Nissan Seminar: Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice: Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities

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The full programme can now be found here

A day and a half workshop.

Supported by: the Antonian Fund, Japan Foundation London, The Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, and TORCH

In Partnership with: Oxford Centre for Global History and TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
In Association with: Oxford Japanese History Workshop and Oxford Environmental History Network

How does research on Japan inform ecological practice that is pertinent beyond the framework of Area Studies, and vice versa? If we were to place nature at the core of our studies of human activities, what new kinds of interdisciplinarity and knowledge would be possible, and how would we reorganize our academic disciplines? This international workshop brings together Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers within the Humanities for an inter-disciplinary discussion with guidance from established scholars and practitioners.


Heuishilja Chang, DPhil candidate, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford;

Chiara Comastri, MSc student (2016/2017), Modern Japanese Studies at Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford;

Philippe Depairon, PhD candidate, Department of History, Université de Montréal; 
Dr Alice Freeman, Research and Teaching Associate, the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford;

Dr Isabelle Giraudou, Associate Professor, Organization for Programs on Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo; 
Eiko Honda, DPhil candidate, Faculty of History, University of Oxford;

Dr Stefan Huebner, Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore;

Julia Mariko Jacoby, PhD candidate, University of Freiburg / Pre-doctoral Fellow, the Anthropocene Project, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science;

Dr Pia Jolliffe, Research Scholar, Las Casas Institute for Social Justice, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford;

Dr Mateja Kovacic, Research Associate, the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield;

Jo McCallum, PhD candidate, Digital Craft, the University of the Arts London;

Camille Sineau, MRes student, Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland;

Eiko Soga, MSc student, Modern Japanese Studies at Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford;

Line Marie Thorsen, PhD candidate, History of Art, Aarhus University / Associated PhD, Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA) and Changing Disasters at Copenhagen University, Denmark;

Mariko Yoshida, PhD candidate, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University;

Jason Waite, DPhil candidate, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford;
Dr Julius Weitzdoerfer & Dr Tatsuya Amano, Postdoctoral Research Associates, the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge

Russell Beard, Environmental Journalist and Filmmaker, Al Jazeera;
Dr Ele Carpenter, Senior Lecturer in Curating, Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London; Associate Curator with Arts Catalyst, London, and Bildmuseet, Sweden;
Dr Sho Konishi, Associate Professor in Modern Japanese History, Faculty of History and the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford;
Dr Jamie Lorimer, Associate Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford;
Dr Mikiko Shinoki, Professor of Sociology, Chuo University, Japan / Visiting Scholar at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford;
Jenny White, Head of Visual Arts Programme, British Council