Journal » Special lecture was held by Professor emeritus Selçuk Esenbel from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul

On January 17th (Tuesday), associate professor Yuichiro Shizimu’s Faculty of Policy Management Research Seminar B1 (Japanese Political Development Seminar) held a special lecture welcoming Professor emeritus Selçuk Esenbel from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

Prof. Esenbel is the founder of the Japanese Studies Association in Turkey , and has been active as a leader of Japanese research for many years in Europe as well as Turkey. In 2007, she was awarded the Japan Foundation Special Prize for Japanese Studies and The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Prof. Esenbel came to Japan to promote the exchange of research between Japan and Turkey in Keio University’s Super Global Program.

In her lecture, titled “Modern Universalism and New Traditionalism: 150 years of Japanese-Turkish Relations from a Global Historical Perspective,” Prof. Esenbel discussed the spread of universalism and its opposition, new traditionalism, using the modernization of Japan and Turkey as examples. Among other things, she proposed many globally-minded solutions to the issues of race in our modern world.

Prof. Esenbel has made considerable contribution to the exchange agreement between Boğaziçi and Keio University, and professor emeritus and old time friend, Masaru Ikei of the Faculty of Law, attended the lecture. Prof. Ikei gave a vivid re-telling of the ties between the two universities. After the lecture, students from many different countries raised questions, most of which concerned racial and historical topics. The questions kept coming one after another, and everyone moved to a different location for an exchange gathering.