Creating the Framework for a Comparative History of the Asian Architecture

Name Creating the Framework for a Comparative History of the Asian Architecture
Schedule December 6–7, 2008
Concept When considering Japanese architecture within the context of east Asia, we cannot ignore the state of the architectural world that surrounds it, such as those of marginal areas of China, southeast Asia, and south Asia. For this reason, we would like to call upon architectural history researchers of various Asian regions to discuss this issue, share issues to be examined, and help determine the directions and methods that future research should take. By creating a framework especially for the study of architectural history of the whole of Asia—as wrought through active comparisons of architectural histories in various Asian regions—we believe we can contribute not only to research on architectural history but also to a wider range of cultural research in Asia.

Hogs and Cattle in Human Cultural History

Name Hogs and Cattle in Human Cultural History
Schedule March 24–26, 2008
Concept Pigs and cows are important livestock for human beings. However, they also possess cultural dimensions within certain communities and histories, and so they assume different meanings, depending on the culture to which those communities and histories belong. At this symposium, we will clarify the variety of relationships between human beings and pigs or cows by undertaking comprehensive research on the origins of livestock, the positioning of pigs and cows in certain occupations, the place of pigs and cows as parts of culture, and the like. We will also consider the meaning of their existence, from the vantage of the history of human beings.