CA Special Seminar – What Would Be the Role of Arts? #小木戸利光
On 28th November, 2018, Synthesis of Conflict Resolution and Social Innovation Course (Prof. Shukuko Koyama) invited Mr. Toshimitsu Kokido and held a special seminar, with a theme of “Roles of art, pop culture, theatre and museum in conflict resolution/escalation.” Although this was substituting class for the course, seminar room (Room 203, Bldg. 22) was also filled with many other interested students.
Mr. Kokido, the guest speaker, is an entertainer who works in various fields: play, music, film, etc. Particularly, he is elaborating with peace finding work, publishing essays and holding Peace Forum at Tsukiji-Honganji. He also participated in previous CAMPUS Asia Spring Joint Intensive Program (2018), teaching theatre performance, and he will be in charge of it once again in upcoming Intensive Program as well.
At the seminar, Mr. Kokido presented his work on documentary film about Sakhalin people. Today’s Sakhalin region is formed with its unique historical, geographical environment—there we can find a mixture of Japanese, Korean and Russian culture, as well as people’s uncommon story which does not draw a big attention of public these days. He claimed the formation of vicious cycle—this issue doesn’t have enough attraction, mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about it, and at last the issue is forgotten again.
With his seminar and a group discussion time, participating students had a chance to think deeply about important but ignored roles of current media, art and culture. A meaningful connection between him and Waseda students will be continued at next month’s CAMPUS Asia Spring Intensive Program.