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Nissan Institute Seminar Series :Michaelmas Term 2015

16 October - 4 December 2015, 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.

Fridays at 5.00 p.m. in the Pavilion Room, 4th Floor, Gateway Building, St. Antony’s College, Oxford unless otherwise stated.


Convenors: Professor Sho Konishi and Professor Takehiko Kariya



Friday 16 October

Professor Ron Loftus (Williamette University)

Taoka Reiun (1870-1912) and the Turn Against the Modern



Friday 22 October

Professor Susan Townsend (University of Nottingham)
Automobility and the Urban Environment: Japan in the Mai-kaa Era

This seminar will take place in the Syndicate Room, The Old Main Building, St. Antony’s College.


Friday 30 October

Professor Carol Gluck (Columbia University)

Future Past Entanglements: Modern Japan and the Work of History


Friday 6 November

Dr Heath Rose (University of Oxford)

Dilemmas of learning of Japanese as a foreign language and English as an international language: perspectives from applied linguistics research



Friday 13 November

Dr. Chika Watanabe (University of Manchester)

Muddy Labor: Nonreligion and the Making of Persons as Aid Work



Friday 20 November

Professor Yuma Totani (University of Hawaii)

The Burma-Siam Death Railway and the British War Crimes Trials at Singapore



Wednesday 25 November from 10.00 am to 12:30pm

Hideki Asari (Minister, Director of the Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC), London)Machiko Osawa (Professor of Economics, Director of Research Institute for Women and Careers, Japan Women’s University)Hiroshi Shiratori (Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Director of Policy Science Institute, Hosei University)Masanobu Ido (Professor of Political Science, Waseda University)Nanako Fujita (Associate Professor of Economics, Nagoya City University)Hideko Magara (Professor of Political Science, Waseda University).

Politics and Society in Japan in the 21st Century



Friday 27 November

Dr Chris Harding (University of Edinburgh)

Japan’s Freud: Kosawa Heisaku and Buddhist Modernism



Friday 4 December

Dr. Philip Grover, (Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford).

Meiji-Era Photographs in the Pitt Rivers Museum: An Overview of the Collections



Those travelling from outside Oxford are advised to check on the Institutes website in case there has been a cancellation or change of venue

Friday 5:00pm, 16 October - 4 December 2015

Pavilion Room, Gateway Building, St Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Rd., Oxford

Tel: 018865 274570

Fax: 01865 274574


Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, Oxford University