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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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TRANSLATION WORKSHOP WITH AUTHOR ONO MIYUKI

(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