PTUC and Kobe University’s (Japan) Port Cities Study Centre Networking Event

The University of Portsmouth’s PTUC project is very pleased to announce its forthcoming collaboration with Kobe University, Japan. PTUC were successfully awarded a sum of £3,000 from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, which aims to support closer links between the UK and Japan. Members of the team are travelling to Japan on Tuesday 20 June 2017 and will take part in an exciting programme of events where they will share their port town research with the Port Cities Study Centre (PCSC) and learn about research on port cities in Asia.

This visit will establish strong links with Asia, and particularly Japan, in a bid to solidify the port towns methodology and establish collaborative ways that the University of Portsmouth can work with our new partner. A highlight of the trip will be the interdisciplinary, international workshop Intersecting Port Cities. Kobe and Portsmouth. Their History and Potentialities. The schedule is as follows:

  • Hiroshi Okumura (University of Kobe), ‘On the History of the Formation of Kobe as City.’
  • Daisuke Higuchi (University of Kobe), ‘The Port City as Contact Zone.’
  • Setsuko Sonoda (University of Hyogo), ‘Port Cities as the Frontiers of Multicultural Consortism: Chinese Activities of Facilitating the Multiculturalism in Vancouver, Liverpool and Kobe.’
  • Oishi Takashi (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies), ‘Western, Indian and Chinese merchants in modern Kobe Gendered Cultures in the Sojourner life.’
  • Rob James (UoP PTUC), ‘Tracing Leisure Cultures: Trends in Port Town Cinema-Going, 1914-1951.’
  • Karl Bell (UoP PTUC), ‘A Haunted Heritage: Port Town Ghost Lore and the Telling of Maritime Pasts.’
  • Melanie Bassett (UoP PTUC), ‘The Imperial Japanese Navy’s visit to Portsmouth, June 1906: Shared Naval Culture and Western understandings about ‘race’ in the Edwardian period.’
  • Brad Beaven (UoP PTUC), ‘The Digital Mapping of Port Town Cultural Heritage.’

See the workshop poster here: Intersecting Port Cities. Kobe and Portsmouth. Their History and Potentialities

We will be Tweeting regularly via @PortPTUC and will keep you posted on all the developments!

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