ICC Collaborative Research Projects for 2007-2008

The Sophia University Research Institute (SURI) is placing one of its top priorities in promoting collaborative research activities among scholars, organized and led by Sophia faculty members. The Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC), operating as a sub-organization under the SURI, would like to play a contributing role in promoting such activities and, hence, to solicit ICC members to submit collaborative-research proposals. This year's awardees are listed below.

ICC Mini-conferences for 2007-2008

Based on the decision made at the May 8th general meeting held in 2002, the Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) established a small grant to support mini-conferences. This year's grant awardees are listed below.


Ding Lu with two other professors

Impact of China's Export Expansion on Trading Partners' Industries

In the recent two decades, a major event in the world economy has been China's rapid rise as the "world's factory" and becoming one of the top exporters in the world. Such a phenomenal rise of an economic powerhouse has drastically changed the landscape of world economy and is bound to have had profound impacts on the industries of any economy that has traded heavily with China. The aim of this paper is to assess the impacts on various industries in Japan and some of China's most important trading partners from the perspective of export performance.


David Slater

Re-Scripting Tokyo: Urban Image and the Re-Writing of the Japanese Metropolis

The conference is part of a larger project aimed at the systematic analsysis of the different representations of Tokyo. The objective are two fold: first, to examine the shifting ways in which Tokyo has been represetnted as a way to help us understand its, and Japan's place within the larger world political economy and the popular imagination; second, to explore the theoretical issues associated with representation and urban space. This topic is partiuclarly relevant now as Japan moves out of recession, and Tokyo looks to reclaim its status of a world-class "global city" but also a creative, "cool" city of world culture.


Parissa Haghirian with another professor

Using Ethnographical Methodology in Management Research

The overall goal of this research project is to test the application of ethnographic research methods in a management and marketig science environment. To do so, knowledge of social science researchers on how to do ethnographic research will be gathered and summarized and its application in management science will be tested.

* Professor Haghirian will present her research findings on September 30, 2008 at a Poster Session during the Sophia University Research Institute Festival 2008.


James Farrer with four other professors

New Directions in the Sociology of Culture

The workshop will bring together scholars who are active researchers and experts in the methodology of the Sociology of Culture. More than most subfields in Sociology, the Sociology of Culture is marked by methodological challenges and discussions over methodology. This workshop will explore the methodological challenges of studying cultural production in the context of globalization by inviting leading experts in the sociology in the US and in Japan. The workshop is scheduled to be held Dec. 1.

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James Farrer with six other professors

Food and Social Identities in the Pacific Region

This project is co-funded by Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture and the Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan Academic Research Promotion Fund
日本私立学校振興・共催事業団・ 平成19、20年度学術研究振興資金プロジェクト

Food is one of the most important ways people express social identity in any society. Regional identities, class distinctions and distinctions between tradition and modernity all are expressed through the consumption of different types of foods. In rapidly modernizing societies of the Pacific Rim, the consumption of food also reflects changing class and status distinctions. This research project aims to document and compare how food consumption expresses social identities in three important regions in the Pacific, Southeast Asia, China, and Latin America. The group's work will consist of separate fieldwork case studies all focusing on a particular food item in a particular region.