Art & Design

Nissan Institute Seminar Series (Hilary Term 2012)

19 January - 24 March 2012, Oxford

From its start in the 1980s the institute has organised a series of Nissan Seminars in Japanese Studies.  We invite scholars based in the UK to present their most recent research.  Members of the general public are welcome to attend.

Thursdays 2:00 - 3:30pm, in the Dahrendorf Room, Founders’ Building, St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Convenors: Dr Ekaterina Hertog


Thursday 19th January
Professor Helen Macnaughtan, Lecturer in International Business and Management (SOAS)

Building up Steam as Consumers: women, rice-cookers and the consumption of everyday household goods in Japan (1950s to today)


Monday 23rd January
Professor Makoto Iokibe, President of National Defence Academy and Chairman of Japan Reconstruction Design Council
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Japan – Reflecting on Past Disasters

This lecture is part of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation 2012 Seminar Series on Leadership: People and Power in the UK and Japan is supported by Japan Airlines.

Please Note: This seminar will take place on Monday at 5.00 p.m. in the Deakin Room, Founders’ Building, St. Antony’s College


Thursday 2nd February
Prof. Dr. David Chiavacci, (Mercator-Professor in Social Science of Japan, University of Zurich, Institute of East Asian Studies)
Japan’s Immigration Policy, 1999-2008: Discrepancy between Comprehensive Debate and Partial Reforms


Thursday 9th February
Dr Choon Sim (part time lecturer at Nihon University and Japan Women’s University)
Issues and Challenges of Single and Multi Track Education Systems in the 21st Century Comparative Studies of Japan and Singapore


Thursday 16th February
Dr Barbara Holthus (Senior Research Fellow, Social Science Section, German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo)
Motivations for marriage and marital (un)happiness: Discourses in Japanese women’s magazines


Thursday 23rd February
Professor Mei Kagawa (Rikkyo University) and Dr Shinichi Aizawa (The University of Tokyo)
Opportunities for High School Education and Social Change in the Postwar Japan: Focusing on Private High Schools


Thursday 1st March
Adjunct Professor Katja Valaskivi (University of Tampere, Finland)
Looking for the Soft Power of Cool Japan: Popular Culture and the Practices of National Branding in Japan


Thursday 8th March
Professor Masahiro Yamada (Tokyo Gakugei University)
After parasite-singles


Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th March
Two-day conference on the Disasters of 11th March 2011 - One year on

Speakers to be announced and further information will be available on:

Thursdays 2:00 - 3:30pm, 19 January - 24 March 2012

Dahrendorf Room, St Antony°«s College, 62 Woodstock Rd., Oxford

Tel: 018865 274570

Fax: 01865 274574


Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, Oxford University