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The First Kyoto Kokoro Initiative Symposium "Kokoro and History"

The First Kyoto Kokoro Initiative Symposium "Kokoro and History"
* The maximum number of applications has been received, and therefore we are no longer accepting applications. (2015/7/30)

Advances in technology and economic globalization have brought about many changes and completely new experiences in human society. There is an increasing need for the human mind to orient itself in this new situation. In April 2015, Kyoto University, with support from the Inamori Foundation, launched the Kyoto Kokoro Initiative, a project focusing on the Japanese concept of kokoro. The Japanese word kokoro has a range of related meanings, often translated variously as "mind," "consciousness," "heart," "spirit," and "soul," among other interpretations. In truth, however, there is no accurately corresponding English term. This Kyoto Kokoro Initiative aims to explore the concept of kokoro and its various connotations in an effort to help us orient our hearts and minds in increasingly complex and changing modern times.

(Japanese version only)

Date and times: September 13, 2015 (Sun.) 9:30 - 18:00 (Reception begins at 9:00.)

Venue: Kyoto Hotel Okura, 3F, Suiun banquet hall (Access) (Kawaharamachi-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto)

9:30 - 9:50
Opening remarks          Sakiko Yoshikawa (Director, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)
Greeting                       Kazuo Inamori (President, Inamori Foundation)
Congratulatory address  Norifumi Ushio (Director, Scientific Research Institutes Division, Research Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

9:50 - 11:00 Lecture 1
"The Sturucture and History of Kokoro"
Shinichi Nakazawa (Chief and Professor, Institute for Primitive Science, Meiji University)

11:00 - 12:00 Lecture 2
"The Historical Internalization of Kokoro and Interface"
Toshio Kawai (Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)

12:00 - 13:20 Break

13:20 - 14:20 Lecture 3
"'Kokoro' and Social Design in the Post-Growth Era"
Yoshinori Hiroi (Professor, Faculty of Law, Politics and Economics, Chiba University)

14:20 - 15:20 Lecture 4
"The Implicit Process and 'Personal History': Perception, Evolution, Social Brain"
Shinsuke Shimojo (Professor, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology)

15:20 - 15:40 Break

15:40 - 16:40 Lecture 5
"The Origin of Kokoro: From Empathy to Ethics"
Juichi Yamagiwa (President, Kyoto University)

16:40 - 17:40 General discussion
Shinichi Nakazawa, Toshio Kawai, Yoshinori Hiroi, Shinsuke Shimojo, Juichi Yamagiwa

17:40 - 18:00 
Summary               Toji Kamata (Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)
Closing remarks      Nagahiro Minato (Executive Vice-President, Kyoto University)

Host: Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University
Support: The Inamori Foundation

Maximum participation: 400 people (by application, in order of arrival of the applications)

Participation fee: Free

Method of application: * The maximum number of applications has been received, and therefore we are no longer accepting applications. (2015/7/30)
Please apply by e-mail or FAX by September 6 (Sun.).
Please clearly state "Application for the 1st Kyoto Kokoro Initiative Symposium" in the subject line, fill in the required matters, and then send it.
* We will contact you only in the event that the maximum number of applications has been received and you cannot participate.
Required matters
(1) Full name (Japanese phonetic pronunciation) (2) Occupation (affiliation) (3) Contact information for a reply (e-mail address)

Contact information / Place for sending an application:
Kyoto University Kokoro Research Center Kyoto Kokoro Initiative Secretariat (weekdays 9:00 - 17:00)
E-mail : kokoro-event*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp
    (Please change the asterisk (*) to an "at" mark (@). Thank you.)
FAX : 075-753-9680