The Making of the Asian Sphere: Past, Present, and Future

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April 5, 2016 to April 7, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Race Studies, Russian or Soviet History / Studies
The Asian Sphere: Trans-Cultural Flows
An Inter-University Graduate Program
The University of Haifa and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

An International Conference on



The University of Haifa
Tuesday-Thursday, 5-7 April 2016


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

OPENING (16:30-17:00)
Reuven Snir, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Haifa
Gideon Shelach, Head of the Asian Sphere Program, Hebrew University
Rotem Kowner, The Asian Sphere Program, University of Haifa
SESSION I  (17:00-19:00)
Chair: Simone Shamay-Tsoory (University of Haifa, Israel)
Shinobu Kitayama (University of Michigan, USA)
Culture, Neuroscience and the Distinct Aspects of Asian Personality and Emotions
Jenny Kurman (University of Haifa, Israel)
Is there an Asian Mode of Behavior? Creativity, Self-Enhancement and Control Strategies in Asia
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
SESSION II  (10:00-12:00)
Chair: Yuri Pines (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Gideon Shelach (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
  The First Age of Globalization? Asia during the First Millennium BC
Ronnie Ellenblum (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Climate Change and Collapse in an Asian Perspective (tentative title)
SESSION III (13:30-15:30)
Chair: Michal Daliot-Bul (University of Haifa, Israel)
Michal Biran (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
 The Chinggisid Space in Mongol Eurasia and the Making of Asia
Francois Gipouloux (CNRS, France)
China's Inter-regional Trading Networks and Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics, Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries
SESSION IV (16:00-18:00)
Chair: Nimrod Baranovitch (University of Haifa, Israel)
Michael Keevak (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
The Rise of the Concept of Race and the Making of Asia
Ross G. Forman (University of Warwick, UK)
Designing Asia through Display: Imperialism, International Exhibitions, and Spheres of Influence in the Late Nineteenth Century
Thursday, 7 April 2016
SESSION V (10:00-12:00)
Chair: Larisa Fialkova (University of Haifa, Israel)
Andreas Renner (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)
Russian Concepts of Asia since the Eighteenth Century
Mark Gamsa (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Asia as a Self-Deprecatory Image in the Early Twentieth Century: Russian, Chinese and Japanese Perspectives
SESSION VI  (13:30-15:30)
Chair: Guy Podoler (University of Haifa, Israel)
Christopher W.A. Szpilman (Sophia University, Japan)
Japanese Pan-Asianism and Asia in the Twentieth Century
Itzchak Weismann (University of Haifa, Tokyo, Israel)
South and West Asia in Modern Islamic Networking
SESSION VII (16:00-18:00)
Chair: Gideon Shelach (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Yitzhak Shichor (University of Haifa, Israel)
Asia Resurrected: The Future Is What It (Once) Used to Be (More or Less)
Rotem Kowner (University of Haifa, Israel)
The Making of a “Continent”: Some Observations and General Discussion
Contact Info: 

Rotem Kowner
Professor of Japanese History and Culture
Department of Asian Studies
The University of Haifa, ISRAEL