Our Autumn Symposium this year will be held on September 8 at Ryukoku University in the historic city of Kyoto, Japan. The presentations will address the impact of authoritarian government policies on issues of academic, social, and cultural freedom. A form for abstract submissions can be found below and a downloadable PDF of our call for papers is at the bottom of the page. Please share it with interested colleagues.

Registration of online attendance (free)

Hestia Symposium 2023 online attendance registration

Plenary Speakers

Professor Toshiaki Tamaki, Kyoto Sangyo University

The World of Commission Capitalism

Economic activity is similar to a gambling hall. In order to gamble, money has to be paid to the operator. In the end of the 19th century, most of the international transaction was settled in London and much money was poured into Britain automatically by telegraph. Britain established the most supreme and useful economic policy for the British themselves, not for the world. In real economic activity, this takes the form of commissions. I will call it commission capitalism. We are now exploited by commission capitalism or financialization. The UK created commission capitalism and the USA inherited and empowered it. Moreover, COVID-19 has arguably stimulated this tendency because it has contributed to the spread of internet and internet has promoted commission capitalism.

Toshiaki Tamaki is a professor of economic history at Kyoto Sangyo University. He has published many articles on economic history both in Japanese and English. The number of his books is 23 in Japanese and seven books are translated in Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese. He has also edited three books in English and French: The Rise of the Atlantic Economy and the North Sea / Baltic Trades, 1500–1800, Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag 2011; Comparing Post-War Japanese and Finnish Economies and Societies: Longitudinal Perspectives, London and New York, Routledge, 2015 and Between Coasts Seas: seafarers, Merchants Liber Amicorum Pierrick Pourchasse/ MERS, MARINS, MARCHANDS MÉLANGES OFFERTS À PIERRICK POURCHASSE, Brest, Brest University Press, 2021. He is an advisor of Asian Vision Institute, and an advisory board of Annales Mercaturae (Franz Steiner Verlag) .

Dr. Chheang Vannarith. President, Asian Vision Institute

Small States in a Multiplex World

Small states have always played specific relevant roles in international relations, including promoting multilateralism and rules-based international order through norms development and diffusion. The concept of multiplex world order has gained importance in today’s world, which refers to the interconnection and interdependence of various actors in the international system. In this context, small states face both opportunities and challenges. This presentation aims to explore the role of small states in a multiplex world order, their strategies to navigate the complex international environment, and the implications for their foreign policies.

Dr. Chheang Vannarith is a public policy analyst and a government relations strategist. He was honored Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013. Currently he is serving as the President at the Asian Vision Institute (AVI), Chairman of the Advisory Council of the National Assembly of Cambodia, Founder and Chairman of Angkor Social Innovation Park (ASIP), Founder and Chairman of Mekong Peace Boat, and Director of Asia-Pacific Secretariat of Think Tank 2022. Prior to these appointments, he was a visiting fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Southeast Asia Consultant at the Nippon Foundation, Lecturer at the University of Leeds, Executive Director at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, and Assistant to Defense Minister of Cambodia. His research interests focus on international politics of the Asia-Pacific, governments and politics in Southeast Asia, social innovation, and sustainable development.

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