Humanities

Humanitiesの風景

The Humanities Division aims to understand the cultures, philosophies, history, and arts of Asia in the context of the dynamism between mutual interaction and emergence, while emphasizing above all exchanges with overseas researchers and students. Specifically, we consider themes such as “Asian Media Arts Seen from a Post-Colonial Stance,” “Early Modern Japan’s Position in World History,” and “Japan-Ryukyu Relations in Early Modern East Asia,” as well as documenting and constructing archives of endangered languages in the Asia-Pacific region. We are also developing the new fields of “Analytical Asian Philosophy” and “Applied Philosophy in Asia” in collaboration with Center for Applied Philosophy & Ethics (CAPE). In addition, we are rolling out a project to translate a wide range of Japanese-language literature on the humanities in general into foreign languages and employ them as teaching materials for learning about Asia and Japan in foreign languages.

Projects for the 2013 academic year

  • *Applied Philosophy / Analytical Asian Philosophy Program (Led by YasuoDeguchi, Graduate School of Letters)
  • * The Acceptance and Changes of Western Thought in Asia (Led by YasuoDeguchi, Graduate School of Letters)
  • * Rediscovery of Japanese Thought Culture (Led by Masakatsu Fujita, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (Shishu-Kan))
  • * Translation and preparation of teaching materials from the core works of the “Kyoto School” (Led by Masakatsu Fujita, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (Shishu-Kan))
  • * Translation of Japanese research articles (Led by Kiko Taguchi, Graduate School of Letters)
  • * Preparation of a collection of research articles on Japanese classical literature in Japanese, English, and Chinese triple translation (Led by Mariko Mori, International Center)
  • * Japanese Directory (Led by Wataru Inoue, Peking University; Shinji Yoshikawa, Graduate School of Letters)


Key Words
Asian Philosophy, Applied Philosophy, Art and Media, History, Literature, Language