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[Special Symposium] Disaster and Language, and Language and Disaster


  • Date: Saturday, July 7, 2012, 3:00-5:30 pm
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ Members: Free)
  • (reservations required)
  • Language: Japanese (without English interpretation)
  • Notetaking for hard of hearing people is provided
  • Japan Society for Intercultural Studies (JSICS) and Center for Barrier-Free Education, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo
Panelists: Azuma Hiroki (Professor, Waseda University; Cultural Critic)
  Hirano Keiichiro (Noveist)
  Hoshika Ryoji (Lecturer, The University of Tokyo)
Moderator: Kawamura Minato (Professor, Hosei University; Literary Critic)
Coordinator: Shiraishi Saya (Professor, The University of Tokyo)

The March 11 disaster claimed a great many lives and deprived many of us of the means of livelihood and communal life. It has also deprived us of our language and culture on which our everyday life had been founded. It is our urgent task to regain language and culture in order to take our steps forward.
This symposium is our attempt to search for the shared message out of the tragedy in this moment of difficulty in envisioning our future.

Azuma Hiroki: Specializes in philosophy, cultural representation, and information & society. His publications include Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2009).

Hirano Keiichiro: His first novel Eclipse was awarded the Akutagawa Prize in 1998.

Hoshika Ryoji: Specializes in the social theory of disability. His publications include What is Disability: Toward Social Theory of Disability (Seikatsushoin, 2007).

Kawamura Minato: Area of specialization: Literary criticism.

Shiraishi Saya: Area of specialization: Anthropology of Education, Asian Studies and Popular Culture.

*For those with disabilities who need assistance at the symposium venue, please contact Center for Barrier-Free Education, The University of Tokyo, by June 25.
E-mail: cbfe@p.u-tokyo.ac.jp