Rethinking Peace Studies I: Translation

November 13-16, 2014
International Christian University
Tokyo, Japan

We are looking forward to an engaging and productive four days together. The following describes the structure, content and pedagogy of the seminar, as well as logistics that will be useful as you prepare to join us in Japan. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Paul Hastings at

Seminar Reading Materials:

The seminar will pivot around a set of reading materials compiled by the organizing committee. We expect participants to read all of the seminar materials before arriving in Tokyo. If you have time, please also take a look at the supplementary materials, much of which are either participant's own works or were suggested by participants. Also, we will not be providing printed copies of the seminar materials, so please remember to bring a printed or digital copy with you to Tokyo.

Click here to download the seminar reading materials.

Click here to download the supplementary materials.


Jeremiah Alberg, International Christian University, Japan
John Biguenet, Loyola University, United States
Shin Chiba, International Christian University, Japan
Kyoko Cross, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Beverly Curran, International Christian University, Japan
Kanchuka Dharmasiri, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Paul Hastings, Japan ICU Foundation, United States
Alex Hinton, Rutgers University, United States
Masaki Ina, International Christian University, Japan
Jie-Hyun Lim, Hanyang University, South Korea
Nela Navarro, Rutgers University, United States
Giorgio Shani, International Christian University, Japan
Bahia Shehab, American University of Cairo, Egypt

Structure, content & pedagogy of seminar:

The seminar will take place over a four day period (see schedule below), during which participants will engage with seminar material and with each other. The seminar will be participatory and unlike typical academic conferences, participants will not be asked to present papers. Instead, discussions will be built around the collected seminar materials, and will be led by Jeremiah Alberg and Alex Hinton.

During the opening session, seminar leaders will frame the forthcoming exploration by describing what it is we are "rethinking" and how the theme of translation can help us think creatively about peace studies.

Seminar Schedule:

Day 1 - November 13

Arrival at ICU
6:00pm - Dinner and opening session

Days 2 & 3 - November 14-15

7:30am – 9:00am - Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm – Seminar session #1 (with two fifteen minute breaks)
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch & break
1:30pm – 3:30pm – Seminar session #2 (with one fifteen minute break)
3:30pm – 6:00pm – Group activity (optional)
6:00pm – 8:30pm – Dinner
8:30pm onwards – Evening socializing (optional)

Day 4 - November 16

7:30am – 9:00am - Breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am – Closing remarks
Departure from ICU

Lodging & Food:

With the exception of local participants, all other participants will be staying at the guest house in the Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House on the ICU campus. The modern facility was completed in 2010 and the guest suites each include a bed, a study nook, kitchenette and private bath. Free wifi access is available in Dialogue House. Food will be covered for all seminar participants.


All in-country transportation will be covered by the seminar. For international participants, we ask that you keep your receipts for travel from the airport to ICU and back. We will reimburse you for these costs.

Here are directions from both Narita and Haneda Airports to ICU.


BY AIRPORT BUS (90-120 minutes, depending on traffic)

1) Take the Keisei bus from Narita Airport to Kichijoji station. Here is a link to the bus schedule.
2) Take a taxi to ICU - there is a taxi stand right next to the Keisei bus stop at Kichijoji station.

BY TRAIN (120 minutes)

1) Take the Narita Express from Narita Airport to Shinjuku station. Click here to access the schedule.
2) Transfer at Shinjuku station to the Chuo Rapid Line to Musashi-Sakai station.
3) Take taxi from Musashi-Sakai station to ICU.


BY AIRPORT BUS (45-90 minutes, depending on traffic)

1) Take the Limousine bus from Haneda Airport to Kichijoji station. Here is a link to the bus schedule.
2) Take a taxi to ICU - there is a taxi stand right next to the Keisei bus stop at Kichijoji station.

Currency Exchange

The most convenient and least costly way to get yen is at an ATM at Narita airport. Below is a map showing the location of the ATM machines at Narita. They in the area between the north and south wings of the international arrivals terminal, after you have gone through immigration/customs. The exchange rate is typically better at the ATMs than the foreign currency exchange booths. Also, there is an ATM at the post office on the ICU campus that will accept foreign debit cards.

Dress Code:

There is no seminar dress code, although most participants will likely be wearing business casual.


High temperatures will be between 15 - 20 Celcius (59-68 Fahrenheit) and low temperatures between 10-15 (50 - 59 Fahrenheit) Celsius. It may rain during our visit.