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 problematics.

In this symposium to be held at Leipzig University, we will to be 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.



Day 1: Thursday, 9 November



Remark: Tsuboi Hideto, Head of Office of International Research Exchange (Nichibunken)

time 16:45-18:45

Keynote Speech: Karatani Kojin

time 19:00-21:00

Welcome Party


Day 2: Friday, 10 November

time 9:00-12:00

New Generation Panel

- Moderator: Patricia Fister (Nichibunken)

- Panelists: Felix Jawinski, Franziska John (Leipzig University), Tamura Miyuki, Nagase Kai (the Graduate University for Advanced Studies)

- Discussants: Markus Rüttermann (Nichibunken), Dorothea Mladenova (Leipzig University)


time 13:30-16:30

Session 1: Globalization, Media and Movements

- Moderator: Tsuboi Hideto (Nichibunken)

- Panelists: Miyake Toshio (Ca' Foscari University of Venice), Ito Mamoru (Waseda University), Yamada Shoji (Nichibunken), Fabian Schäfer (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg)

- Discussant: Martin Roth (Leipzig University)


time 17:00-19:45

Screening: Nuclear Nation (2012)

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


Day 3: Saturday, 11 November

time 9:00-12:00

Session 2: Politics and Intellectual Situation after 3.11

- Moderator: Steffi Richter (Leipzig University)

- Panelists: Isomae Jun'ichi (Nichibunken), Matsuda Toshihiko (Nichibunken), Sato Hiroo (Tohoku University), Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano (Carleton University)

- Discussant: Raji C. Steineck (University of Zurich)


time 13:30-16:30

Session 3: Crisis and Representation

- Moderator: Isomae Jun'ichi

- Panelists: Tsuboi Hideto, Anne Bayard-Sakai (INALCO), Kimura Saeko (Tsuda University), Stephan Köhn (University of Cologne)

- Discussant: Steffi Richter


time 16:45-18:15

Round Table


time 19:00-21:00

Farewell Party


Day 4: Sunday, 12 November

Excursion Tour: to be announced



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