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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).
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/imagining-globality-japan-chinas-approach-to-liberal-internationalism-tickets-179208566647?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


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.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/imagining-globality-japan-chinas-approach-to-liberal-internationalism-tickets-179208566647?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


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.

Journeys to Japan: from Culture to Technology

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.

Digital disruption, political pressure and new opportunities: the future of mass media and its impact on Japan

We are delighted to support UCD Japan Fair 2021 this year and invite you to an online webinar ‘Digital disruption, political pressure and new opportunities: the future of mass media and its impact on Japan’.

This lecture will explore what international experience tells us about how mass media has evolved amid this contest between opportunities and threats, how the Japanese media experience compares, and what this might mean for the future.

Date: Thursday, 7th October 2021
Time: 1 PM
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/digital-disruption-political-pressure-and-new-opportunities-tickets-179171335287?aff=ebdsoporgprofile



There may never have been a better time to be in the media, whether as a journalist or a publisher. Barriers to entry into the industry have fallen, costs of distribution have plummeted, new markets and new audiences are reachable, and access to information is easier than ever before. Yet this state of affairs has come through a technological and business hurricane which has destroyed many old business models even while creating new ones, it has brought new competition for attention from social media which also challenge perceptions of fact and falsehood, and it has made the mass media a target for political pressure and even assault even as the digital revolution has made some traditional media businesses weaker. These trends are worldwide in nature, but are happening in different ways and different speeds in different markets.

Some prominent Japanese media groups have exploited the new opportunities by expanding their international English-language versions at lower cost and, most notably in Nikkei’s case, by acquiring the global English language brand the Financial Times and developing joint products with it for the Asian market. Others, however, are feeling a long, slow squeeze from declining circulations and advertising revenues, while facing new competition from digital-only start-ups and struggling to convert their own output for the digital age. Into this mix has come politics, just like in Europe and America, with nationalist politicians and governments seeking to influence and manipulate media while it is in this weaker state.

Guest Speaker: Bill Emmott, Former Editor in Chief of The Economist & Chair of the Japan Society of the UK

Bill Emmott is a writer best known for his time as editor in chief of The Economist in 1993-2006 but also for his many books on Japan, which began with the bestselling “The Sun Also Sets: Why Japan will not be Number One” (1989). He is now chair of the Japan Society of the UK, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub for Arts & Humanities, and is co-director of the Global Commission for Post-Pandemic Policy. In 2017-18 he was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and is an Ushioda Fellow of Tokyo College at the University of Tokyo. He is also a member of the University of Tokyo’s Global Advisory Board. Bill was presenter and co-author of a documentary film about Italy, “Girlfriend in a Coma” (2013) and executive producer of “The Great European Disaster Movie” (2015), both shown on the BBC, among other broadcasters. He is the author of 14 books on Japan, Asia, the 20th century and Italy, the latest of which was “Japan’s Far More Female Future: Increasing Gender Equality and Reducing Workplace Insecurity Will Make Japan Stronger” (OUP, 2020). In 2016 Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for services to UK-Japan relations.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/digital-disruption-political-pressure-and-new-opportunities-tickets-179171335287?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


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

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
Registration is required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bi1LvJRQQ6WEXvxJ4H-u-w 

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.

For more information and to register for this event: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bi1LvJRQQ6WEXvxJ4H-u-w

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