Off The Page: Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation

International Literature Festival Dublin is delighted to welcome Nobel Prize winning writer Kazuo Ishiguro for an online talk to mark the publication of Klara and the Sun, his first novel since receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017.

Date: Friday, 12th March 2021
Time: 7.30 PM

Note: Tickets are priced at €25* which includes a ticket to the event and a signed hardback copy of Klara and the Sun.  If you wish to only buy a ticket for €8, please input the coupon code KLARA before purchasing your ticket. You will find this under “click to book ticket” on the top right of your screen. *Free postage within Ireland.

Klara and the Sun tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watching the humans in the store where she’s based and those on the street outside. Remaining hopeful a customer will one day choose her, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

Ishiguro’s work, which includes the Booker-winning The Remains of the Day and the dystopian novel Never Let Me Go, has been translated into over fifty languages. Klara and the Sun highlights his uncanny ability to speak to the here and now, from an imaginative perspective that is all his own. Join this event to hear this exceptional writer in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations, and to put your questions to him during the event.

Kazuo Ishiguro is a Japanese-British novelist, screenwriter and short-story writer. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight previous works of fiction have earned him many honors around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. In 2017, the Swedish Academy awarded Ishiguro the Nobel Prize in Literature, describing him in its citation as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”. His work has been translated into over fifty languages, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold more than 2 million copies. He was given a knighthood in 2018 for Services to Literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan.

Event is presented by International Literature Festival Dublin in association with Faber and Faber and Eason as retail partner.

Japan’s Far More Female Future | Online Book Launch Event

Join Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute‘s panel discussion to mark the launch of Journalist Bill Emmott’s latest book ‘Japan’s Far More Female Future – Increasing Gender Equality and Reducing Workplace Insecurity Will Make Japan Stronger’ (2020).

Date: Tuesday, 1st December 2020
Time: 7-8 PM
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In addition to a presentation by Bill Emmott, guest speakers include: A recorded video conversation between Bill and Ambassador Mari Miyoshi, Japanese Ambassador to Dublin 2015-18, who features in the book as being the most senior woman in the Japanese diplomatic service; two panelists, Helen Macnaughton, Senior Lecturer in International Business and Management, SOAS University of London and Akiko Sato, market advisor at Enterprise Ireland. The evening will be chaired by Prof Eve Patten, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub.

About Japan’s Far More Female Future
Japan’s socio-economic postwar history has been largely male dominated, and still women occupy a much smaller share of leadership positions than in other rich countries. However this reflects a wide gender inequality in tertiary education in the generations now holding or entering leadership positions. Beginning in the 1990s, female access to higher education converged dramatically with that of males, reflecting changing family and social attitudes, which promises to help Japan converge with European experience during the 2020s and 2030s. Through analysis of such trends and policy options, combined with interviews with 21 female role models from business to the arts, Bill Emmott takes an optimistic look at how Japan can achieve greater social justice and sustainable prosperity for the future, helping it to adapt to an ageing and declining population.

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Imagining Globality: Japan & China’s approach to liberal internationalism

We are delighted to support UCD Japan Fair 2021 this year and invite you to an online webinar ‘Imagining Globality: Japan & China’s approach to liberal internationalism‘.

In this talk, Kiri Paramore, Professor of Asian Studies at UCC, will comparatively analyse the significance of ‘liberal internationalism’ as a political concept in modern Japan and China.

Date: Thursday, 11th November 2021
Time: 1 PM

Venue: This talk will take place face to face at Theatre C004, UCD Health Sciences Building, Belfield Campus, Dublin 4 and via Zoom platform (please see registration link below).
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For most nations, and certainly for postcolonial states, comparison forms an important basis of political thought. In Japan and China, comparative frameworks influence not only approaches to individual political issues and decisions, but also the structure of political thought itself. Comparison is also central to how other countries, particularly so-called “Western” countries, imagine the politics of Japan and China. Moreover, Western countries regularly imagine themselves in relation to “the East”, “Asia” and sometimes simply “China”, and imagine these places themselves similarly through comparisons to an imagined norm called “the West” and sometimes “the international community” – the imagination of which is reliant on comparison with an image of Asia. In other words, comparison forms the basis of a symbiotic creation of national, civilizational and global identities.

This talk takes liberalism, as the basis ideology of the current international order, as an exemplary focus of comparison. Beginning with a reflection on the divergent way WWII and the first Cold War’s history are perceived between China and Japan, the talk moves onto consider the impact of this on images of internationalism and liberalism over the past 70 years. Contrasting these divergences, and the current international tensions they feed, with the current convergences in ideas of culture and nation apparent both in China and Japan as well as many other countries around the world, the talk concludes by reflecting upon the continued influence and impact of liberal internationalism on politics today.

Guest Speaker: Prof. Kiri Paramore, Professor of Asian Studies, University College Cork

Kiri Paramore is Professor of Asian Studies in the National University of Ireland, University College Cork. His last book, Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 2016), was a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award winner. Other books include Ideology and Christianity in Japan (Routledge, 2009), and Religion and Orientalism in Asian Studies (Bloomsbury, 2016). His articles have appeared in Modern Intellectual History, the Journal of Asian Studies, the Journal of Early Modern History, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the Journal of Japanese Studies, and the Proceedings of the British Academy, etc. He currently serves as chief editor of the Cambridge History of Confucianism, and as one of the authors of the new Cambridge History of Japan.

Paramore was born and grew up in Sydney and studied Asian Studies and Asian History at the Australian National University, Canberra (B.A.S. (1997) Hons. (1999)). While completing his studies he worked for the Australian Department of Defence, and after graduation the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Under the auspices of a Japanese Ministry of Education and Science research scholarship he completed two postgraduate degrees in intellectual history at the University of Tokyo (M.A. 2003, Ph.D. 2006). Between 2007 and 2019 he taught history and Asian Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taipei, the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and a number of institutes and universities in Japan.

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This event is jointly organised by UCD Centre for Japanese Studies, UCC Irish Institute of Japanese Studies and UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work & Social Justice, and supported by UCD Japan, Ireland Japan Association, Experience Japan, SMBC Aviation Capital and UCD Japanese Society.