[URBANTH-L]Upcoming conference "Urban Spaces in Japan", November 2005

Christoph Brumann christoph.brumann at uni-koeln.de
Fri Sep 30 21:55:02 EDT 2005

(With apologies for cross-posting.)

The Annual International Conference of the German Association for Social
Science Research on Japan (VSJF) will take place at the
Adam-Stegerwald-Haus in Königwinter near Bonn from November 18-20, 2005.
This year’s topic will be:

Urban Spaces in Japan: The Social Scientific Study of Japan and the
"Spatial Turn"

At a time when the spectacular growth of Japanese cities is coming to a
close, we wish to reflect on the current state of urban spaces in Japan
and their social and cultural dimensions. We thereby build on what has
been termed a "spatial turn", a growing interest in the social
constitution of space within the social sciences. Papers will approach
this topic from a large variety of disciplinary backgrounds, ranging
from economy and geography over social history and anthropology to
literature and media studies. The conference will be held in English,
and guests are welcome to register (until October 14). Major airports
Frankfurt and Cologne/Bonn are within easy reach. For program details,
abstracts, registration, and travel to Königswinter, see:


For any further questions, please contact the convenors:

Christoph Brumann
Institut für Völkerkunde, Universität zu Köln, 50923 Köln, Germany
christoph.brumann at uni-koeln.de

Evelyn Schulz
Department für Asienstudien, Japan-Zentrum, Oettingenstr. 67, 80538
München, Germany
Evelyn.Schulz at ostasien.fak12.uni-muenchen.de


Session 1: Planning, Citizen Participation and Structural Constraints

Carolin Funck (Hiroshima University)
Citizen Participation and Urban Development in Japan and Germany: Issues
and Problems

Senta Hoji (Development Bank of Japan, Okayama)
Regional Aspects of City Planning: The Relationship Between Center and

Franz Waldenberger (University of Munich)
The Fiscal Conditions of Urban Development in Japan

Anke Scherer (University of Bochum)
The Colonial Appropriation of Public Space: Architecture and City
Planning in the Japanese-Dominated Cities of Taibei, Seoul and Xinjing

Katja Schmidtpott (University of Bochum)
The Emergence of a New Type of Suburban Neighbourhood Association in the

Session 2: Tôkyô in Transformation

Theodore Bestor (Harvard University)
Place-Making and Urban Subjectivity in Tôkyô

Ralph Lützeler (University of Bonn)
Segregation in a "Homogeneous" City: Tôkyô and the New Debate on
Fragmenting Urban Societies

Paul Waley (University of Leeds)
 From Ugly Duckling to Cool Cat: The Rescripting of Tôkyô

Session 3: Kyôto in Transformation

Nicolas Fiévé (Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques, Paris)
The Urban Landscape Preservation in the Historical City of Kyôto

Muneta Yoshifumi (Kyôto Prefectural University)
À la recherche du Japon perdu: The conceptual evolution of the "historic
city" Kyôto

Christoph Brumann (University of Cologne)
Dividing the City: High-Rises and Conflict in Central Kyôto

Session 4: Cultural and Social Innovation in the City

Roland Domenig (University of Vienna)
The Role of Cinemas for Urban Development and Identity

Ingrid Getreuer-Kargl (University of Vienna)
Gendered Modes of Appropriating Public Space

Session 5: Japanese Urban Space – Broadening the View

Winfried Flüchter (University of Duisburg-Essen)
The Concept of the City, the City System and City Development of Japan
Throughout the Changing Times

Andre Sorensen (University of Toronto)
Machizukuri, Civil Society and Community Space in Japan

Evelyn Schulz (University of Munich)
Walking the City: Configurations of the Urban Spectator in Writings on Tôkyô

Shirahata Yôzaburô (International Research Center for Japanese Studies,
The Future of the Japanese City: Aspects of Urbanity and Sustainability

Concluding discussion

Dr. Christoph Brumann
Institut fuer Voelkerkunde (Department of Anthropology)
Universitaet zu Koeln (University of Cologne)
50923 Koeln
TEL +49 (0)221 470 2706 / 5623
FAX +49 (0)221 470 5117
EMAIL christoph.brumann at uni-koeln.de
HP http://www.uni-koeln.de/phil-fak/voelkerkunde/institut/brumann.htm

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