The 33rd GJS Seminar(163rd Tobunken/ASNET Seminar)Traveling Ethics Textbooks in East Asia (at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries)

Date and time: March 2nd, 2017 (Thur.), 5:00-6:00PM
Venue: First Meeting Room (3F), Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Speaker: Professor Nam Nguyen (Department of Oriental Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University in HCMC)
Language: English (Open to public)

Abstract: Are ethics back in fashion? Recent developments in Japan—where ethics will be taught as a formal school subject starting in 2018—and in other countries around the world suggests that interest in ethical values and practices is on the rise. This talk is a preliminary survey of how ethics as a branch of knowledge from the West was introduced to Japan and became a key part of Japanese nation-building agendas during the late 19th century. By tracking the transnational/transcultural journey of one of those textbooks known as *Chūgaku rinrisho*, it also explores the transformation of ethical theories and practices in China and Vietnam during this period.

Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)
Co-organizer: Institute for Advanced Studeis on Asia (IASA), Network for Education and Research on Asia (ASNET)
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