Osaka University GLOBAL COE PROGRAM A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities


Japan Consortium for Human Security Education and ResearchAnnual Meeting 2008

September 20-21, 2008

Osaka University 21st Century Kaitokudo (Toyonaka Campus)

Host:Global Collaboration Center,
    Osaka University Osaka School of International Public Policy,
    Osaka University Global COE Program
    "A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities"

Co-Host:Graduate School of Human Sciences / School of Human Sciences
     Osaka University
Aims and Objectives

"Human Security" is steadily becoming a major field for academic and policy research. Particularly significant is the spread of graduate school education related to Human Security (including similar fields with difference names, such as security studies, safety science, and human security science). Human Security is an interdisciplinary field where social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences are expected to coexist and merge. However, this also poses a great challenge for education because if young researchers begin to identify with the new field of Human Security, academic associations based on existing disciplinary divisions will not be able to provide a sufficient forum for presenting research results and exchanging views. Young researchers and graduate students working on topics directly related to Human Security will no doubt benefit immensely by exchanging views with fellow researchers working on similar topics in different universities and research institutes. With this in view, a preparatory committee for establishing Japan Consortium for Human Security Education and Research was set up in July 2005 at “Human Security and Citizens of the Earth Forum” organized by Chubu University. Important issues were raised at this forum by researchers from abroad and policy makers, and the value of research networks beyond national borders was ascertained. In September 2007, Japan Consortium for Human Security Education and Research was officially inaugurated. In addition to promoting interaction between research institutions working on human security, this consortium emphasizes providing forums for young researchers to present their work, in view of the importance of graduate school education mentioned above. By organizing an annual nationwide conference, the Consortium aims to provide an opportunity for young researchers to try out their skills against members of other institutions. It also hopes to set up a system for individual participation in addition to institutional participation, and encourage active exchange of information via mailing lists. We hope to extend the range of disciplines from international politics and international relations to development studies, risk studies and sustainability studies, and cultivate an open-ended network. We very much look forward to the participation of institutions and individuals interested in education and research on Human Security.

Institutional members of the consortium (September 2008)

International Peace Research Institute, Meiji Gakuin University
Graduate Program on Human Security, the University of Tokyo
Strategic Peace & International Affairs Research Institute, Tokai University
The Research Center for Global Studies, University of Shizuoka
The Aichi University Institute of International Affairs
Center for Human Security Studies, Chubu University
Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University
Human Security Research Group, Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of International Relations
Osaka University Global Collaboration Center
Global Human Sciences Major, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
Afrasian Centre for Peace and Development Studies, Ryukoku University
Graduate Program of Asian and African Studies, Ryukoku University
Centre for Asia Pacific Partnership, Osaka University of Economics and Law
Poverty Reduction Research Cluster, Graduate School of International cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University
Graduate School of Human Environment Studies, Kyushu University

Conference Programs (in Japanese) [PDF]

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