DISTANCES 2 – Ageing Society in Italy and Japan: A Multidisciplinary Workshop

AIRJ is glad to promote this workshop chaired by our coordinator, Stefania Bandini.

November 12, 2021 18:00-20:00 (Japan time) – 10:00-12:00 (CET time)
November 13, 17:00-19:00 (Japan time) – 9:00-11:00 (CET time)
Online Event from Kyoto

The global emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemics strongly impacted on the
perception and management of distances. Social, economic, logistics and psychological
consequences of distancing procedures affected many aspects of our life and
interactions, allowing rethinking and reshaping spaces both physical and virtual, and
involving new forms of theoretical and practical thoughts and studies.
Within this scenario, the dynamic interplay between physical and virtual distances has
assumed new forms, forcing innovative cross-disciplinary attitudes to develop as well as the design of new perspectives for the future of research. 
This workshop, which focuses on Japan and Italy, combines multidisciplinary research
to discuss the notion of distance, in continuation with a previous event held in 2020
Also in this edition, the workshop gathers scholars and experts from different
disciplines and aims to converge their knowledge on the common discussion platform of how the perception of distance is addressing new research trends in scientific and
humanistic studies.


  • Stefania Bandini (University of Milano-Bicocca and RCAST, The University of Tokyo)
  • Tomoo Matsuda (Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo)
  • Katsuhiro Nishinari (RCAST, The University of Tokyo)
  • Silvio Vita (Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and Italian School of East Asian Studies)


  • Roberta Albiero (IUAV University, Venice, ITALY)
  • Florian Coulmas (Institute for East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, GERMANY)
  • Francesca Gasparini (University of Milano-Bicocca, ITALY) 
  • Ryohei Kanzaki (Research Center of Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo – JAPAN)
  • Laura Liverani (Documentary Photographer, Milan, ITALY)
  • Tomoo Matsuda (Platinum Society Center, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo, JAPAN)
  • Katsuhiro Nishinari (Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN)
  • Giovanni Occhipinti (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Institut Universitaire de France, FRANCE)
  • Yukio Ohsawa (Department of Systems Innovation, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN)
  • Francesco Zurlo (Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano, ITALY)


  • Andrea De Antoni (Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, JAPAN)
  • Paola Cavaliere (Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University)




Information and program: https://iseas-kyoto.org/eventi/workshops.