[I-House Ushiba Fellowship] Antonio Negri

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    Dialogue in Japan with Antonio Negri

    Looking at the geopolitical upheavals in the world after the publication of Empire in 2000, we are in a transitional period witnessing global transformation ranging from the US-led war against terrorism after September 11 and the financial crash to the “Jasmine” revolution searching for democracy in the Middle East. Turning our eyes to domestic affairs within Japan, we confront a pileup of problems including demographic change and a low-growth economy. In addition, after multiple crises hitting the northern part of Japan on March 11, 2011, the nuclear-related issue has emerged as a top agenda. This crisis prompts a paradigm shift as we reexamine the values and systems in modern human life brought by our faith in progress, science and enlightenment, originating from the West. As for the situation in East Asia, heightened tensions resulting from an upsurge of nationalism surrounding territory issues, historical memory, and nuclear security are casting a shadow on its future. In the face of such a historical turning point, a grand vision of our world’s future direction needs to be articulated. How does Mr. Negri perceive what is currently going on in all parts of the world? After his presentation, in this lecture and discussion, Prof. Kang Sang-jung, a political scientist, University of Tokyo, will debate with Mr. Negri about various topics which include reemerging issues of geopolitics in globalization.


    Session 1: Lecture by Antonio Negri

    Session 2: Dialogue between Antonio Negri and Kang Sang-jung

    [Event Details]

    • Date and Time: Friday, April 12, 2013, 2:00-5:00 pm
    • Lecturer: Antonio Negri, Political Philosopher
    • Interlocutor: Kang, Sang-jung, Professor, University of Tokyo
    • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
    • Organizer: International House of Japan
    • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500yen, IHJ Members: Free)
    • Language: French/Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
    •  *Registration application was closed on March 29.
    •  Those selected were notified on April 2 through e-mail.
    •  IHJ members can register on a first-come, first-served basis and will receive
    •  a confirmation from the IHJ Secretariat separately.

    Profile: Antonio NEGRI, Political Philosopher

    Photo: Antonio Negri
    Photo Copyright:
    David Balicki
    (Represented by Le Bureau
    des Copyrights Français)

    Born in Padua, Italy, 1933. Starting off his academic career as a scholar of political philosophy centering on Marx, Mr. Negri shaped the theoretical foundation for a new social movement known as Autonomia, supported by the socially disadvantaged. As an eminent scholar, he has held teaching positions at University of Padua, École Normale Supérieure, I’Université de Paris VII,VIII, and Collège International de Philosophy. In the widely acclaimed works of Empire and Multitude in co-authorship with Michael Hardt, Mr. Negri grasped the new political global order, which emerged with the acceleration of globalization, as Empire, and reconfigured it as a de-centralized network system of domination, which differs from the sovereignty of traditional nation-states presupposing physical territory and which accepts no boundaries or limits. In so doing, Mr. Negri conceptualized Multitude as the democratic forces and alternative paradigm to resist against the new imperial order and the power of Empire. His major publications include Empire (co-authored with Michael Hardt, Harvard University Press, 2000) and Commonwealth (co-authored with Michael Hardt, Harvard University Press, 2009)

    Profile: Kang, Sang-jung

    Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo; Director, Center for Contemporary Korean Studies
    Photo:Kan Sang-jung

    Born in 1950. Specializes in Political Theory and Inter-Asian Relations; his major publications include Orientalism wo Koete [Beyond Orientalism; in Japanese] (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1996), Nationalism (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2003), and Zainichi [The Korean Resident Issue in Japan; in Japanese] (Tokyo: Kodansha, 2004).

    Symposium co-organized by the Science Council of Japan and International House of Japan

    Multitude and Power: The World after 3/11

    Keynote Speaker: Antonio Negri, Political Philosopher
    Yoshihiko Ichida, Professor, Faculty of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University
    Chizuko Ueno, Professor, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University
    Yoshitaka Mouri, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts
    Coordinator & Moderator:
    Mamoru Ito, Professor, Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, Waseda University

    • Date and Time: Saturday, April 6, 2013, 1:00-4:40 pm
    • Venue: Science Council of Japan
    • Admission: Free
    • Language: French/Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
    • *Registration application was closed on March 25.
    •  Those selected were notified by March 28 through e-mail.
    • Further details: http://www.wismc.org/symposium/