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Film Screening of "NAKBA-Palestine 1948"

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008
19:00-21:15 Film Screening "NAKBA-Palesteine 1948"
21:15-22:00 Q & A with director Ryuichi Hirokawa
22:00-22:30 Cocktail
Place: Metropolis Cinema (Masrah al-Madina, Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon)
Invitation Required/Admission Free

Organized by:
**"Human Security Studies" Group (supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
Sponsored by:
**Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Beirut
**Institute for Palestine Studies, Beirut
In cooperation with:
**The National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training
**Umam Documentation & Research

Film Screening of "Massaker" & "Beirut 1984"

Date: Monday(National Holiday), September 24, 2007
Time: 13:30-18:00
Place: Komaba 18 Building Hall, Universith of Tokyo
13:00- Doors Open
13:30-14:05 Opening Remark by Hidemitsu Kuroki(ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
13:45-14:05 Film Screening "Beirut 1982"
14:05-15:45 Film Screening "Massaker"
15:45-16:00 Break
16:00-17:00 Comments
by Akira Usuki(Japan Womens University)
by Yuji Ishida(University of Tokyo)
by Yuso Itagaki(University of Tokyo)
17:00-18:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A
Panelist: Lokman Slim(Umam Documentation & Reasearch), Monika Borgmann(Umam Documentation & Research), Akira Usuki, Yuji Ishida, Yuzo Itagaki,
Chair: Hidemitsu Kuroki
Open to public/Admission Free/Simultaneous Interpretation Provided

Organized by:
**"Human Security Studies" Group (supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
**"Comparative Genocide Studies" Group (supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

International Symposium
"Ethnic Division of Polity and Society in Post-Civil War and Under-Conflict Nations: Cyprus, Lebanon, Former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Israel/Palestine"

"Advanced Studies for Building Peace" Project will hold an International Symposium "Ethnic Division of Polity and Society in Post-Civil War and Under-Conflict Nations: Cyprus, Lebanon, Former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Israel/Palestine"at Tokyo Green Palace.
Please see below for the details:

***The lecture by Mr. Ghanem Ali Jawad(the session 3) was cancelled.
Dr. Hala Fattah will lecture on "Ethnicity, Sectarianism and the Nation in Iraq : A Very Personal Point of View".

International Symposium
"Ethnic Division of Polity and Society in Post-Civil War and Under-Conflict Nations: Cyprus, Lebanon, Former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Israel/Palestine"

Date: Sunday, January 28, 2007.
Place: Tokyo Green Palace, Nibancho 2, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0084
Admission free/ No registration required/ Simultaneous Interpretation provided

  10:00- Doors Open
  10:30-10:45 Hidemitsu Kuroki (Professor, ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies): Welcome Remarks and Preamble

1. Session of Cyprus and Lebanon

Chair: Makoto Kobayashi (Professor, Yokohama City University)
  10:45-11:15 Andreas Theophanous (Professor, Intercollege, Cyprus)
    "Revisiting the Cyprus Question: The Challenge and the Promise"
  11:15-11:30 Discussion
  11:30-12:00 Lokman Slim (Director, Umam Documentation and Research, Lebanon)
  "Democracy Divided: Unlearned Lessons from Lebanon"
  12:00-12:15 Discussion
  12:15-13:30 Lunch Break & Coffee Break

2. Session of Former Yugoslavia

Chair: Yuji Ishida (Professor, University of Tokyo)
  13:30-14:00 Tetsuya Sahara (Associate Professor, Meiji University)
   "Yugoslav Wars of Succession: Chaotic Nationalism or Nationalization of Chaos?"
  14:00-14:30 Hidajet Repovac (Professor, Sarajevo University, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  "Ethnic Conflicts on the Balkans - Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina"
  14:30-14:50 Discussion
  14:50-15:05 Coffee Break

3. Session of Iraq and Israel/Palestine

Chair: Keiko Sakai (Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
  15:05-15:35 Hala Fattah (Former Director, American Academic Research Institute in Iraq, Jordan)
  "Ethnicity, Sectarianism and the Nation in Iraq : A Very Personal Point of View"
  15:35-15:50 Discussion
  15:50-16:20 Ahmad Sa'di (Professor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
  "Advocating "Transfer" : The Liberman Epiphenomenon"
  16:20-16:35 Discussion
  16:35-16:50 Coffee Break

4. Session of Comments and Discussion

Chair: Jun Furuya (Professor, Hokkaido University)
  16:50-17:20 Comment1:Taro Tsukimura (Professor, Kobe University)
  17:20-17:40 Comment2: Hiroyuki Tosa (Professor, Kobe University)
  17:40-18:30 Discussion
  18:30-20:30 Reception

   Ethnic partition of state is a formula commonly applied to settle ethnic/ sectarian conflicts and civil wars. Even though the state is downsized as a result and its former national economy is fragmented into less efficient sub-national pieces, partition is often chosen as a solution with regret and resignation, on the justification that there is no other way to resolve the violent confrontation.

   The Middle East and the Balkans are warehouses of ethnic conflict and divided states. In 1974, after two decades of violent confrontation between the Greeks and the Turks in Cyprus, a border was created to divide the island between the south and the north. This separation still continues today, despite local movements for reunification. In 1975, the civil war in Lebanon erupted as a result of sectarian antagonism and the Palestine Question. At the beginning of the fifteen-year civil war, the Lebanese feared their nation would follow in the footsteps of Cyprus. The small country’s dissolution into even smaller cantons created the term "Lebanonization," which was applied to the situation in Yugoslavia after 1991. Here, ten years of conflict and bloodshed dissolved the multi-ethnic country into five republics. Most recently, the sixth state of Montenegro was peacefully separated from Serbia in June this year. Now Iraq is on the verge of devastating civil war and is said to be in the process of "Lebanonization": the Kurdish north, the Sunnite center, and the Shiite south. In Israel/Palestine, extensive concrete walls are ghettoing the Palestinians into cage-like areas. Avigdor Lieberman, the vice-prime minister of Israel, now openly insists that Israel follow the "Cyprus Model," suggesting the possibility of expelling the Arab-Israeli population beyond the walls from inside Israel.

   Ethnic partition of state causes ethnic division of society, and vice versa. During the civil wars of the Middle East and Balkan countries, polarization of residential areas along ethnic lines, population exchange, forced displacement, and "ethnic cleansing" occurred.

   Here we raise questions. How are the multi-ethnic system and pluralism of the pre-partition states evaluated among divided societies? How were memories of pre-civil war co-existence transformed through these ethnic conflicts? Was ethnic division inevitable? How did exterior powers, including the super powers, intervene in the conflicts and exert their influence in the formation of the post-civil war framework? Do we see the shadow of colonialism in this process?

At this symposium we will discuss the above points from the perspectives of the respective countries and will explore the potential "local wisdom" applicable to establishing democracy in multi-ethnic societies.

Office of the Human Security Studies
e-mail: murakami@aa.tufs.ac.jp

* "Advanced Studies for Building Peace" Project (supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, coordinator: Hidemitsu Kuroki(ILCAA))
*The Research and Educational Project for Middle East and Islamic Studies at TUFS
With the Cooperation of:
*NIHU Program: Islamic Area Studies -Unit of the University of Tokyo
*Comparative Studies on Transnational socio-political movements in contemporary Asia and Africa(Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research(A), JSPS: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)


Human Security Studies Project will hold a special film showing of "Out of Place" at Meiji University.
Please see below for the details

Screening of "Out of Place" and Talk Session with Mei Shigenobu

Date: December 16, 2006
Place: Room 1143 at the 14th floor in Surugadai Campus of Meiji University
Map: http://www.meiji.ac.jp/campus/suruga.html

17:00 doors open
17:30-18:15 Mei Shigenobu’s talk
18:20-20:40 Screening of "Out of Place"

This screening is opened to the public.
Admission Free

"Out of Place" (directed by Makoto Sato/colour/137mins/2005/Japanese Subtitle)
Languages used in the film: Arabic, Hebrew, English, Japanese
Ms Shigenobu’s talk will be in Japanese (with no translation. She can also use Arabic, English and Japanese.)

Contact: Prof. Tomoko Yamagishi tomyam@isc.meiji.ac.jp

Organized by:
*Seminar of Prof. Yamagishi at Meiji University
*Human Security Studies Group supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

"Out of Place" website: http://www.cine.co.jp/said/


JCAS Symposium Series 24

Political Violence and Human Security in the Post-9.11 World

has published.

More information >> Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS), Kyoto University

International Symposium" Political Violence and Human Security in the Post-9.11 World" (18-19 Dec. 2004)


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