Call for Papers: Hate Speech in Korea, Japan, and France: A Comparative Approach

International Workshop


Jan. 17(Wed) – 18(Thu), 2018
Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Asia Center,
Seoul National University, Korea
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations,
Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7), France
Institute of International Language and Culture Studies,
Ritsumeikan University, Japan

In recent years, hatred or instigation of discrimination has increased against foreigners, immigrants or various religious, ethnic and sexual minorities in different developed societies. Hate speech has more and more become a fatal problem to the social, cultural and political life of contemporary democracies. How should democratic societies respond to such persistent problem as well as to the broader forms of “othering” that motivate hate speech? How can we prevent it? It seems to us that neither the cause of nor cure for this pernicious phenomenon is well appreciated in the context of today’s globalized world. Societies in Europe and East Asia present ample occasions for examining the various dimensions of hate speech phenomenon. Many of the cases show that hate speech involves a complex web of historical injustices, economic inequalities, religious tensions, socio-political ideologies and emerging democratic challenges, as well as divergent legal constructions.

This project seeks to illuminate the national, regional and global dynamics of hate speech from diverse viewpoints that include the political, legal, historical, ideological and religio-cultural perspectives. To this end, it focuses on the cases of hate speech in the three countries of Korea, Japan and France. We will examine the contours of hate speech in the Korean, Japanese and French contexts; explore the historical, ideological or religio-cultural background of hate speech production and dissemination in each society that is globalized; and evaluate the cases and provide policy proposals from a human rights perspective. This research project is intended not only to show similarities in this global phenomenon observed beyond the political and geographical boundaries, but also to distinguish differences in the historical, legal and cultural foundation of each nation-state that cause and maintain the expression and structure of the discrimination. The comparative nature of this collaborative research will help fill in blind spots and lead to better informed and more sophisticated and practical recommendations for the prevention of hate speech in many Eastern and Western societies.

We invite paper proposals from different approaches such as communication, media studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, legal studies, religious studies that examine, but not restricted to, the following questions:

  • What are the current contours of hate speech in Korea, Japan and France?
  • How can we best respond to the challenges presented by hate speech in ways that promote a just and peaceful society?
  • What are alternative strategies for managing the public sphere against hate speech?
  • How is hate speech defined and delimited in law and public policy in the three societies?
  • What are the differences and similarities in the phenomenon of hate speech between Europe and East Asia?
  • What are the legal and discursive characteristics of Korea, Japan and France in dealing with hate speech?
  • What are the most urgent issues regarding hate speech in Korea, Japan and France?
  • How is mass media, especially the Internet, employed in expressing hatred against different minorities?
  • In what forms do ethnic, sexual or religious differences play a role in provoking hate speech in the three societies?
  • Why do ethnicity, sexuality or religion act as flashpoints in hate speech?

We are pleased to provide presenters with partial subsidies for accommodation and travel expenses depending on funding availability and on participant’s needs. We intend to publish selected papers from the workshop as a journal special issue and/or an edited volume with a reputable academic press. We also plan to hold the second workshop at Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7) in the second half of 2018.


  1. Deadline:Please submit your proposal with a title, an abstract of not more than 500 words and a list of references, together with your name, position, institutional affiliation and email address by June 30, 2017.
  1. Submission method:Send in MS Word via email
  1. Final papers:Paper presenters are requested to submit full papers byDecember 31, 2017.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions regarding this workshop.


Professor Jaejin LEE, Hanyang University, Kore
Professor Myungkoo KANG, Seoul National University, Korea
Professor Wooja KIM, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Professor Rivé-Lasan MARIE-ORANGE, Université Paris Diderot, France
Dr. Kyuhoon CHO, Seoul National University, Korea

Contact Info:

If you have any questions, please contact at Sojeong Park(, a research associate of this workshop, or Dr. Kyuhoon Cho(, a convener of this workshop.

Contact Email:


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Job Opening: Researcher / Assistant Correspondent (full-time) Mainichi Shimbun

Position: Researcher / Assistant Correspondent (full-time or part time)

General Description:

The Mainichi Newspapers Los Angeles Bureau seeks a full time Researcher / Assistant Correspondent. The Mainichi Newspapers is a major daily Japanese newspaper printed in Japan with over 4 million readers.  Founded in 1872, It is the oldest national daily newspaper in Japan.


  • Coordinating with Japanese news correspondent in gathering news and developing articles.
  • General proofreading.
  • Researching and gathering news, conducting interviews, developing and maintaining news sources, covering press conferences and other events including taking photos.
  • Administrative duties are included.

Job Requirements:

  • Must have a keen interest in and understanding of U.S. current events.
  • Must be a native English speaker able to speak and write effectively in English.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and good instincts.
  • Must be detail oriented and research savvy.
  • Must be highly motivated in journalism and bring up ideas for news reporting.
  • Ability to analyze news stories to see what is interesting and newsworthy.
  • Persistent in achieving goals and objectives under deadlines.
  • Must be available to work on weekend and/or irregular hours if needed.
  • Must have B.A. minimum. Research experience is crucial.

Preferred Skills:

  • Japanese-speaking applicants and/or those familiar with Japanese culture and media.
  • Knowledge of law/criminal justice.
  • Interest or experience in sports.
  • Rapid typing for taking notes and typing transcripts.
  • Ability to start in early July 2017.


$2,500/month (negotiable) after all applicable federal and state deductions and withholdings

Please email resume and a cover letter (as an attachment) to

  • Location: Brentwood in Los Angeles
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Funding: Asia New Zealand Foundation Postgraduate Research Grants

Via JETWit Jobs Mailing list.

Each year the Asia New Zealand Foundation offers three grants of $5,000 to support postgraduate research into contemporary issues in the Asian region. The 2017 application period closes 31 May.

These grants are intended for new research that will promote debate and discussion on matters relating to Asia and New Zealand with implications for foreign and trade policy.

Possible themes include:

  • international relations, regional security, interfaith issues, security challenges, or regional environmental issues
  • trade policy issues in Asia; transnational economic integration (e.g. value chains and production networks); governance and regulation (e.g. SOEs, government procurement, labour and investment flows).


Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents undertaking postgraduate research at any tertiary institution in New Zealand who need supplementary support for overseas fieldwork undertaken as part of their degree
  • Undertaking new research (i.e. not already duplicating work that is already done).

Proposals must indicate (briefly) the current state of research knowledge relating to their topic and how the proposal extends that knowledge.

Capital purchases, conference attendance, or similar costs are not generally funded. Where these costs are likely to be incurred during the proposed research the applicant should contact the Foundation to discuss acceptable options prior to submitting the proposal.

All offers of funding are subject to the Foundation’s standard research contract terms.

Grant recipients are required to provide a progress report on fieldwork within one month of its completion, and on use of the grant funds.  A template is available on request.

Grantees may be invited to participate in a seminar event to share their research findings, hosted by the Foundation.

Important dates

  • Application Period: between 1 February and 31 May.
  • Shortlisting: Between 1 June and 30 June.
  • Results: By 1 July.

Application process

Applicants must supply the following information before the deadline:

  1. a completed application form and relevant attachments
  2. Cover letter explaining research and why an application for grants is being made

Completing the application form

All sections of the form must be completed and the full supporting documentation attached.

Instructions on how to fill out the application form appear alongside questions in the form.

Incomplete application forms will not be considered. Use the checklist at the end of the form to make sure your application is complete.

For more information, please contact:

Dr James To, Senior Adviser (Research)
Asia New Zealand Foundation
PO Box 10 144,
Wellington 6143

See website for details

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Workshop: Traditional Theater Training 2017, Kyoto

Come train with real masters in Kyoto this summer!

This summer marks the 33nd annual Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.), held at the Kyoto Art Center. We would like to share a little more about the program as we will be accepting applications until 30 April 2017.

T.T.T. is the oldest and largest program of its kind. Participants are offered intensive performance training courses unparalled in breadth and depth, a variety of optional workshops and theater-related excursions, and opportunities to give talks/workshops on their own areas of expertise. As hundreds of students, performing artists, researchers and others (including program staff) can attest, T.T.T. also offers lifelong memories. Some partipants have returned nearly ten times, and one has even become a noh theater professional (and returns to teach at T.T.T.)!

T.T.T. is a three-week summer intensive training program that introduces the traditional arts of noh, kyogen, and Nihonbuyo. There is also an optional kotsuzumi (noh shoulder drum) course open to those interested. The program is based on the practice-recital approach and aims to allow participants from all over the world to learn the skills and spirit of traditional performing arts. In 2016, we welcomed 25 students, professional performing artists, and academics from fifteen countries. We warmly welcome applications from people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, nationalities, and religions.

This year’s program will begin with a course orientation on 18 July, which will be followed by intensive training with masters from 19 July to 7 August, then a formal recital on Japan’s oldest commercial family theater noh stage on 8 August. The instructors are Katayama Shingo, Tamoi Hiromichi, and Oe Nobuyuki (Kanze School noh); Shigeyama Akira, Maruishi Yasushi, and Shigeyama Doji (Okura School kyogen); Wakayagi Yayoi and pupils (Wakayagi School Nihonbuyo); and Hisada Yasuko and Takahashi Naoko (Okura School kotsuzumi). Fluency in Japanese is not required of participants, though lessons will typically be given in the language (with simultaneous interpretation).

Tuition for general participants is 90,000 yen, and 85,000 yen for students. Tuition for the special course in kotsuzumi is an additional 15,000 yen. Those wishing to apply can find a downloadable applicaton form at For those requiring a letter of invitation to help secure funding from their institutions, etc., I would be happy to help with this.

For more information about the program, please contact the Kyoto Art Center (in Japanese or English) at, or contact me directly. You may also call +81(0)75-213-1000, visit the KAC website at, or stop by the Center if you happen to be in town. There is more information – including a bit about what it might cost to live in Kyoto for three weeks – on our Facebook page ( – please LIKE us while you’re there!).

We hope to see many of you (and your students) in Kyoto this summer!


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Book Announcement: Gathering for Tea in Modern Japan

Gathering for Tea in Modern Japan: Class, Culture and Consumption in the Meiji Period

Taka Oshikiri

From Bloomsbury Publishing:

By examining chanoyu – the custom of consuming matcha tea – in the Meiji period, Gathering for Tea in Modern Japan investigates the interactions between Tokugawa customs and conventions and the incoming influences of Western ideas, material cultures and institutions. It explores the construction of Japan’s modern cultural identity, highlighting the development of new social classes, cultural practices and changes in production-consumption networks of the modern era.

Taka Oshikri uses a wealth of Japanese source material – including diaries, newspaper, journal articles, maps, exhibition catalogues and official records – to explore the intricate relationships between the practice and practitioners of different social groups such as the old aristocracy, the emerging industrial elite, the local elite and government officials. She argues that the fabrication of a cultural identity during modernisation was influenced by various interest groups, such as the private commercial sector and foreign ambassadors.

Although much is written on the practice of chanoyu in the pre-Tokugawa period and present-day Japan, there are few historical studies focusing on the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Gathering for Tea in Modern Japan thus makes a significant contribution to its field, and will be of great value to students and scholars of modern Japanese social and cultural history.

Available: November 2017

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Job Opening: Education Program Coordinator, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (FL)

job opening - 5Employer: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Location: Delray Beach, Fl
Education: BA

Position reports to: Curator of Education (40 hrs/week)

Position Description:
The Education Program Coordinator reports to the Curator of Education, and will manage the coordination and registration of educational programs. Must be available to work and assist evenings and weekend events.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:
 Coordinate and manage all registrations, questions, and customer service regarding program registrations, which includes classes, workshops, lectures, and special programs.
 Handles and manages the payments, financial statistics and registration list for all adult and special programs.
 Handles and manages payments to instructors and performers/vendors for rendered services for education programs.
 Handles and disseminates information to potential clients on registration policies, payment, and registration procedures.
 Works closely with the Curator of Education and Education staff on developing and implementing museum programming
 Coordinate and implement all necessary aspects of the programs (adult and special programs) to ensure success and efficiency (pre-, day-of-, and post- program)
 Review and take action on program evaluation forms in conjunction with Curator of Education; keep up-to-date statistics on all program evaluations
 Maintain and monitor the educational components on the museum website ensuring accuracy and up-to-date information.
 Assist and manage theater audio/visual equipment for education programs
 Other duties as specified

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 Bachelor’s degree in art, education, museum, Japanese or Asian studies or related field
 Experience working or living in Japan
 Must have knowledge of Japanese language, culture, and art
 Must have at least 2 years of experience working in a museum, cultural, or educational institution
 Must have at least 3 years experience in developing, coordinating, managing, and promoting programs and events
 Able to work with people of all ages
 Strong organizational and computer skills
 Proficiency in Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Outlook)
 Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, orally and in writing with staff, volunteers and the public
 A self-starter with the ability to work independently and collaboratively as a team player
 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, external clients, and
the public
 Strong attention to detail and able to work in a fast-pace environment
 Experience in web design or updating and managing website platforms
 Experience with audio/visual presentation and theater equipment a plus

Please send resume to:
Submission deadline: until position is filled No phone calls, no walk ins.

See original posting on Morikami Gardens’ website.

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Fun Link Friday: Japan’s Railway Pointing System

If you’ve ever been in Japan and aren’t a train buff, you might wonder what’s up with the neatly dressed railway workers with white gloves, standing at various points of the platform and calling out to one another, pointing to the left or right as the trains are arriving and departing. What exactly are these bizarre gestures that keep Japan’s trains running so smoothly?

Atlas Obscura recently published an article on these signals, known as  “shisa kanko [pointing-and-calling]” (go figure), which are actually a Japanese-innovated industrial safety method that drastically increases safety and accuracy on Japan’s rails. They have some great background on this system and its use (or non-use) globally, so be sure to head over to the original article for some more information on how Japan keeps on top of providing solid transportation for residents and visitors.

You can also check out the video below for some of the various examples of conductors and railway workers using the system in action for a variety of tasks.


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