2015 Annual Conference

◆2015 Annual Conference

SIETAR JAPAN 30th Annual Conference was successfully over.

Thank you very much for all of your cooperation.
If you have any thoughts and comments on the conference, please send your email to the following address.
Conference Committee E-mail: sietar.conference2015@gmail.com

 ◆Theme: “Critical Reflections on War and Peace: Dialogue for the Future”

In 2015, we are celebrating SIETAR Japan’s 30th Anniversary. As this year also marks the 70th year of the end of the World War II, we would like to commemorate the past through critical reflection and to consider the way for the peace in the future through dialogue. Thus we decided the theme of the 2015 conference as above.

Date:September 19 (Sat) and September 20 (Sun), 2015

Location:J.F.Oberlin University, Machida, Tokyo Access Guide & Accommodation & Campus map

Conference Director: Akiko Asai (J.F.Oberlin University)

※For information (e.g. Access Map, Notes for Conference Attendees, Presentation Schedule, etc.) please refer the files below.

2015 SIETAR Annual Conference Overview Schedule Overview, Access Map, Note to Attendees, etc.
Schedule Overview
Presentation Schedule Detail Detail Schedule in Excel Timetable
Conference Proceedings Abstract of Keynote Speech, Film Screening, Presentations


The deadline for the conference pre-registration is August 21.
(Early registration is complete when your payment is confirmed. It is noted that there is no Application Form this year.)

・If you would like to become a new member, please complete the Registration Form and send the filled-out form to SIETAR Japan Office () via email by August 7 (Fri). There is no charge for undergraduate student presenters.

Overseas participants: Send an email titled as “Early registration” to before August21, then you can participate as an early bird.

Non-Member participants: Please write the following items on a postal transfer paper available from near post office, and send your fee to us.
①Pre-Participation ( Member/Non-Member/Graduate Students ) / ②Welcome Party / ③Networking Party / Total amount / postal code / Address / Name (First-Middle-Last) / E-mail / Tel


◆Pre-Conference Fieldwork
The day before conference day One, September 18 (Fri), 12:00 pm – 16:00 pm , Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center (Please refer the page below and see how to apply)

◆Dr. Janet Bennett’s Special Lecture (18:00 pm – 19:30 pm)
Title: “Creating an Encyclopedia: An Intercultural Experience!”
Language: English
Venue: Reitaku University Tokyo Kenkyu Center (iLand Tower 4F Room 4104, Nishi Shinjuku)
Fee: Member: Free, Non-member: 1,000 yen, No reservation needed.

◆Program Overview

Day One: Saturday September 19, 2015

◆Keynote Speech
Title: “Striving toward World Peace: From the Perspectives of an Atomic Bomb Survivor”
Speaker: Ms. Koko Kondo
Time: 16:40 pm – 18:10 pm
Venue: Room No.A200, Taiheikan
Language: English

◆Panel Discussion
Title: “SIETAR JAPAN’s 30-Year Journey: Past and Future”
Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Venue: Room No.A200, Taiheikan

Janet Bennett: The executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) and the ICI director of the Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations program. She served SIETAR International as a Governing Council member from 1988 to 1992.
Dianne Hofner Saphiere: A founder of SIETAR Japan and creator of Cultural Detective. She has been an intercultural consultant since 1979, working with people from over 130 nations and living on three continents.
Shoko Araki: Professor of J.F. Oberlin University, College of Arts and Sciences. A founder of SIETAR Japan. She served SIETAR International as a Governing Council member from 1988 to 1992 and she was Chair of SIETAR World Congress in Japan in 1998.
Kiyoko Sueda: Professor and Chair of the Department of International Communication,
Aoyama Gakuin University. She served SIETAR Japan as Vice-President between April 1999 and March 2001, and April 2003 and March 2005.
Coordinator: Eriko Machi: Professor of the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Reitaku University. She served SIETAR Japan as President between April 2009 and March 2013, and is serving as Vice President at present.

Co-sponsored: J.F. Oberlin University, Aoyama Gakuin University, and CCTS

Title: “Hibakusha: At the End of the World (90min) (Director: Hitomi Kamanaka)
Time & Venue: 9:30 – 11:00 / 11:10 – 12:40 Room No. A909, 9th Floor, Meimeikan

◆Welcome Party
Time & Venue: 18:20 – 20:20 Sakura Café, 1F, Suteikan

Day Two:Sunday September 20, 2015

◆Keynote Speech
Title: “Experiences of deprivation of Liberty and Human Rights under Khmer Rouge, and Life in Japan as Cambodian Refugee”
Speaker: Ms. Ponnareth Kugo
Time: 10:40 pm – 12:10 pm
Venue: Room No.A910, 9th Floor, Meimeikan
Language: Japanese

Title: “Hibakusha: At the End of the World (90min) (Director: Hitomi Kamanaka)
Time & Venue: 14:00 – 15:30 / 15:40 – 16:10 Room No. A909, 9th Floor, Meimeikan

◆Networking Party
Time & Venue: 16:30 – Faculty Club, 1st Floor, Sutei-kan

◆Pre-Conference Fieldwork

Tokyo Camii&Turkish Culture Center
Date and Time: Friday, 18th September from 12:00 pm to 16:00 pm (the day before conference day 1)
Meeting Place: 12:10 pm Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center
Address: 1-19 Oyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0065 Phone: 03-5790-0760
(If you are worried, meet at Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, Odakyu Yoyogi-uehara station ticket gate on 12:00 pm)
Participants: Anyone interested in diverse religions & ethnic group
Number of participants: 15 (first come first serve)

Deadline for application: September 11 (Fri)
Please email to:
(Write Title: Tokyo Camii, belonging, Email-address.)
Coordinators: Bical Toba (J.F. Oberlin University, Associate Professor in History),
Tomoko Kusaka (Intercultural Consultant)

Schedule for September 18 (Fri)
12:10 Meet at Tokyo Camii&Turkish Culture Center
12:15 – 13:30 Observing Services
13:30 – 16:00 Tour guided by Mr.Shigeru Shimoyama (Tokyo Camii)

We closed Call for Proposals on June 1, 2015.
Thank you for submitting applications.

◆Annual Conferences in Previous Years
2014 (Theme: “Diversity and Social Justice: Toward a More Inclusive Society”)