The key note speakers at NAJAKS 2013 were:
1) Professor Satoshi Kinsui（金水 敏）Osaka University (Graduate School of Letters). Professor Kinsui´s area of specialization in linguistics is the history of Japanese grammar, as well as a more recent field of study called “role language” (役割語), which refers to linguistic stereotypes frequently found in fiction. He has a wide range of publications in Japanese and English, and is a highly cherished lecturer within the world of Japanese linguistics. The title of his talk at the conference is “The State of the Art in Role Language Research“.
2) Professor Keith Howard, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies). Professor Howard is an ethnomusicologist/anthropologist and has written a wide variety of books on East Asian music. Current projects include a monograph on North Korean music and a collaborative book on Korean dance. Professor Howard is also a regular broadcaster on Korean affairs for the BBC and other channels.
The title of his talk at the conference is “The Life and Death of Music as East Asian Intangible Cultural Heritage“.
3) Associate Professor Nanyan Guo, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, National Institutes for the Humanities (Kyoto, 国際日本文化研究センター), who is a researcher of modern Japanese literature and environmental culture. Her recent publications include major contributions to such books as “Ecstasy and Agony: the Experiences of Non-Japanese Writers of Japanese Literature” and “Japan’s Wartime Medical Atrocities: Comparative inquiries in science, history, and ethics”.
The title of her talk at the conference is “The process of Translating Western nature into Japanese shizen“.
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