Research activities

nternational Symposia
Every year, the SRC holds two international conferences: in summer and in winter. More than 100 specialists participate in the symposia, which have become major annual events of the SRC. The papers presented at these symposia have been published as proceedings and in other forms. At these symposia great importance is attached to discussion. Thus, full texts of papers are submitted prior to the symposium and are delivered to all participants through the SRC website. The titles of the international symposia in recent years (2011-2016) are shown below. In addition, the SRC organizes occasional seminars and discussions on specific topics.

Past International Symposia

2016 / winter / 25 Years After: Post-Communism's Vibrant Diversity
2016 / summer / Russia’s Far North: The Contested Frontier
2015 / winter / 2015 SRC Winter International & SRC 60th Anniversary Symposium
Between History and Memory: Connecting the Generations at SRC 60
2015 / summer / Russia and Global History
2014 / winter / Border Power!: Crosscutting Forces at Play in Eurasia
2014 / summer / Thirty Years of Crisis: Empire, Violence, and Ideology in Eurasia from the First to the Second World War
2013 / winter / Catastrophe and Resurrection: New Approaches to a Changing Slavic Eurasia
2013 / summer / Border Studies: Challenges and Perspectives in the Twenty-first Century
2012 / winter / New perspective from the comparative view of the Eurasian regional powers
2012 / Summer / From Empire to Regional Power, between State and Non-state
2011 / Winter / Comparing Modern Empires: Imperial Rule and Decolonization in the Changing World Order
Global COE Symposium “Weaving the Borders Together-Network between Japan and the World”
International Conference on Slavic Linguistics: Grammaticalization and Lexicalization in Slavic Languages
2011 / Summer / Alliances and Borders in the Making and Unmaking of Regional Powers

esearch Staff Seminar
Every research staff member is obliged to give a paper at this seminar once a year. The paper is based on his/ her latest research activities and is distributed to other staff in advance before the seminar. Every staff member provides comments about the paper, and an independent specialist on the topic is invited from outside the SRC to the seminar. This unique seminar not only functions as a self-assessment of the SRC member's academic activities, but bears significant meaning for the Center to achieve highly advanced interdisciplinary area studies.

urasia Unit for Border Research UBRJ (2014~)
The Eurasia Unit for Border Research is a research unit for the promotion of border studies in this academic field and has the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center established in April of 2013 as its staff office. Members are not only instructors of the center, but also include instructors active in border studies in different departments of arts. UBRJ serves as the leader of border studies in this country since the end of “Reshaping Japan’s Border Studies” and is a hub for communities of Asian and Western border studies.

hanges in the Slavic Eurasian World:
Conditions of Self-existence and Co-existence

Priority Research Project(2008-2013)
In relation to the huge area of the Slavic-Eurasian region, which experienced unprecedented historical upheavals such as the destruction of the USSR and the communist party regime, the revolutions of 1989, intensification of ethnic conflicts, and the end of the Cold War between East and West, the “Changes in the Slavic-Eurasian World: Conditions of Self-existence and Co-existence” (1995-1997) organized with the Slavic Research Center playing a central role mainly focused on identifying the differences between before and after the upheavals and the type of conditions and possibilities there are in the future for the self-existence and co-existence of each nation, ethnicity, and society. The research consisted of three columns, namely “Politics” (transformations and inter-regional relationships of political systems), “Economy” (conversions of economic systems and formations of new economic zones), and “Culture/ethnicity” (social changes and self-awareness), and the various aspects (actual situations, meaning, influence, future direction, etc.) of the changes were analyzed from the technically specialized perspectives of each.

omparative Research on Major
Regional Powers in Eurasia
Scientific Research on Innovative Areas(2008-2013)
This is a type of Grant-in-Aid (Kakenhi) program newly initiated in 2008 under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan. The project, "Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia" (2008-2013), organized mainly by the SRC, had the aim of establishing a new viewpoint by inserting regional powers (Russia, China, India, etc.) as an intermediary layer between superpower and ordinary states and analyzing pressing issues in the contemporary world from this vantage point. Therefore, six planned research groups based on international relations, domestic politics, economy, society, history and culture are created with researchers on Russia, China and India placed in the respective groups. Eurasian Regional Powers Series have been published as its achievement.

aking a Discipline of Slavic Eurasian Studies 21th century COE program(2003-2007)
The 21st century COE program was established based on the “policies of structural reform of universities” in 2002 as a project (funded by research base formation subsidy) under the MEXT. “Making a Discipline of Slavic-Eurasian Studies: Formation of a Mid-range and Globalization” (2003-2007) organized with the center, which has been leading research of the Slavic region in Japan playing a central role, configured regions in a flexible manner in consideration of internal, external, and time-related factors instead of configuring regions according to boundaries set by conventional fixed geographic borders and attempted to capture the reality of the regions undergoing change due to such. Coordination and interaction with researchers from the Slavic region and other regions were promoted, a network was established, and new research methods and concepts of “Major Regional Powers” and “Border Studies” were born.

eshaping Japan’s Border Studies: Slavic Eurasian World
         Global COE Program(2009-2014)
This program was established in 2007 under the MEXT for the purpose of elevating the international competitiveness of Japanese universities and researchers. The project, "Reshaping Japan's Border Studies"(2009-2014), organized mainly by the SRC, had the aim of analyzing such border issues as the territorial disputes, cultural frictions, etc. prevalent throughout the Eurasian region, by taking both reality and representation into consideration as well as establishing new research areas and research center to tackle border issues. Furthermore, a course of "Border Studies" was opened to applicants from inside and outside the University. The research accomplishments were publicized widely through museum exhibition and policy recommendation.publicized widely through museum exhibition and policy recommendation.