“Dual Globalizations, Intercultural Communication and  Iranian Approach to Japanese Studies”

“Dual Globalizations, Intercultural Communication and  Iranian Approach to Japanese Studies”

Photo of Professor Saied Reza Ameli
Professor Saied Reza Ameli

The Japan Foundation and Institute of Asian Cultures, Sophia University would like to invite you to our joint seminar which will provide a lecture by Professor Saied Reza Ameli from University of Tehran, one of leading universities in Iran. Professor Ameli is the Policy Vice-President and also Dean of Faculty of World Studies of the University. The Faculty of World Studies, established last year, has recently gotten a lot of attention as a new academic institute on regional and cultural studies in the Middle East. In the world of globalization, we need to know how Japan is considered by people from different cultures, and what kind of approaches are effective to promote cross-cultural understanding. Through the seminar, we would like to think about new possible ways for intellectual exchanges between Japan and Iran, with Professor Ameli from University of Tehran, where establishment of a course on Japanese Studies is being planned.

Date Thursday, February 26, 2009 17:30-19:00
Venue Classroom No. 508, 5F, Bldg. No.2, Sophia University
Organizers The Japan Foundation, Institute of Asian Cultures, Sophia University
Language English * Consecutive interpretation (English-Japanese) is available.
Fee Free
“Dual Globalizations, Intercultural Communication and  Iranian Approach to Japanese Studies”

Dual Globalizations are referring to communicational changes not only in the virtual world, but also in the physical environment. The industry of the first set of globalizations is transport system and the industry of the second set of globalizations is simultaneous communication industry. The first and the most apparent consequence of the emergence of the quick and instant communication industry is  change in the geopolitics and geoculture of the world. As a result we are facing "omnipresence of place, space, time and work". The first consequence of this milestone is that all countries of the world become neighbors vertically and horizontally; this means that as a result of dual globalizations, now, we are all living in the shared single space community To understand potential of the new and the future trend of the world in terms of intercultural communications as well as political and economic relations, we need precise picture of four interrelated concept, 1) time, 2) place, 3) work, and 4) energy.

Iranian Approach to Japanese studies taking place in such a context. This means for us, Japan is not far from Iran. Japan should be considered as a neighbor, not only because of political relations, cultural,  social and economical aspects, but also in terms of sharing place and space of life.

Japan studies in Iran did not have any academic tradition in the form of department or education program in the past.  However many attempts have been forwarded to establish new trends for Japanese studies in the form of seminars, conferences, workshop and exhibition.  The most important Japanese studies are related to the book publication. In this presentation, I will try to glance all above idea.

Saied Reza Ameli

Presenter Profile of Professor Saied Reza Ameli
Born in 1961. After graduating from University of Tehran, he received his MA degree in Sociology of Communications in University College of Dublin. In 2001, he received his PhD Degree from Royal Halloway University of London. His doctoral dissertation is on “The Impact of Globalization of British Muslim Identity.”  He has published many books, and the latest one is “Mobile Phone Studies: Life on the Move.”
Contact Europe, Middle East and Africa Div.
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept.
Aoe Tanami (Ms.) Tel: 03-5369-6071

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