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Special Lecture “The Difficulty of Rethinking Common sense: Reconsidering the Role of Diversity”

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Time/date:

Friday, January 11, 2019 10:00 - 12:00 (Opens at 9:30)

For:

APU students and members of the general public

Venue:

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Bldg. F, 2F. Classroom #210

Speakers:

Dr. KOZAKAI Toshiaki (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis)

Language:

Japanese

Seating capacity:

General public: 30 (see below)

Entry:

Free admission

Sponsors:

Office of the President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Application:

This event is open to APU students and members of the general public. Advance registration is not required for APU students.
Others are asked to register using the application form at the following link:
https://survey2.apu.ac.jp/limesurvey/index.php/245516?lang=ja
* Public admission is limited to the first 30 applicants.

Outline:

Thinking starts with asking questions about common sense, but that first step is the hardest.There is a French saying that translates as"the more things change, the more they stay the same." Elements within a system may change, but the structure of the system remains the same. So, what should you do to flip your way of thinking on its head?
The diverse environment at APU is optimal for reconsidering common sense. The effects of diversity are not just limited to academia or encouraging creativity in business contexts. What is the mission of the humanities and the social sciences? With the dominant worldview in question, can universities function as protectors of an open society?

Speaker profile:

Dr. KOZAKAI Toshiaki
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis Born in 1956 in Aichi Prefecture. Emigrated to France in 1981 after serving as a Japanese-French technical interpreter in Algeria. Withdrew from Waseda University. Graduated
from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in 1994 with a PhD in social psychology. Major books include Zōho minzoku to iu kyokō [The fiction of ethnicity: Expanded edition] (Chikuma Gakugei Bunko), Sekinin to iu kyokō [The fiction of responsibility] (University of Tokyo Press), Hito ga hito o sabaku to iu koto [How people judge other people] (Iwanami Shoten), Shakai shinrigaku kōgi [Social psychology] (Chikuma Shobo), Kotae no nai sekai o ikiru [Living in a world with no answers] (Shodensha), and Kami no bōrei: Kindai to iu monogatari [The specter of God: The story of modernity] (University of Tokyo Press).

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