Events

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

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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 and UCD Japanese Society.

Katori Shinto Ryu: Swordsmanship in an Age of Battle

We are delighted to support UCD Japan Fair 2021 this year and invite you to an online webinar ‘Katori Shinto Ryu: Swordsmanship in an Age of Battle‘.

Join Aidan O’Reilly as he talks about Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu – the oldest martial art in Japan that speaks of an older, more pragmatic and frequently violent period in Japanese history.

Date: Thursday, 21st October 2021
Time: 1 PM
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/katori-shinto-ryu-swordsmanship-in-an-age-of-battle-tickets-179192669097?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

 

Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu is the oldest extent martial art in Japan and speaks of an older, more pragmatic and frequently violent period in Japanese history. Through examining some of the techniques and being mindful of the period in which it developed, we can formulate a unique insight into the Sengoku Jidai, the period of the warring states in Japan. This period, where power was so frequently expressed at the point of a sword, is often one of contradictions and surprises, which can be seen through the study of koryu and the history of the great lords and their machinations.

Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu is a sogobujutsu, a martial art intended to provide all the techniques required for a bushi to survive in this confrontational period. Armoured combat, with a variety of weapons, as well as iaijutsu, the art of drawing the sword to defend against a sudden attack, are indicative of the period, as well as having their individual points that can reveal much about the time, provided there is a proper understanding of their context.

Guest Speaker: Aidan O’Reilly, member of the Koryu Budo Seifukai

Aidan has been studying martial arts in various forms for over twenty years. He completed a master’s degree in Military History and Strategic studies in 2009 and has given numerous talks and presentations on an eclectic range of topics at a wide range of events.

In 2012 he was introduced to one of the few legitimate examples of koryu in Ireland, literally, old school martial arts from Japan. His interest and understanding of this subject matter has continued to expand since this fortuitous first introduction. He continues to train and learn to this day, and frequently travels to Europe to train as well build better connections to the wider European koryu community.

Aidan is a member of the Koryu Budo Seifukai, based in Switzerland, under whose tutelage he studies Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu. He is also a member of the Shuto Ku Kai, through the Belgian Branch, of Jikishinkage Ryu Naginatajutsu with whom he trains as diligently as possible also.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/katori-shinto-ryu-swordsmanship-in-an-age-of-battle-tickets-179192669097?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

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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.