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Journeys to Japan: from Culture to Technology

14th October 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We are delighted to support UCD Japan Fair 2021 this year and invite you to an online webinar ‘Journeys to Japan: from Culture to Technology’.

Join Dr. Denisa Butnaru, Universität Konstanz, as she talks about the novel of James Clavell, Shogun (1975) which introduced her to a landscape of Japanese culture and concrete exploration of Japanese society shaped by a variety of tensions and contradictions.

Date: Thursday, 14th October 2021
Time: 1 PM
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/journeys-to-japan-from-culture-to-technology-tickets-179188316077?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


Many years ago, the novel of James Clavell, Shogun (1975) introduced me to a first landscape of Japanese culture. Wanting to understand how history confronts present, I started to engage in a concrete exploration of Japanese society, which brought me to conceive a landscape shaped by a variety of tensions and contradictions. The figure of the “bricoleur” which opposes that of the engineer discussed by Claude Lévi-Strauss (Lévi-Strauss 1962) offers me a productive approach to consider the active and rich nuances that I could experience regarding Japan, and explain how the current development of technological artefacts embeds older forms of social models while inventing further novel ones. – Dr. Denisa Butnaru

Guest speaker: Dr. Denisa Butnaru was born in Romania. She studied English and Japanese, sociology and philosophy (having specialized in phenomenological philosophy). She holds a doctor title from the University of Strasbourg, France (2009) and she finished her habilitation thesis in sociology in 2021, at the University of Constance, Germany. Her areas of research are: sociology of the body, disability, rehabilitation and augmentation technologies, phenomenological theories of the body and embodiment, and qualitative methodology in social sciences.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/journeys-to-japan-from-culture-to-technology-tickets-179188316077?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


This event is jointly organised by UCD Centre for Japanese Studies & UCD Japan and supported by Ireland Japan Association, Experience Japan and UCD Japanese Society.