Johan Galtung and Ashis Nandy have accepted our invitations to join ICU professor Shin Chiba as keynote speakers at the RPS Conference, which will be held on the ICU campus in early June, 2016.
Within the discipline of peace studies, Johan Galtung hardly needs an introduction. He is considered one of the principal founders of peace and conflict studies and founded the Peace Research Institute Oslo in 1959. Galtung holds dual PhDs in mathematics and sociology. His concepts of direct, structural and cultural violence, along with negative and positive peace continue to influence researchers.
Ashis Nandy is a distinguished Indian political psychologist, social theorist, and critic. He has been described in The New Yorker as "one of India’s foremost intellectuals, a clinical psychologist and sociologist who has produced some of the most original and important works of scholarship in independent India in his forty or more years in public life."
You learn more about Dr. Nandy in this 2013 conversation with UC Santa Barbara's Mark Juergensmeyer.
The RPS Conference will be held from June 2-5, 2016 at the Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House on the ICU campus in Tokyo, Japan. Participation in the conference is contingent upon the submission of an abstract and paper. The proceedings will follow the format of a traditional academic conference, with short paper readings followed by feedback from the audience. However, there will be ample time built in for dialogue among conference participants. One of the key outcomes of this conference will be a published, edited volume made up of a selection of conference papers.