Center for Global Research Initiatives at the University of Hyogo: Symposium and Speaker Events
On March 25 and 26, the Center for Global Research Initiatives at the University of Hyogo hosted its inaugural symposium, “"Global Japan and Academia during Covid-19,” a hybrid event that saw us welcoming scholars from multiple countries both virtually and in person to our campus.
In particular, on the 25th we were delighted to have Dr. Debra Occhi (Miyazaki International College) give a keynote speech, “Challenges and Opportunities for Academia in Japan and Globally with COVID-19,” and a featured talk from Professor Susan Jones (Kobe College), “The Evolution of Machine Translation in the Classroom.” On the 26th, our featured talks were given by Andrea de Antoni (University of Kyoto), “Japan Got Closer and Closed: Managing Research Plans and Fieldwork Strategies among (Graduate) Students in Anthropology and Ritsumeikan and Kyoto Universities During the Pandemic,” and a roundtable “Global Japan and Academia during COVID-19,” that featured Irina Holca (University of Tokyo) as chair, James Welker (Kanagawa University) as discussant, and panelists Stephanie Assman-Terada, Miki Suehiro, Carmen Sapunaru Tamas, Kathryn Tanaka, (University of Hyogo), Maria Malashevskaya (St Petersburg State University), Rouli Esther Pasaribu (Universitas Indonesia), Janashruti Chandra (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Saranya Choochotkaew (Chulalongkorn University). These keynote and featured events were joined by 16 other presentations from academics around the world.
This symposium marked the establishment of our center, whose aims include creating and contributing to a research community whose results and achievements enhance our respective fields on a global level, while also enriching the education we provide to our students.
Furthermore, we are proud to announce that this symposium was just the beginning and we have begun a series of lectures for the new academic year. Thanks to the efforts of our Center’s Dr. Carmen Tamas, we were able to welcome Dr. Gunnella Þorgeirsdóttir from the University of Iceland on May 11.
Her lecture, given to both faculty and students at the University of Hyogo, was a fascinating discussion of some shared cultural attributes of Japan and Iceland as well as an introduction into unique elements of Icelandic folklore, was an incredible event to launch our 2022 academic year.
Within the Academic Lecture Series hosted by the Center for Global Research Initiatives, in June we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Iza Kavedžija, Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, who gave a talk on her recent research related to the work of contemporary artists in Japan. She was joined by Dr. Harry Walker, Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, who discussed his work on Amazonian communities.
We look forward to our future events and sharing them with you here.