HERE

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2022

Tangled Mobilities: Places, Affects, and Personhood across Social Spheres in Asian Migration

Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot, PhD in Sociology from the Par-is Diderot University in France

Gracia Liu-Farrer, (Ph.D. Sociology, University of Chicago), Professor at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, and Director of Institute of Asian Migration at Waseda University,

Nov 14, 2022 06:30 PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo Hybrid Format

Zoom Meeting https://sophia-ac-jp.zoom.us/j/92898295599

Meeting ID: 928 9829 5599
Passcode: ICC-Nov7 
Venue: Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus

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Film Screening 

FINDING THEIR NICHE UNHEARD STORIES OF MIGRANT WOMEN

A FILM BY MEGHA WADHWA 

12th November 2022 15:30 – 17:30 (HOUR LONG FILM FOLLOWED BY 60 MINS Q&A) Venue: Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus, 7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-8554, BUILDING 2, ROOM NO. 309

Please RSVP – (https://forms.office.com/r/p4gSXndvpm

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Sophia University, Adopted Research Projects of Research in Priority Areas 2018-2021 
Refugee and New Immigrant Support: The Role of the Church, Other Religious Groups, and Civil Society Organizations in the Sustainable Social Integration of Displaced Populations into Japan (David H. Slater) and Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Presents:

Bait and Switch: Japan refugee policy and practice leading to Ukraine 

David H. SLATER, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sophia University

Date: Nov. 18, 2022 (Fri)  
Time: 19:00 – 20:30  
Format: Zoom
Please register from HERE

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series for SORW
Organized by James Farrer (Global Japanese Cuisine Project: Culinary Mobilities and Urban Place Making)

Foodways and Social Sustainability

James Farrer, Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture

Chuanfei Wang, Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture

Nov. 18, 2022 (Fri)
11:00 – 13:00 (JST)
Hybrid (F2F and on Zoom)
Please register from HERE

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2022

Burning Stories: The Displacement of People, Spirits, and Blame in Southeast Asia's Haze Crisis 

Julia Cassaniti, Washington State University

October 14th (Friday) 6pm

In person and on zoom: Open to public, No registration necessary

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

Zoom information: https://sophia-ac-jp.zoom.us/j/93559716664

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2022

Universal Buddhism, Regional Social Equality: Indian Ambedkarites in East Asia 

Jon Keune, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University

November 30, 2022

15:30-16:30 Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

Format: Hybrid (No registration required)

In Person Venue: Room 301, Building 10, Sophia University

Zoom Meeting URL: https://sophia-ac-jp.zoom.us/j/95552319858

Meeting ID: 955 5231 9858

Passcode: 059486

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The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series

European Restaurant Marketing in a Time of Crisis

a Conversation with ”Smartbox" 

Speakers:

Deborah Van Looy (Account Manager Netherlands)  

Emiliana De Luca (Account Manager Italy)  

Giulia Azzarello  (Account Manager Italy)  

Guillaume Jollivet (Business Development Manager France)  

Leonardo Adoni (Business Development Manager Italy)  

Roberta Ringhieri (Key Account Business Development Manager Italy)  

Event on Zoom

October 5, 9 pm, Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo 

Please register from HERE

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2022

On Her Terms: Yoshida Fujio, Self-Determination, and the Status of Women Artists in Modern Japan

Lillian Wies, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, ICC Visiting Researcher

October 6, 2022

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Face to Face only 

Please register from HERE

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A video of the "Writing for General Readers about Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan" is available here:

https://youtu.be/ExBp27UipNM

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A video of the "Literary Environmental Testimonies: An East/East conversation in the works of Ishimure Michiko and Abdel Rahman Munif on man-made environmental crises," is available here:

https://youtu.be/oGi1Ylg7x-g

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A video of the "The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series": Restaurants in Mexico During and Beyond COVID, is available here:

https://youtu.be/7VbuWsP_dDs

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture, the Japan Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council presents

Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty

Aynne Kokas, C.K. Yen Professor at the Miller Center and an associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia (a recipient of Abe Fellowship)

​July 20, 2022, 06:00 PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

Face to face and on Zoom

Face to face: (Room capacity: 30, Registration closes on July 17): Please register from here F2F

Zoom: Please register from here ZOOM

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2022

Literary Environmental Testimonies: An East/East conversation in the works of Ishimure Michiko and Abdel Rahman Munif on man-made environmental crises

Munia Hweidi, PhD Candidate in Japanese Studies at Sophia University’s (Tokyo) Graduate Program in Global Studies.

Hyflex (Both in-person and on Zoom) format

June 29, 15:00-16:30
Room 301 (In person)

Please register from HERE

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Film Screening supported by Catholic Jesuit Center and Center for Student Affairs

Artistic Ukraine film screening on June 29, 2022

Screening of 6 short films by Ukrainian Female Directors

Distributed by Ukrainian Female Film and Media Industry

Please click here for more information

Artistic Ukraine: Film Screening on June 29, 2022 (icc-sophia.com)

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Photo Exhibition co-hosted with Catholic Jesuit Center and Center for Student Affairs

Artistic Ukraine Photo Exhibition from June 1st~30th

Please click here for more information

Artistic Ukraine: Photo exhibition (icc-sophia.com)

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A video of "Beyond Bunraku: Japan’s Diverse Puppetry Heritage" with Dr. Orenstein is now available on YouTube.:

https://youtu.be/7OO0YuVlxMM 

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A video of the "The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series": A View From India in the Wake of Covid, is available here:

https://youtu.be/YxA2lY0021o

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The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series

The Future of Eating Out:Restaurants in Mexico During and Beyond COVID 

Scarlett Lindeman, Restaurateur and Food Journalist from Mexico City (CDMX) 

Event on Zoom

June 15, 10 pm JST (9 am EDT) 

Please register from HERE

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A video of the "The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series": A View from South Africa, is available here:

https://youtu.be/Auq1aWguDQs

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture and SGSRA presents

Writing for General Readers about Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan

Sabine Frühstück, Koichi Takashima Chair and Professor of Modern Japanese Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Event on Zoom

May 21, 2022, 10:00 (Tokyo time)

Please register from HERE

Contact: sophiagsresearchassociation@gmail.com

This event is organized by Sophia Gender and Sexuality Research Association with James Farrer (GPGS) and ICC

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2022

Beyond Bunraku: Japan’s Diverse Puppetry Heritage

Claudia Orenstein, Theatre Professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Event on Zoom

May 11, 2022, 7:00 pm (Tokyo time)

Please register from HERE

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The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series

The Future of Eating Out:A View from India in the Wake of Covid

Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, Culinary Chronicler, Teacher and Corporate Food Consultant

Event on Zoom

May 10, 2022, 9:30~10:30 pm (Tokyo time)

May 10, 2022, 6:00~7:00 pm (India time)

May 10, 2022,  8:30~9:30 am (East Cost USA time)

Please register from HERE

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The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series

The Future of Eating Out:A View from South Africa

Jean-Pierre Rossouw, Publisher of Rossouw’s Restaurants

A discussion with

Prof. James Farrer (Sophia University )

Prof. Krishnendu Ray (New York University)

Event on Zoom

March 30, 2022, 10 pm (Tokyo time)

March 30, 2022, 3 pm (Johannesburg time)

March 30, 2022, 8am 9 am (NY time)

Please register from HERE

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A video of the "The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series": Inaugural Dialogue with Krishnendu Ray, is available here:

https://youtu.be/zBsvJsVLWVE

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A video of the Symposium "Confucian Scholars in the Late Tokugawa Period" held on December 19th, 2021, is available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbCq4I6UGt8

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The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series

The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series Inaugural Dialogue: A Transnational Dialogue with Professor Krishnendu Ray

Krishnendu Ray, Professor of Food Studies, New York University

James Farrer, Professor of Sociology, Sophia University

Event on Zoom

8:00-9:00 PM: US Eastern Standard Time, January 28 (Friday) 

9:00-10:00 AM: Japan Standard Time, January 29 (Saturday) 

Q and A session following the discussion 

Please register from here: https://forms.office.com/r/25kG4K2Cfs 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2021

Imagining a Slow City by Building and Dwelling in a Smart City

Mihye Cho, Assistant Professor at Sociology Department and a Leader of the MA in Inter-Asia NGO studies, SungKongHoe University

Jan. 17, 2022, 19:00 ~, Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo, On ZOOM

 

On Zoom. Please register from HERE

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Presents

Regimes of Desire: Young Gay Men, Media, and Masculinity in Tokyo

Thomas Baudinette, Senior Lecturer in Japanese and International Studies

Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Languages and Literature, Macquarie University

Jan. 13, 2022, 19:00 ~, Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo, On ZOOM

 

On Zoom. Please register from HERE

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents:  

Visualizing Racial Issues and critical stories across cultures

Shiho Fukada, visual journalist, and filmmaker  

Keith Bedford, filmmaker, video producer, photo editor

Jan. 7, 2022, 20:00 ~ (Tokyo time ), On ZOOM

 

On Zoom. Please register from HERE

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With the Support of Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture

Symposium: Confucian Scholars in the Late Tokugawa Period

Dec. 19, 2021, 13:00 ~ 16:30(Tokyo Time), On ZOOM

 

On Zoom. Please register from HERE

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2022

Feminism, Bourgeois Liberalism and Shimada Yoshiko’s Becoming a Statue of a Japanese ‘Comfort Woman’

Namiko Kunimoto, Director of the Center for Ethnic Studies at Ohio State University and Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art.

2/15 (Th), 18:00-19:30
Room 301, 3F, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus, Building 10

In person session only
Please register from HERE