Panel Discussion at 3 p.m. , Ceremony at 6. p.m. at the
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Markgrafenstr. 38, 10117 Berlin
120 years ago, on October 15, 1887, the first academic institutionalization and establishment at university level of Japan Studies in Germany commenced with the appointment of Rudolf Lange (1850-1933) as lecturer for Japanese at the newly established Department for Oriental Languages in Berlin. The symposium offers an opportunity not only for a critical review but a chance to look at future perspectives. Over the past decades Japan has in general enjoyed various levels of popularity in Germany and in the “West”: dependent on its position in the global markets and in the international financial sectors – thus predominantly economic factors – Japan has received various levels of attention, it has been held up as a potential “taskmaster” for Europe, and then ignored since the 1990s due to its economic slump and lack of initiative to implement reforms. A tentative media interest again is now occurring with its economic recovery, but Japan is still perceived by the West as standing in the shadows of China and India. But what significance does Japan hold for us today? What can a Japan-related field of study offer in the media age, the knowledge society, and in oft quoted trans-cultural dialog? Hasn’t Japan Studies commented not only on and about Japan but also spoken with “Japan”? Has it mastered the cultural interpretations?
Panel Discussion and Ceremony will be in German. For further details please refer to the attached concept and program (in German).