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The Relevance of Area Studies for the Sciences and Public Policy: Examples from Europe & Asia



Sanjo Kaikan, The University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus)
7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo

Iris Wieczorek, Leibniz Japan



Admission Free, Registration Required
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Registration deadline: 2016/11/11

The Relevance of Area Studies for the Sciences and Public Policy: Examples from Europe & Asia

15. November 2016

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies (Hamburg)
German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ, Tokyo)
The University of Tokyo [Network for Education and Research on Asia (ASNET), Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA)]

Cooperating Institutions
Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES)
Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)
Leibniz Association
Relational Studies on Global Crisis (JSPS Grant-in-Aid Project)

Social sciences, and even more so natural sciences and engineering, tend to neglect local conditions, i.e. how ecological, social, political or economic issues are perceived and addressed in the specific context of a country or region and how solutions are sought for and implemented. Area studies can correct these shortcomings, because they pay close attention to local conditions and regional differences. Nevertheless, it is far from common practice that area studies specialists and researchers from other sciences collaborate.

Our conference aims at highlighting possible contributions of area studies to the sciences, innovation and public policy by discussing concrete examples in highly relevant thematic fields. We would like to invite you to the public part of our conference which will refer to the outcomes of our preceding “closed” sessions.


1:30 P.M.
Welcome Addresses

Masashi Haneda
The University of Tokyo, Vice President
Patrick Köllner
GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Director

1:40 P.M.
Keynotes – Area Studies, Innovation and Public Policy in Europe and Asia

Does Location Matter for Designing Science and Innovation Policy?

Yuko Harayama
CSTI, Cabinet Office Japan, Executive Member

The Role and Significance of Area Studies for Our Society

Yuichiro Anzai
JSPS, President, Member of Foundation Council of JDZB

Overcoming the Dilemmas – Relationship as a New Perspective

Keiko Sakai
Relational Studies on Global Crisis, Project Leader

Area Studies and the Social Sciences – What Policy Makers Can and Should Expect

Franz Waldenberger

Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

2:40 P.M.

3:00 P.M.
Roundtable – Why Area Studies Matter

Iris Wieczorek
GIGA, Senior Researcher; Leibniz Japan, Representative

Yuko Harayama
CSTI, Executive Member
Patarapong Intarakumnerd
GRIPS, Professor – Innovation
Jin Sato
The University of Tokyo, Professor – Ecology & Energy Transition
Patrick Köllner
GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Director – Foreign Policy
H. D. Karunaratne
University of Colombo, Professor – Health and Food Security
Susanne Brucksch
DIJ, Senior Researcher – Engineering, Robotics and IoT
Eiji Nagasawa
The University of Tokyo, Professor – Ideological, Political, and Social Forces in the Era of Globalization

5:15 P.M.