The 18th Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia will be held at The Australian National University from 8th to 11th July, 2013, hosted by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. The conference theme of, 'Cities, Nature & Landscapes: From Nara to the Networked City' focuses not only on the social impact of disaster, but on learning from the past experiences as we move towards the future of living spaces and human communities and on the 'networked' cities of the future. JSAA 2013 aims to explore how cultural and intellectual exchange, while rooted in our respective languages, histories and traditions, can strengthen the global community and, how design and technology can stimulate better connectivity and communication within and between communities. Our theme works in synergy with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Canberra. Throughout the year, Canberra will be celebrating its role as both Australia's national capital and a city OF the 21st Century and so discussion of cities and landscapes is particularly timely.
We hope that broad-ranging discussion of these and other issues in a Japanese context will reach beyond academic community and involve government, the corporate sector and the wider community.
Conference website: http://chl.anu.edu.au/sites/jsaa2013/
Special keynote: Living in Sendai After 3/11
Professor Hitoshi Abe
Chair, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design
Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan
On 3/11, the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami destroyed areas of Japan beyond anything imaginable and created problems never previously encountered. People were forced to reconsider the norm and architects/urban designers to rethink their role and the architectural profession itself. The lecture will address the efforts of Atelier Hitoshi Abe and ArchiAid in their collaborative effort with Japanese architects to examine the implications of the disaster.
Keynote: Human Rights in Japan
Professor of Japanese History, The Australian National University
ARC Future Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong
A discussion of how human rights issues in Japan have changed over the past 20-30 years (including the emergence of new post 3/11 issues) and tying that in with some discussion of how their own research has been influenced by encounters with human rights issues in Japan.
Keynote: The Transnational Destruction of Cities
Nissan Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University
Aerial Bombardment and the Japanese Home Front in World War II
Keynote: Japanese Language and Area Studies in the Asian Century
Professor & Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Adelaide
Professor, University of Tokyo
A zadankai style discussion which will focus on the significance of Japanese Language and Area Studies in what has been labelled the 'Asian Century'. These three participants will look particularly at the nexus of Japanese language skills and Japanese studies, and draw on their experience in the field to look toward possible strategies in the Asian Century.