[Webinar] Inclusion as Innovation: The Past, Present, and Future of Disability Policy in Japan

  • Date and Time: Thursday, June 25, 2020, 8:00–9:00 am (Tokyo Time)
  • Speaker: Mark BOOKMAN (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Language: English (without interpretation)
  • Co-organized by: Asia Society Japan Center (ASJC) and The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
  • *Log-in details will be sent to those who register by June 21.
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Together with ASJC and ACCJ, I-House is delighted to invite, Mark Bookman, who is Ph.D. Candidate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at University of Pennsylvania where he is studying the history and politics of disability. From 2018, he is spending his time at University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology as a Japan Foundation Doctoral Research Fellow.

This webinar is titled, “Inclusion as Innovation: The Past, Present and Future of Disability Policy in Japan”. Currently he is finishing his dissertation, “Politics and Prosthetics: 150 Years of Disability in Japan,” examining the historical contingencies and geopolitical circumstances that have allowed some disabled people to dictate how policymakers and members of the general public understand ideas about impairment and chronic illness in contemporary Japan. Outside of academia, he is an Accessibility Consultant where he has been advising policy makers as well as for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

 

Mark BOOKMAN (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania)
Mark Bookman received his B.A. in Global Interdisciplinary Studies from Villanova University in 2014 prior to researching Buddhist Philosophy in Japan as a Fulbright Fellow. Mark earned his M.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, where he now studies the history and politics of disability as a Ph.D. Candidate. In 2018, Mark spent a year at the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology as a Japan Foundation Doctoral Research Fellow.