International Symposium “Fostering Peace through Cultural Initiatives – Perspectives from Japan and Germany ”

International Symposium “Fostering Peace through Cultural Initiatives – Perspectives from Japan and Germany ”


The Japan Foundation and the Goethe-Institut are delighted to host a public symposium for redefining the role of cultural initiatives with a co-organizer, the Mainichi Newspapers, and with the cooperation of Aoyama Gakuin University Joint Research Institute for International Peace and Culture. This symposium will present past project examples that were conducted in post-conflict or post-disaster areas, re-evaluate the role of cultural initiatives for fostering peace, and discuss possible future pictures of the projects. Discussions will include what roles cultural initiatives should play, what types of projects are needed in order for these projects to have the maximum impact, and what challenges and points for consideration we have. We welcome anyone who is interested in this topic to participate in this event.

Date Friday, May 15, 2009 15:00-18:00, followed by the reception from 18:00-19:00
Venue Goethe-Institut, Tokyo
(7-5-56, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052)  Access
Organizers The Japan Foundation
The Goethe-Institut
The Mainichi Newspapers
Language English-Japanese simultaneous translation
Fee Free
Register Please register by Thursday, May 7, by sending your name, affiliation, and contact info (e-mail or phone/fax number) via e-mail ( E-mail ) or FAX (03-5369-6041).
Contact International Symposium on "Fostering Peace through Cultural Initiatives"
Europe, Middle East and Africa Section.
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept.
Ai Goto (Ms.) TEL: 03-5369-6071, FAX: 03-5369-6041
4-4-1, Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0004 E-mail

 

Opening & Keynote Speeches

15:00-15:45 Keynote Speeches
  • Kazuo Ogoura, President, The Japan Foundation
  • Dr. Hans-Georg Knopp, Secretary-General, The Goethe-Insititut

Session 1: Presentation by artists and receiving communities

15:45-16:45 Moderator: Dr. Uwe Schmelter, Regional Director, Goethe-Institut Japan in Tokyo
  • Hiroko Inoue, Formative artis
  • Fareed C. Majari, Director of Goethe-Institut in Beirut
  • Yasunori Nagaoka, Ceramic artists
  • Yasuhiko Shirakata, Ceramic artists

Session 2: Panel Discussion

16:45-18:00
Moderator:
Megumi Nishikawa, Mainichi Newspaper
Panelists
Prof. Kenichiro Hirano, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Helena Waldmann, Choreographer
Dr. Hans-Georg Knopp, Secretary-General, The Goethe-Institut
Fareed C. Majari, Director of Goethe-Institut in Beirut
Prof. Kazuo Ogoura, The Japan Foundation
Prof. Yasushi Watanabe, Professor, Keio University
18:00 Closure GI and The Japan Foundation
18:00-19:00 Reception Jointly hosted by JF and GI

Conference Report “Fostering Peace through Cultural Initiatives: Perspectives from Japan & Germany”
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