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Kanazawa-Ghent Young Researcher Workshop
Tuesday 6.2.2018 (Blandijnberg 2, 5th floor)

9:30 Welcome note by Shimura Megumi and Andreas Niehaus

9:45 Arai, Eriko: Preservation Efforts of Japanese Traditional Craft and the Movement of Products Development

10:00 Honjo, Yuki: The Change of Images in Medieval Christian World: Focusing on the Nativity in Cappadocian Churches and the Surrounding Area

10:15 Kasahara, Tomoyo Stone tools in the Neolithic Near East

10:30 Meladze, Tamar Reconstruction in the World Heritage Context and the Impacts of Granting and Removing a World Heritage Status: Case Study in Georgia

10:45-11:15 COFFEE BREAK

11:30 Deneckere, Mick: Japanese True Pure Land Buddhism, the Meiji Restoration and the first Japanese Buddhist Mission to Europe

11:45 Oguchi, Ayumi: Images of Uho Doji - Acceptance and Diffusion

12:00: Zou, Ang: "Cross the sea from Japan to China: some thoughts on the impact of the bringing back of the Buddhist disciplinary works"

12:15 Toyohara, Masaharu: Transition of Decorative Columns in Medieval Western India
12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00-14:15 Cetinel, Süreyya The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: Negotiating the Reversion of Okinawa

14:15-14:30 Lies Segerink: Japan's campaign for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council

14:30-14:45 Jonas Dedeyne: Abe Shinzô and the Reform of Article 9.

14:45-15:00 Arno Ceriez: Migration and Japanese identity.

15:15-15:45 Coffee Break

15:45-16:00 Lisda, Nurjaleka: Contrastive Study Between Japanese and Indonesian Regarding Aizuchi Behavior in Interview Discourse

16:15-16:30 Tomizu Kayo: The Chase ~Representations of chasers in American cinema~

16:30-16:45 Zhu, Xiaoxia: The Consideration about the Role of The Agricultural Cooperative in the Management of Tea Industry in China

16:45-17:00 Tine Walravens: Trust-makers or Trust-breakers? Governmental responses to food safety incidents in Japan


International Workshop:

Cultivating the Body: Martial Arts and Sports as Physical Education 


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Bewegende Körper / Bodies in Motion

3. Jahrestagung der Kulturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft (KWG)

Thursday-Saturday 16.-18.11.2017

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Paradigms of Change in Modernising Asia and America



Japanese-Language Proficiency Test JLPT IN GHENT IN DECEMBER!!!!

Information and Application


We have been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship and Jon Davidann from Hawaii Pacific University will stay with us in Ghent during the next term. Thanks Francesco for all your work!!!


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Lecture: Developments in Postwar Japanese Economy 

Who? Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Öztürk, University of Duisburg-Essen (Institute of Asian Studies)

When? Monday 15.5.2017, 9-10:30

Where? Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent, Aud. B

Call for Papers Conference: Paradigms of Change in Modern Asia and America (October 2017)

For topic see: http://www.paradigms.ugent.be/theme/

We welcome abstracts for applications of 400-500 words. A biographical note should also be included, listing position held, fellowships and grants received and major publications. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is July 20th, 2017. Candidates will be informed by August 15th, 2017 and should confirm their participation by September 1st. Paper presentations should not exceed 25 minutes and will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion. No complete paper is to be delivered before the conference takes place. (Main organizer: Francesco Campagnola)
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(Japanese knowledge required (MA - BA 3 level)

MAY 8, 2017, 11.30 – 13.00 –Blandijn 160.15

This workshop will focus on a translation of "Hikari no Ryu" (Dragon of Light), a children’s picture book dealing with the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant (2011). In the book, Ono draws on Japanese religious concepts such as kami, as well as sociological ideas such as soto and uchi, in explaining why Japan could or did not prevent the Fukushima accident. In the workshop, the students will be guided towards an English translation of the book, while also addressing the Japanese media coverage about and public responses to the triple disaster and its aftermath until today. 

Miyuki Ono (1985, Tokyo) is a Keio University graduate in French literature, who now works as a freelance writer, essayist and columnist. Her debut, the essay collection "Life from wound" (Kizu kara jinsei, Gentosha), was published in February 2015. Soon thereafter, she published her travel story "Pilgrimage around Spain" (Jinsei ni tsukaretara Supein junrei, Kobunsha), about her walk to Santiago de Compostela, and the picture book "Dragon of Light" (Hikari no ryū, Picture Book Juku Publishing). Her works have been translated to Korean, and a German and English translations are in process. http://onomiyuki.com

Lezing: New Evidence for the Common Origin of the Japanese and Korean Languages

Alexander Francis-Ratte (Furman University)
19 mei 2017, 11u in de Grote Vergaderzaal (3de verdieping, Blandijn)

Abstract: Even after more than 50 years of research, the origins of the Japanese and Korean languages remain controversial. In this presentation, we will discuss new evidence for the theory that Japanese and Korean descend from the same ancestor language, ‘proto-Korean-Japanese,’ forming a hypothetical Japano-Koreanic language family. In addition to lexical correspondences in core realms of vocabulary that build on previous comparative treatments (Martin 1966, Whitman 1985), we will discuss close and interlocking morphological correspondences between the two languages, correspondences that are unlikely to be the result of chance or later borrowing. We will show that a strong set of core correspondences can be established between the morpho-lexicon of Japanese and that of Korean. These correspondences provide a more solid basis for a proof of common origin for these two languages than has previously been possible. We will conclude with a discussion of the likely time-depth of a Japano-Koreanic language group, and the possibility of future research connecting Japano-Koreanic to other languages of Asia in a reassessment of the so-called ‘Altaic’ project.

Screening of Documentary

“True Songs” Artist performances in the wake of the 11 March 2011 disaster in Japan, inspired by Miyazawa Kenji’s “The Milky Way Railroad”
Followed by Q&A session with Professor Keijiro Suga, Meiji University 

Datum en tijdstip: maandag 20 maart 2017, 11u30
Locatie: Blandijn 160.015