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Next Generation Global Workshop in Kyoto

Oct 06, 2017

From September 28 to 29, the 10th Next Generation Global Workshop (NGGW) took place at the Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University. Under the title "Delineating Borders in a Borderless World", the workshop was organized by the Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit and featured presentations and workshops by several Cluster members.

Since its first meeting in 2008, the NGGW has annually brought together young researchers in the humanities and social sciences to Kyoto from its global partner institutions and has proven to be an invaluable opportunity for scholars of the next generation to learn from other participants and receive feedback from faculty members of the participating institutions. It has therefore served as a forum for scholars of different generations from various regions to build a common academic foundation in the study of Asia in a global context.

This year the NGGW marked its tenth anniversary, under the theme connected to the soon-to-be-launching joint M.A. programme in Transcultural Studies between Kyoto University and Heidelberg University.  The workshop invited 17 young researchers working on relevant subjects at the partner institutions in France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States, and Vietnam. Among the presenters were three M.A. students in Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University, Datong Qiu, Rashaad Eschack, and Yan Li. Heidelberg was also represented by Prof. Dr. Judit Arokay, Dr. Takahiro Yamamoto, and Tim Graf, M.A., all of who served as a discussant. The participants to the workshop included the former members of the Cluster 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context', Dr. Björn-Ole Kamm and Dr. Steven Ivings, both at Kyoto University now.

The two-day event opened with a keynote remark by Professor Emiko Ochiai from the Graduate School of Letters at Kyoto, who welcomed the participants and emphasised the lasting impact and significance of the scholarly network that the NGGW has fostered over the years. The following presentations were divided into five sessions, exploring a wide range of topics including development in rural Indonesia, contemporary Japanese literature, Sanskrit scripture, Sino-Vietnamese cross-border marriages, and water supply in India.

The participants' presentations were followed by a spirited discussion between the speakers, discussants, and the audience. The reception at the end of the first day was hosted by professor Shoji Hirata, Dean of the Graduate School of Letters at Kyoto University.

Further details about the NGGW can be found here.


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