Slavic-Eurasian Research Center 2023 Winter International Symposium

Borders, Boundaries and
War across Eurasia

Cycles of Violence and Resilience

Date: December 7-8, 2023

Format: Hybrid (on site and online via Zoom webinar) 

Venue: Room 403, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (SRC), Hokkaido University, Sapporo

Language: English
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For the reception, please contact us at the following email
Deadline 2023.12.3 at 24:00(JST)


  December 7 Thu Day 1 Borderlands, Gender and Migration
9:30-9:40 (GMT+9) Opening Remarks
9:40-11:30 (GMT+9) Panel 1: Neighbor’s Eyes on the Ukrainian War
Chair and Commentator:

Yoko Aoshima(SRC)


Akihiro Iwashita (SRC)

Japan’s Geo-politics under the Russia’s War in Ukraine

Joni Virkkunen and Minna Piipponen (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)

Limits of Para-diplomacy: Multi-layered Geopolitics of Finland’s Eastern Border

Noboru Miyawaki (Ritsumeikan University)

“Foreign Policy of Mongolia under the Russia’s War in Ukraine”

11:40-12:40 (GMT+9) Keynote Lecture: Another Brick in the Wall: B/Ordering through Othering in a World in Turmoil
Chair: Edward Boyle (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)

Elisabeth Vallet (CMR-Saint Jean and University of Quebec, Canada)

14:00-15:50 (GMT+9) Panel 2: War and Feminists
Chair: Mie Nakachi (Hokusei Gakuen University)

Oksana Kis (Institute of Ethnology, Ukraine)

“Militant Beyond Military: Hybridization of Normative Femininity in Public Discourse During Russia's War against Ukraine”

Ella Rossman (University College London, UK)

Russian Feminism in the Last Decade: From Art-Activism and Civic Education to the Anti-War Movement

Commentators: Paula Michaels (Monash University, Australia)
Ikuno Ochi (Tohoku University)
16:10-18:00 (GMT+9) Panel 3: Anti-War Protests and the New Waves of Migration and LGBTQ
Chair: Norio Horie (University of Toyama)

Irina Meyer-Olimpieva (George Washington University, US)

Silent Dissent: Exploring Russian Civic Activism as a Form of Opposition to the War in Ukraine

Alexander Sasha Kondakov (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Russia's Sexual Sovereignty

Commentators: Mayu Michigami (Niigata University)
Hyunjoo Naomi Chi (Hokkaido University)
 December 8 Fri Day 2 Cold War History in Northeast Asia
13:00-15:00 (GMT+9) Panel 4: Re-discovering Japan as Actor
Chair: David Wolff (SRC)

Yasuhiro Izumikawa (Aoyama Gakuin University) and Ayako Kusunoki (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)

The Korean War and Japan: Tokyo’s Stealth Activism in Security Policy

Amy King (Australia National University) 【On Zoom】

Reinterpreting the Past and Rebuilding the New: Constructing Unofficial Cold War Sino-Japanese Relations

Masaya Inoue (Keio University)

Negotiations on the Japan-China Aviation Agreement and LDP Politics, 1973-4

Commentator: James Hershberg (George Washington University)【On Zoom】
15:20-17:20 (GMT+9) Panel 5: Critical Junctures across the Region: Taiwan, Mongolia, Korea
Chair: Lee Jong Won (Waseda University)

David Wolff (SRC)

“Stalin and Taiwan: 1944-1953” 

Batbayar Tsedendamba (Institute of History and Ethnology, Mongolia / SRC)

Mongolia's struggle to join the United Nations: Great Power Rivalry and Mongolia's Aspirations (1946-1961)

Yasuhiro Izumikawa (Aoyama Gakuin University)

South Korea's Nordpolitik and Japan: Diplomatic Dynamics in Northeast Asia at the End of the Cold War

Commentator: Sergey Radchenko (Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Italy) 【On Zoom】
17:20-18:00 (GMT+9) Wrap-up Discussion

Organizing Committee:
  Akihiro Iwashita, David Wolff, Takehiko Inoue, Tomomi Murakami 
 Sponsored by
 Platform for Explorations in Survival Strategies at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University  
 JSPS KAKENHI JP19H00575 "Multi-Archival Analysis of Critical Junctures in Post-war Northeast Asia" 
    East Eurasian Studies Project, National Institute for the Humanities
    Eurasia Unit for Border Research at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University