©2019 by Chair of Japanese Studies, University of Warsaw

Unique or universal?

Japan and its Contribution to World Civilization


Day 2

24 Oct (Thu)

56/66 Dobra St.

University of Warsaw Library

Directions to the venue (Google Maps)

Open day at Kaian tea room at the University of Warsaw Library
11.00-17.00 (entry every 30 mins)


Room 256 (2F) – Social Humanities


9:00-9:25 明治立憲制における普遍の追求と木戸孝允 // Taura Masanori (Kogakkan Univ.)

9:25-9:50 Battlefield tested exceptionality of Japanese fighting spirit // Krzysztof Stefański (Nicolaus Copernicus Univ. in Torun)

9:50-10:15 奄美大島のカトリック布教に寄与したポーランド系神父 // Inaba Chiharu (Meijō Univ.)

10:15-10:40 Unique tokens of universal values - famous tea utensils in late medieval Japanese politics // Jedrzej Gren (Univ. of Warsaw)

10:40-11:00 COFFEE BREAK 


11:00-11:25 From umami to sushi: Japan’s contribution to the world’s cuisine // Katarzyna Ćwiertka (Leiden Univ.)

11:25-11:50 Japanese-style‘Well-being’: Clues for better coexistence with diverse peoples // Sano Kaori (Waseda Univ.)

11:50-12:15 Japanese historical reenactments as expression of national pride // Aleksandra Jaworowicz-Zimny (Nicolaus Copernicus Univ. in Torun)

12:15-12:30  SHORT BREAK

12:30-12:55 おもてなし (Omotenashi) は、世界にない日本人のお家芸?// Kawasoe Keiko

12:55-13:20 The deep sorrow of not being able to marry the one you love - Focusing on the “Yanagita Kunio and Japanese Folklore” and its uniqueness // Tanaka Kumiko (Fukuoka Institute of Technology)

13:20-14:15 LUNCH BREAK (Library Foyer, 3rd floor)


14:15-14:40 Democratic legitimacy and base politics analysis of the prefectural referendums on US bases in Okinawa // Beata Bochorodycz (Adam Mickiewicz Univ. in Poznan)

14:40-15:05 Liberal Democratic Party as a crucial political actor in postwar Japan // Krystian Karolak (Univ. of Lodz)

15:05-15:30 [WITHDRAWN] Creation of national cultural identity in children's magazines during Meiji era // Nilay Çalşimşek (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Univ.)

15:30-15:55 Measuring change in ‘Hybrid Factories’ longitudinal study of Japanese manufacturing subsidiaries in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe // Tomasz Olejniczak (Kozminski Univ. in Warsaw)

16:00-16:20 COFFEE BREAK


16:20-16:45 Is Japanese culture a way of life for the undergraduate language learners in Turkey? // Tolga Ozsen (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Univ.)

16:45-17:10 日本の女子高等教育の歩みと女性のリーダーシップ // Shima Sonoko (Shōwa Women's College)

17:10-17:25 SHORT BREAK


17:25-17:50 The Universal Truth and the notion of patriotism in Uchimura Kanzō’s religious thought // Agnieszka Kozyra (Univ. of Warsaw)

17:50-18:15 Binal relationship and "Mono no Aware" in Arimasa Mori // Wakui Yoko (Independent researcher)

Room 315 (3F) - Aesthetics and Arts


9:25-9:50 Unique Japanese or universal? Some remarks on transculturality of raku ceramics // Eva Kaminski (Jagiellonian Univ. in Cracow)

9:50-10:15 美的理念「をかし」考 // Sonoyama Senri (Jagiellonian Univ. in Cracow)

10:15-10:40 The universal appeal of the Japanese concept of ‘ma’ (in-between liminality): “Ma” as a significant concept of Japanese aesthetics observed in modern popular culture // Yamanashi Makiko (Hosei Univ., Univ. of Trier)

10:40-11:00 COFFEE BREAK


11:00-11:25 Shinsakunō (new nō) as drama for repose of souls and reconciliation // Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska (Polish Institute of World Art Studies)

11:25-11:50 現代における伝統演劇“能”とその周辺。役者の視点から // Uzawa Hikaru (Tessenkai)

11:50-12:15 Kabuki – a (distorting) mirror of Japan // Iga Rutkowska (Adam Mickiewicz Univ. in Poznan)

12:15-12:30  SHORT BREAK

12:30-12:55 Truly unique, almost truly universal - The Bunraku puppet theatre // Beata Kubiak Ho-Chi (Univ. of Warsaw)

12:55-13:20 The Body is the culture. Revisiting Tadashi Suzuki's theatre practices // Grzegorz Ziółkowski (Adam Mickiewicz Univ. in Poznan)

13:20-14:15 LUNCH BREAK (Library Foyer, 3rd floor)


14:15-14:40 Yokohama-e prints as images of the westernising world // Aleksandra Görlich (Polish Institute of World Art Studies, Cracow)

14:40-15:05 Assimilating Western technology: Japanese photographic experimentation in the 19th century // Ayelet Zohar (Tel Aviv Univ.)

15:05-15:30 What is universal and what is unique in modern Japanese design and visual arts? // Jakub Karpoluk (Polish-Japanese Academy of IT)

15:30-15:55 Mishima Yukio remembrance at the industrial heritage of Inujima Island // Waldemar Affelt (Nicolaus Copernicus Univ. in Torun)

16:00-16:20 COFFEE BREAK

16:20-16:45 Oshima and Ogasawara of the 1920th in works of Ukrainian artists: experience of cultural dialogue // Svitlana Rybalko (Kharkiv State Academy of Culture)

16:45-17:10 Musashi – unique and universal // Ovidiu Morar (Art Promo Cultural Foundation, Romania)

17:10-17:25 SHORT BREAK


17:25-17:50 Unique and unchanging? How recent Japanese cinema uses cuisine to spice up history // Sean O’Reilly (Akita International Univ.)

17:50-18:15 Adaptations of Shakespeare in Kurosawa movies - Throne of Blood and Ran // Hiranoi Chieko (Hosei Univ.)

Room 254 (2F) - Language and Literature


9:25-9:50 The Japanese nominal elements as abandoned parts of speech? // Arkadiusz Jabłoński (Adam Mickiewicz Univ. in Poznan)

9:50-10:15 Uniquely Japanese: Hybridity of styles in the speech of a transgender manga artist // Abe Hideko (Colby College, USA)

10:15-10:40 The influence of isolation and contact on Japonic regiolects // Aleksandra Jarosz (Nicolaus Copernicus Univ. in Torun)

10:40-11:00 COFFEE BREAK


11:00-11:25 コタンスキ教授の「古代歌謡の解読」に見る日本文化理解 // Matsui Yoshikazu (Osaka International Univ.)

11:25-11:50 A poetic journey around bays. On uniqueness of the Princess Ryōshi’s seashell matching contest  // Adam Bednarczyk (Nicolaus Copernicus Univ. in Torun)

11:50-12:15 Mishima Yukio and Ōe Kenzaburo, from the viewpoint of world literature // Inoue Takashi (Shirayuri Joshi College)

12:15-12:30 SHORT BREAK

12:30-12:55 The Power of fairy-tales. Some thoughts on the universality of Akutagawa Ryūnosuke and Dazai Osamu // Katarzyna Sonnenberg-Musiał (Jagiellonian Univ. in Cracow)

12:55-13:20 Passion and form, modernity and tradition in the poems of Yosano Akiko // Anna Zalewska (Univ. of Warsaw)

13:20-14:15 LUNCH BREAK (Library Foyer, 3rd floor)

14:15-14:40 Mizumura Minae's novel Shishōsetsu from Left to Right: Universal or unique? // Matthew Königsberg (Freie Universität Berlin)

14:40-15:05 Early presentations of Japanese literature in Poland - Julian Adolf  Święcicki // Romuald Huszcza (Univ. of Warsaw)

15:05-15:30 Dominator, people and nation: The Representation of “spirituality” in 2010’s Japanese SF (science/speculative fiction) // Tanojiri Tetsurō (Tokyo Univ. of Foreign Studies)

15:30-15:50 COFFEE BREAK

15:50-16:15 Globalizing Japanese literature : Translation and literary canon formation in the West // Agata Bice (Univ. of Warsaw)

16:15-16:40 Is Japanese literature becoming universal? “Border-crossing literature” as a manifestation of changing literary world in Japan // Monika Brygoła (Univ. of Warsaw)


100 Years of Japanese Studies

at the University of Warsaw

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