Looking back on the launch

The LeidenAsiaCentre was officially launched on 27 January. The attendees were welcomed by executive director Prof. Frank Pieke who gave a short presentation about the aims, activities and approach of the Centre. This was followed by two inspired speeches by prof. Sebastian Heilmann, Director of the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin (MERCIS) and professor Political Economy of China at the University of Trier, and Dr Ben Knapen, member of the Dutch Senate, respectively.

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Art with Agenda: Socially Engaged Art Practices in Post-Cold War Japan

 

Kimiyo Mishima, Another Rebirth 2005-N , 2001-05, Benesse Holdings, Inc., courtesy MEM, Tokyo

The Research Project “From Garbage to Art: Environmental Consciousness in Japan in the Post-Cold War Era” brings together experts on waste and consumption, environmental issues, visual culture and art history. This is the second workshop of the project organized by Dr. E. Machotka and Prof. dr. K.J. Cwiertka (LIAS). The project is financed by MEARC.

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