Thistle and Sakura: A Glasgow – Japan networking event (23rd April 2019)

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On Wednesday the 23rd April, as part of the Japan – UK Season of Culture, the a networking event was held at the University of Glasgow to promote current links between Glasgow and Japan as well as foster new ties across a variety of disciplines.

The event was opened by Head organizers Professor Konstantinos Kontis, Dean for Global Engagement for East Asia and China, and  Dr Saeko Yazaki, a lecturer in Religious Studies (Islam, Muslim-Jewish relations and Japanese traditions) at the University.

Following a short address, Consul General Takaoka gave a presentation under the title “Reiwa and Brexit”, focussing on the political and economic relations between Japan and Scotland.

The event featured presentations, on a variety of topics from:
• Professor David Clark, Interdisciplinary Studies – End of life care
• Dr Alan Cresswell, Environmental Research Centre – Environmental research in Fukushima
• Professor Carl Lavery, Theatre, Film & Television Studies – Documentary on Hashima Island
• Dr Robert Maslen, English Literature – Anime
• Professor Laurence Grove, Director of Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures –Manga
• Dr Olivier Salazar-Ferrer and Dr Ramona Fotiade, Modern Languages & Cultures – Influence of Japanese literature on modern languages

The presentations finished with a Minyo (Japanese traditional dance) performance from Ms Yoshie Campbell.
Lastly, the event closed with a reception, allowing guests to further discuss opportunities for future collaboration between Glasgow and Japan.


 

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