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[International Symposium] “Towards the Creation of Reconciliation Studies” (Dec 16)

Towards the Creation of Reconciliation Studies

In order for a nation to coexist with other nations as a community rooted in national values, “reconciliation” for overcoming its past “negative legacy”, made in the process of national formation, toward people in the neighboring nations is necessary. Such an overcoming is the very essence of “reconciliation”.
However, while the research in nationalism and colonial responsibility have flourished in the field of Southeast Asian and African studies, in East Asia basic research regarding reconciliation has not yet been systematized as a proper “field” on the theoretical basis of nationalism studies, despite its academic significance.
This project seeks ways of applying transitional justice theory, which has recently emerged within the boundary of national societies, to so-called historical problems that have developed beyond national borders, while also searching for possible ways of applying universal values of human rights and dignity, which is the aim of conflict resolution studies, to East Asia.
Although reconciliation itself is a process, such a process seeks to advance the protection of individual human rights alongside of collective restoration of mutual relations and reconciliation among nations, reproducing and expanding both. This project, whose purpose is the creation of reconciliation studies, aims to seek the social basis for effectively promoting this process through active dialogue and debate among people who share the desire for reconciliation, on the basis of distinctively East Asian historical context.

  • Date & Time
    Saturday, December 16, 2017 / 10:00-17:30
  • Venue
    Room #201, Bldg.#22, Waseda Campus
    Access to the campus
  • Language
    Japanese, English (with simultaneous translation)
  • Registration
    Please email the following information to the address below:
    1)name 2)affiliation 3)contact information (email address that can receive emails from PC)
    4)whether simultaneous translation receiver is needed (in case you need a receiver, please provide the phone number that you will use on the date of the symposium)
    *Personal information will be used only for this symposium
    Contact:[email protected]
  • Audience
    Students, faculty, staff and general public
【Morning】Keynote Presentation
  • 10:00-10:30
    Toyomi Asano (School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University)
  • 10:30-11:10
    Barak Kushner (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University)
  • 11:10-11:20 Break
  • 11:20-12:00
    Tatsushi Arai (School for International Training, George Mason University)
  • 13:30-15:00 Session 1: Intellectual Search for Just Reconciliation
    Naoyuki Umemori (School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University)
    Barak Kushner (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University)
    Shukuko Koyama (Center for International Education, Waseda University)
    Nam Ki-Jeong (Institute for Japanese Studies, Seoul National University)
    Lung-chih Chang (Academia Sinica)
  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
  • 15:30-17:00 Session2: Practice of Conflict Resolution Studies and Reconciliation in the Real World
    Yuji Uesugi (School of International Culture and Communication Studies, Waseda University)
    Tatsushi Arai (School for International Training, George Mason University)
    Jingoo Choo (Peace and Democracy Institute, Korea University)
    SungYong Lee (National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University)
    Ria Shibata (National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University)
  • 17:00-17:30 General discussion
    Toyomi Asano
    Yuji Uesugi
    Naoyuki Umemori


●Sponsorship: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Creation of the Study of Reconciliation: In Search of Just Reconciliation”
●Co-hosts: Top Global University Project, Global Asia Studies Unit

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