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[70 Years Postwar Symposium Series “Thinking Together about the World and Japan”]
Symposium 3 “Culture and Philosophy as a Basis for Peace”


  • *We are sorry, but this event is fully booked.
    • Date: Friday, January 29, 2016, 2:00-5:30 pm
    • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan 
    • Organizers: International House of Japan,
      Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation
    • Sponsored by Japan Foundation, MRA Foundation, Tokyo Club
    • Supported by Asahi Shimbun
    • Language: Japanese and English (with simultaneous interpretation)
    • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ Members: free)Fully Booked

    The recent conflicts in Europe and the Middle East regarding Islam and the conflicts within Asia from unresolved historical issues as well as past experience, make clear the limits of a peace achieved through military force or economics. A peace based on a culture and philosophy that nurtures deep mutual understanding is more important than ever to solidify political solutions. What can culture do in the face of conflicts from the near past and present? How can culture and philosophy create a basis for peace?

    【Speakers】
    Michel Wieviorka
    (Administrator, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme in Paris)
    Aoyagi Masanori
    (Commissioner for Cultural Affairs)

    【Panelists】
    Inoue Tatsuo
    (Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo)
    Fukushima Akiko
    (Professor, School of Global Studies and Collaboration, Aoyama Gakuin University)

    【Moderator】
    Watanabe Yasushi
    (Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University)

    Michel Wieviorka (Administrator, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme in Paris)
    Photo:Michel WieviorkaDr. Wieviorka is Administrator of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l´homme in Paris (since July 2009 and reelected in June 2013), Research Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He is also a member of the Scientific Council and the European Research Council; Jacques Derrida Law and Culture International Chair of Philosophy in Turin, Italy. His books include The Making of Terrorism (University of Chicago Press, 1993) and La Violence (Balland, 2002).
    Aoyagi Masanori (Commissioner for Cultural Affairs)
    Photo: Aoyagi MasanoriDr. Aoyagi served as Vice-President of the University of Tokyo (1997-99). After retirement from the University of Tokyo, he worked as Director-General of the National Museum of Modern Art (2008) and president of the Independent Administrative Institution National Museum of Art (2008-13) before assuming his current position as Commissioner for Cultural Affairs.
    Inoue Tatsuo (Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo)
    Photo: Inoue TatsuoProfessor Inoue teaches at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo, specializing in Legal Philosophy. He has held positions such as visiting researcher, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University, and president of the Japan Association of Legal Philosophy. His books include Liberalisms in East and West (Oxford University Press, 2011; coauthor).
    Fukushima Akiko (Professor, School of Global Studies and Collaboration, Aoyama Gakuin University)
    Photo: Fukushima AkikoDr. Fukushima is a professor, School of Global Studies and Collaboration, Aoyama Gakuin University. She received her M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. from Osaka University. Her publications in Japanese include Human Security (Chikura Shobo, 2011) and Conflict and Cultural Diplomacy (Keio University Press, 2012).
    Watanabe Yasushi (Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University)
    Photo: Watanabe YasushiProfessor Watanabe received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Social Anthropology. His specialties are cultural anthropology, cultural diplomacy and American studies. Having held research/teaching positions at Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge universities and Sciences Po., he has been a professor at Keio University since 2005. His books in Japanese include Rethinking of “Culture”: On the Concept of Cultural Security (Iwanami Shoten, 2015) and Culture and Diplomacy: The Age of Public Diplomacy (Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2011).