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●January 20 2018●Third Afrasian International Symposium "Time, Ethics, and Global Affairs"


The 3rd Afrasian International Symposium

Time, Ethics and Global Affairs


                        【Date】20 January 2018 (Sat.) 10:00~18:00(Open 9:30)

                        【Venue】Wagenkan B107 Fukakusa Campus Ryukoku University


              ※Enter Free and Entry Free / Language: English

  ※This symposium is cooperated by the following organizations.

 ・Afrasian Research Centre, Ryukoku University 

 ・Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, 

  Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

 This Symposium is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 15H01855.

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Keynote Speaker

Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary University of London)



Tony See (National Singapore University)

Shine Choi (Massey University)

Satofumi Kawamura (Kanto Gakuin University)

Nobutaka Otobe (Ibaraki University)

J. Pilapil Jacobo (Ateneo de Manila University)

Hiroaki Ataka (Ritsumeikan University)

Akira Yoshida (Ryukoku University)



10:00~10:10 Opening Remarks 


Prof. Kosuke Shimizu

(Director of the Afrasian Research Centre, Professor of Faculty of International Studies in Ryukoku Univ.)

10:10~11:50 Keynote Speech

Kimberly Hutchings氏

‘Temporality(ies) of Judgment in International and Global Ethics’


11:50~13:00 Lunch


13:00~15:10 Panel①:On the Moment of Opening: Revisioning the Present

Tony See 'Heidegger and Shinran: On Temporality, Faith and Ethics'


Satofumi Kawamura  'The Earth, Nothingness, and Politics: Nishitani, Suzuki, and Nishida’


Akira Yoshida  'A Modality of Temporal Theory in Buddhism' (In Japanese)



15:10~15:30 Coffee Break


15:30~17:30 Panel②:Time, Duration, and Ethics 

J. Pilapil Jacobo氏 'Recalcitrant Rhythmes: A Poetics of Time from the Philippine Post-colony'


Shine Choi氏 'Nonalignment as an Aethetic: Lines, Temporal Forms and Anti-imperial Politics'


Nobutaka Otobe  'Contentious Nature of Regret: Hideo Kobayasih and Communities of regret in Post WWII Japan'


Hiroaki Ataka  'Temporal Assumptions in Global IR: A Critique' 



17:30~ Closing Remarks


【Outline of the Symposium】

As Johannes Fabian has shown, the concept of linear time within the discipline of anthropology has served to efface the coevalness of the self with the Other. To claim that those people living outside of Europe is the living European past, the idea that for Europeans to find their ancestors one only need to travel across the ocean, is to create differences into temporal hierarchy of stages. Such conception of temporal difference and order continue to implicitly inform contemporary IR (Blaney and Inayatullah 2000) in the form of modernization theory and the ‘Westphalian deferral’. If such particular conception of time is derived from Europe, towards the end of making IR truly global, we ask how revisiting classical conception of time in the West as well as drawing from non-Western and post-West would enrich our conception of time’s relation to the world.


It is a well-known fact that the concept of time has some different forms. Kronos and chairos are the most accepted distinction of the concepts of time, the dichotomy of linear and cyclical makes another. The distinction of concrete time and abstract time is also a well adopted form of difference. One of the most important foci in the symposium is the way in which the present is placed in the discourses of time. The present is like a battleground where the future and the past try to colonise whereas being opens itself to contingencies. In the schema of linear time, the present is caught between the future and the past, between what is not yet and no more. In the critical engagement in philosophy and religion, it holds possibilities and impossibilities. For instance, in the Buddhist conception of the present, it is the moment that vanishes once language traces the contour as it re-presents the present, thereby rendering it no longer present. In this sense, the present is only real existence which encompasses the real and the beginning, and everything else are man-made illusions.


If linear time is constitutive of the two points over a line of “before” and “after” “late developer” and the “developed,” how does this alternative formulation of time, particularly the concept of the present, disturb the production of hierarchy in linear schema? Furthermore, in the discipline of International Relations the very notion of preemptive strike hinges on the assumption of predictability and controllability of flows, process, and contingency in the name of security. To re-think time is to re-think relationality and reconciliation, the very dichotomy of the self and other in new light.What sort of time concepts are assumed in the Western, non-Western, and post-Western IR discourses?  In what way can the knowledge of the diverse interpretations of time and being contribute to our understanding of contemporary world affairs? To this end we invite speakers to comparatively draw on the teachings of Buddhism, aesthetics, Deleuzian reading of zen, duration of Tagalog poetry, on war and regret for Hideo Kobayashi, and their attendant notion of ethics and temporality as a broader conversation to be opened up by the keynote speech by Kimberly Hutchings, the author of Time and World Politics andGlobal Ethics: An Introduction.


PDF of the flier of this symposium

Flier of Symposium.pdf