Κυριακή, 13 Ιουλίου 2014

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM IN LEFKADA

A summary in English


International Symposium in Lefkada, to Commemorate Lafcadio Hearn
The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn: His Spirit from the West to the East
Friday, July 4 - Sunday, July 6, 2014

Organizer: 
The Planning Committee for the Memorial Events in Greece to Commemorate the 110th Anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn’s Death
Co-Organizer:
Lefkas Cultural Center, Municipality of Lefkada, Embassy of Japan in Greece
With The Support of The American College of Greece, Embassy of Greece in Japan, Embassy of Ireland in Athens


Hearn’s open mind, cultivated in European climates, especially in Greece and Ireland, was further developed and enriched into a more open spirit through his sojourns in the U.S., Martinique and Japan. It may be said that the basis of his open mind was formed from his childhood exposure to Hellenistic polytheism on his mother’s side and the Celtic spiritual world on his father’s side.


Venue: Ionian Blue Hotel, Lefkada, Greece
Admission free
Coordinator: Shingo Nagaoka (Japan) Professor, Shimane University
Chairperson: Alan Rosen (Japan/USA) Former Professor, Kumamoto University

Saturday, July 5, 10:00 - 13:50

Memorial Speech
Bon Koizumi (Japan/Ireland/Greece) 
Professor, University of Shimane; Great-grandson of Lafcadio Hearn
The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn: A Spiritual Odyssey from Greece to Japan

“Rediscoveries of the Open Mind”
1. Mari Christine (Japan/USA)
Inter-Cultural Interpreter; Hearn Library Researcher, Toyama University
Lafcadio Hearn’s Open Mind in the Classroom: Findings from Hearn’s Kumamoto Lectures

2. John Moran (Ireland) 
Journalist, the Irish Times 
Early Influences on Lafcadio Hearn

3. Sotiris Chalikias (Greece) 
Translator and Writer
Lafcadio Hearn’s Imagined Greece

4. Masayuki Ikeda (Japan) 
Professor, Waseda University
The Contribution of Hearn’s Literature to Present Times:Learning from the Retold Tales of the World of Kwaidan

Sunday, July 6, 10:00 - 13:00

“Developments of the Open Mind”
1. Hariclea Zengos (Greece) 
Professor, The American College of Greece 
At Home in the World: Transnational Hearn

2. Dimitrios Vassiliadis (Greece) 
Professor, University of Athens 
Lafcadio Hearn and Buddhism

3. Louis Solo Martinel (France/Martinique) 
Lecturer, University of Tokyo & Waseda University 
Exoticism and Cross-Culturality: On Lafcadio Hearn’s Fantastic Tales

4. Shingo Nagaoka (Japan) 
Professor, Shimane University 
Greek, Irish and/or British?: Hearn’s Immigration to America and his Cultural Identities

5. Paul Murray (Ireland) 
Hearn Biographer 
Gothic Horror: The Dublin Haunting of Lafcadio Hearn

Other events:
Friday, July 4, 19:30
Lefkas Cultural Center, Lefkada
Reception

Saturday, July 5, 21:30
Open Theatre, Lefkas Cultural Center, Lefkada

Sunday, July 6, 21:30
Open Theatre, Lefkas Cultural Center, Lefkada

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