Archive: ISESEA-5 Sendai [2015]

Below are the archived data/files from the official website of the 5th International Symposium on Environmental Sociology in East Asia [ISESEA-5] held at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, from 30th October to 1st November 2015. As the website of ISESEA-5 is no longer alive, some of the useful contents have been rescued and are now available below. The responsibility for the content below lies with the Organizing Committee of ISESEA-5, not with the Horikawa Seminar which voluntarily hosts these archived data/files.

> About the ISESEA (by Dr. Saburo Horikawa)

The Theme of the ISESEA-5: Disaster, Risk and Sustainable Community

Having made a round since 2007, by taking turns among Associations of Environmental Sociology in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China, a second turn of  Japanese Association of Environmental Sociology (JAES) comes up again in November 2015 in Sendai, Japan. Co-hosting with RC24, JAES holds the 5th International Symposium on Environmental Sociology in East Asia (ISESEA-5) with the theme of Disaster, Risk and Sustainable Community. We will address what the disasters and other various risks of our societies question as we attempt to construct sustainable communities.

The Keynote and the Sessions

The Proceedings

The Proceedings of the ISESEA-5 Sendai (PDF; 8.2MB)

The Program

The Program of the ISESEA-5 Sendai (PDF; 3.7MB)

The Session List

The Session List of the ISESEA-5 Sendai (PDF)

The Program Timetable

The Program Timetable of the ISESEA-5 Sendai (PDF)

The Keynote

By Prof. Riley Dunlap (Oklahoma State University, U.S.A.) (PDF)

“All hands on deck”: the participants of the ISESEA-5 Sendai (October 30th, 2015)

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About the ISESEA
by Dr. Saburo Horikawa
(Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan)
May 2018 (Slightly revised in July 2022)

Once Upon a Time in Beijing….
The idea of bridging the gap between academic societies in East Asia is nothing new. In fact, there have been a couple of sporadic endeavors in the past to connect sociologists specialized in environmental issues and environmental sociology among East Asian societies. The Japanese Association for Environmental Sociology [JAES] organized an international symposium back in 1993. Bukkyo University in Kyoto, Japan, put together another international conference in 2001. The mailing list has been established among the participants of those symposia and e-mails were sent and received. But the networks that were formed during those events did not last long. When the excitement of a conference and the thrill of starting something new were gone, the network was gone, too.But it was all different when the international symposium was organized in Beijing in 2007. With more than 120 participants, it was a success. On the final day in Beijing, key scholars agreed to have a series of symposia in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. Those scholars knew what they needed was sustained efforts to keep the network alive, not something sporadic.

Tokyo: Where It All Began
Following the agreement reached in Beijing, the very first symposium of what would later come to be known as the ISESEA-1 was held at Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2008. Leading scholars from across East Asia gathered in this 3-day intensive symposium with more than 150 participants. Following the tradition of “the excursion” held at each annual meeting of the JAES, there was a field trip made to places where environmental disruptions were pressing issues. This was very well received by the scholars from overseas. Both the symposium and the field trip were huge successes.During the ISESEA-1, it was agreed to hold the Symposium every 2 years (except the ISESEA-2) by taking turns among environmental sociology associations in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and China. In fact, a total of 8 ISESEA symposia have been held so far, as follows:

 ISESEA-2: Shinchu, Taiwan (National Tsing Hua University), 2009
 ISESEA-3: Buchon, Korea (The Catholic University of Korea), 2011
 ISESEA-4: Nanjing, China (Hohai University), 2013
 ISESEA-5: Sendai, Japan (Tohoku University), 2015
 ISESEA-6: Taipei, Taiwan (National Taiwan University), 2017
 ISESEA-7: Seoul, Korea (Seoul National University), 2019
 ISESEA-8: Kunmin, China (Yunnan Minzu University), 2021
 [ISESEA-9: to be held at Kanto Gakuin University, Yokohama, Japan, 2023]

Each ISESEA was unique in content and style, but friendliness, intensive discussion, and field trips are common features of ISESEA symposia.

The Things Achieved and Accomplished
It is true that there were some uneasy moments during our conversations at the ISESEA Tokyo back in 2008, for we had to communicate with each other in a language none of us was familiar with: English.Despite these difficulties, our relationship evolved over time and we became closer and closer as we kept meeting again and again at ISESEA symposia. Based on the friendship we garnered over the years, some international research projects have been embarked upon and their fruits have been published. The publications of A General World Environmental Chronology (Tokyo: Suirensha, 2014), the World’s very first comprehensive chronology on the environment in English, and 陈阿江編『环境社会学是什么:中外学者访谈录』(北京:中国社会科学出版社, 2017) [Chen, Ajiang, ed., What is Environmental Sociology?: Chinese and Foreign Scholars Speak (Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 2017)] are two good examples of such international collaborations. Those publications would not have been possible without the ISESEA symposia where mutual trust was fostered among East Asian scholars. The ISESEA is, therefore, not just a series of symposia; it is a platform for international collaboration among environmental sociologists in East Asia.

The Logo
The logo is a magnetic compass. The green circle in the 3 o’clock position signifies “East Asia” and the color green symbolizes ecological values. The logo was confirmed as the official logo of ISESEA by the International Board in December 2015.