GSI International Academic Seminar

“Alexandre Kojève and the « British problem »: France, Great Britain and the European freetrade trade zone (1956-1961)”

Speaker: Danilo Scholz

European University Institute, Florence, Italy, Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, History Department

Discussant: Shuichi Kawashima

Professor, Meiji University


Dr Danilo Scholz specializes in the history of modern political thought and European intellectual history. He obtained his PhD from the EHESS in 2018, by investigating how insights from ethnological, psychoanalytical and geographical research reshaped concepts and critiques of the state in twentiethcentury postwar French thought. He was awarded the Heinrich Mann Prize 2019 for his essays and other articles about Europe.

Date: July 3, 2019, 18:00-20:00 (Wed)

Venue: Collaboration Room 3, Bldg no. 18, 4F, Komaba Campus, UTokyo


The seminar paper examines an intersection between political and intellectual history and the European integration, with a special focus on the distinguished Hegelian French philosopher Alexandre Kojève. It sheds original light on how Kojève as a French official played a key role in creating the European Economic Community (EEC) and in politics among the EEC, the Commonwealth and the British, German and French governments.




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Co-organized by the Institute for Advanced Global Studies, UTokyo (Komaba) and Political Economy Tokyo Seminar, CIRJE, UTokyo (Hongo)


The Main Theme of the 2019 EUSA-Japan Research Conference:

“EU in a Changing Era – In Search of New Integration”

The conference intends to discuss visions for “reshaping” integration through reviewing the past experiences.

Details will be announced soon.

Kobe University, 16th and 17th November 2019


Special Lecture:Populism in Poland and Central Europe

Rafal Riedel (Professor, Political Institute of Opole University, Poland)

Organizer: China and Asia Research Centre, Nihon University College of Economics

Venue: Nihon University College of Economics, No.7 building, 4F, Room 7044.

For detail, please contact Prof. Shuichi Ikemoto (


The 39th EUSA-Japan Research Conference, Dokkyo University

The research conference of this year will be held on 17th and 18th November, 2018 at Dokkyo University.

Here is the Programme.

Full paper can be downloaded from here. A password is required. Please find it in a document sent to members of EUSA-Japan.

Non-members are allowed to attend this conference. The fee for this is 3000 yen.

For detail, please contact secretariat.


Special Lecture by Professor Alberto Martinelli

“Main challenges to European integration and key reform proposals, in the light of Brexit and rising national-populist parties”

        • Professor Martinelli is Former President, International Social Science Council (ISSC), and Professor emeritus, Universita’ degli Studi di Milano
        • 25 September 2018, 10:00-11:30
        • Bldg. No. 3, Room 404, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University


        • Introduction by Ariyoshi Ogawa (Member, Science Council of Japan and Professor, College of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University)
        • Welcome address by Koji Fukuda (Director, Waseda Institute for EU Studies and Professor at Waseda University)
        • Concluding remarks by Toshimitsu Shinkawa (Member, Science Council of Japan and Professor at Hosei University)


        • Hideko Magara (Council member, Science Council of Japan and Professor at Waseda University:


Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Symposium: The Future of European Integration

We are pleased to announce the seminar is going to be held as follows. We are looking forward to you joining us.

        • Date & Time: Thursday 27, September 1:30PM-3:00PM
        • Venue: Mid-sized Meeting Room, Building III, 1st Floor (East side)
        • Language: English
        • Speaker (Affiliation): Prof. Dr. Jacques PELKMANS (Centre for European Policy Studies)
        • Organizer (Affiliation): Masahiko Yoshii (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)
        • Sponsored by Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Symposium, Jointly supported by Rokko Forum
        • No registration needed