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14th Annual Kansai University EU Workshop

General information

The 14th Annual Kansai University EU Workshop will take place on Friday, 3rd November 2023, from 11:00–16:40 (CEST, UTC+2) in RAA (Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich), room G-15. 

Presentations will be held in Japanese and in English. 

The workshop is free and open to the public. No registration is required. 

Program  (PDF, 247 KB)

About the KU-UZH Workshops

The purpose of these workshops is to gather established and young scholars from Japan and Switzerland in order to hold conversations on topics within East Asian art history.

The collaboration between Kansai University in Japan and the University of Zurich is a well-established tradition that takes place twice a year, once in Japan hosted by the Kansai University and once at the University of Zurich. These opportunities have given the advanced students at the University of Zurich the chance to present work in process at scholarly events, surrounded by both established professionals in the field and fellow students and future colleagues.  

In Japan, the annual workshop is held on the Kansai University campus and in the mountains of Asuka. In both Japan and Zurich, the sessions are open to the public and widely advertised. Typically, visitors from the museum and academic worlds join us for the discussions.  

The workshop is based on border crossing, as it represents collaboration between the academic cultures of Japan and Switzerland. Not only are the languages of the presentations mixed (English and Japanese), but the students and participating faculty members are from both countries. Thus, the young participants get not only a living impression of the presentation styles of both cultures, but also the type of feedback from people working in other countries. For the students the workshops represent a superb way to make connections to their peers across borders. The workshops symbolize the global and cross-cultural aspects of education: by crossing borders we can achieve new forms of communication. 

The workshop members typically consist of three faculty members from the Kansai University and one member from the University of Zurich. The presenters are advanced students (MA and PhD) from both universities. The organizers are Professor Hans Bjarne Thomsen from the University of Zurich and various professors from the Kansai University. 

Zurich Workshop: Friday, 3rd November, 2023

Times listed below are Zurich local time (CEST, UTC+2)

Introductory Remarks


Prof. Hans B. Thomsen (University of Zurich)

11:05–11:10 Prof. INOUE Chikara 井上 主税 (Kansai University)

Part I
Chair: Prof. Hans B. Thomsen (University of Zurich)


TANIGAWA Toshiko 谷川 桐姿子 (Kansai University)
Changes in Korean Clothing 
Focusing on Women’s Hanbok

(In English)


Saskia GOLDSCHMID (University of Zurich)
Goze: The Portrayal of Blind Female Musicians in Edo Period Visual Culture 

(In English)

12:20–14:00 Break

Part II
Chair: Prof. INOUE Chikara (Kansai University)


Elisabeth EIBNER
Texts and Images from China: "Chinese Designs" in English Eighteenth-Century London

(In English)


SHAO Jinqi 邵 金琪 (Kansai University)
Discursive space in Japanese magazines in postwar Shanghai―About Shinsei (Rebirth)

(in Japanese)


Chloé WERMELINGER (University of Zurich)
Living Folk Performing Arts: Kagura and Its Changes in Purpose 

(in Japanese)

15:45–16:15 REN Xiaoqi 任 暁琪 (Kansai University)

Integration of Local Culture and Textbooks as Seen Through the Social Studies Supplementary Reader Our Osaka

(in Japanese)

16:20–16:30 Comments by Prof. HIRA Shoichi 平井 章一 (Kansai University)


Comments and Closing Remarks


Prof. Hans B. Thomsen (University of Zurich)



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Weiterführende Informationen

Workshop documents