On the Agenda of the Arts Tokyo Round Table on Intercultural Dialogue 2007

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On the Agenda of the Arts Tokyo Round Table on Intercultural Dialogue 2007



TitleOn the Agenda of the Arts Tokyo Round Table on Intercultural Dialogue 2007
Time14:00 - 17:00
GOETHE-INSTITUT JAPAN, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site, Instituto Cervantes TOKIO
ParticipantsYilmaz Dziewior, Agung Hujatnika, Gema Martín Muñoz, Ruth Noack, Christine Tohme
Instituto Cervantes TOKIO Edificio Instituto Cervantes, 2-9, Rokuban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, 102-0085 Tokyo TEL 03-5210-1800

At the start of the 21st century, the acceleration of economy, information and traffic has placed us into a network of increasingly tight and synchronic interdependency. At the same time, globalization and its possibilities have been inspiring people from different nationalities, identities and cultural backgrounds to associate, collaborate, and create something together. It is equally true however, that friction and stereotyped perceptions have come to dominate the global situation and our daily lives on various levels.
Today, maybe more than ever, we are confronted with the question of how and to what extent the cultural sphere can contribute to the acceptance of cultural diversity and a successful intercultural dialog. An East Asian view on "cross-cultural communication" was proposed by Izutsu Toshihiko (*) in his lecture "Beyond Dialogue - A Zen Point of View" (**), in which he referred to the "question-and-answer" Zen practice, and suggested that the verbal dialogue we usually rely on might in fact yield various boundaries of communication. Izutsu emphasized the importance of getting rid of language in order to look at things as they are. He explained that communication is not about making conclusions based on relative merits and an understanding of what is right and what is wrong, and pointed out the significance of a "continued dialogue".
"On the Agenda of the Arts" is the title we chose for series of events on cultural dialogue, the first of which being the "Tokyo Round Table on cultural dialogue 2007". In 2008, we plan to continue by introducing successful examples of cross-cultural communication from various fields, and digging deeper into the matter with a series of conferences on cross-cultural exchange based on diversity and different concepts of values.


Izutsu Toshihiko 

Linguist, Islamist, metaphysician, researcher in the field of Oriental philosophy. His books have been translated into more than 20 different languages.
** international symposium titled "L'impact planétaire de la pensée occidentale rend-il possible un dialogue réel entre les civilisations?" in October 1977, hosted by the Centre Iranien pour le Dialogue des Civilisations in Teheran.

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Christine TOHME