La Scuola organizza a scadenza regolare incontri pubblici, in proprio o in collaborazione con la Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient Intersezioni Convegni e workshops Others e altri enti universitari: le Kyoto Lectures, da più di quindici anni rivolte a un pubblico internazionale di studiosi; Manabu, giornate di studio dei ricercatori, borsisti e dottorandi italiani in Giappone; Intersezioni, uno spazio dedicato ai rapporti tra Italia e Giappone nel passato e nel presente, con incontri, dibattiti, seminari e presentazioni di libri. Convegni e workshop fanno ugualmente parte dell'attività scientifica annuale della Scuola.

Kyoto Lectures

The Multiple Faces of Japanese Military Disobedience, 1868-1937

Roots and Consequences

Danny Orbach

Italian School of East Asian Studies (ISEAS)

19 settembre 2019 18:00

Many people in the West associate the Imperial Japanese Army with blind obedience to authority. Notorious for following superiors to certain death, Japanese soldiers in the Pacic War evoked among their enemies unsavory images such as “cattle”, “herd” or “beehive.” And yet, the imperial Japanese army was arguably one of the most disobedient armed forces in modern history. Japanese ocers repeatedly staged coup d’états, violent insurrections and political assassinations, phenomena which peaked in the 1870s and in the 1930s.

Between these two periods, other ocers incessantly resisted orders given by both government and high command. In the lecture, we shall examine the many faces of Japanese military disobedience and its dynamics, feeding from basic structural aws in the modern Japanese polity. Finally, we shall discuss whether military disobedience, in its multiple forms, helped to drive Japan into the Second-Sino Japanese War and the Pacic War.

Danny Orbach is an assistant professor in the departments of history and Asian studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a military historian, who published on subjects such as military resistance, war atrocities and free-lance military adventurers. His two latest books are The Plots against Hitler and Curse on this Country: The Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan. The Japanese translation of the latest book is forthcoming in Asahi Shinbun Press. Currently, he works on the history of intelligence in the early Cold War.


Kyoto Lectures

The “Global Novel” of Murakami Haruki and Elena Ferrante

A Comparative Perspective

Francesco Eugenio Barbieri

Italian School of East Asian Studies

18 luglio 2019 18:00

There is a surprising similarity in the enormous success the novels of Murakami Haruki and Elena Ferrante are enjoying on a global scale. The narratives of both authors are built on several comparable textual strategies that domesticate their novels to a vast, transnational public. Above all, a continuous intersection between a global and a local dimension crafted by the authors’ ability to intertwine situations of local avour with major archetypes belonging to collective imagination. This tension between global and local can also be traced in their use of local standardised images—such as stereotypes in the case of Ferrante—shared on a transnational dimension.

The aim of this talk is to conduct a comparative analysis of Murakami and Ferrante’s writings, and to identify what contributes in making them two authors appealing to a truly transnational audience. Studying their works in a comparative perspective can help to trace a more accurate identikit of the newest narrative form of the 21st century: the “global novel”.

Francesco Eugenio Barbieri (PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Bologna) is adjunct professor of Japanese Culture and Literature at the University of Catania (Italy) and associate researcher of the Italian School of East Asian Studies. In 2014 he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to do a research at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies on the circulation of Japanese and Italian contemporary novels in the foreign literary market. His current research revolves around the “global novel” with a focus on the work of Elena Ferrante and Murakami Haruki in a comparative perspective.




マリオ・トルチヴィア 著『ジョヴァンニ・バッティスタ・シドティ 使命に殉じた禁教下最後の宣教師』(教文館 2019年)の刊行を記念して


Italian School of East Asian Studies

8 luglio 2019 17:30 - 19:00




著者マリオ・トルチヴィア(Mario Torcivia)



Kyoto Lectures

Andreas Kim Taegǒn (1821-1846)

The Clandestine Life and Heroic Afterlife of the First Korean Catholic Priest

Pierre-Emmanuel Roux

Italian School of East Asian Studies

24 giugno 2019 18:00

Kim Taegǒn is usually remembered as the first Korean-born Catholic priest and a martyr. A product of three centuries of Catholic missions in East Asia, he stood as a tremendous figure in the Korean Church, severely repressed in the nineteenth century. This lecture, however, will not present the Catholic history of a Korean priest, but the Korean and East Asian history of a Catholic man. As it will be argued, Kim Taegǒn was more a clandestine go-between than a priest, since he spent many years in China and engaged in “religious” smuggling. His fate explains why he came to be venerated in the twentieth century as the patron saint of the Korean clergy and the greatest hero of Korean Catholicism. The “afterlife” of Kim Taegǒn will be assessed within the general process of hero making in modern Korea, the progressive indigenization of the Korean Church, and the recent developments in religious tourism. It is not exaggerated to say that his posthumous destiny encapsulates the whole history of Korean Catholicism, and shows why this religious figure finally became more a cultural icon than just a Catholic saint.

Pierre-Emmanuel Roux is an associate professor and the director of the Korean Studies Section at Paris Diderot University. He is also the co-editor of the academic journal Extrême-Orient, Extrême Occident. His current research projects include a biography of Kim Taegǒn and the translation of Pak Chiwǒn’s novels into French. He has published two monographs: La Croix, la baleine et le canon: La France face à la Corée au milieu du XIXe siècle  (Cerf, 2012), and Les enfers vivants ou la tragédie illustrée des coolies chinois à Cuba et au Pérou (Maisonneuve et Larose/Hémisphères, 2018).


Convegni e workshops

Presence and Simulation

Law, Emotion and Social Bonding in the Age of Cybernetic Reproduction

Scuola Italiana di Studi sull’Asia Orientale, Kyoto

2 giugno 2019 10:00 - 17:30




Opening remarks

10:00~ Silvio Vita Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, ISEAS <History of Japan>


1. Presence in Social Robotics

10:15~ Model Emotion in Robots with Heart: Tracing Transformations in Technologies of Presence

Hirofumi Katsuno Doshisha University, Kyoto <Anthropology>

Daniel White Freie Universität Berlin <Anthropology>


10:45~ Presence: Space and Simulation

Paul Dumouchel Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto <Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Science>


2. Presence in Political Theology and Visual Legal Studies

11:15~ Law and the Sacred: Reflections on the Visual Aesthetics of Sovereignty

Richard Sherwin New York Law School <Wallace Stevens Professor of Law>


11:45~ Immersion as Emblematic Form. The Third: a Choreology for 360° Movie and Legal Customs

Paolo Heritier Eastern Piedmont and Visiting Professor, Kyoto University <Philosophy of Law>


3. Presence between Italian Studies and Immersive Movie

14:30~ Intuitive – Intellectual: the Paradigm of Knowledge in East and West

Federica Sgarbi Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto <East-Asian and Comparative Philosophy>


15:00~ Plunging into Changing Perspectives. On possible 360° Degree

Visualisation of the Historical Processes of Intellectual Communication

Francesco Campagnola Lisbon University, ISEAS (on Skype) <History of Ideas>


15:45~ Presence in 360°, Technological Immersion / Cultural Immersion

Jacques Gilbert Université de Nantes and IEA Nantes (on Skype) <Comparative Literature>


16:15~ The Evolution in Narration in Immersive Media: Language, Techniques and Challenges

Valentina Paggiarin (on Skype) Head VR, Hive Division


4. Is there a Class in this University?

16:45~ Brainstorming on the future of ‘the didactic scene’ between presence and new technologie