International Conference on Multicultural Democracy (May 10–13, 2018)International Conference on Multicultural Democracy (May 10–13, 2018)

International Conference on Multicultural Democracy: Institutions, Structures, and Norms
Fukuoka, Japan, May 10–13, 2018

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Conference Theme
As globalization has accelerated the movement of people and the diffusion of liberal political and social principles across national boundaries, two distinct trends have emerged. One is diversity, whereby different groups of citizens, including foreigners, sexual minorities, and indigenous people, coexist. The other trend is exclusion, which includes phenomena, such as xenophobia, anti-immigration sentiments, and racial and other forms of discrimination; in other words, multiculturalism and multicultural community buildings have received a backlash.
This conference focuses on the social infrastructure of multicultural democracy, such as institutions, structures, and norms. We use the term “multicultural” to refer to the diversity of actors with different attributes (race, ethnicity, sex, status, origin, etc.). Therefore, the term is not limited to narrowly defined representations of race and ethnicity. By the same token, the term “multicultural community building” signifies the creation and stabilization of public spaces where diverse actors with different attributes can coexist. Such coexistence has been guaranteed by institutional, structural, and normative settings. Finally, “multicultural democracy” signifies the pursuit of multicultural community building through liberal and democratic means. The conference thus examines how social infrastructures have (1) accelerated social exclusion, (2) encouraged social inclusion, and (3) promoted multicultural democracy.

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Day 1: May 10 (Thursday) 17:00-19:00
Preliminary Seminar
Chair: Toru Oga (Kyushu University)
Speaker: Robert Eldridge (Okinawa International University / Hosei University)
“Roger Baldwin, the ACLU, and Human Rights Policy in Okinawa in the 1950s and 1960s”

Day 2: May 11 (Friday) 9:30~18:30
9:30-10:00 Morning Reception
10:00-10:10 Opening Remark

Keynote Speech
Chair: Toru Oga (Kyushu University)
Speaker: Ilcheong Yi (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development)
“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Multiculturalism in the Local Settings”

Session I-A Citizenship and Minority
Chair: Ryoko Nakano (Kanazawa University)
Speaker: Ian Neary (University of Oxford) “The social construction of Dowa policy”
Speaker: Jinhee Kim (Korean Educational Development Institute) “Othering against Ethnic Minority and the role of Lifelong Learning”
Speaker: Lance Gamboa, Athena Carangan, Julia Agida (Ateneo de Manila University) “An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Leadership Experiences of LGBT Leaders in the Philippine Public Sector”

Session I-B Multicultural Community Buildings
Chair: Ron Vilog (De La Salle University)
Speaker: Marvin Lagonera (Ateneo de manila) “Examining the Tensions between Social Capital Formation and Neoliberal Democracy from the Margins: The Case of the Aeta Indigenous Community of Sitio Alunan in the Philippines”
Speaker: Watini (Gadjah Mada University) “Indigenous Religion in Public Life: Case Study of Sunda Wiwitan in Cigugur”
Speaker: Naoko Hosokawa (European University Institute) “Word Choice and Identity Construction in Multicultural Communities: An Empirical Analysis of Media Discourse on ‘Asia’ and ‘Europe’”

12:10-13:10 Lunch

Session II-A Political Participation
Chair: Suk-Ki Kong (Seoul National University)
Speaker: Ying Hooi Khoo (University of Malaya) “Electoral Reform Movement and Political Participation in Malaysia,”
Speaker: Kyoko Tominaga (Ritsumeikan University) “Institutionalization Changes the Movement Culture: The Case of Election Campaign Activists in Japan”
Speaker: Kikuko Nagayoshi(Tohoku University) “Profiles of Netto Uyoku, online activists of the Japanese alt-right”
Speaker: Richa Biswas (Kazi Nazrul University) “Right Wing Nationalism and the Closure of Syncretic Culture in Contemporary India”

Session II-B Concepts of Citizenship
Chair: Yuki Ooi (Nanzan University)
Speaker: Kei Yamamoto (Ritsumeikan University) “Public Sphere to Come”
Speaker: Cristian Palacios (University of Buenos Aires) “Laughter and Community. The role of Humor in the Constitution of a Multicultural Democracy”
Speaker: Yuka Kitayama (Osaka University) “Conceptions of citizenship and cultural tolerance: Comparing Japan and Norway”
Speaker: Sana Salim (University of Delhi) “Contesting Citizenship: The Dilemma of Present trends in Indian Constitutionalism”

Session III-A Non-state Actors in Multicultural Democracy
Chair: Beata Bochorodycz (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Speaker: Itai Apter(University of Haifa) “Domestic Multicultural Democracy on the Global Legal Political Stage ? The Interrelationship between Multicultural Democracy and Foreign Legal-Political Policy in International Law-Making Forums”
Speaker: Aki Tonami (University of Tsukuba) “Paradiplomacy and norm lifecycle: An example from Hokkaido and its Arctic diplomacy”
Speaker: Heejin Han (Pukyong National University) “Foreign NGOs in China: The Agents of Political Change or Partners in Governance?”
Speaker: Norihiro Nihei (University of Tokyo) “Two Views on the Restructuring of ‘Civil Society’ in Japan”

Session III-B Migration and Ethnicity
Chair: Ying Hooi Khoo (University of Malaya)
Speaker: Benjamin San Jose (Ateneo de Manila University) “A Win for Whom? The
Salience of Migration Management and Human Security among Healthcare workers along the Philippine-Japan Migration Corridor”
Speaker: Saho Matsumoto (Nagoya City University) “Immigration and Christian Lobbies in the US -historical and contemporary perspectives-”
Speaker: Sonja Stojadinovic(Leftist Movement Solidarnost)“Ironies in the war immigrants stories: How a former war immigrant can become an immigrant hater?”

Session IV Data Analysis and Methodology
Chair: Toru Oga (Kyushu University)
Speaker: Andrew Nathan (Columbia University) “Inclusionary and Exclusionary
Attitudes Among Asian Publics”
Speaker: Plamen Akaliyski(University of Oslo) “Globalization and the Worldwide Diffusion of Democratic Political Culture: Evidence from 3 Decades of Values Study”
Speaker: Masaki Hata (Kitakyushu University)
Speaker: Kenneth McElwain (University of Tokyo)“Actions, Backlash, and Backlash to Backlash: Japanese Attitudes Towards China and Korea”

18:30- Reception

Day 3: May 12 (Saturday)
9:30-10:20 Morning Reception

Session V-A Multicultural Democracy in Okinawa
Chair: Toru Oga (Kyushu University)
Speaker: Robert Eldridge (Okinawa International University) “Four Base Referendums in Japan Challenging State Authority”
Speaker: Johanna Zulueta (Soka University) “From a Base Town to a “Multicultural” City: Examining the Case of Okinawa City”
Speaker: Shuzo Yamakoshi (Keio University) “On the political function of the news media: a discourse analysis on the Okinawa problem”
Speaker: Keiko Yonaha (Meio University)

Session V-B Public Sphere
Chair: Jiro Hasumi (Kyushu University)
Speaker: Suk-Ki Kong (Seoul National University) “Talking Politics and Public Sphere of the Peaceful Candlelight Revolution in Korea”
Speaker: Hiro Mitsuo Hayashi (Kyushu University) “Social Exclusion and Economic Development in the Context of Japanese “Insider” Minority Groups: Fukushima-cho and Hiroshima City in the Post-War Period”
Speaker: Naomi Shimpo(Tsukuba) “Governmental strategies for supporting intercultural gardens ? A case of Berlin, Germany”
Speaker: Beata Bochorodycz (Adam Mickiewicz University) “Antinuclear Movement in Japan and the Formation of Multicultural Democracy”

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Session VI-A Politics of Multicultural Democracy
Chair: Benjamin San Jose (Ateneo De Manila University)
Speaker: Toru Oga (Kyushu University) “Discourses on the Comfort Women Issue in Japan: Its Emergence, Development, and Backlash in Relation to International and Domestic Norm Dynamics”
Speaker: Mirza Satria Buana (Lambung Mangkurat University) “Indonesia’s Multiculturalism Democracy at Stake: The Rise of Populism, Exclusion and Discrimination in Approaching the 2019 Presidential Election”

VI-B Citizenship and Education
Chair: Jinhee Kim (Korean Educational Development Institute)
Speaker: Jiro Hasumi (Kyushu University) “Inclusions and Exclusions by Plurilingualism and Pluriculturalism”
Speaker: André Salmerón (Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei) “The reconstruction of “minority” within the framework of meritocracy: an analysis of the public debate over the use of racial quotas in Brazilian public universities”

Session VII-A Migration and Community Buildings
Chair: Saho Matsumoto (Nagoya City University)
Speaker: Ron Vilog (De La Salle University) “Negotiating Citizenships in Democracies: The Case of Philippine Nikkeijin”
Speaker: Katerina Bataha ( Universitas Gadjah Mada) “Citizen Star Do Not Compete Their Light! Building Tolerance and Participation As Citizens Case study in Indonesia”
Speaker: Takahiko Ueno (Hitotsubashi University) “Rumours against Immigrants and the Multicultural Public Sphere: Urban Governance and the Grassroots in Barcelona’s “Anti-Rumours” campaign”

VII-B Multicultural Democracy and Environment
Chair: Johanna Zulueta (Soka University)
Speaker: Mayako Shimamoto(Osaka University)〝Rethinking Japan’s Nuclear Policy from the 1980s Onward: Is Finland’s Final Repository a Role Model?”
Speaker: Laÿna Droz “Cross-cultural Environmental Decision-Making and Activism in East Asia: Cross-cultural Environmental Decision-Making and Activism in East Asia”

Session VIII Memory and Dialogues for Multicultural Democracy
Chair: Toru Oga
Speaker: Kevin Blackburn (National Institute of Education) “Comparative War Memory of the Japanese Occupation of Southeast Asia”
Speaker: Ryoko Nakano (Kanazawa University) “East Asia’s memory contests in UNESCO heritage programmes”
Speaker: Fumie Mitani (Nihon University) “Media Discourse on Human Rights Issue: a case of Comfort Women Issue during the 1990s”

17:30-18:30 General Discussion
18:30 Closing

Day 4: May 13 (Sunday) 
9:00-12:00 Excursion in the Fukuoka Castle