Kyoto Transdisciplinary & Transnational Forum 2018

Circle of Emptiness and Wholeness

  • Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018.  13:00-18:30
  • Venue: Panasonic Hall, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University
  • Admission Free, No Reservation Necessary
  • Organized by International Research Unit of Advanced Future Studies Kyoto University, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University
  • Co-organized by Life Risk Research Center,Doshisha University Center for the Study of the Creative Economy, Doshisha University Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
  • Organized under the auspices of Agency for Cultural Affairs, Kyoto City and Kyoto Prefecture
  • Lecture video released on July 26, 2019 (Video) (in Japanese)


 Despite the advancement of science and technology, we are facing with so many difficulties such as education, energies, economies and even humanities. By focusing on “external” agents, we have tried to solve serious problems, although such intensive efforts have not been successful very well. The reason for this is that the central issue of our time across all system levels emerges from our “internal” conditions as well, but not only from “external” agents. It is now time to deal with both oppositions at the same location on the Earth and at the same time of the History.
 The present Kyoto Transdisciplinary & Transnational Forum 2018 on “Circle of Nothingness and Wholeness” would provide us with deep insights into the Advanced Future Studies, for it could deal with both “external” agents and “internal” conditions simultaneously on the basic transcendental frameworks. It is our hope to develop new perspectives and new actions toward our future through stimulating discussions beyond different disciplines.


Time Title Speaker
Part I: Emptiness and Universe (in Japanese) / Chair:Tadashi Yagi (Doshisha University, Economic Policy)
13:00 – 14:30 Opening Remarks Sinya Aoki (Director, Yukawa Institute of Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University)
Panel Discussion / Panelists Kazunari Shibata (Kyoto University, Astrophysics)
Sinya Aoki (Kyoto University, Particle Physics)
Tadashi Nishihira(Kyoto University, Life Cycle Studies)
Masatoshi Murase (Kyoto University, Advanced Future Studies)
DVD “Kojiki and the Universe” Kitaro (Musician) and Kazunari Shibata (Kyoto University)
Part II: Nothing and Existence (in Japanese) / Chair:Masatoshi Murase (Kyoto University, Yukawa Institute of Theoretical Physics)
14:45 – 16:15 Round-table Talk “Challenging Uncertainty for Evolving Humans” Juichi Yamagiwa (President, Kyoto University)
Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Professor Emeritus, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies/The University of Tokyo)
DVD “Nothing and Existence” Stomu Yamash’ta (Musician)
Panel Discussion / Panelists Tadashi Yagi (Doshisha University, Economics)
Kazuyoshi Yoshimura (Kyoto University, Chemistry)
Ken-ichi Abe (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Ecological Anthropology)
Part III: Nature and Spirituality (in English) / Chair:Tadashi Yagi (Doshisha University)
16:30 – 18:30 Talk and Panel Discussion
Naohide Tomita (Kyoto University)
Takayuki Ohgushi (Kyoto University)
Eiichi Yamaguchi (Kyoto University)
Masatoshi Murase (Kyoto University)
Listening to Humanity Beyond Economic Life” 
 Stephen Hill (University of Wollongong, Australia)
“Transnational and Human Relationship”
 Hirotaka Watanabe (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Increasing the Wholeness and Decreasing the Emptiness of Life in the City
 Marc T. J. Johnson (University of Toronto, Canada)
“The Challenge of Deep Transdisciplinarity”
 Daniel Niles (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)