Academic Presentations by Christopher Hood

Here is a list of presentations I have done. Those in bold indicate invited talks.
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  • 'JET, Journeys and Researching Japan', JET Alumni Special Interest Group Workshop, University of Sheffield, 9 December 2016.
  • 'The Osutaka Pilgrimage Sites: Memorialisation Sites or Dark Tourism Sites?', Joint East Asian Studies Conference, SOAS, 9 September 2016.
  • 'Misunderstanding the Japanese Case: The Issues of Reporting and Studying Japan', joint paper with Christopher Hayes, Research Methods in Modern Languages and Global Area Studies Conference, Cardiff University, 14 January 2016.
  • 'Problems of Researching the Narratives of Others' Disasters: The Case of JL123', Narratives of Conflict and Disaster Workshop, Cardiff University, 13 January 2016.
  • 'The Shinkansen: Cultural Icon of Japan', Experience Japan Exhibition, The Royal Society London, 14 November 2015.
  • 'Is Japan the Empire of Signs?', 'National Symbols across Time and Space' Symposium, University of Oslo, 18 September 2015.
  • 'Unity and Disunity amongst Japanese Photographers', British Association for Japanese Studies Conference, 10 September 2015.
  • 'Fictive Nation or Empire of Signs? Reflections on Barthes’ Japan', Roland Barthes at 100 Conference, Cardiff University, 30-31 March 2015.
  • 'The Shinkansen: Cultural Icon of Japan', Japan Foundation London, 31 October 2014.
  • 'Uniting a Nation: Transportation and Responses to the 3/11 Disaster', Gambarou Nippon – Imagi(ni)ng Japan Post 3/11 symposium, SOAS, University of London, 4 September 2014.
  • 'The Changing Face of Intercity Transport in Japan', European Association for Japanese Studies Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 28 August 2014.
  • 'It’s Not All Peachy: The Changing Face of Inter-City Transport in Japan', Aichi Prefectural University, 16 January, 2014.
  • 'Shinkansen: More Than Just a Train', Japan Society Southern Counties, Petersfield, 24 October, 2013.
  • 'How Japan Represents the Dead of the World’s Single Largest Plane Crash', Representing the Dead in Society Panel, Before I Die: A Festival for the Living about Dying, Cardiff University, 16 May 2013.
  • 'The Battle for the Inter City Transport Market in Japan', Daiwa Capital Markets Seminar, 10 January 2013.
  • 'Unnatural in Nature: Suicide and Untimely Deaths in Japan', British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) Conference, University of East Anglia, 6 September 2012.
  • 'Disasters in Japan: Creation and Re-Creation', Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol, 21 May 2012.
  • 'Social Media and Disasters: YouTube and the JL123 Crash', Japanese Media Studies Workshop, Sainsbury Institute, 20 April 2012.
  • 'Kizuna: Examining the Bonds of Risk, Tragedy, Disaster and Recovery in Japan', School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University, 9 March 2012.
  • 'Die Another Day: Death and Bonds in Japan', Oxford Brookes University, 6 March 2012.
  • 'Designing a Disaster in Japan', White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Sheffield, 17 February 2012.
  • 'Making a Tragedy into a Disaster in Japan', University of Winchester, 9 February 2012.
  • 'A Tale of Two Forests: Memorialization, Symbolism and Death in Japan', Japan Research Centre Seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), 14 December 2011.
  • 'Death and Disaster in Japanese Manga: Constructing Memory and Behaviour', 'Keeping Japan on the Map' conference, London, 18 November 2011.
  • 'Dealing With Disaster in Japan: Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash', Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, 28 October 2011.
  • ‘Ignorance is not Bliss: Lessons from History in Disaster Management in Japan – The Case of JL123’, British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) Workshop, 8 September 2011.
  • 'Whose dead? Remembering the JL123 Plane Crash', European of Association of Japanese Studies, 13th Conference in Tallinn, 25 August 2011.
  • 'Social Memory of Japan’s Titanic: Emotion, History, Conspiracy and the JL123 Crash', Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Honolulu, 2 April 2011.
  • 'Death of a Jumbo: The JL123 crash on screen', Japanese Media Studies Workshop, Sainsbury Institute, 17 September 2010.
  • 'Climber's High and the Changing Discourse about Flight JL123', British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) Annual Conference, SOAS (University of London), 10 September 2010.
  • ‘The Osutaka Pilgrimage: Remembering the Victims of the Flight JL123 Crash’, Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS) 20th Annual Conference, University of Texas at Austin, 14 March 2010.
  • ‘Fast Women: The Shinkansen and the Changing Japanese Gender Roles’, Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility and Labor in Japan Conference, University of Oregon, 8 January 2010.
  • Sen no Kaze-ni Natte (‘I am a Thousand Winds)’, European Day of Languages, Cardiff University, 25 September 2009.
  • ‘Dealing with Disaster in Japan: Lessons from the Flight JL123 Crash’, Death Dying and Disposal 9th Annual Conference (DDD9), Durham University, 11 September 2009.
  • ‘Visualization of Death in Japan: The Case of the Flight JL123 Crash’, Envisaging Death: Visual Culture and Dying Symposium, University of Birmingham, 26 June 2009.
  • ‘Disaster (Mis)Management in Japan: The Case of Flight JL123’, Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, 29 March 2009.
  • ‘Narratives on the World's Worst Plane Crash: Flight JL123 in Print and On Screen’, Crime Narratives in Context Research Seminar, Cardiff University, 12th February 2009.
  • ‘Remembering Flight JL123’, European of Association of Japanese Studies, 12th Conference in Lecce, 21 September 2008.
  • ‘The Shinkansen’s Regional Impact’, European of Association of Japanese Studies, 12th Conference in Lecce, 20 September 2008.
  • ‘The Shinkansen’s Regional Impact’, Japan’s Shrinking Regions Workshop, University of Sheffield, 3 July 2008.
  • ‘The Osutaka Pilgrimage: Remembering the Victims of the Flight JL123 Crash’, British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), Annual Conference, 11 April 2008.
  • ‘Dealing with Disaster: Japanese Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash’, Portsmouth University, 23 November 2007.
  • ‘Dealing with Disaster: State Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash’, Japan Politics Colloquium, Oxford University, 12 September 2007.
  • ‘Flight JL123: SOS’, Poster Presentation at Humanities Collaborative Research Day, Cardiff University, 14 May 2007.
  • ‘Shinkansen: Iconic Railway of Japan’, Richard Trevithick Railway Lecture, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, County Hall, Cardiff, 15 February 2007.
  • ‘Education as the Foundation of Everything’, Conference on Japan’s Political, Economic, and Social Systems and Its Contribution to the International Community, Institute of International Policy Studies, 5/6 December 2006, Tokyo, Japan.
  • ‘Train Wars: Exporting the Shinkansen to China’, Edinburgh University, 3 November 2006.
  • ‘The Shinkansen’s Impact on Cities’, British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), Annual Conference, 13 September 2006.
  • ‘Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan’, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, 6 April 2006.
  • ‘Symbolism and Machines – The Case of Japan and the Shinkansen’, Centre of East Asian Studies, Bristol University, 27 February, 2006.
  • ‘Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan’, National Railway Museum (York), 5 February 2006.
  • ‘Bullets and Trains: The Shinkansen and Sino-Japanese Relations’, British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), Annual Conference, 8 September 2005.
  • ‘JR Cultures: Differences and Similarities on the Japanese Railways’, European of Association of Japanese Studies, 11th Conference in Vienna, 1 September 2005.
  • ‘What Britain Needs is the Shinkansen’, University of Kitakyūshū, 25 May 2005.
  • Shinkansen, Sore-wa Igirisu-ga Hitsuyō tosurumono (What Britain Needs is the Shinkansen)’, Kōbe National University, 24 May 2005.
  • ‘Education in Japan and the UK: Challenges for the Future’, Aichi University of Education, 23 May 2005.
  • ‘The Shinkansen and the Environment: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’, Chūō University, 19 May 2005.
  • ‘Shinkansen – Not Just a Bullet Train’, Yokohama National University, 18 May 2005.
  • Shinkansen, Sore-wa Igirisu-ga Hitsuyō tosurumono (What Britain Needs is the Shinkansen)’, Surugadai University, 16 May 2005.
  • ‘Shinkansen – More than Just a Train’, Cambridge University, 22 November 2004.
  • ‘Exporting the Dream Train: the Shinkansen in Asia and Beyond’, Royal Institute of International Affairs, 17 May 2004.
  • ‘The Shinkansen and The Mechanisms of Change’, Japan Politics Colloquium, Sheffield University, 12 September 2003.
  • ‘The Shinkansen and the Environment: Friend or Foe?’, European of Association of Japanese Studies, 10th Conference in Warsaw, 30 August 2003 .
  • ‘Welcome To The Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan’, Donnington Grove Japanese Society, 12 March 2003.
  • ‘Cultural Interface of Japan’s International Relations: Sport, The Media and Mutual Perceptions’, Japan Society/Daiwa Seminar, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, 30 October 2002.
  • ‘Shinkansen: Past, Present and Future’, Japan Society Lecture, 17 September 2002.
  • ‘The Symbolism of the Shinkansen’, Japan Politics Colloquium, Oxford University, 12 September 2002.
  • ‘The Super-Express of Dreams’, Japanese Railway Conference, Cardiff University, 25 March 2002.
  • ‘The Third Great Reform of the Japanese Education System: Success in the 1980s Onwards’, Nissan Institute Occasional Seminar, Nissan Institute/St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford, 8 February, 2002.
  • ‘Whose Line is it Anyway? The Politics of the Shinkansen’, Japan Politics Group Colloquium, Cardiff University, 13 September, 2001.
  • ‘Getting on Track – High Speed Railways in Japan and the UK’, Anglo-Japanese Academy Workshop, 4 September 2001.
  • ‘Biting The Bullet: What We Can Learn From The Shinkansen’, Royal Institute of International Affairs, 19 January 2001.
  • Hinomaru and Kimigayo: One Year On’ Japan Politics Group Colloquium, Warwick University, 6 September, 2000.
  • ‘Ishihara - One Year On’, British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), Annual Conference, 10 April 2000.
  • ‘Creating a New Japan: The Results of the Education Reform Programme’, University of Cambridge, 14 February, 2000.
  • ‘Japan’s New Education System: Nakasone’s Legacy’, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), 27 October, 1999.
  • ‘A New Nationalist Japan? The Implications of the Election of Governor Ishihara’, Japan Politics Group Colloquium, University of Birmingham, 7 September, 1999.
  • ‘The Election of Ishihara: A Symbol of Rising Nationalism in Japan?’, Postgraduate Network in East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, 31 July, 1999.
  • ‘The Election of Ishihara: A Symbol of Rising Nationalism in Japan?’, Royal Institute of International Affairs, 22 July, 1999.
  • ‘Nakasone: Nationalist or Internationalist?’, East Asia Research Committee Seminar, University of Sheffield, 17 March, 1999.
  • ‘Japan’s Next Generation: Nakasone’s Legacy & The Effects of the Education Reform Process’, Nissan Institute Occasional Seminar, Nissan Institute/St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford, 13 November, 1998.
  • ‘Regionalism in Japan: The Roles of Sport and Infrastructure’, Japan Politics Group Colloquium, University of Kent/Chaucer College, 3 September, 1998.
  • ‘Nakasone's Education System’, British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) Annual Conference, Cardiff, April, 1998.
  • Kōtōkyōiku: Igirisu to Nihon no Hikaku’ (Higher Education: A Comparison of the UK and Japan), Special Seminar, Chūō University (Tokyo), 27 November, 1997.
  • Yutori and Ikiru-chikara: The New Education System’, Japan Politics Group Colloquium, University of Leeds, 3 September, 1997.
  • ‘Nakasone and Education Reform: A Revisionist View’, East Asia Research Committee Seminar, University of Sheffield, 21 May, 1997.
  • ‘Nakasone: Understanding the Conflicts and His Involvement in Education Reform’, Japan Politics Group Colloquium, University of Stirling, 5 September, 1996.
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