The 24th Nichibunken International Symposium

Japanese Studies After 3.11

Ostasiatisches Institut/Japanologie, Universität Leipzig

Date and Venue


About this Symposium

It is said that the Great East Japan earthquake of 11 March, 2011 and the nuclear plant accident consequent upon it constituted an important turning point for rethinking, criticizing the whole history of post-war Japan an assertion that has to be questioned. The hegemony of the so-called “Iron triangle” of politic, bureaucracy and business (especially energy industry) resulted in serious environmental destruction across the Japanese islands and in the expansion of an irredeemable gap between countryside and cities during the period of high economic growth. Postwar Japanese democracy has - albeit ironically - lent powerful support to this hegemony as a co-production of Japan and the United States, which continues to this day its occupation of Japan.

The problematics of the 3.11 phenomena foregrounded postwar Japan's contradictions and conflicts all at once, forcing intellectuals to confront this critical situation. Scholars of Japanese and East Asian studies working in such fields as literature, history, film studies, religious studies and media studies should have been quick to deliberate how best to overcome these problems.

In this symposium to be held at Leipzig University, we will reflect on the various issues surrounding the phenomena of the 3.11 disaster in order to explore the possibilities for academic collaboration from transnational perspectives. Note that this symposium is convened as one of a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies.

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Program

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Day 1: Thursday, 9 November

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16:00-

Registration

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16:30-16:45

Welcome Speech: Prof. Dr. Beate A. Schücking, Rector of Leipzig University

Opening Remarks: Tsuboi Hideto, Head of Office of International Research Exchange, Nichibunken

time 16:45-18:45

Keynote Speech: Mr. Karatani Kojin

time 19:00-21:00

Welcome Party

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Day 2: Friday, 10 November

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8:15-

Registration

time 9:00-12:00

New Generation Panel

- Moderator: Patricia Fister, International Research Center for Japanese Studies

- Panelists:

  • Felix Jawinski, Leipzig University
    Criticizing the "Nuclear Village" - Nuclear Laborers in Predicament [abstract] [full paper]
  • Tamura Miyuki, Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai)
    The Struggle between the Body and Words: Reading Yoshimura Man’ichi’s Works [abstract] [full paper]
  • Franziska John, Leipzig University
    Criticising the "Nuclear Village" - Scientists in Predicament? [abstract] [full paper]
  • Nagase Kai, Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai)
    3.11以後、なぜ高橋源一郎はやがて沈黙してしまったのか。 [abstract] [full paper]

- Discussants: Markus Rüttermann, International Research Center for Japanese Studies; Dorothea Mladenova, Leipzig University

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time 13:30-16:00

Session 1: Globalization, Media and Movements

- Moderator: Tsuboi Hideto, International Research Center for Japanese Studies

- Panelists:

  • Ito Mamoru, Waseda University
    「ポストメディア時代の日本社会とメディア権力」 [abstract] [full paper]
  • Yamada Shoji, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
    Play, Pray, and Sell: Murakami Takashi’s <Buddhist Art> in Post-3.11 Context [abstract] [full paper]
  • Fabian Schäfer, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Detecting Political Bots on Japanese Twitter: Internet Right-Wingers and Abe's Hidden Nationalist Agenda in Japan’s 2014 General Election [abstract] [full paper]

- Discussant: Martin Roth, Leipzig University

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time 16:30-19:15

Screening: Nuclear Nation (2012)

- Moderator: Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano, Carleton University
Talk with the Film Director: Funahashi Atsushi

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Day 3: Saturday, 11 November

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8:15-

Registration

time 9:00-12:00

Session 2: Politics and Intellectual Situation after 3.11

- Moderator: Steffi Richter, Leipzig University

- Panelists:

  • Isomae Jun'ichi, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
    Translation, Mysterious Others and Transference: Religious Subjectifitications from the Experience of Northeast Japan Disaster [abstract] [full paper]
  • Matsuda Toshihiko, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
    Earthquakes and Foreign Minorities in Japan --with Special Attention to the Comparison of Tohoku Earthquake with Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake [abstract] [full paper]
  • Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano, Carleton University
    Learning from Animals: Reconsidering Speciesism in post 3.11 Japan [abstract] [full paper]
  • Sato Hiroo, Tohoku University
    The Watchful Gaze of the Dead [abstract] [full paper][full paper (Japanese)]

- Discussant: Raji C. Steineck, University of Zurich

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time 13:30-16:30

Session 3: Crisis and Representation

- Moderator: Isomae Jun'ichi

- Panelists:

  • Tsuboi Hideto, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
    Living with the Living: Discourse on the Dead in Post-Fukushima Japan [abstract] [full paper]
  • Anne Bayard-Sakai, INALCO
    Writing by Circumventing the Unrepresentable: the case of Post March 11 literature [abstract] [full paper]
  • Kimura Saeko, Tsuda University
    Precarious life after Fukushima [abstract] [full paper]
  • Stephan Köhn, University of Cologne
    3/11 and the crisis of representation ? reflections on the potential and limits of writing about a nuclear catastrophe? [abstract] [full paper]

- Discussant: Steffi Richter, Leipzig University

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time 16:45-18:15

Round Table

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time 19:00-21:00

Farewell Party

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Day 4: Sunday, 12 November

Excursion Tour:

  • Excursion: Community Movement and Place Making in Lindenau, Leipzig - from GDR till today
    ライプツィヒ・リンデナウ地区の住民自治運動と場所づくり ― 東ドイツ時代から現在まで
  • Contents: Guided tour by Mr. Rainer Müller (http://djh-leipzig.de/ja/archives/359)
    Visit historical places and practices of place making
    Keywords: Peaceful revolution, Bottom-up, Urban gardening, Renovation of vacant buildings/lots
    ライナー・ミュラー氏によるガイドツアー (http://djh-leipzig.de/ja/archives/359) 歴史的な場所と場づくりの実践の訪問
    キーワード:平和革命、ボトムアップ、アーバンガーデニング、空き家・空き地の再生
  • Meeting place: In front of "Mobilitatszentrum der Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe” (1 min. walk from central station)
    Map: please click here https://goo.gl/maps/NbT3HyLqumm
    Mobilitatszentrum der Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe前集合 (ライプツィヒ中央駅西口より中心市街地方向へ徒歩1分)
    Map: please click here https://goo.gl/maps/NbT3HyLqumm
  • Meeting time: 1:00 pm (午後1時より)
  • Language: German/Japanese
  • Duration: about 4 hours
  • Fee: 20 euros
  • Registration: To register for this excursion tour, please use the on-line form here.
  • Planning: Das Japanische Haus e.V.
    Webpage: www.djh-leipzig.de

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Contact us

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P: +81-75-335-2041

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