Outline

Overview of Institute

The Institute of Philosophy and Human Values, an organization for collaborative research of Kyoto University of Art and Design and Tohoku University of Art and Design, was established on 27th.October.2012.
The mission statement of the institute is being “anti nuclear power” and valuing “humanism” are central tenets, and, through the intersection of art and academia, we can materialize freedom, equality, and charity, which are principles that all humans have in common. Also based on this ideal, we can cultivate young people who can have a tender perspective to all things in the universe.

* The IPHV has been reorganized as an independent institution belonging to Kyoto University of Art and Design as of September 1st, 2015.

Acting Director Kazuo Oike (President, Kyoto University of Art and Design)
Associate Professor Aya Saito
Assistant Professor Kayo Onozuka
Concurrent Professor Waro Kishi (Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduate School)
Visiting Professor Mutsumi Nishida (President, University of the Ryukyus)
Kozo Matsubayashi (Doctor / emeritus professor, Kyoto University)
Hideki Aoki (Lawyer / Specially Appointed Professor, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University)
Eiji Hosoda (Professor, Chubu University)
Takao Doi (Astronaut / Professor, Unit of Synergetic Studies for Space, Kyoto University)
Shiro Kohshima (Professor, Wildlife Research Center , Kyoto University)
Takakazu Yumoto (Director, Professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University)
Sachiko Kuno (President and CEO of the S&R Foundation)
Eriko Kawai (Professor, The Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability “Shishu-kan”, Kyoto University)
Kyoko Okumoto (Professor,Osaka Jogakuin University)
Visiting Associate Professor Misato Hayashi (Assistant Professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University)
Yoko Sakai (Administrative and Teaching Staff, Wildlife Research Center , Kyoto University)
Postdoctoral Fellow Shinsuke Kiryu
Secretariat Division Miku Kano
Adviser Tatsuo Miyajima (Visiting Professors, Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduate School)
Kenji Yanobe (Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design)

Promoters

Yasushi Akashi Former Undersecretary-General, the United Nations / Chairman, International House of Japan
Kazuo Oike Director, International Institute for Advanced Studies / Adviser , Uryuyama Academic Foundation
Kengo Kuma President, Kengo Kuma & Associates / Professor, the University of Tokyo
Ryusho Kobayashi High Priest, Hieizan Enryakuji
Shochoku Tokuyama Chairman, Uryuyama Academic Foundation

(as of October 27, 2012)

Activities

1. Seminar for Philosophy and Human Values

This is a seminar to consider questions such as “What are humans?” and “What is art?” In cooperation with the Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science (PWS), the seminar will be open for students and the staff of Kyoto University of Art and Design / Kyoto University.

2. Research activity for “Art and Peace”

With the founding principle of “a future based on the arts” as a pillar, we aim for research and activities on the role of art for peace. This includes: Studies of Arts-based Peace ALIA (Asian League of Institute of the Arts), exchange project with Tohoku University of Art and Design, etc.

3.  Research activity for “Art and Nature”

Studying about nature through the intersection of art and science, we consider “What is art?” This includes:
the study of art and cognition, ART meets SCIENCE, fieldwork, etc.

4. Education activities

We will be in charge of classes for undergraduate school, graduate school, and correspondence education.

5. Institute Conference

We create new proposals and plan over the framework of art and science through discussion with members from various fields.