The RPS Conference is the culminating event of our three year program. The conference will be held from June 2-4, 2016 at the ICU Dialogue House in Tokyo, Japan. The proceedings will follow the format of a traditional academic conference, with paper readings followed by feedback from a discussant as well as 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.
Johan Galtung, born on 24 October 1930 in Oslo, Norway, is widely recognized as the founder of the academic discipline of peace studies. In 1959, he founded the world’s first Peace Research Institute in Oslo and has since helped found many centers for peace and conciliation throughout the world. In 1964, he founded the Journal of Peace Research. In 1993, he founded TRANSCEND, a global Peace, Development and Environment Network. He is Founder and current Rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University. Over the last five decades, he has mediated in over one hundred international conflicts, often successfully. He has published over 1,500 articles and more than 150 books, translated into 33 languages. He has been a consultant to the United Nations and its family of organizations. His tireless commitment to peace has been recognized with thirteen honorary doctorates and professorships and an Alternative Nobel Prize, the High Livelihood Award, in 1987.
Ashis Nandy is an Indian political psychologist, social theorist, and critic. A trained clinical psychologist, Nandy has provided theoretical critiques of European colonialism, development, modernity, secularism, Hindutva, science, technology, nuclearism, cosmopolitanism, and utopia. He has also offered alternative conceptions relating to cosmopolitanism and critical traditionalism. In addition to the above, Nandy has offered an original historical profile of India’s commercial cinema as well as critiques of state and violence. He was Senior Fellow and Former Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies for several years. Today, he is a Senior Honorary Fellow at the institute and apart from being the Chairperson of the Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures, also in New Delhi. Nandy had received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007. In 2008 he appeared on the list of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll of the Foreign Policy magazine, published by The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Shin Chiba is a representative and well-known leading Japanese political scientist and philosopher. From 2002-2006 he was the Dean of the Graduate School at ICU and most recently held the position of Chair of ICU’s Department of Politics and International Studies and the Director of Peace Research Institute. Dr. Chiba’s research interests include peace studies, religious studies, ecology, democracy and civil society and the genealogy of freedom. And his research projects include Arendt studies and radical democracy studies as well. Dr. Chiba served the United Board for Higher Education in Asia as trustee for several years until 2014 and has been playing a leading role in the field of Christian higher education.