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The Second Kyoto Kokoro Initiative International Symposium “Kokoro and Limit Situations”

The Second Kyoto Kokoro Initiative International Symposium “Kokoro and Limit Situations”

Launched in April 2015, the Kyoto Kokoro Initiative aims to explore our kokoro our mind, spirit or heart in Japanese, which has been compelled to change by scientific and technological advances and the globalization of the economy. Considering the broad and profound nuances of the Japanese word kokoro, we, at the Kyoto Kokoro Initiative, would like to propose a new perspective for our mind and spirit toward the global community. This year, we chose ≪Kokoro and Limit Situations≫ as our theme, based on the idea that our mind cannot be fully explored in normal and daily circumstances, but only shows its true nature when facing extreme situations. We hope this symposium will bring new insight into the COVID-19 pandemic, an actual case of a limit situation.


▽Date and Time: October 17 (Sunday), 2021 13:30 – 17:40 (doors open at 13:00)
▽Location: Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall (Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)
Eligibility: Researchers and students
▽Language: English (no interpretation in Japanese)
*A video with Japanese subtitles will be made available on “Kyoto University OpenCourseWare (Kyoto University OCW)” at a later time.
▽Capacity: 250 (registration required, applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis)
▽Fee: Free of charge

13:30~13:40 Opening Remarks
        Toshio Kawai (Director, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)
13:40~14:30 Lecture 1 “The Travelling Homeland: How Disaster-Induced Collective Insight Had Rescued Jewish Cultural Memory from Death 2000 Years Ago”
        Yadin Dudai (Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science / Global Professor of Natural Science, New York University)
14:30~15:20 Lecture 2 “Stories of Intergenerational Trauma and Hope: Nuclear Development and Indigenous Peoples in the United States”
        Noriko Ishiyama (Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University)
15:20~15:40 Break
15:40~16:30 Lecture 3 “Not Everything Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): On the Cultural Limits of a Diagnostic Concept and New Approaches”
        Andreas Maercker (Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich)

16:30~17:30 Panel Discussion
        Yadin Dudai, Norihito Ishiyama, Andreas Maercker, Toshio Kawai
17:30~17:40 Closing Remarks
        Norihito Tokitoh (Executive Vice-President for Research, Evaluation, and Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration, Kyoto University)

Regarding the participation of Professors Yadin Dudai and Andreas Maercker, we would like to inform you that, unfortunately, due to the prevailing situation of the COVID-19, they will not be able to come to Japan and will thus participate online.

Please apply using the online form at the URL below.
Application period: Until October 10, 2021 (Sunday) (First-come-first-served basis)

Liaison Office, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University (9:00-17:00, weekdays)

E-mailkokoro-sympomail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)


Organized by: Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University
Co-organized by: Unit of Kyoto Initiatives for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Kyoto University
Supported by: Inamori Foundation

Information on countermeasures against COVID-19 infections:
・In accordance with government guidelines, capacity is set at 50% or less of the hall’s full

・The venue is equipped with ventilation fans, which will run constantly. In addition, the doors of the venue will be opened as necessary for ventilation.
・The event may be postponed, or the content may be changed in light of the spread of COVID-19
・Your name and contact information will be used only for the purpose of contacting you regarding this event and for infection prevention measures.