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The Institute for Research in Humanities at Kyoto University,
in cooperation with IUAES 2002 presents:

Is Race a Universal Idea?
Colonialism, Nation-States, and a Myth Invented


There is a growing consensus among scientists that eracef is not a valid biological concept that applies to human beings. New scientific knowledge, especially in human and population genetics, confirms the view that human beings are not divided into discrete and exclusive biogenetic groups as the word eracef implies. If human races are not a biological reality, how and why did the idea come to be applied to the human population, what were the conditions in which ideas of human races gained currency ? In this Kyoto symposium, our primary focus will be on the relationship of the idea of race to colonialism and the rise of nation-states. Racial theories began to be developed in Europe and North America in the 18th century, and escientific racismf reached its peak in the 19th and early 20th centuries, whilst these ideas also became deeply rooted in many societies including Japan, India, and East Africa, as we will be seen in this symposium. Is eracef, however, simply an idea imported from Europe and North America or is it an idea that arises out of some similar political or economic conditions? As the first attempt of its kind in Japan, scholars specializing in these issues from different disciplines in the US, UK, India, East Africa, and Japan will assemble to discuss this important issue.



September 19, 2002 at Kyoto International Conference Hall@Room D@Tel.075(705)1234

No registration fee required.
Simultaneous interpretation provided. Hours: 10:00-17:30.
Reception (6,000)
Detailed information will be provided upon registration.

@@Please contact by e-mail or fax, indicating your name, affiliation, address, fax number,
@@and e-mail address at: race@zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp, Fax 075-753-6903
    Attention: Yasuko Takezawa.




Speakers:

10:00   Opening@Welcome Address                      @@@@@@

Sakagami Takash@(The Director of the IRH, Kyoto University)
Yasuko Takezawa(Organizer, Kyoto University)

Part I. (10:00`11:45)                
 Chair: Kazumichi Katayama (Kyoto University, Japan)

PDgIs Race a Universal Idea?: Issues and Challengesh

Yasuko Takezawa (Kyoto University, Japan)

QDgRace : Social Construct vs. Biological Reallity h

BRACE, C. Loring iUniversity of Michigan, USAj
RDgFarewell to Racesh

Naruya Saitou (National Institute of Genetics, Japan)

@@@@11:45   Lunch Break

Part II. (12:45`14:15)               
 Chair: Kozo Watanabe (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)

PDgRace and Inequality in 19th century Europe:

Robert Moore(University of Liverpool, UK)

QDgRacial Ideology in North Americah

Audrey Smedley (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)

RDgRace and Racism in Imperial Japanh

Ichiro Tomiyama (Osaka University, Japan)

@@14:15   Short Break

Part III. (14:25`15:55)                  
 Chair: Masakazu Tanaka (Kyoto University, Japan)
PDgRacism and Buraku Discrimination (Discriminated Hamlet) in Japanh

Midori Kurokawa (Shizuoka University, Japan)

QD gColonialism, Casteism and the Myth of Race: A Historical Perspective

Subhadra Channa (University of Delhi, India)

RD gThe Residue of Racist Images of Africa: 'Semitic', 'Hamitic'

Eisei Kurimoto (Osaka University, Japan)

@@15:55   Coffee break

Discussion (16:10`17:30)      
  Chairperson: Kozo Watanabe (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)

16:10   Commentator: Shin'ichi Yamamuro (Kyoto University, Japan)
16:25   Commentator: Motoji Matsuda (Kyoto University, Japan)
16:40   Discussion
17:30  End of Conference 

18:00  Reception

20:00  End of Reception




IUAES 2002@Tokyo Symposium gRacializing the Human Bodyh

September 23, 13:00-17:00 at Toshi Center Hall (Tel. 03-3265-8211)
Registration fee required to attend IUARS