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<Abstract submission date now extended till 25 May >

The 9th International Symposium on

Environmental Sociology in East Asia  (ISESEA-9)

“East Asian Uniqueness and Diversity of Environmental Sociology”


DATE: November 4th to 6th, 2023 (Sat. to Mon.)

Place:   Kanto Gakuin University, Yokohama, Japan

Format: In-person or online (in-person recommended)



Since 2007, every 2 years the Associations of Environmental Sociology in East Asia have taken turns in hosting the International Symposium on Environmental Sociology in East Asia. It now returns for a third time to Japan and the members of the Japanese Association of Environmental Sociology (JAES) in November 2023 in Yokohama, Japan! 


The theme of the 9th International Symposium on Environmental Sociology in East Asia (ISESEA-9) is “East Asian Uniqueness and Diversity of Environmental Sociology: ISESEA’s 15-year Achievements and Dissemination to the World”.

Based on the accumulation of research to date and in contrast with the West, we will discuss the uniqueness and diversity of Environmental Sociology in East Asia.


Over the last 16 years, this International Symposium has created friendly spaces for researchers and practitioners who are researching or are interested in East Asia and beyond, to exchange ideas, find new approaches and forge friendships.


Please share this information with your colleagues, and we look forward to welcoming you all in Japan! 



< Information for possible PRESENTERS >

Anyone, whether practitioner or academic, is welcome to submit abstracts for consideration to present at the ISESEA. This is a friendly symposium, and we encourage early career researchers or those who are not used to international conferences to share their current work and thoughts to obtain insights from participants from other countries. There is no need for a presenter to have been born or to live in the East Asian region.


Deadline for an abstract submission: 25th May 2023 [updated]

The maximum length of abstract is 200 words in English. 

Please submit the following “Abstract submission form”:


Deadline for a full paper submission: 30th June 2023

(light summary of your presentation contents in 2000-4000 words. Selected presenters will receive further information on this after the abstract submission).


Presentation language: English (and Japanese, only in the Japanese sessions. Abstract submission for Japanese sessions will be opened in August 2023 on the website).


< Information for ALL PARTICIPANTS >


Registration period for all participants: The form will be opened on the website in August 2023:


Participation fee: Less than 8,000 yen

(for both in-person and online; we are currently working on lowering the fee as much as possible; There will be a student discount)


Venue: Yokohama Kanazawa Hakkei Campus, Kanto-Gakuin University

[5 minutes video: Find  yourself in Yokohama, Explore Kanto Gakuin University]

1-50-1 Mutsuura higashi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 236-8501 (37 minutes from Haneda Airport)


Accommodation: There are many hotels in Yokohama. However, our symposium coincides with a Japanese cultural holiday, so we recommend you book your preferred room well in advance to avoid rising accommodation prices. 



< PROGRAM > (further developments are in progress)


DAY 1: November 4th 2023 (Saturday: afternoon to the evening)

          Opening Ceremony

          Plenary Session

          Regular Sessions 1 (Abstract accepted presentations)

          Welcome gathering


DAY 2: November 5th 2023 (Sunday)

          Regular Sessions 2 (Abstract accepted presentations)

          Panel Discussion: The legacy of grassroots movements against victimization in East Asia:
Their significance and challenges (tentative title)



[Panel Discussion Information]

In East Asian regions, there have been movements addressing a wide range of concerns such as industrial pollution; chemical injury; public construction projects; and the construction of nuisance facilities. The people involved in these movements have generated various ideas, theories, and thoughts over the years.


This panel discussion focuses on grassroots movements against victimization in East Asia: What ideas, theories, and thoughts have been created and expressed through the movements in each country and region?; Do these ideas, theories, and thoughts relate to Western environmental justice debates and theories or not?; What should we learn and inherit from these movements when pollution issues are often dismissed as events of the past?; and How should we disseminate lessons from these movements to other parts of the world? We hope this session provides an opportunity to celebrate the significance and to critically analyze the challenges of the legacy of the grassroots movements in East Asia and beyond.


Yuki Tomozawa (Nagasaki University)

Kuei Tien Chou (National Taiwan University)

Sanghun Lee (Hanshin University)

Yulin Zhang (Nanjing University)



Paul Jobin (Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica)

Catherine Mei Ling Wong (University of Amsterdam)

Ryoichi Terada (Meiji University)



Saburo Horikawa (Hosei University)


DAY 3: November 6th 2023 (Monday)

          Excursion (detailed information will be confirmed in the future)

Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall & History of Yokohama urban coastal developments


The “Daigo Fukuryu Maru” was damaged by the hydrogen bomb test conducted by the United States on March 1, 1954 at Bikini Atoll, the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. After exposure to the H-bomb test, the boat was reconstructed as a practice vessel for the Tokyo University of Fisheries and was finally retired from service in 1967. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government constructed this exhibition hall in order to spread knowledge not only about wooden vessels used in deep-sea fishing, but also to raise awareness so that the tragedy caused by atomic and hydrogen bombs will not be repeated.


The conference venue is set amid scenery as depicted in Hiroshige’s “Ukiyoe” Japanese traditional block paintings (Kanazawa Hyakkei). Excursion participants will experience and learn how the city has changed since then. 


We look forward to seeing you in Japan!

Further information, please Contact (Email): yuasa[at]

Prof. Yoichi Yuasa (Chair, The Organizing Committee for the ISESEA-9, and Trustee, Japanese Association of Environmental Sociology)


[NOTE] The responsibility for the content above lies with the Organizing Committee of ISESEA-9, not with the Horikawa Seminar which voluntarily hosts these texts.




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