For a Technodiversity in the Anthropocene (Lecture by Prof. Yuk HUI)イベント予定講演会/Lecture
Friday, 2 June 2023, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm JST
The Anthropocene—the geological era dominated by human activities—is often associated with the climate change, ecological crisis, the sixth extinction, etc., or in brief, with an apocalyptic end. The recent acceleration of digital technology added more strength to the eschatological imagination which underlines the philosophy of history in the past centuries. In this sense, the Anthropocene is posed as a problem of modernity and it consequently calls for a new movement of overcoming modernity, which we can identify with the recent efforts of anthropologists such as Philippe Descola, Eduardo Vivieros de Castro, Bruno Latour among others, who want to undo the modern concept of nature. This talk will address this impasse of modernity and introduce what I call technodiversity as a response.
World Environment Day “The Lives, Deaths and Afterlives of Plastic: Global Perspectives”イベント予定シンポジウム/Symposium
Monday, 5 June 2023, 5:00 - 7:00pm JST
Plastic is essential for so many of the things we value in today’s world. But excessive and unplanned use of plastic worsens the conditions driving climate change and threatens the land, the seas and the lives of animals and humans.
Speakers on this panel will highlight issues including the chemical challenges plastic poses for the environment; the lives of waste-pickers who minimize the harm caused by discarded plastic; the science and economics confronting small-scale, local reuse of plastic; government mechanisms to coordinate the containment of plastic; and the dangers to animals and humans of micro-plastics in diverse forms.
Increasing Freshwater Supply through Desalination Driven by Renewable Energy (Lecture by Prof. Alberto TIRAFERRI)イベント予定講演会/Lecture
Tuesday, 13 June 2023, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Climate change, industrial development, and population growth continuously increase the need for freshwater worldwide. Unconventional wastewater and saline sources must be tapped to reduce the stress on natural resources. However, producing freshwater from unconventional streams requires significantly more energy than traditional ways. While energy needs will always be high, innovative methods will rely on renewable energy, reduce the process complexity, and increase the socio-economic feasibility of desalination. This lecture discusses challenges and opportunities of these methods and the water-energy nexus.
Rewiring Neural Circuits through Language (Lecture by Prof. Alexandre POUGET)イベント予定講演会/Lecture
Friday, 16 June 2023, 4:00 pm -5:30 pm
This lecture will present a neural model of two of humans’ most fundamental cognitive feats, i.e., the ability to interpret linguistic instructions in order to perform novel tasks with no training, and the ability to describe solutions to new tasks with full sentences.
Language and Healthcare Work: Focusing on Trade, Migration, and Policy Discourse (ft. Dr OTOMO Ruriko)イベント予定ワークショップ/Workshop講演会/Lecture
Wednesday, 21 June 2023, 9:00 am - 10:00 am (JST)
By framing the Economic Partnership Agreement as a form of language policy, Dr. OTOMO Ruriko demonstrates that the trade policy represents contemporary language issues that have important consequences for language (education) policies and for discourses about the state, language, migration, and healthcare.
The Global Deal on Taxing Multinationals(Lecture by Michael KEEN, Ushioda Fellow)講演会/Lecture
Thursday, 29 June 2023, 4:00-5:30 pm
The world is on the brink of genuinely fundamental reform of the century-old arrangements for taxing multinationals. The aims are to reduce the scope for tax avoidance by companies and put a brake on international tax competition between governments. But what exactly will change? And will the proposed reforms achieve their objectives?
Uncovering the Neural Circuits for Social Bonding in Songbird (Lecture by Prof. Sarah WOOLLEY)イベント予定講演会/Lecture
Monday, 3 July 2023, 3:00-4:30 pm
Songbirds use learned vocal signals to communicate information about their species, their identity, and even their emotional state. We study how the songbird brain decodes this information to allow songbirds to use song for recognition, mate selection, and forming long-lasting social bonds. By doing so, we gain broad insight into the neural basis of vocal communication across animal species, including in humans.