Publish Date: 05.11.2015

Category: News from the University

The Department of Asian Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana is celebrating its 20th anniversary. On 7 and 8 November 2015, this occasion will be marked with an international conference on a range of social and economic topics, together with a presentation of Japanese culture. Well-regarded Slovene and foreign lecturers will be joined by the Japanese ambassador Keiji Fukuda.

The conference's focus will include topics on migrations, division of nations on the basis of language, growth and development, postmodern politics, religions and beliefs in postmodern society, and intercultural dialogue and values.

Migration is an especially relevant topic, and the international conference will touch on the issue in the light of the present refugee wave. Attention will also be given to divisions between nations, which are largely the consequence of language, with particular focus on the example of the Serbo-Croatian language, which was in use before the 1990s war and break-up of Yugoslavia.

The discussion on growth and development will focus on Japan, where growth has been the main political theme since the end of World War II.

The second day of the conference on 8 November 2015, will begin with a presentation titled "Beyond Postmodern Politics" and a clarification of how this notion is understood by European and Japanese literary critics.

The fifth topic will focus on religions and beliefs in postmodern society, including overcoming the differences between the East and the West.

The conference will conclude with the topic intercultural dialogue and values, presenting different forms of communication throughout the centuries – from words carved in stone to modern Japanese anime shows.

More information is available in the enclosed programme.