University of Birmingham Day at Waseda University

Since the signing of academic agreements between Waseda University and the University of Birmingham in 2000, the two universities have been striving to promote mutual trust through the active exchange of students and researchers. In 2016, a strategic joint research partnership was established, and at present, a number of collaborative research projects in a variety of fields are under way. We have organized University of Birmingham Day at Waseda in order to present the results of recent joint research projects, and to set the stage for even more collaboration between the two universities in the future.

Events open to all on November 26 (Mon)

Opening Ceremony

Event information
  • Time: 13:30-14:30 (Doors open at 13:00)
  • Venue: Ono Memorial Hall
  • Languages: Japanese & English (Japanese/English simultaneous interpreting available)
  • Pre-register here (1 registration/person)
  • Registration Period:  October 8 (Mon) – October 29 (Mon)
  • The result will be emailed by November 9 (Fri) to the address used for registration
  • Seats available on a first-come-first-served basis
Content

Symposium: Adapting Shakespeare for the Stage Today

Shakespeare plays are staged in a variety of forms today. What is notable is that many productions set them in other historical periods, cultural contexts and so forth. In this symposium, directors, actors and scholars will give presentations, with the use of some visual material, from their respective points of view; following this will be a discussion of what it means to adapt Shakespeare for the stage today. Exciting new insight into this question can be expected from this symposium that brings together stage practices and academic research. The speakers will be, from the UK, scholars from the Shakespeare Institute along with a director and an actor who have worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company; and from Japan, in addition to researchers working on Shakespeare and on Kabuki at Waseda, Kyogen actor Mansai Nomura is expected to take part in this symposium.

Event information
  • Time: 15:15-17:45 (Doors open at 14:45)
  • Venue: Ono Memorial Hall
  • Languages: Japanese & English (Japanese/English simultaneous interpreting available)
  • Pre-register here (1 registration/person)
  • Registration Period: October 8 (Mon) – October 28 (Mon)
  • The results will be emailed by November 9 (Fri) to the address used in registration
  • Seating will be notified in the reply email
Content
  • Moderator: Professor Hiromi Fuyuki (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University)
  • Discussant: Professor Ryuichi Kodama (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University; Associate Director of The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum)

15:15-15:20 Opening Remarks by Professor Norimasa Morita (Faculty of International Research and Education, Waseda University)
15:20-16:35 Discussion

Mansai Nomura (Kyogen actor)
Professor Tiffany Stern (Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham)
Angus Jackson (Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company)
・Kelly Hunter (Artistic Director of the Flute Theatre)

16:35-16:50 Break

<Part 2>
16:50-17:00 Commentary on Part 1 Wrap-up by Professor Michael Dobson (Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
17:00-17:40 Open Discussion by the Speakers
17:40-17:45 Closing Remarks by Professor Hiromi Fuyuki

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Lecture on November 27

Tragedy and Performance in the Time of Shakespeare

Event information
  • Lecturer: Professor Tiffany Stern (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
  • Moderator: Professor Tetsuhito Motoyama (Faculty of Law, Waseda University) and Assistant Professor Yu Umemiya (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University)
  • Time: 9:30-10:30
  • Venue: Conference Room 303-305, Building 8, 3F, Waseda Campus
  • Languages: English only
  • Pre-registration not required
  • Details can be found here

Events for researchers (open to all) on November 27

Information Exchange Session on Strengthening Research Capacity

Event information
  • Time: 10:45-12:15
  • Venue: Conference Room, Okuma Kaikan 2F, Waseda University
  • Participating Organizations: British Embassy, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  • Target Audience: Researchers
  • Language: English only
  • Pre-register here (1 registration/person)

Presentation of Progress Reports

Event information
  • Time: 13:00-17:00
  • Venue: Conference Room, Okuma Kaikan 2F, Waseda University
  • Presentation Fields: Shakespeare, Robotics, Corpus linguistics, Atmospheric environmental science, Urban studies, Language education, Creative writing (Tentative)
  • Language: English only
  • Pre-register here (1 registration/person)

Discussion (Closed Event): International Joint Research & Funding

Event information
  • Time: 17:00-18:00
Organizer

* This event is supported by the MEXT Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities.

Contact information

BirminghamDay@list.waseda.jp

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