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- Japan’s Shifting Position on Maps of the World in the Late Edo Period
Dr Radu Leca (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
- When did the Japanese become punctual? – Timing day and night in Japanese history
Dr Brigitte Steger (University of Cambridge)
- Metabolism: Utopian Urbanism and the Japanese Modern Architecture Movement
Dr Tomoko Tamari, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
- Abenomics and Currency Wars
Professor Koichi Hamada
- Buddhism, Politics, and Japan's First Psychotherapists: 1930s - 1960s
Dr Christopher Harding (University of Edinburgh)
- 20th Century Buddhist Temples as the Nexus of Multi-Patron Networks of Modern Art
Tsuchikane Yasuko (SISJAC)
- Dulwich Boys and Beyond: 100 Years of Japanese Studies at SOAS
This event marks 100 years of Japanese Studies at SOAS, focusing on the story of the Dulwich Boys and their achievements, as well as celebrate the expansion and diversity of Japanese studies over subsequent decades.
- The Translatability of Western Categories for Reading Medieval Japanese Narratives
Dr Rajyashree Pandey (University of Goldsmiths)
- The Birth of the Department Store in Early 20th Century Japan: Mitsukoshi and Consumer Culture Lifestyles
Dr Tomoko Tamari (Goldsmiths, University of London)
- Reckoning with the 20th Century: 60 Years of Tomiyama Taeko's Art
Laura Hein (Northwestern University)
- Re-sensing Kawabata in the 21st century - with a focus on House of the Sleeping Beauties and One Arm
Dr Fusako Innami (Durham University)
- In Coversation with Professor Laura Hein
Laura Hein (Northwestern University)
- The evolution of traditional Japanese folk song in modern Japan
Dr David Hughes (SOAS, University of London)
- Translating “Japanese” Culture in the Language Classroom
Eiko Gyogi (Kayoko Tsuda Bursary Recipient 2015-2016)
- Demythologizing Washi: The Craft of Papermaking in Early Modern Japan
Dr Christine Guth (RCA)
- The Ever-Evolving Business Model of the Sogo Shosha
Graham Holman (Sumitomo Corporation Europe Group)
- Foujita, the Seibikai and the Brazilian Modernists
Dr Seth Jacobowitz (Yale University)
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
- Ritual, Architecture, and Deep Cosmological Content: A Semiotic Approach to the Tea Ceremony
Dr Manar Hammad (Emeritus, University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle)
- Reading Edo Period Texts
Professor Peter Kornicki and Dr Jenny Preston
SOAS Japanese Manuscript Workshop
Following on from the 'Media and Materials in Early Modern Japan' symposium held in July 2015, this introductory workshop aims to equip participants with useful and efficient strategies for approaching kuzushiji and hentaigana texts. This workshop will be delivered by Professor Peter Kornicki and Dr Jenny Preston.
- Queer Asia 2016: Diversity, Contestations and Developments
The first ever 'Queer' Asia Conference is being held at SOAS on 10-11 June, 2016 and supported by 14 Societies, Departments and Institutes at SOAS including Centre for Gender Studies, Film Studies, South Asia Institute and Department of Film Studies, Development Studies and South East Asian Studies.
- Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEAS) 2016
This conference provides a major venue for the dissemination of research on East Asian Studies in various disciplines for academics from both the UK and abroad.
- Who's Sori Now? The afterlives of Japanese Prime Ministers
Professor Hugo Dobson (University of Sheffield)
- 60 years of the Japanese Women’s Association in Great Britain: Past, Present and Future
Dr Meri Arichi (SOAS, University of London)
- Wakashu as a Third Gender and Gender Ambiguity in the Edo Period
Prof Joshua Mostow (University of British Columbia)
- Late Development, Compressed Development and Employment: A Japan-China Comparison
Prof Hugh Whittaker (University of Oxford)
- Almost Famous: Dainichi Nōnin and Early Zen
Dr Vincent Breugem (ACLS Robert N. Ho Family Foundation Scholar in Buddhist Studies / SOAS)
- Launch of Japanese Studies in the UK
The event will be chaired by Japan Society Chairman, Sir David Warren and will feature talks by the book’s editors, Sir Hugh Cortazzi and Professor Peter Kornicki, who will answer the question, why is it in our nation’s interest for British people to have a good understanding of modern Japan?
- What’s Queer about Postwar Manga?
Prof Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia)
- Does Abenomics Work?
Andrew Rozanov (Chatham House), Martin Malone (Alphabook/Mint Partners), Helen Macnaughtan (SOAS), Ulrich Volz (SOAS)
- Fukan Habian: A Japanese Christian Convert on the Offensive in 1605
Prof Richard Bowring (University of Cambridge)
- Hearing Things and Possessing Selves: Natsume Sōseki’s Koto no sorane
Prof Michael K Bourdaghs (University of Chicago)
- Heike Heroes and Villains: Historical Narratives and Agency in Early Medieval Japan
Prof Mikael Adolphson (University of Cambridge)
- Japanese-style long-term recession - the future of the world?
Prof Richard Werner (University of Southampton)
- Countering Stereotypes about Japan: Examples from Academia and Business
Professor Bruce Aronson (Hitotsubashi University)
- In Coversation with Professor Bruce Aronson
Bruce Aronson (Hitotsubashi University)
Toshiba International Foundation 'In Conversation With...' Lunch is held three times this year. These lunches are made possible by the generosity of the Toshiba International Foundation