Resources 2016 Ritsumeikan workshop

Objectives and Scope

The objectives of the PAX School 2016 proposal are as follows:

  1. To bring together early career researchers from the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences together to discuss a grand challenge that continues to plague human society;
  2. To explore how engagement with civil society institutions and industrial partners can be fostered in executing the programme; and
  3. To lay the foundations for reasoned advocacy and creative public engagement by early career researchers working collectively in a trans-border context

Programme Contents

The PAX School 2016 consists of three parts with a two-day field visit to Nagasaki;
– Part 1: LESSONS FROM THE PAST (e.g. Review of the incursion of military ideology into Japan’s pre-war educational system; the situations that led to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki)
– Part 2: THEATRES OF UNCERTAINTY TODAY (Focus discussions on: (1) A major theatre of uncertainty, the Middle East and discuss the UK’s and Japan’s respective engagement in this region. (2) Sea lane security in the Indian Ocean, where the safe passage of resources and goods (the maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century) is critical for shared prosperity in the Western and Eastern hemispheres
– Part 3: SHAPING OUR SHARED FUTURE (Participants will be divided into groups each of which will contain 2 teams. Each group will work on one out of several peace-related topics provided by the programme and the group will produce 2 different outcomes that have different aims, each team focusing on one of them; 1) create a virtual exhibition to pass down memories of the chilling build-up to war and destruction through the display of archival objects and 2) an analogue game to learn peacebuilding through experiencing dilemmas encountered in the passage to peace. The teams are expected to collaborate so that the group presents a unified portrayal of the two outcomes, the exhibition and the game. The participants will have access to the archival, exhibition and curatorial support resources of the Ritsumeikan Kyoto Museum of World Peace, the major venue for the programme, as well as Ritsumeikan University’s Museum, Library and Archival support services).
– Field Visits (Take place in Part 1): To the atomic bombing location, Nagasaki (all participants), where participants are encouraged to think about the dramatic change in the mind-sets that underlie the transformation of this pre-war military port into a post-war pacifist commercial city. Lingering elements of the former ways of thinking nevertheless prevail in post-war Nagasaki too, as evidenced by the brutal assassination of Mayor, Ito, who stood for pacifism and the abolition of nuclear weapons. His predecessor, Mayor Hitoshi Motoshima was also shot but survived. Mayor Ito’s blood-stained shirt is on display at Ritsumeikan’s Kyoto Museum of World Peace.

For more information please check RENKEI PAX School 2016.