Green Transformation (GX), Carbon Markets & Blockchain: A Dialogue with the World Bank and Chia Networkイベント予定対話/Dialogue
Wednesday, 30 November 2022, 10:00-11:15 am JST
This event will explore areas of overlapping innovation: in Climate Change and Sustainability, and Blockchain and Data/IT. Leading Silicon Valley technologist Bram COHEN, CEO of Chia Network, and Gemma Torras VIVES of the World Bank will discuss the pioneering use of decentralized blockchain technology to empower a new global carbon market infrastructure.
”Japan’s Economy: Changing Views from Outside” Lecture by Prof. Jenny CORBETTイベント予定講演会/Lecture
Thursday, 24 November 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm
Outsiders have been fascinated by Japan’s economy since Marco Polo described Cipangu as a land of gold. Centuries later Columbus sailed to discover it. External observers’ descriptions may not always have been accurate but they have often been influential. This lecture will look at some of the most important discussions in the English language literature on Japan’s economy and will reflect on how the major themes have changed over the last half century.
Language and Identity Workshop Series: “Becoming White: The “Japanese” Language in the Modern Global Order”イベント予定講演会/Lecture
Friday, 18 November 2022 9:00 am - 10:30 am JST | Thursday, 17 November 2022 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
The lecture explores the role that tropes of racialization played in the production of kokugo, or the Japanese national language.
【Cancel】Modern Women and Medieval Witches: New Perspectives on Feminismイベント予定講演会/Lecture
【Cancel】Wednesday, 9 November 2022, 6:30-8:00 pm (Doors open: 6:00 pm)
Ms. Mona Chollet is a journalist and essayist who has had an immense influence on feminist debates in Europe. At the invitation of the Embassy of France in Tokyo, she is in Japan to celebrate the translated edition of her bestseller Sorcières: La puissance invaincue des femmes (English title: In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women Are Still on Trial). In this work, she uncovers the history of the witch-hunts that swept through Europe in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period and discusses it in connection with the modern social calamity known as “misogyny.” Professor UENO Chizuko, pioneer of women’s studies in Japan and longtime feminist leader, will engage in an in-depth discussion with Ms. Chollet on women today and where to go from here.
At the Age of Pandemics: Contextualizing Cleanliness and Hygiene in the Past and Present【Day 2】イベント予定シンポジウム/Symposium
Wednesday, 9 November 2022, 9:30-11:00 am
This event explores the cultural and medical context behind cleanliness and hygiene. The second analyzes “how do we face the contemporary and future challenge of hygiene?” contributing to a better public health system.
“A Nobel Laureate against Nuclear Power: Hannes Alfvén and the Public Image of a 20th-Century Scientist” Lecture by Prof. Svante LINDQVISTイベント予定講演会/Lecture
Friday, 4 November 2022, 5:00-6:30 pm
In 1970 the physicist Hannes Alfvén was awarded the Nobel Prize. This recognition by the international scientific community strengthened his national status and critique of the Swedish nuclear policy. His resignation in 1980 from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences illustrates conflicting views on nuclear politics which still haunts us today.
At the Age of Pandemics: Contextualizing Cleanliness and Hygiene in the Past and Present【Day 1】イベント予定シンポジウム/Symposium
Wednesday, 2 November 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm
This event explores the cultural and medical context behind cleanliness and hygiene. The first symposium investigates “where do our idea of cleanliness come from?” across time and space.
“Strategic Research Collaborations for Global Challenges Between Sweden and UTokyo – Cross-Disciplinary and Transnational Perspectives on Future Sustainable Smart Cities”イベント予定パネルディスカッション/Panel discussion
Available Monday, 24 October 2022
By 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in urban areas, which is posing a tremendous challenge for cities to accommodate a wide spectrum of human needs while meeting the challenges of sustainability. This dialogue between the University of Tokyo and academic and research institutions in Sweden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (representing Stockholm Trio) and Vinnova, aims to discuss different concepts of urbanisation in Europe and Asia and to envision future smart cities that can sustainably increase human wellbeing. This discourse will foster future collaboration between Japan and Sweden in research.
First international symposium (Sustainable Society Design Center) “Towards sustainable and inclusive society: Visualizing diverse values of Nature”イベント予定シンポジウム/Symposium共催/Joint Event
Tuesday, 11th October 2022, 3:00-6:00 pm
“The Ritual Environment” Lecture by Dr. Naphtali MESHELイベント予定講演会/Lecture
Thursday, 6 October 2022 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm JST
Ancient Jewish and Indian ritual texts may serve as models for environmental dilemmas, bridging ancient and modern worlds. Sacrificial rituals create waste and sanctuaries become filled with residues of materia sacra. Three distinct attitudes towards such leftovers are indicative of three ritual-environmental conceptions: reuse, exclusion, and neutralization.
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2, October 2022
“Who are we on social media” – Tokyo College partnered with The German culture center Goethe Institut Tokyo to explore this question in a hybrid festival that will take place on October 1&2 at the art space BUoY in Tokyo’s Kitasenju district. It will bring together academic and artistic positions.
“Tell Me the Truth About Technology” – Our Relationship with Technology, Technology and Society Lecture by Prof. Massimiano Bucchiイベント予定講演会/Lecture
Friday, 30 September 2022, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
The talk will look at key themes to understand our daily relationship with technology and more broadly the role of technology in society, emphasizing both changes and historical continuity. The following topics will be addressed, challenging widespread stereotypes in contemporary public discourse about technology: "How technology changes us," "Why technology is not neutral," "The reason not only digital technology matters," and "Why society and politics are often displaced by technology."
Family and Inequality: “Diverging Destinies” in Japan? Lecture by Prof. James RAYMOイベント予定講演会/Lecture
Tuesday, 13 September 2022, 5:00-6:30pm
How relevant are theoretical frameworks developed in the U.S. and Europe for understanding patterns of family change and socioeconomic inequality in Japan? I begin to address this question by synthesizing the results of several recent papers on socioeconomic differences in family demographic behavior and children’s well-being in Japan.
“Intangibles, Inequality, and Prolonged Stagnation” Lecture by Prof. KIYOTAKI Nobuhiroイベント予定講演会/Lecture
Wednesday, 24 August 2022 3:00pm-4:30pm JST
In this webinar, Prof. Kiyotaki discusses how production and income distribution interact with accumulation of intangible capital over time and across individuals. He constructs an economic model in which the younger generation acquires and accumulates intangible capital through the on-the-job training. He shows that, although the development of mid-career labor markets improves the match between firms and workers, such development may increase inequality and lead to long-term stagnation. In response, he will examine the effects of policies that promote basic education and the acquisition of skills outside of firms.
Tokyo College Lecture “How the Russo-Ukrainian War is Changing European International Order: The Perspective from Japan”イベント予定共催/Joint Event講演会/Lecture
Friday, 29 July 2022, 3:00-5:00 pm (Doors open: 2:30 pm)
The Russo-Ukrainian War is changing the structure of international order and security in Western Europe. Did it mend the EU's diplomatic and security divisions in Western Europe, or did it reaffirm them?
How is Japan's response to the war in Russia and Ukraine perceived in the West, and how will it affect Japan's future relations with Western nations?
In Conversation with the Author of Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?イベント予定読書会/Reading Group
Tuesday, 19 July 2022 5:00−6:40pm JST / 9:00am-10:40am BST
We invite you to discuss an international bestseller Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? with its author Katrine Marçal and a group of Tokyo College researchers.
“The Future of Europe and the EU-Japan Partnership: The War in Ukraine and its Impact on Europe and Beyond” Lecture by H.E. Herman Van Rompuyイベント予定共催/Joint Event講演会/Lecture
Tuesday, 12 July 2022, 1:00-2:45 pm (Doors open: 12:30 pm)
The war in Ukraine has shaken our confidence in peace and prosperity within Europe and beyond. What is needed to overcome such a crisis in international relations? H.E. Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council, leads the discussion by sharing his insights on the future of Europe and Japan which will be followed by Q&A sessions with students and others.
On “Being Heumann”: A Dialogue About Disability Activism with Judy Heumannイベント予定対話/Dialogue
Available Friday, 24 June 2022 after 5PM
In this event, disability advocates Judy Heumann and Mark Bookman discuss the past, present, and future of accessibility and inclusion in the United States and Japan. Touching on barriers in built environments, education, employment, and entertainment systems, as well as activist movements and anti-discrimination policies, the two help to highlight a path towards creating a more diverse society in which nobody is excluded.
“Rereading Proust in 2022” Lecture by Prof. Antoine Compagnonイベント予定講演会/Lecture
Thursday, 23 June 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm (Doors open: 3:30 pm)
In 2022, we are commemorating the centennial of Marcel Proust's death with an extraordinary salvo of publications, exhibitions, and acclamations. “Proust is the man of the year,” advertised the Italian magazine La Repubblica on New Year’s Day. It gives us an occasion to evaluate the magnitude of his novel, Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time, and also to compare this anniversary with the previous one, 1971, a century after Proust’s birth. His star hasn’t stopped rising.
Roundtable “AI and Humanity”イベント予定座談会/Roundtable
Available Early June 2022 (on Tokyo College YouTube Channel)
It has been said that by executing algorithms in the same way, there is no difference between the human brain and AI (artificial intelligence). Is this really the case? What does it mean to be “human”? To be an “AI”? What can current AI do and not do?
In anticipation of a future in which humans and AI coexist, we discuss what we should keep in mind and what we can do to prepare.
“Rethinking Methodology in Global Diplomacy” Lecture by Prof. SHIMAZU Naokoイベント予定講演会/Lecture
Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm (Doors open: 3:30pm)
Why do we need to rethink about the way we study and make sense of global diplomacy? In this lecture, I explore how cultural approaches can illuminate important aspects of diplomacy which have not been adequately considered in much of the existing scholarly literature.
Beyond Women’s Day: Strengthening Communities of Female Talent in Japanイベント予定インタビュー/Interview
Friday, 20 May 2022, 12:00-12:45 pm (JST)/ Thursday May 19 at 10:00-10:45pm (CDT)
Tokyo College hosted a series of interviews with researchers about their efforts to promote equity for International Women’s Day in March 2021 and March 2022. This May, we would like to continue these efforts beyond Women’s Day and invite Ksenia Zolotareva, the Women@JP Career Pillar Lead at Google Japan, to speak about strategies for increasing female talent in the paid workforce in Japan.
“Globalisation, Empires, and the Making of the Modern World” Lecture by Prof. A. G. Hopkinsイベント予定講演会/Lecture
Friday, 13 May 2022, 15:00-16:30 (Doors open: 14:40）
This talk describes three phases of globalisation that have occupied the last five centuries and their role in making the world we know today. The first two phases were associated with the rise of Western empires, which integrated large parts of the world through a process of compulsory globalisation. The third phase, which began after 1945, brought empires to an end and produced the current world order - and disorder.
“Trade war, global pandemic, Ukraine: What we know, and don’t know, about the new political and economic order” Lecture by Mr. Bill Emmottイベント予定講演会/Lecture
10 May 2022, 3:00-4:30 pm (Doors open: 2:40 pm)
Recent years have featured the US-China trade war, the coronavirus pandemic, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, each of which we can consider “radically uncertain” events that were not in any real sense predictable. This lecture seeks to identify how these events fit into conventional frameworks for explaining the world, how these events might have changed that framework, what elements of the framework remain unknown, and how we should respond to this age of uncertainty.