“Civilization Dialogue between Europe and Japan”
Responsibilities of Academic Research in an Era of the ‘Clash of Civilizations’
The international symposium “Civilization Dialogue between Europe and Japan” was held at Tokai University European Center (TUEC) in Copenhagen on November 13-14, 2015.
The purpose of the symposium was to re-examine and compare the fundamental values inherent in European and Japanese civilizations, respectively, concerning human existence, society and nature.
The organizing body of the symposium was Tokai University’s Institute of Civilization Research (ICR). ICR was established in 1959 and has since its inception promoted the academic study of human civilizations throughout the world. In 2015, a research project bearing the title “Trans-Disciplinary Humanities” was launched for the purpose of conducting comprehensive research on contemporary civilization. TUEC, co-organizer of the recent symposium, has since its opening in 1970 acted as a hub for academic relations in Europe. Over the years, TUEC has conducted countless international symposia, seminars and workshops covering a wide variety of academic topics, and in doing so has accumulated a considerable network of contacts within academia and research environments in Europe.
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