For over two decades, the Europe-Japan Research Centre (EJRC) has brought distinguished guest speakers to Oxford to present on a broad range of topics in Japanese studies. From literature and film, to anthropology and religious studies, EJRC speakers showcase a range of perspectives on Japanese culture, revealing its complexity while making it accessible. The EJRC seminar series is supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
Kinship is a restrictive and yet mutable logic by which many nation-states in East Asia nationalize transnational mobility today. This talk elucidates the seemingly paradoxical but deeply systemic stratification of citizenship intensified by kinship-based migrations, by examining the case of Brazilians in contemporary Japan. At first glance, the kin-based incorporation connotes acceptance: “they” are “us.” Yet the partial inclusion grounded on the idiom of blood ironically preserves perpetual exclusion of those migrants who must seek belonging in a corporeal idiom of family. [NOTE: original presentation contained an 8min video in Porteugeuse with English Subtitles. This part has been edited from the audio pending permission from those involved in the video]
Suma Ikeuchi is Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. Her first book, "Jesus Loves Japan: Return Migration and Global Pentecostalism in the Brazilian Diaspora", wa…
Child welfare and well-being are fragile kin to each other. Such is the case in Japan, where the ethnographic data for this paper originate, but also across the world, as policy makers, caregivers, and people with experience in state care endeavor to imagine—and implement—child welfare systems that truly support well-being. Despite these efforts, social welfare systems too often “produce people who have no one,” in the words of one of my interlocutors. Child welfare policy and practice institutionalize particular visions of kinship relationships, with lasting effects on the people touched by these systems. Some of these systems cultivate the possibility for lasting relationships, and some do not. Relationships can injure and harm, but they can also transform. What are the conditions for a welfare system that nurtures well-being, that produces people who have people? This paper explores how cultural norms surrounding kinship, many deeply connected to national ideologies of Japanese identity, play out when kins…
A podcast about behaviour change to accompany the Psychological Interventions module at Oxford Brookes University and for anyone else interested in developing behaviour change interventions.
In this episode, the poet, editor and translator Chris Beckett talks to Niall Munro about his latest book, "Tenderfoot". Chris discusses growing up in Ethiopia and questions of privilege, perceptions of Ethiopia and a responsibility he feels to write about the place and its people. Chris also talks about how he portrays his nascent sexuality and how he reflects on Ethiopia then and now after numerous trips back to the country in recent years.
Chris has published two collections with Carcanet, “Ethiopia Boy” in 2013, a sequence of praise poems about his childhood crush Abebe, and “Tenderfoot” in July this year. He co-translated and edited the first ever anthology of Ethiopian Amharic poetry, “Songs We Learn from Trees”, also out from Carcanet earlier this year. Chris’s partner is Japanese painter and sculptor, Isao Miura. Together they published a book of drawings and poems in 2014, “Sketches from the Poem Road", after Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Deep North” which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Awar…
The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre podcast focusses upon the work of one poet or features discussion about poetry with poets and academics. The theme music for the podcast, entitled ‘Leaving for the North’, was composed by Aneurin Rees, and played by Aneurin Rees (guitar) and Rosalie Tribe (violin). For more information about the Poetry Centre, look up our website or find us on social media @brookespoetry
Dr Emma Davies chats with Kezia Stewart, recent MSc Behaviour Change graduate, and Behavioural Insights and Evaluation Officer for Cycling UK. Kezia told me about some of the barriers to increased rates of cycling, as well as her views about working in behavioural science. Kezia also tells us about some of the projects she had the opportunity to work on during her MSc in Behaviour Change at UCL.
In episode 5, we explore trial design and measurement with an example of an intervention to reduce alcohol consumption by reducing the strength of alcohol. Dr Emma Davies interviews Dr Parvati Perman-Howe about her PhD study, which involved a double-blind randomised controlled cross-over pilot trial. Dr Perman-Howe discusses the purpose of a pilot trial, the design of the study, and some of the things she learnt from the process, as well as sharing some tips and advice.
Dr Emma Davies talks to Dr Nikki Newhouse about digital tools for behaviour change in episode four of the series. Dr Newhouse tells us all about the good, and the not so good, things that we need to know if we are considering using apps or websites or other digital methods to deliver our interventions. While there isn't always an 'app for that', there might be, but we need to think carefully about engagement and evaluation.
In this episode Dr Emma Davies speaks to Dr Catherine Wheatley about her experiences of working on a large trial to test an intervention that aimed to increased physical activity in adolescents. Catherine explains the aims of the trial and talks about some of the measures, as well as what was learned from some of the challenges that the study team faced. Important issues such as fidelity, engagement and co-production, which are relevant to all intervention topics, are discussed.
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