70th Hitotsubashi Anthropology Seminar - "Ontological Mythbusters"
October 22th, 2018 (Mon) 14:00-17:00
Venue: Research Conference Room (3rd floor) located in Faculty Building 3, Hitotsubashi University, East Campus (2-1 Naka, Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo)
Presenters: Morten A. Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) and Casper B. Jensen (Osaka University)
Abstract: The so-called ontological turn has been one of the most discussed and criticized methodological and theoretical developments within anthropology and science and technology studies over recent years. Drawing on ethnographic examples from Mongolia, Cambodia and Denmark, this talk chronicles the intellectual processes through which questions of ontology allowed the two of us, in different ways and different contexts, to provide new answers to analytical problems.
We illustrate with studies of the relationship between shamanic cosmology and post-socialist transition, and urban planning, infrastructure and nonhuman agency. Doing so, we explicate some of the central analytical moves of the ontological turn, while also paying attention to the divergence and convergence between different orientations to the ontological. We also aim to bust a number of widely circulating and popular myths including that ontology "is just another form of culture,” that the ontological turn entails a “new form of essentialism,” and that it is inherently apolitical and uncritical.
Symposium - ICU DIALOGUES: Democracy in Japan: Broken, Transforming, Stagnant?
15:10-17:30, October 24, 2018
"Democracies are being challenged globally by authoritarian alternatives and illiberal forms of government. Japan continues to buck these trends with regular elections and political parties that represent different political inclinations. Notwithstanding, critics argue that Japan’s democracy is flawed with low participation rates and a paucity in viable alternatives to the ruling party. This panel discussion aims to examine Japan’s democracy debating whether its in stagnation, decline or in transformation. Through speaker dialogue, debate and an interactive Q&A extended session we hope to engage in a more nuanced discussion of the state of democracy in Japan."
International Conference Room, Dialogue House, ICU
Tobias Harris, Japanese politics expert, Vice- President for Teneo Intelligence
Tomohito Shinoda, International University of Japan, Graduate School of International Relations
Lecturer: Jaimey Fisher, Professor of German and Cinema and Digital Media, Director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute
Tuesday, 13th November 2018, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, Ito International Research Center 3F
This presentation concerns the astounding transformation of Germany from a thoroughly militarized and mobilized nation under the Nazis to a democratically inclined postwar polity with the citizens to support it. The presentation suggests that culture, in particular popular genres, can help track these kinds of thoroughgoing socio-cultural shifts and the remade subjectivities produced by them.
During the 1950s, West-German cinema was largely a cinema of genres, and the era’s second most popular genre were war films. Somewhat surprising, given the widespread suffering and destruction the war had wrought, these films nostalgically revisited the war experience, while also deliberately negotiating the rapid remilitarization of postwar West Germany.
In this remapping mobilization of the Cold War, the presentation examines a revealing, late-genre hybridity of the war film, namely, the nesting within it of the emergent post-war espionage genre. Films like The Fox from Paris (1957) and Rommel calls Cairo (1958/59) help unfold a novel form of soldierly subjectivity fitting their Cold-War moment. These war-spy films explore the foreign city with a tourist gaze that exploits the war-time travel pleasures while also forging a new, topologically driven subjectivity fitting the democratically-minded postwar period.
Organizer: Faculty of Letters, German Language and Literature
In the framework of the regular class of Prof. Shinji Miyata.
Contact: Prof. Stefan Keppler-Tasaki / firstname.lastname@example.org
Event webpage here.
Admission free. No registration required.
"Koganecho Walking Tour @ Flying Super Market!
Learning about the city through its past, present, and future"
October 13, 2018 (Sun), 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
"Meet at the "かいだん広場 (Kaidan Hiroba)" - a small space at the foot of a wooden staircase built underneath the Keikyu Railway line between Hinodecho and Koganecho (see map: http://www.koganecho.net/contents/areamap.html)
The Koganecho Bazaar volunteers organize walking tours of the city on a monthly basis. This walking tour will be held alongside the 11th Koganecho Bazaar art festival that turned the notorious red-light district of Koganecho into an artful space. How did this transformation happen? Our volunteer guides who are also residents of Koganecho will tell you all about it by guiding you through the area while introducing you to select artists participating in the "Koganecho Bazaar 2018 Flying Super Market". We hope to see you there!"
To participate in the walking tour, you will need to purchase the Koganeho Bazaar passport ticket (700 yen).
For more information, please check the Koganecho Bazaar 2018 website.
"This event (beginning at 2pm on September 29th) is organized by Correspondence: Hitotsubashi Journal of Arts and Literature. The aim of this event is to re-examine the representation of "post-war" in arts and literature.
As a speaking guest, we will invite Professor Max Saunders (King's College London), who is an expert on Modernism and Life-Writing and known as the author of Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature (2010). Firstly, Professor Saunders will give a lecture about To-day and To-morrow, a book series which was published during the inter-war period in England. Secondly, graduate students will give presentations on the representation of "post-war" in their research fields. In both parts, we will have question and answer time. This event will give you the opportunity to consider how we can face history through arts and literature."
Event is in English, free, and open to all. Venue is the Lecture Room in LS/CGE Building in Hitotsubashi University. Please contact the organizers with any questions.
Humanity and the Post-Human in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: A 200th Anniversary Symposium (14 October)
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the publication of "Frankenstein" in 1818, this Sophia University international symposium, co-organized by Kimiyo Ogawa and Laurence Williams, is sponsored by the Sophia European Institute and supported by the international festival "Frankenreads".
The event takes place in Sophia University Library on Sunday 14th October, 2018. The timetable is as follows (event is free to attend and no registration is required)
14:00 Laurence Williams (Sophia University)
Introduction: “Frankenstein at 200”
14:10 Jerrold E. Hogle (University of Arizona)
“The Gothic Image and the Quandaries of Science in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein – and
(15:10 Coffee break)
15:40 Takayuki Tatsumi (Keio University)
“Dr. Franklin’s Children: Frankenstein, Tesla and Gernsback”
(16:40 Coffee break)
17:00 Noah Heringman (University of Missouri)
“Science and Human Animality in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”
18:00 Closing roundtable, with
Kimiyo Ogawa (Sophia University)
Takashi Ito (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
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