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17 Mar 2015 Recent academic accomplishments posted by Dr. Basil Athanasiadis

In collaboration with the Greek-Japanese Association and under the auspices of the Embassy of Japan in Greece, organised two music performances in Greece with the title ‘Antitheseis - Voices’.

The performances took place on 6 and 10 December 2014, at the Parnassos Concert Hall (Athens) and Thessaloniki Concert Hall (Thessaloniki)

The ensemble Shonorities presented works for female voice, violin and piano by Japanese, British and Greek composers: Jo Kondo, Sadao Bekku, Aya Okajima*, Jonathan Harvey, George Leotsakos, Emilios Riadis and Basil Athanasiadis*.     (*world premier)

The programme featured a wide variety of musical styles. The contrasts in music colours, language, intensity and instrumental combinations, allude to certain aspects of oriental aesthetics, reminiscent of the imagery of a Japanese garden amidst the snow of winter

Links

1. Embassy of Japan in Greece http://www.gr.emb-japan.go.jp/portal/gr/culture/dec2014.html 

2. Greek Japanese Association http://grjpn-association.gr/%CF%83%CF%85%CE%BD%CE%B1%CF%85%CE%BB%CE%AF%CE%B1-shonorities/

3. Thessaloniki Concert Hall http://www.tch.gr/default.aspx?lang=el-GR&page=3&season=2014-2015&tcheid=1399

4. Vimeo https://vimeo.com/117173777

Basil Athanasiadis' thoughts on Wabi Sabi and Music posted by Sound and Music

Link: 

Sound and Music Blog https://thesamplerblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/basil-athanasiadis-on-wabi-sabi/

16 Mar 2015 "Eurasian International Order and Border Issues"

presentation

"Eurasian International Order and Border Issues"

7th to 8th March 2015

Centre for Asia-Pacific Future Studies Symposium, Kyushu University

Presentation by Dr. Paul Richardson

11 Mar 2015 Recent academic accomplishments posted by Professor Alex Webb, University of Cambridge

project

Funding:

BBSRC BB/M006212/1  Mechanisms and functions of photosynthetic entrainment of the Arabidopsis circadian clock Principle Investigator. 539,040. November 2014.

Publication:

Webb A.A.R.and Satake, A. (2015) Understanding circadian regulation of carbohydrate metabolism in Arabidopsis using mathematical models Plant Cell and Physiology. In press.

Recent academic accomplishments posted by Dr. Adam Brandt, Newcastle University

August 2014

presentation

“One way second language speakers ensure understanding when chatting online”, invited presentation at Kobe University.

Co-organiser of ‘Conversation Analysis Research Retreat', Hattoji Japan.

The retreat brought together conversation analysis (CA) researchers from Japan, Denmark and the UK, and the aim was to apply CA to the study of the lesson planning of English classes in Japanese schools.

09 Mar 2015 Embodied intersubjective engagement in mother–infant tactile communication: a cross-cultural study of Japanese and Scottish mother–infant behaviors during infant pick-up

paper

Negayama K, Delafield-Butt JT, Momose K, Ishijima K, Kawahara N, Lux EJ, Murphy A and Kaliarntas K (2015) Embodied intersubjective engagement in mother–infant tactile communication: a cross-cultural study of Japanese and Scottish mother–infant behaviors during infant pick-up. Front. Psychol. 6:66.

doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00066

Posted by co author Dr. Jonathan Delafield-Butt, University of Strathclyde

Fear of the true self: Social anxiety and the silent behaviour of Japanese learners of English.

article

King, J. (2014). Fear of the true self: Social anxiety and the silent behaviour of Japanese learners of English. In: K. Csizér & M. Magid (Eds.), The impact of self-concept on language learning (pp. 232-249). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Posted by author Dr. Jim King, University of Leicester

Cross Cultural Differences in Unconscious Knowledge

paper

Kiyokawa, S., Dienes, Z., Tanaka, D., Yamada, A., & Crowe, L. (2012). Cross Cultural Differences in Unconscious Knowledge. Cognition, 124, 16-24.

Posted by Co author Professor Zoltan Dienes, University of Sussex

Can maternally inherited endosymbionts adapt to a novel host? Direct costs of Spiroplasma infection, but not vertical transmission efficiency, evolve rapidly after horizontal transfer into D. melanogaster

paper

Published in Heredity, 4 February 2015, DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2014.112

Link to paper: http://www.nature.com/hdy/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/hdy2014112a.html

Co-author Dr. Zenobia Lewis, University of Liverpool

Archiving and Memoralising Disasters International Workshop

conference

UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai (March 14th-18th, 2015).  

Title: Archiving and Memorialising Disasters International Workshop

Organizers: A. Shibayama and S. P. Boret (Tohoku University)

Date: March 16th 5’30-8PM, Sendai City (Japan)

Venue: UN WCDRR, Sendai and Tohoku University

Presenters: Bestor and Gordon (Harvard, USA), Slater (Sophia, Japan), Muzailin (Syiah Kuala, Indonesia), Baez (National College of Defence, Sweden), Hoffman (Hoffman Disaster Consulting, USA), Ryo Morimoto (Brandeis/Harvard, USA) and Boret (Tohoku, Japan) 

日本語 http://drr.tohoku.ac.jp/archives/585 

English http://drr.tohoku.ac.jp/en/archives/977 

Posted by Co organiser Dr. Sebastien Boret, Tohoku University

 

20 Years After the Tokyo Subway Attack: The Impact of Aum's Violence in Japan and Beyond

20 Years After the Tokyo Subway Attack: The Impact of Aum's Violence in Japan and Beyond


A roundtable discussion with leading experts on the Aum Affair,  in the
John Casken Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester, 5.30-7 pm, March 18th 2015


Mark Mullins (University of Auckland, New Zealand) will outline the Aum
Affair's impact on  politics and the laws relating to religion in Japan;

Mark Pendleton (university of Sheffield) will discuss issues of memory and
commemoration of the victims of the Aum attacks;

Ian Reader (Lancaster University) will outline the effects of the Aum Affair on
anti-terrorism strategies, both in Japan and in global terms;

Tatsuya  Mori (independent Japanese documentary maker, who has made two
acclaimed films about Aum)  will discuss mass media portrayals of Aum and
responses to terrorism (in Japanese, with translation provided);

Erica Baffelli (University of Manchester) will talk about  ex-members of
Aum, how they deal with the violent past of the group and how they  are
treated and monitored by security services

The talks will together last just under an hour, followed by 30 minutes of
discussion.  Entry is free.

Posted by Dr. Erica Baffelli, University of Manchester