Symposium

International Symposium
The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn:
His Spirit from the West to the East

Poster (English)

Poster (English)

date: Saturday, July 5—Sunday, July 6, 2014
venue: Ionian Blue Hotel, Lefkada, Greece
Admission free

Organizer: The Planning Committee for the Memorial Events in Greece to Commemorate the 110th Anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn’s Death
Co-Organizer: Lefkas Cultural Center, Municipality of Lefkada, Embassy of Japan in Greece
With The Support of The American College of Greece, Embassy of Greece in Japan, Embassy of Ireland in Athens, The San-in Chuo Shimpo Newspaper Co.,Ltd., The Shizuoka Shimbun, The Kitanippon Shimbun, The Toyama Shimbun, Kumamoto Nichinichi Shimbun

Hearn’s open mind, cultivated in European climates, especially in Greece and Ireland, was further developed and enriched into a more open spirit through his sojourns in the U.S., Martinique and Japan. It may be said that the basis of his open mind was formed from his childhood exposure to Hellenistic polytheism on his mother’s side and the Celtic spiritual world on his father’s side.

Saturday, July 5, 10:00—13:50

Memorial Speech

Bon Koizumi (Japan/Ireland/Greece)
Professor, University of Shimane; Great-grandson of Lafcadio Hearn
The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn:  A Spiritual Odyssey from Greece to Japan

Session 1 “Rediscoveries of the Open Mind”

1. Mari Christine (Japan/USA)
Inter-Cultural Interpreter; Hearn Library Researcher, Toyama University
Lafcadio Hearn’s Open Mind in the Classroom: Findings from Hearn’s Kumamoto Lectures

2. John Moran (Ireland)
Journalist, the Irish Times
Early Influences on Lafcadio Hearn

3. Sotiris Chalikias (Greece)
Translator and Writer
Lafcadio Hearn’s Imagined Greece

4. Masayuki Ikeda (Japan)
Professor, Waseda University
The Contribution of Hearn’s Literature to Present Times:Learning from the Retold Tales of the World of Kwaidan

Sunday, July 6, 10:00—13:10

Session 2 “Developments of the Open Mind”

1. Hariclea Zengos (Greece)
Professor, The American College of Greece
At Home in the World: Transnational Hearn

2. Demetrios Vassiliades (Greece)
Professor, University of Athens
Lafcadio Hearn and Buddhism

3. Louis Solo Martinel (France/Martinique)
Lecturer, University of Tokyo & Waseda University
Exoticism and Cross-Culturality: On Lafcadio Hearn’s Fantastic Tales

4. Shingo Nagaoka (Japan)
Professor, Shimane University
Greek, Irish and/or British?: Hearn’s Immigration to America and his Cultural Identities

5. Paul Murray (Ireland)
Hearn Biographer
Gothic Horror: The Dublin Haunting of Lafcadio Hearn


Coordinator: Shingo Nagaoka (Japan)
Professor, Shimane University

Chairperson: Alan Rosen (Japan/USA)
Former Professor, Kumamoto University