Nov 20, 2015

International Symposium "Dynamics of Maritime Asia in the 21st Century: A Perspective from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific" on December 12



What is happening in the ocean now? Sea seems more precious today, at the time of globalization. Unlike the mercantile period, when major western powers focused on discovering safe sailing routes, industrial states shifted their interest from sea to land in the 19th and 20th centuries: occupation, demarcation, delineation, exploitation, investment and development of territories. Most of the region in Asia was colonized to suit such interest of imperial powers, while postcolonial states later followed the similar path of the predecessors for economic development. However, political economy of the 21st century has rediscovered the hidden potential of sea. The change of wind is strongly felt in Asia and the Pacific where most of the countries are seeking rapid economic development. We could refer to words and events from the everyday news such as China’s policy of Maritimes Silk Road, Indian ambition to become maritime power, multilateral collaboration for maritime security, and island disputes in South China Sea as well as East China Sea. In this symposium, we will share the concerned knowledge from various angles and try to analyze these new phenomenon, particularly seeking analytical tools of Maritime Studies of the 21st century world.

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10:00am - 6:00pm

Ikebukuro Campus 14th Building, 5th Floor, classroom D501
*Elevators are available for visitors.
**Access to the Campus and Campus Map (English)

Japanese/English (simultaneous translation service available)

10:00-10:15 Opening remarks
Makoto Ueda, Professor and Head of Research Institute for Asian Studies (RU-CAAS), Rikkyo University
Chiharu Takenaka, Professor, Faculty of Law, Rikkyo University

10:15-12:30 Session 1: Indian Ocean and Dynamics of International Politics
Kazuya Nakamizo, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studie (ASAFAS), Kyoto University
Takenori Horimoto, Visiting Professor, Open University
Rupakjyoti Borah, Visiting Scholar, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
Yukifumi Takeuchi, Research Fellow, RU-CAAS, Rikkyo University
Chiharu Takenaka, Professor, Faculty of Law, Rikkyo University

12:30-13:30 Luncheon

13:30-15:45 Session 2: East Asia and the Pacific and Dynamics of International Politics
Chiharu Takenaka, Professor, Faculty of Law, Rikkyo University
Purnendra Jain, Professor, Centre for Asian Studies, The University of Adelaide
Kiichi Fujiwara, Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo
Akio Takahara, Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo
Lie Jie, Professor, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Waseda University

15:45-16:00 Coffee/TEA BREAK

16:00-17:45 Session 3: Global Cities and Dynamics of Maritime International Relations
Toru Kurata, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Rikkyo University
HENG Yee Kuang, Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Xu-Hui Shen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Keiko Tamura, Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Kitakyushu

17:45-18.00 Closing Remarks
Chiharu Takenaka, Faculty of Law, Rikkyo University

18:30-20:00 Reception (Reifsnider House, Ikebukuro Campus, Rikkyo University)

Please send your E-mail to with your name, affiliation and e-mail address; first-mail first-served basis: only 100 seats are available.


【Open to】
Students, faculty members, alumni, public

This symposium is supported by Rikkyo University and Rikkyo University Centre for Asian Area Studies (RU-CAAS) ; Special Grant for Building Research Bases of Private Universities, “Searching for Maritimes Studies in the 21th Century: From the Old Vision of Nanyo to a New Vision of South China Sea, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Today,” Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan; Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration 2015 of Japan Foundation, titled, “Searching for A New Asian Order in the Indo-Pacific Region: Intellectual Collaboration of Asian Studies in Japan, ASEAN, Australia and India”, in collaboration with Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS); Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) for the financial years of 2014-2016, titled “The Rise of China and India and its Impacts on Neighboring Asia: Dialectical Dynamics of Domestic Politics and International Relations”

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