PUBLIC EVENTS 2015 ~ 2016

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Teaching Silence:

Educational Approaches to Buraku Issues 

Christopher Bondy, Associate Professor of Sociology and the Coordinator for Japan Studies at International Christian University, Tokyo

18:30-20:00, February 12, 2016 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lunch Time Talk 

BGM as Sensory Regulation: 

The Affective Management of Work Environments in Japan  

Lorraine Plourde, Assistant Professor of Media, Society, and the Arts and Anthropology at Purchase College, SUNY

12:00-13:30, January 29, 2016 

Room 322 (ICC Meeting Room), 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Building Bridges or Barriers?:

Religion in the East and West 

Mark David Luttio, Assistant Professor of Media, Society, and the Arts and Anthropology at Purchase College, SUNY

18:30-20:00, January 18, 2016 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture invites you to a film screening and a discussion session with Eiji Oguma (Professor, Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University) 

首相官邸の前で

(Tell the Prime Minister) 

小熊英二:企画・制作・監督

(Eiji OGUMA: Direction, Production, English Subtitles)

17:30-, January 15, 2016 

Room 414, 4F, Building 2, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Against NGOs?

Nidhi Srinivas, Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management at the New School

18:30-20:00, January 12, 2016 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Searching for the Missing Women in War-Prone Society of Medieval Japan

Hitomi Tonomura, Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

18:30-20:00, December 17, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

“Murakami Haruki,  World Literature and Kafka on the Shore ”

Reiko Abe Auestad, Professor, University of Oslo

17:00-18:30, December 11, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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The Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) at Sophia University invites you to a special book launch: 

Documentary Film Showing:

“Down: Indie Rock in the PRC” 

Written, produced and directed by Andrew David Field & Jud Willmont 

17:00-18:00, December 10, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

Shanghai Nightscapes:

A Century-Long Journey through Shanghai’s Nightlife Subcultures

Speakers:

James Farrer, Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at Sophia University

Andrew David Field, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Duke Kunshan University

18:30-20:00, December 10, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 
In cooperation with the Ohara Institute for Social Research, Hosei University 

Reverse Sequencing of Labor and Environmental Movements: 

Taiwan and South Korea

Hwa-Jen Liu, Associate Professor of Sociology at National Taiwan University, and author of Leverage of the Weak: Labor and Environmental Movements in Taiwan and South Korea (2015)

18:30-20:00, December 8, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Research Unit “3.11 as Crisis and Opportunity” Youth Activism in Post-War Japan: Workshop Series 
In light of the rise of youth activism in Japan today, this series will invite specialists on youth culture and political activists in order to give us a fuller comparative context to understand the shape, distinctiveness and significance of the current moment. 

Sunflowers and Umbrellas:

The Rise of Youth Activism in Taiwan and Hong Kong 

Kinman Chan, Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Hwa-Jen Liu, Associate Professor of Sociology at National Taiwan University

Moderator: David H. Slater, Sophia University 

13:00-16:00, December 5, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

Program

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Book Launch 

Disasters and Social Crisis in Contemporary Japan:

Political, Religious, and Sociocultural Responses

Edited by:

Mark R. Mullins, University of Auckland

Koichi Nakano, Sophia University 

18:30-20:00, November 30, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 for SORW

Legacies of the Japanese Empire by ICC Research Unit on Postcolonial Asian Cities

The Untold History of Taiwanese Migration Under the Japanese Flag, 1895-1945

17:00-19:00, November 27, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Geophysical Gifts and Dangers in Japan:

Toward an Anthropology of the Earth

Emily Sekine, PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at The New School in New York City

18:30-20:00, November 24, 2015 

L-912, 9F Library Building, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 for SORW

Light and Darkness

Reflections on the Study of Japanese Literature in Germany 

Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Professor of Japanology (Literature and Cultural Studies) at Freie Universitat Berlin 

17:00-19:00, November 17, 2015 

Room L-821 (BF, Library), Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Research Unit “3.11 as Crisis and Opportunity” Youth Activism in Post-War Japan: Workshop Series 
In light of the rise of youth activism in Japan today, this series will invite specialists on youth culture and political activists in order give us a fuller comparative context to understand the shape, distinctiveness and significance of the current moment. 

ANPO REVISITED:

Presenters:

Naoko Koda, Kinki (Kindai) University

Chelsea Szendi Schieder, Meiji University

Hiroe Saruya, Sophia University

Takemasa Ando, Musashi University

Moderator:

David H. Slater, Sophia University

13:00-16:00, November 14, 2015 

Room 301, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

Program

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Contemporary China-North Korea relations

Can China give up on North Korea? 

Seong-Hyon LEE, Assistant Professor at the Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies, Kyushu University

18:30-20:00, November 12, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

What has Karoshi got to do with Fukushima disaster?

Rika Morioka, Ph.D. Sociologist in Medical and Cultural Sociology

18:30-20:00, November 11, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

From Colliery to Fukushima: 

60 Years of Tomiyama Taeko's Art

Laura Hein, teaches Modern Japanese History at Northwestern University in Chicago Illinois

18:30-20:00, October 20, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Ireland votes Yes

to Equal Marriage: How a minority won a majority

Tiernan Brady, Political Director of Yes Equality / the policy officer of The GLEN

18:30-20:00, October 5, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Measuring for What:

Networked Citizen Science Movements after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident 

Yasuhito Abe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Communications at the Faculty of Social Studies at Doshisha University

18:30-20:00, July 24, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

“Real(ity) Problem:”

Otaku and the Politics Of Imagination

Patrick W. Galbraith, received a Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Tokyo, and is currently pursuing a second Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University

18:30-20:00, July 22, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Research Unit "Japanese Text in Motion" Presents an International Workshop: 

Translation and Japanese literary studies

18:30-20:00, July 18, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Panel Discussion

A panel discussion on sustainability: Rethinking Sustainability after 3.11

19:00-21:00, July 17, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Yatô Tamotsu, the Japanese Photographic Male Nude, and Future Gay Nostalgia 

Jonathan M Hall, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College

18:00-19:30, July 10, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents 

The Nepal Earthquake:

Drawing attention to remote areas of Dolakha through ethnographic film, “A Life with Slate” and a report from the Director, Dipesh Kharel 

Dipesh Kharel, Independent documentary filmmaker from Nepal

18:30-20:00, July 7, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Of Wallflowers, Idols and Role Models:

Harisenbon and Female Comedians in Japan

Till Weingärtner, Visiting Fellow Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture

18:30-20:00, June 29, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University IGC and ICC jointly present 

The Politics of Voice and Silence: 

Panel Discussion on Media Openness and Historical Revisionism in Contemporary Japan 

Panelists:

Andrew Gordon, Professor of History, Harvard University

David McNeill, Journalist and Lecturer, Sophia University

Koichi Nakano, Professor of Political Science, Sophia University

Takashi Uemura, Journalist and Lecturer, Hokusei Gakuen University

Mina Watanabe, Secretary General, Women’s Active Museum for War and Peace

Tomomi Yamaguchi, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Montana State University

15:00-17:30, June 28, 2015 

Room 508, Bldg. 2, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Research Unit "3/11 as Crisis and Opportunity" Invites you to a showing of 

Nuclear Nation 2

(フタバから遠く離れて 第二部 ©ドキュメンタリージャパン/ビックリバーフィルムズ)

a film screening and discussion with the director Atsushi Funahashi

18:00-20:30, June 26, 2015 

Room 508, Bldg. 2, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

The Socialist Modern at Rest and Play:

New Perspectives on the Legacies of the Japanese Empire 

Robert Winstanley-Chesters, University of Cambridge (Beyond the Korean War)/ University of Leeds 

18:30-20:00, June 29, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia Symposium 2015 (This symposium is hosted by ICC Research Unit on "Postcolonial Asian Cities.") 

Empire and Aftermath

New Perspectives on the Legacies of the Japanese Empire 

Hosted by ICC Research Unit on "Postcolonial Asian Cities"

Program and Abstracts

10:45-17:30, June 19, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Girlscape!

Discover Japan Campaign and the Marketing of Mediatic Ambiance 

Tomiko Yoda, Takashima Professor of Japanese Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

18:30-20:00, June 17, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Confraternities and Parishes in Early  Modern Nagasaki 

Carla Tronu, Visiting Researcher at ICC

18:30-19:30, June 4, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Washoku on the World Stage:

UNESCO and the Promotion of Japanese Cuisine 

Theodore Bestor, Harvard University, currently a Visiting Fellow at ICC

18:30-20:00, June 2, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

From Exotic Demon to Queer Savior: 

The Textual Transformations of Amakusa Shirō  

Rebecca Suter, Senior lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney and Author of Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction 
(Hawai’i University Press, 2015) 

18:30-20:00, May 19, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Research Unit on “3.11 as Crisis and Opportunity” presents 

A Field Report and Response Plan from Disaster Stricken Nepal by Habitat for Humanity Japan

Habitat for Humanity Japan staff who have just returned from Kathmandu, Nepal will give a field report about the recent Nepal Earthquake and on-going response plan 

Speakers:

Shintaro Yamamoto, Program Manager, Habitat for Humanity Japan

Yoshiko Tokuchi, Program Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity Japan

17:30-19:00 (in English), 19:30~21:00 (in Japanese), May 15, 2015 

Room 508, Building 2, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) presents An evening with the Asian Rural Institute (ARI)

Training for Transformation

How an NPO leadership training program can impact values in order to bring about broader change in communities

Moderator: David Slater, Professor, Sophia University

Commentator: Richard Gardner, Professor, Sophia University

Panelists: 

Tomoko Arakawa, ARI Director

Sarajean Rossitto, ARI Assessment Project Coordinator, Nonprofit NGO consultant 

Zacivolu Rhakho, India, Training Program Graduate, ARI Staff Member

Rev. Timothy B. Appau, Ghana, Training Program Graduate, ARI Staff Member, Chaplain

19:00-21:00, April 28, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Manga Empire:

Comics and Companion Species

Thomas Lamarre, teaches in East Asian Studies and Communications Studies at McGill University

18:30-20:00, April 27, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture invites you to a panel 

Journeys Along the Atomic Highway:

History, Politics, Performance and Memoir 

Robert Jacobs, Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University

Julie Salverson, Department of Drama, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario 

Peter C. van Wyck, Communication and Media Studies, Concordia University in Montréal, Quebec

17:00-19:30, April 20, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University 

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Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2015 

Regulating Funny: 

Humor and the Law 

Laura E. Little, Professor, Charles Klein Professor of Law and Government, Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA 

18:30-20:00, April 15, 2015 

Room 301, 3F, Bldg. 10, Sophia University