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• Professor Kuniya Sakai President of Kanda University of International Studies
Professor Boris I. Kolonitskii European University at St-Petersburg,Vice Rector Doctor of Historical Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
• Professor Svetlana Koval'skaya of Lev Gumilev Eurasian University (Astana)
• Professor Henry E. Hale of George Washington University
• Professor Stephen Hutchings of the University of Manchester, President of BASEES
• Professor Judith Deutsch Kornblatt of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President of ASEEES
• Professor Graeme Gill of the University of Sydney, President of ICCEES
• Professor Nobuo Shimotomai of Hosei University, Co-chairman of the Organization Committee of the ICCEES World Congress in Makuhari
• Professor Mitsuyoshi Numano of the University of Tokyo, Co-chairman of the Organization Committee of the ICCEES World Congress in Makuhari


Mitsuyoshi Numano At the very end of the nineteenth century, a famous poet said: "East is East, West is West, and never the twain shall meet." At the beginning of the twenty-first century, however, after so many tremendous vicissitudes that mankind experienced in the monstrous twentieth century, can we proudly say that we do meet here, peacefully, in Japan. We are really excited that Japan will prove to be a good meeting place where everyone will meet everyone else: West and East, Europe, Africa, America, Russia, and Asia.

Although we know that the diverse voices will not easily dissolve into a unanimous agreement, we do hope that by conducting continual dialogues face-to-face, seeing each other, and listening to each other, we can convince ourselves that, in spite of different backgrounds and even different ideologies, we are united by the common enthusiasm of inquiry into our arts and sciences. Let us enjoy the enormous "heteroglossia" of diverse voices and the simple universality of earnest scholarship that freely crosses political borders.

As the Chinese proverb goes, even a thousand-li-long road starts with the first step. But we know that many of the international participants will have to travel thousands of li to get to the congress venue. We promise you that we will exert ourselves to make the congress worth the long road. And by doing so, we believe we can make a small but important step forward in the history of the ICCEES.

Please don't be afraid of hot summer days in Japan! I assure you that our time-honored hospitality (in combination with modern comfortable amenities) will dispel the heat. Anyway, you will find yourselves immersed in even more heated discussions that will overwhelm the heat outdoors. Welcome to Makuhari! We all are looking forward to seeing you in Makuhari!

Mitsuyoshi Numano
Professor of the University of Tokyo
Co-chairman of the Organization Committee of the ICCEES World Congress in Makuhari


• Professor Kuniya Sakai President of Kanda University of International Studies
Professor Boris I. Kolonitskii European University at St-Petersburg,Vice Rector Doctor of Historical Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
• Professor Svetlana Koval'skaya of Lev Gumilev Eurasian University (Astana)
• Professor Henry E. Hale of George Washington University
• Professor Stephen Hutchings of the University of Manchester, President of BASEES
• Professor Judith Deutsch Kornblatt of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President of ASEEES
• Professor Graeme Gill of the University of Sydney, President of ICCEES
• Professor Nobuo Shimotomai of Hosei University, Co-chairman of the Organization Committee of the ICCEES World Congress in Makuhari
• Professor Mitsuyoshi Numano of the University of Tokyo, Co-chairman of the Organization Committee of the ICCEES World Congress in Makuhari


The First ICCEES World Congress to Be Held in Asia!

All previous ICCEES world congresses have been held in North America and Europe ― Banff, Garmisch, Washington, Harrogate, Warsaw, Tampere, Berlin, and Stockholm. This is the first time the congress is being held in Asia.

In addition to the traditional participants from the North Atlantic and Russia, the Organizing Committee especially welcomes "newcomers" from Asia, Eurasia, and the global South.

To make the IX World Congress a truly transformative event, we propose the catchphrase "Makuhari ― Where Many Wests Meet Many Easts."