2019 Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in Japan: The State of the Art (No.13)

Program

Date Friday 29 November 2019
Venue Crowne Plaza Beirut, Hamra Main Street, Beirut
Phone: +961-(0)1-754755
Program of the meeting
10:00-10:10 Welcome Address by Hidemitsu Kuroki (Head, JaCMES/ Professor, ILCAA)
Chair : Wakako Kumakura (Assistant Professor, ILCAA)
10:10-10:55 Yuko Tanaka (Ph.D. Candidate, SOAS, University of London)
Role of zandaqah/ zindīq in early Islamic theological writings
Commentator: Maher Jarrar (Professor, American University of Beirut)
10:55-11:40 Yoshiaki Tokunaga (Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Tokyo/ University of Tehran)
Relations between the American Financial Mission and the parliament in the Reza Khan administration: The General Budget Act for 1303/1924-25
Commentator: Christoph U. Werner (Professor, University of Bamberg)
11:40-11:50 Coffee Break
11:50-12:35 Hideaki Hayakawa (Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Tokyo)
Mahdī ‘Āmil and the leftists’ debates on the Transitional Program of the Lebanese National Movement
Commentator: Nadia Bou Ali (Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut)
12:35-13:20 Amane Kobayashi (Researcher, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan)
Incentives for stalemate: Challenges of political stabilization in post-civil war Libya
Commentator: Youness Abuyoub (Chief, Governance and State-Building, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, UN)
Observers :
Massoud Daher (Lebanese University)
Yezid Sayigh (Carnegie Middle East Center)
Emi Suzuki (Embassy of Japan in Syria)
Yuki Okabe (Kyoto University)
Maram Daher (Saradar Bank)
Momona Horikoshi (American University of Beirut)
Kai Ishigami (American University of Beirut)
JaCMES/ ILCAA staffs :
Wakako Kumakura
Hidemitsu Kuroki
Tomoaki Shinoda

JaCMES Lecture Meeting "Marine plastic and microplastic pollution: The reality and solution"

Date / Time Wed 27 Nov 2019 15:00–17:00
Venue Auditorium A, West Hall, American University of Beirut
Language English
Jointly sponsored by JaCMES/ Center for Arts and Humanities, American University of Beirut/ Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Development of universal markers of wastewater through comparative study of water pollution in the Middle east, Africa and South America” (Principal Investigator: TAKADA Hideshige, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Project Number: 17H04476)

Summary of the Lecture:
On global basis, 400 million tons of plastics are produced annually. Some portion escapes from waste-management on land and is discharged into the ocean. Plastics are non-biodegradable and persist in the ocean for a hundred years or more. On the sea surface and beaches, they are exposed to UV radiation and broken down into microplastics. Nowadays, 5 trillion tons of plastics and microplastics are suspended in world ocean. Marine organisms ingest large and microplastics and its frequency has been increasing dramatically. This is a potential threat to food security. Furthermore, plastics contain hazardous chemicals and carry them to marine organisms. In this lecture, I would like to propose a solution that can be implemented starting today.

Hideshige Takada (Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)
"Marine plastic and microplastic pollution: The reality and solution"
Chair:Abdul-Rahim Abu-Husayn (American University of Beirut)

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