International Studies of Our New Era:
immigrants, Refugees and Women


Workshop for the Academic Frontier Project:
‘Social Change in Asia and the Pacific’
Supported by
Meiji Gakuin University,
the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan)

July 17-18,2005

Conference Room Main Building,10F
Shirokane Campus, Meiji Gakuin University 

(明治学院大学 白金校舎 本館10階大会議場)

◆ Agenda ◆

   This is the last international workshop of the Academic Frontier Project, 'Social Change in Asia and the Pacific' of the Institute for International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University (2001-2005), supported by Meiji Gakuin University and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan).

   Drastic and rapid changes in the contemporary world have been pressing us, i.e. specialists of international studies, to renew our intellectual tools to grasp what is going on around us. However, as Michel Foucault, Edward W. Said or other distinguished predecessors pointed out, it is tremendously hard to reexamine own ways of recognition and knowledge with truly critical mind.

   In order to seek our way out to the 21st century, we held three workshops, inviting colleagues from abroad: Can We Write History? Between Postmodernism and Coarse Nationalism (2002), What is to be Written? Setting the Agendas for Studies of History (2003) and Regional Differences and Inequalities in Asian Countries (2004). Those have produced not only the thick proceedings of international studies, but also rich intellectual communication and lasting networks beyond borders and disciplines.

   This time, with the opening speech of Kei Takeuchi, Director of Institute for International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University, we will have three main sessions on new perspectives for international studies: immigrants, refugees and women. Those are not only 'problems' of our age, but suggest us new agendas of alternative research and practice. By two-day intensive discussion, we hope that this small workshop will break up our own narrowness to enlarge the scope for studies of global society.

◆Speakers ◆

Kei Takeuchi Meiji Gakuin University
Marutei Tsurunen Member of the House of Councillors
Debito Arudou Hokkaidou Information University
Wim Lunsing Free Scholar
Asahiko Hanzawa Meiji Gakuin University
Chi-Kwan Mark Royal Hollway, University of London
Nobue Suzuki Nagasaki Wesleyan University
Pamela Philipose The Indian Express
Fumika Sato Hitotsubashi University


◆ Commentators ◆

Yasunori Fukuoka Saitama University
Tom Gill Meiji Gakuin University
Michimi Muranushi Gakkushuin University
Megumi Hirayama Meiji Gakuin University
Mako Yoshimura Hosei University
Keiko Aiba Meiji Gakuin University


◆ Chairs ◆

Tom Gill Meiji Gakuin University
Asahiko Hanzawa Meiji Gakuin University
Chiharu Takenaka Meiji Gakuin University


◆ Program: First Day - July 17 (Sun.) ◆



14:00 - 17:00 SESSION 1 Prospects for a Multi-ethnic JapanOutline

Chair: Tom Gill
Speaker: Marutei Tsurunen
 ‘How foreigners can boost reforms in Japanese society
Debito Arudou
 ‘On Racism in Japan: Why One may be Hopeful for the Future’
Wim Lunsing
 ‘Multiethnic societies: Dutch troubles and Japanese perspectives’
Commentator: Yasunori Fukuoka
  Tom Gill


◆ Program: Second Day - July 18 (Mon.) ◆

9:30-12:30 SESSION 2 International Politics and Human Movement⇒Outline

Chair: Asahiko Hanzawa
Speaker: Asahiko Hanzawa
 ‘International Politics and Human Movement:
  the Cold War and after’
Chi-Kwan Mark
 ‘Chinese refugees in Hong Kong and US Cold War propaganda’
Nobue Suzuki
 ‘Cross-Border Marriages in the Asia-Pacific Region:
  Representations and Post-9.11 "Homeland Security''’
Commentator: Michimi Muranushi
  Megumi Hirayama



13:30-16:30 SESSION 3 International Studies from Gender PerspectiveOutline

Chair: Chiharu Takenaka
Speaker: Pamela Philipose
 ‘Crossing the Borderlines in South Asia:
  Women, Divided Identities, Uncertain Destinies’
  Fumika Sato
 ‘Incorporation of Women in the Japanese Self-Defense Forces:
  Is This Feminist Achievement?’
Commentator: Mako Yoshimura
  Keiko Aiba