Institutul de Studii Est-Asiatice al Universităţii din Viena organizează în perioada 1-3 noiembrie 2012 conferinţa internaţională “40 Years Since Reversion: Negotiating the Okinawan Difference in Japan Today”. Scopul şi principalele teme ale conferinţei sunt prezentate pe site-ul oficial al Institutului:

“The reversion of Okinawa to Japan in 1972 was an important turning point after which Okinawa’s position within Japan had to be renegotiated. The image of Okinawa in Japan has undergone a paradigm change since then: 40 years ago, politicians and intellectuals were anxious to adjust Okinawan society to Japanese standards. In this process, many aspects of local culture were stigmatized and deliberately suppressed. However, since the 1990s, more positive images of ‘Okinawan difference’ began to spread on a large scale. The question arises, whether these dominant discursive constructions of Okinawa as ‘different’ indicate an increasing acceptance of cultural difference within Japan – or whether the ‘Okinawan difference’ is rather being reduced to its exotic aspects and thus being commercialized?

The conference aims at bringing together scholars from Japan, Europe, and North America who are experts in the field of research on Okinawa in various academic disciplines, thus stressing the methodological, theoretical and empirical diversity within the field of Okinawan studies. In addition, interactive elements such as artist’s talks and livestream discussions with Okinawan participants will complement the academic program. The conference language is English.”

Programul conferinţei poate fi consultat aici.