August Philosophy Café
Dr Yoko Harada presents ‘Shall we talk about whales and whaling?’
Wednesday 29 August from 7-9pm at The Barking Dog hotel
On Wednesday 29 August Dr Yoko Harada will talk at Philosophy Café on the topic ‘Shall we talk about whales and whaling?’. A period of questions and discussion will follow the presentation.
Here’s a brief introduction to Yoko and her presentation:
Whaling has been a touchy issue between Australia and Japan for quite a while. Even though the bilateral relationship between the two countries is not deteriorating and whaling is not an everyday concern for Australians and the Japanese, when the issue is brought up it somehow stirs emotions. In the current starkly dichotomous international debate on whaling it appears that Australia and Japan are representatives of anti- and pro-whaling camps respectively. But how much do we really know about each other’s positions on whaling? Moreover, how much do we really know about whales, whaling and the whaling dispute? In order to bring about a breakthrough and settle the dispute, a better understanding between the two parties is essential. And to better understand, we need to have a productive dialogue. So, shall we talk about whales and whaling?
Dr YOKO HARADA
Yoko was born in Tokyo and spent her childhood in Vancouver, Sydney and Osaka. She returned to Australia in 2003 and completed a Master of Social Change and Development and then a PhD (2009) at the University of Wollongong. Between July 2010 and June 2012 she held an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Deakin University and worked on a project “Enquiry into the fight of the century: Whaling dispute between Australia and Japan”. Her primary research interest is Australian politics, history and culture and bilateral relations between Australia and Japan.
Philosophy Café takes place from 7-9pm on the last Wednesday of each month, February to November, in the ‘Kennel’ at The Barking Dog hotel, 126 Pakington st, Geelong West.
Entry is free and includes a glass of wine and nibbles.
Philosophy Café is hosted by Paideia Australia. For more information on Paideia events visit paideiaaustralia.org.au.