News & Events
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OUR PROGRAMME FOR SPRING 2023
Tokyo International Panel Discussion: 'Culture & Inequality' & Kyoto Research Workshop: 'Class in Comparative Historical Perspective: The UK & Japan'
We are delighted to announce two more events. The first is our forthcoming international panel discussion, the latest event in the 'Culture, Class, Connection' project. This will be a hybrid event hosted by Gakushuin University in Tokyo and you can register via this link. Our distinguished panel will adress the theme of 'Culture & Inquality' in the UK and Japan. The second will be a research workshop from Kyoto. Details are below and you can register for that here.
Wednesday, 22 March 2023 - Tokyo Panel Discussion
09:00~ (UK time) = 18:00~ (Japan time)
Chair: Shinichi Aizawa (Sophia University)
Naoki Iso (Tokyo University of the Arts)
Susumu Ishii (Gakushuin University)
Andy Miles (University of Manchester)
Mike Savage (London School of Economics)
Saturday, 25 March 2023 - Kyoto Research Workshop
Theme: 'Class in Comparative Historical Perspective: The UK and Japan'
英語での報告. Registration link here.
WHEN: Saturday 25 March 2023
WHERE: Online / Live-streaming from Kyoto Campus Plaza
Kentaro Saito, Kyoto Sangyo University
"Was/Is there no class in modern/today's Japan?"
Andy Miles, University of Manchester
Shinobu Majima, Gakushuin University
"Culture and Inequalities in Japan and in the UK: some aspects from 1950s, 1990s and now"
Mike Savage, London School of Economics and Political Science
"Reflections on the project of national comparison in the 21st century"
2nd Annual Virtual Student Exchange
We're delighted to announce our second annual 'Virtual Student Exchange' (VSE) for Japanese and UK students on Friday 24th March 2023 9-10am UK Time/6-7pm Japan Time
This is going to connect students in north east England with their peers at Gakushuin University in Tokyo around themes of class and culture across borders. We'll be generating data on our social networks (who we know), economic resources (what we have) and cultural practices (what we do) to map out our shared social space in these different cities. When you register you'll be asked to fill in a short anonymous survey that will ask you about these. Your Japanese peers have already done this. You'll be taking part in a unique experiment, and because we’re using 'simultaneous translation' support, we'll be overcoming language barriers in real-time. So no Japanese is needed...just bring your curiosity!
This event takes place as part of the Culture, Class, Connection: Bridging Debates on Class & Inequality in the UK and Japan project.
Niall Cunningham (Geography, Newcastle University) & Shinobu Majima (Economics, Gakushuin University).
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We're delighted to announce our first 'Virtual Student Exchange' (VSE) for Gakushuin & Newcastle Geography, Politics & Sociology students on Thursday 16th December 2021 9-10am UK Time/6-7pm Japan Time
This is going to connect students in GPS with their peers at Gakushuin University in Tokyo around themes of social class and culture in a time of crisis. We'll be generating data on our social networks (who we know), economic resources (what we have) and cultural practices (what we do) to map out our shared social space. When you register you'll be asked to fill in a short anonymous survey that will ask you about these. Your Japanese peers have already done this. You'll be taking part in a unique experiment, and because we’re using 'simultaneous translation' support, we'll be overcoming language barriers in real-time. So no Japanese is needed, or any prior knowledge/study of social class...just bring your curiosity!
Please come and join us. Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/newcastle-gakushuin-virtual-student-exchange-tickets-219335798277 to register and complete the survey by this Friday 3rd December please. This is the last event in our Culture, Class, Connection programme so please help us to go to go out with an end of term bang!
Niall Cunningham & Shinobu Majima
We're bringing leading scholars of social class from around the world into dialogue on the work of EP Thompson and its relevance to Japan/UK labour history.
About this event
This is the fourth in a series of international events taking place as part of the Culture, Class, Connection: Bridging Debates on Class and Inequality project. The project aims to build research capacity, future collaborations and friendships at a variety of levels between scholars and students at Japanese and British partner universities. We'll be using simultaneous translation again to successfully overcome language barriers. Please register at: Culture & Class: Rethinking E.P. Thompson Tickets, Fri 22 Oct 2021 at 13:00 | Eventbrite. All are welcome.
Panel 1. E. P. Thompson and Japan 13:00~ (UK time) = 21:00~ (Japan time) = 8:00~ (US Eastern time)
- Andrew Gordon (Harvard University) ‘Some reflections on the Making of the Japanese Working Class’2
- Hideo Ichihashi (Saitama University) ‘Class, Friendship and a “Capacity for Experience”: Young Workers of the 60’s in Japan’
Panel 2. Class and Historians: The Legacy of E. P. Thompson 14:00~ (UK time) = 22:00~ (Japan time) = 9:00~ (US Eastern time)
- Mike Savage (International Inequalities Institute, LSE) ‘The working class in the 21st century: dilemmas and possibilities?’
- Takao Matsumura (Keio University, Emeritus) ‘E. P. Thompson’s “History from Below” and dissemination of “Responsible History”'
The CCC team are delighted to be able to announce details of an exciting series of online/hybrid international events for the Autumn of 2021. These include a range of activities open to members of the public, the research community and students in both Japan and the UK.
Thursday 23 September 2021
Let’s check out our ‘socio-cultural proximity’ (Gakushuin Students Only). An experiement using MCA in contemporary Cultural Class Analysis.
8:00~ (UK time) = 16:00~ (Japan time)
EVENT 1 (OPEN TO ALL)
Public Discussion: ‘Social Class and Social Polarisation in the UK and Japan’
Thursday, 23 September 2021
10:00~ (UK time) = 18:00~ (Japan time)
Chair: Yuji Genda (University of Tokyo)
Toshiaki Tachibanaki (University of Kyoto, emeritus)
Takehiko Kariya (University of Oxford)
Mike Savage (III, LSE)
* Hybrid event, livestreamed from a classroom at Gakushuin, interpreted simultaneously
EVENT 2 (OPEN TO ALL)
International Workshop: ‘Social Class, Regional Inequalities and Historical Change’
Friday, 24 September 2021
9:00~ (UK time) = 17:00~ (Japan time)
Panel 1. Regional inequalities in Japan 9:00~ (UK time) = 17:00~ (Japan time)
- Tomoki Nakaya (Tohoku University): ‘Geographic inequalities in health during the lost decades in Japan’
- Sebastien Boret (Tohoku University): ‘Dealing with death and social vulnerabilities at times of disasters’
- Comment: Niall Cunningham
<15-mins tea/coffee break>
Panel 2. Social Class in Contemporary Japan 10:45~ (UK time) = 18:45~ (Japan time)
- Yoshimichi Sato (Tohoku University): ‘Intra-generational mobility between regular and non-regular employment sectors’
- David Slater (Sophia University): ‘From stratification to social class: the life and death of “freeter” in Heisei Japan’
- Comment: Andy Miles
45-mins lunch/dinner break>
Panel 3. Class and gender inequalities 13:00~ (UK time) = 21:00~ (Japan time) = 8:00~ (US time)
- Nobuko Hara (Hosei University): ‘Dual Deregulation of Labour and Childcare in Japan’
- Andrew Gordon (Harvard University): ‘Gender, Class and Contingent Labor in Contemporary Japan’
- Comment: Mike Savage
International Workshop: 'Culture and Class: Rethinking EP Thompson'
Friday, 22 October 2021
13:00~ (UK time) = 21:00~ (Japan time) = 8:00~ (US time)
Panel 1. E. P. Thompson and Japan
Andrew Gordon (Harvard University): ‘Some reflections on the Making of the Japanese Working Class’
Hideo Ichihashi (Saitama University): ‘Class, Friendship and a “Capacity for Experience”: Young Workers of the 60’s in Japan’
14:00~ (UK time) = 22:00~ (Japan time) = 9:00~ (US time)
Panel 2. ‘Class and historians: The legacy of E. P. Thompson’
Mike Savage (III, LSE): ‘The working class in the 21st century: dilemmas and possibilities?’
Takao Matsumura (Keio University, Emeritus): ‘E. P. Thompson’s “History from Below” and dissemination of “Responsible History” ’
* Hybrid event, livestreamed from a hotel room in Tokyo, interpreted simultaneously
International Digital Student Exchange: 'Exploring Comparative Class and Culture in Young People in a Time of Crisis'
An experiment allowing students from Japan and the Uk to discuss concepts of social and cultural capital in comparative context, generating, modelling and interpreting their own data using MCA.
Time and date TBC.
CANCELLATION OF MANCHESTER EVENT DUE TO THE ONGOING DISPUTE IN THE HE SECTOR - UPDATE 14 FEBRUARY 2020
We are sad to have to announce the cancellation of our Manchester event on Friday 21st February owing the ongoing dispute over pay, pensions, workloads and casualisation in the university sector. You can find out more about the dispute here:
Our Newcastle and Japanese events go ahead as planned. Please join us!
Newcastle event details and tickets - Come and join us on February 28th! UPDATE 8 NOVEMBER 2019
We are delighted to annouce details of the event to take place at Newcastle University on Friday 28th February 2020. We will be welcoming people from around the world to develop this network. Our confirmed speakers are:
KEYNOTE: Mary C. Brinton, Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, Harvard University
Shinichi Aizawa, Education, Sophia Daigaku, Tokyo
Dimitris Ballas, Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen
Sophie Buhnik, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris/Maison Franco-Japonaise, Tokyo
Roger Burrows, Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University
Noriko Cable, Epidemiology & Public Health, UCL
David Chiavacci, Asian & Oriental Studies, University of Zurich
Tony Elger, Sociology, University of Warwick
Janet Hunter, Economic History, London School of Economics
Shinobu Majima, Economic History, Gakushuin Daigaku, Tokyo
Siobhan McAndrew, Sociology, Bristol University
Ayumi Takenaka, Liberal Arts, Ritsumeikan Daigaku, Kyoto
Eime Tobari, Urban Data Analysis, Cocreatif, London
Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating day! Tickets are free but space is limited and registration is essential:
Our Manchester event will take place at Manchester University on Friday February 21st and information should appear here very soon. Our Japanese events will take place at Kyoto Sangyo University on Saturday 4th April and Hitotsubashi and Gakushuin Universities in Tokyo on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April. Again, details will appear here very soon so please check back here regularly.
Manchester event details - Come and join us on February 21st as well! UPDATE 27 JANUARY 2020
It is great to be able to announce details of our event at Manchester University, taking place on Friday 21st February. Come and join us there for what promises to be a gret discussion. Details of registration can be found at this link:
10.00-10.15: Welcome and project introduction
10.15-11.15: Introductory Lecture
Mike Savage (London School of Economics), ‘Rethinking Class in an era of Escalating Global Inequality’.
11.30-13.00: Issues of cultural capital - culture, class and distinction
Shinichi Aizawa (Sophia University), ‘Social Class in Japan from the view point of cultural capital’.
Andrew Miles (University of Manchester), ‘Everyday participation, class and cultural policy in the UK’.
Comments: David Wright (University of Warwick)
13.45-15.15: The relationship between economic and cultural capital - work, education and class
Mark Williams (Queen Mary University), ‘Occupational class inequality at work in Britain’.
Takehiko Kariya (University of Oxford), ‘Post-catch-up modernity and hidden inequality in Japanese education’.
Comment: Shinobu Majima (Gakushuin University)
15.30-17.00: Issues of social identity and class consciousness - perspectives and the relationship between 'objective' and 'subjective' class identities
Sarah Irwin (University of Leeds), ‘Subjective inequalities and social structure: class, concepts and methods’.
Ayumi Takenaka (Ritsumeikan University), ‘The Hierarchy of Japanese Identities: constructing nationhood through diasporas’.
Comment: Wendy Bottero (University Manchester)
17.00-17.30: Closing remarks
Alan Warde (University of Manchester), ‘Reflections on class, culture and distinction’.
戻って来ました! We're Back! Announcing our Japanese Hybrid Programme for Autumn 2021
We're really pleased (but also a bit sad!) to announce the last event in our CCC programme. A 'Virtual Student Exchange' (VSE) for Gakushuin and Newcastle Geography, Politics & Sociology students on Thursday 16th December, 9-10am UK Time/6-7pm Japan Time. Students, please see your email for an invitation and registration information.
Following on from our international workshops and panel discussions last month, we are delighted to announce the third event in our Autumn Programme. Our symposium on the enduring legacy of the late Marxist historian, Culture and Class: Rethinking EP. Thompson, will take place on Friday 22nd October at 1pm UK time/9pm Japan time/8am US Eastern time. Once again, we have assembled a distinguished panel to reflect on Thompson's enduring legacy for shared understandings of contemporary class formation and conflict across borders and cultures. Please come and join us and spread the word on this event which is open to all. Once again we'll also be using simultaneous translation to overcome language barriers. Please register at: Culture & Class: Rethinking E.P. Thompson Tickets, Fri 22 Oct 2021 at 13:00 | Eventbrite