The Symposium consists of three major parts: keynote speeches, panel sessions and the round table discussion. The keynote speech will be delivered by Dr.Volker Stanzel, a former career diplomat well - versed in Japan`s and China`s political affairs and Professor Canon Porter, an experienced community relations activist, peacebuilding practitioner and community theologian as well serving as a member of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council.
The objective of the panel session (titled “Reconciliation Studies – The State of the Art”) is to introduce current research trends in the field of Reconciliation Studies. Research findings will be presented by Japanese and foreign scholars representing the fields of International Politics, Political Sociology, Political Psychology, and History.
In a round table session (titled “The Practice of Reconciliation Studies: Prospects for Sino – Japanese Relations”) five panelists, experts in East Asian Studies and key-note speakers, will discuss the applicability and usefulness of Reconciliation Studies for Sino-Japanese relations. An open Q&A session will follow the round table discussion. We are hoping for a lively and fruitful discussion, which will address all of the aforementioned questions.