“Examining Japan’s Borders under Globalization”

Report on the International Borders in Globalization panel held by the Borders in Globalization research network at the Association for Borderlands Studies Annual Conference at Reno, Nevada. The panel was on the first morning of the conference, April 14, 2016.

KUBS’s Edward Boyle delivered the final paper on Japan’s borders under globalization, and thanks everyone who attended for their feedback. 

The report is available here.

Asian Borders Globalized: Towards the Institutionalization of an Emerging Field

See the report on the “Asian Borders Globalized: Towards the Institutionalization of an Emerging Field” panel that was held at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington from March 31 – April 3, 2016.

The panel had been organized by KUBS module leader Akihiro Iwashita (Hokkaido & Kyushu University), although sadly he proved unable to attend, and was chaired by KUBS’s Edward Boyle , with papers from Serghei Golunov, Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman, Christopher Len & Alexander Bukh and with Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria, BiG Project Leader) serving as a commentator.

The report on the panel was written by Serghei Golunov and is available here.

Scaling the Nation’s Edge: Territorial borders under globalization”

Report on Edward Boyle’s participation in the Borders and Sovereignty panel at the Association for American Geographers Annual Conference, held in San Francisco from March 29 – April 2, 2016.

With thanks to Reece Jones and Azmeary Ferdoush for allowing me to participate in the panel, and the Kyushu University Interdisciplinary Programs in Education and Projects in Research Development (P&P) grant, Project No. 27503 for supporting my attendance there.

The report is available here.

“Writing ‘Integral Territory’ into monuments, museums and textbooks: national and local practices of territorial homogenization in Japan

See the report on “Writing ‘Integral Territory’ into monuments, museums and textbooks: national and local practices of territorial homogenization in Japan”, a workshop given by KUBS’s Edward Boyle at Chapman University, Orange County, California on March 25, 2016.

With thanks to Michael Wood for the invitation, and the support provided by the Kyushu University Interdisciplinary Programs in Education and Projects in Research Development (P&P) grant, Project No. 27503.

The report is available here.

Report on the 46th Urban Affairs Association Conference

Between March 15 and March 19 Serghei Golunov took part in the 46th Urban Affairs Asssociation Conference held in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel in San Diego (USA). Over 900 participants from various countries discussed a wide range of urban issues including issues of border sities (such as the city of San Diego itself).

Serghei Golunov contributed to the session “Urban Change and Social Transformation in Four Asian Cities” by his presentation “The Other in Cities of the Japan-Russia Borderland: Order vs Deviance, Legality vs Illegality, and Inclusion vs Exclusion”. In this presentation he took six small and medium Russian and Japanese cities (Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Korsakov, and Nakhodka on the Russian side and Nemuro, Wakkanai, and Otaru on the Japanese side) as cases. The presentation was focused on ways in which cross-border flows of visitors influenced these cities’ development and on the range of practices employed by these cities to deal with these flows. The presenter argued that the range of attracting/discouraging or including/excluding practices employed by the considered cities towards visitors varied in specific cases and towards particular categories of visitors. He also concluded that Japanese visits seriously influenced regeneration of Korsakov and Yuzhno-Kurilsk by nearly opposite reasons: while the city of Korsakov tried to make itself more attractive and familiar to tourists and thus renovation and restoration works were launched in the center, federal investing to renovation of Yuzhno-Kurilsk was aimed inter alia to show Japan and Japanese exchange visitors the futility of their hopes to get back the disputed Southern Kuril/Habomai Islands.

The next Urban Affairs Association conference to be held in April 2017 in Minneapolis.

See the Conference Program here