Other Events 2011
Grand Prize 2011: ANG Choulean
- September 17, 2011 (16:00-18:00)
- Kyushu University
- attended by about ten researchers including Associate Prof. Sasagawa Hideo, of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
The Cultural Salon with Prof. Ang was held jointly with the regular meeting of the Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies, attended by about ten researchers including Associate Prof. Sasagawa Hideo, of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.
Prof. Ang pointed out the importance of relating tangible cultural artifacts such as ruins with intangible ones, such as the religion and culture of the people in the region, stressing that the “true” history studied by historical researchers is incomplete without an investigation of local perceptions of the ruins and history. He added that a mere comparison of modern ritual and related structures with past ruins from archeological, architectural or artistic viewpoints is insufficient, requiring researchers to also take current events in Cambodia into consideration. He introduced Neak Ta spirit worship, describing how rice cultivation and ceremony are linked, then explained how the Pol Pot regime, urbanization and societal change are leading to its extinction.
Participants then discussed the perceptual differences between today’s Cambodian government agencies and local residents with regard to subjects including ruins, cultural artifacts and tourism, and probed the future of rice cultivation, the very root of cultural identity.
Academic Prize 2011: CHO Dong-il
- September 16, 2011 (16:00-18:00)
- Research Center for Korean Studies
- About 15 researchers into Korean studies attended
About 15 researchers into Korean studies attended, including Prof. Inaba and Prof. Matsubara, who also participated in the forum. The group actively exchanged opinions on the theme of “a 40-year research life,” disclosing their experiences throughout their careers and realizations gained.
They advised participating young researchers to emphasize the similarities, not the differences, and proposed the establishment of an East Asia academic body, noting the adoption of Chinese characters for written communication throughout the East Asian region. Prof. Cho mentioned that his only escape from research is climbing mountains near Seoul with his students, adding that looking down from the apex gives him a unique perspective as a researcher studying cultural phenomena from the macro level.
Arts and Culture Prize 2011: Niels GUTSCHOW
- September 16 (00:00～00:00)
- Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center
- Joined about 30 architects, community development specialists, and students
The Cultural Salon was held in a building that well represents Meiji-era architecture in Japan. Prof. Inaba Nobuko and Prof. Hatano Jun, both participants in the Forum, joined about 30 architects, community development specialists, and students. Prof. Gutschow commented that he read many books by Japanese architects to reach his present position, revealing that Japanese techniques such as oremagari (alternating turns) and sumikake (unparallel system) had a great effect on him, and his perceptions of 2D and 3D space. He gave examples of how festivals and rituals remain important parts of daily life in Nepal, adding “urban space derives from only a very small part of human activity, developed naturally. The activities of natural life combine to create the unique cityscape or the region or nation. I think as architects we must continually redefine the concept of culture, to enable us to evolve and create cities. It is the very foundation to the question of just what preservation is.” Architecture is a key cultural asset both globally and historically, and discussion covered the World Heritage system and other issues relating to how to preserve it.
The exciting discussion continued after the end of the Salon event.
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