|Date||September 30 (Fri), 2022
Time: 13:00～18:00 (JST) (doors will open at 12:15)
|Venue||Tohoku University Centennial Hall (Kawauchi Hagi Hall)|
|Language||English, Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)|
We are pleased to announce that Hasekura Summit will be held at Tohoku University as part of the 115th anniversary of its founding, as well as in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Faculty of Law and Letters in 2022. At the Summit, Tohoku University President Hideo Ohno and the heads of the faculties/schools/center related to the humanities and social sciences invite the heads of the member universities of the Hasekura League, a worldwide research association of humanities and social sciences, to join us as co-signatories in presenting the Hasekura Declaration. This pact will proclaim a commitment to the objectives of maintaining and enhancing the significance of the humanities and social sciences and a focus upon international interdisciplinary collaboration dedicated to solving the myriad of problems facing 21st-century societies.
These events will also provide a forum for the discussion of the future prospects of young students with access to more fruitful academic exchange. With great excitement, we look with forward to the participation of university and high school students with an orientation toward the humanities and social sciences who have perspectives informed by international curiosity and awareness.
The Hasekura League
The Hasekura League is an international interdisciplinary Japanese Studies network, established between Tohoku University and a host of affiliated research universities renowned for the humanities and social sciences.
The name is derived from the Sendai feudal retainer, Hasekura Tsunenaga, a name which is considered synonymous with a progressive character. At the behest of Date Masamune, Lord of Sendai, he traveled to Europe on a diplomatic mission to the continent. His politeness and insight were, by all accounts, well-received in Europe.
The League, which currently includes 25 universities mainly in Europe and North America, aims to expand its membership to others in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.
- Part 1. Keynote Speech: Cultural Exchange Between the East and the West in 21st Century
- Speaker: Italian Ambassador to Japan or Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo (subject to change)
Topic: Significance of cultural exchange in modern society, message to Japanese young students
- Part 2. Future Directions of Research and Education of the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Speakers: President and the heads of the member universities of the Hasekura League
Topic: Significance of the humanities and social sciences in 21st century, the current states of research at the member universitiesConfirmed universities:Naples Eastern University (Italy), Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), Leiden University (The Netherlands), University of British Columbia (Canada), University of Granada (Spain), Heidelberg University (Germany), Jagiellonian University (Poland)
- Part 3.Significance of Studying Abroad and Floor Discussion
- Speakers: Students of Tohoku University
Topic: Students’ study abroad experiences in the member universities of the Hasekura League, Q & A
- Signing the Hasekura Declaration
- Signatories: Tohoku University President Hideo Ohno, the heads of the faculties/schools/center related to the humanities and social sciences, and the president/heads of the member universities of the Hasekura League