Departmental Seminar Series

Our Departmental Seminars are open to anyone who has a keen interest in East Asia whether you are an academic in the field, a student or a member of the public who would like to learn more about the region. Our seminars aim to provide a setting for intellectual debate, sharing ideas and collaboration.

Talks will run from 4pm until 6.45pm (at the latest) and are often followed by a drink reception.

Spring Semester 2018 
Date Speaker Affiliation Title

Tuesday 13th March

4.00pm - 6.00pm
location tbc

Dr Todd Henry, Associate Professor, Modern Korean/East Asian History

University of California San Diego

Japan’s Gay Empire: Wartime Militarism and Sex Tourism on the Korean Peninsula

Tuesday 1st May

4.00pm - 6.00pm
Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 5

Dr Eva Pils, Reader in Transnational Law

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London

Rule of law reform and the rise of rule by fear in China.

Tuesday 15th May

4.00pm - 6.00pm
Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 5

Deborah Giustini, conference interpreter and a PhD candidate in Sociology

University of Manchester

 Working as an interpreter in Japan: Behind the scenes of an esoteric profession

Other research related events and activities

Date/Location Event Description associated research cluster

Thursday 19th April

Elmfiled, Lecture Theatre 1
14.30 - 16.30

China’s Changing Class Structure and Social Stratification: From Mao’s Era to the Reform Period
By Professor ZHU Guanglei, Vice President of Nankai University, China

Movement(s), Economy and Development

Thursday 19th April

Council Room, Firth Court
16.30 - 18.00

The Re-Making of Urban Neighbourhoods and the Role of Work Units to Urban Development in China
By Professor SUN Tao, Dean of Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, China

Movement(s), Economy and Development

Monday 5th March 2018

Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 3
4.00pm - 5.30pm

Security dynamics in Asia in an age of Trump, Abe and Xi


  • Satoru MORI, Professor, the Department of Global Politics, Hosei University
  • Shino WATANABE, Professor, the Faculty of Global Studies, Sophia University
  • Kei KOGA, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Find out more and book your place

Power, Cooperation and Competition

Friday 9th March 2018

1.00pm - 5.30pm

JLGC Seminar 2018 Northern Powerhouse on Track: Lessons From Japan's Rail

Speakers include:

  • Jotaru Horiuchi - Minister, Embassy of Japan in the UK
  • Susumu Nagawa - Director (Life-Style Business), London Office, East Japan Railway Company (JR East)
  • Dr Arianna Giovannini - Senior Lecturer, De Montford University Local Governance Research Unit
  • Sarah Longlands - Senior Research Fellow, IPPR North
  • Tobyn Hughes - Managing Director, Nexus Tyne and Wear
  • Henri Murison - Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Prof. Ed Ferrari - Director, Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
  • Tim Wood - Interim Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport for the North
  • Emma Barton - Assistant Director for Economy and Regeneration, Wigan Council

Find out more and book your place

Movement(s), Economy and Development

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