Workshop / Seminar

Nichi-Doku Joint Lecture

The lecture series “Nichi-Doku Joint Lecture” is organized in close cooperation of the Kyoto University European Center, Heidelberg Office, and the Heidelberg University Office, Kyoto, the liaison offices of both universities in Japan and Germany. It aims at promoting and strengthening research exchange between Heidelberg University and Kyoto University.


Other previous Worsshops and Seminars



Special Seminar “Why Wagner? Introduction to the society of intellectuals through Wagner music” (December 14, 2015, Heidelberg)

On December 14, Dr. Katsura KOISHI (Assistant Professor; Institute for Research in Humanities and Hakubi-Center, Kyoto University) gave an open lecture titled, “Why Wagner? Introduction to the society of intellectuals through Wagner music” at Music Science Lecture Hall, Heidelberg University.  Dr. Koishi’s main research field is Mendelssohn and Leipzig music in the 18-9century however, this time, she focused on the peculiar phenomena at Japan’s established universities, that play Prelude from “Nürnberger’s Meistersinger” at entrance ceremonies.[Read more]

Kyoto-Heidelberg exchange meeting for young researchers and students (21 August 2015, at Heidelbeg University)

Kyoto University Hosts Santander Winter School 2015 (9 March – 18 March 2015, at Kyoto University)


Kyoto-Heidelberg exchange meeting for young researchers and students (21 August 2015, Kyoto University)

We held the ”Kyoto-Heidelberg exchange meeting for young researchers and students” on August 21. In this event, following three young researchers in humanities, who have close connections with both Kyoto University and Heidelberg University, gave talks about a variety of topics including their career developments, how to tell research topics in an appealing way, and their experiences in various countries.

Guests: Dr. Bjoern-Ole Kamm, Project Specific Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University (former Graduate Programme Lecturer at Heidelberg University)

Dr. Kiyokazu Okita, Assistant Professor, The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University (he was in the middle of the research trip at Heidelberg University)

Dr. Takashi Fujii, Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Kwansei Gakuin University (former assistant professor at Kyoto University Hakubi Center, he got his Ph.D. at Heidelberg University.)

In the open discussion following their talks, participants had a vigorous discussion on various topics, such as the difference between Japan and Germany in the environment for humanists and advises for young researchers, etc.

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Kyoto University Hosts Santander Winter School 2015 (9 March – 18 March 2015, Kyoto University)

Heidelberg University and Kyoto University have strengthened their academic and educational partnership by setting up overseas offices on each other’s campuses. As part of this continuing cooperation, Kyoto University hosted the Santander Winter School 2015 organized by Heidelberg University between March 9th and 18th, 2015. The winter school, titled “What is Caesar’s, What is God’s? A Transcultural Perspective on the Legitimation of the Political and Religious Spheres,” offered a variety of workshops and public lectures on the history of religion and politics.

On the first day, 15 lecturers and 20 doctoral students arrived at the Exhibition Hall of the Faculty of Letters on Yoshida Campus from a wide range of countries, including Germany, United Kingdom, Brazil, Chileies, and India. Associate Professor Yutaka Tanigawa (Graduate School of Letters) gave a short speech to welcome the participants. Reflecting on his longstanding friendship with researchers at Heidelberg University, which made this event possible, he noted that “this winter school will be a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and to create new friendships for their academic life in the future.”

The doctoral students tirelessly engaged in discussions and presentations in the workshops held at the Exhibition Hall of the Faculty of Letters. At the KUINEP hall, two keynote lectures were given by prominent historians from the National University of Singapore and the University of Kiel.

This winter school is part of the Santander International Summer Schools for Doctoral Students organized by Heidelberg University. Sponsored by Santander Universidades, the university organizes a series of short-term programs for doctoral students in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Graduate students at Kyoto University are encouraged to participate in future Summer Schools and gain international experience if interested in pursuing this opportunity.

Information about Santander International Summer School

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left: Welcome Speech by Associate Prof. Tanigawa, Graduate School of Letters
right: Keynote Lecture by Prof. Hartmut Lehmann, University of Kiel

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*All pictures are provided by Heidelberg University.