The Iris Murdoch Society of Japan

Conference

The 20th Conference

Kyoto Bunkyo University in Kyoto, 27th October, 2018

Presented Papers:

  • Dr Fiona Tomkinson "Between symbolism and realism: death, rebirth and Intertextuality in The Book and the Brotherhood"
  • Koshi Okano "‘Something Special’ Revisited"
  • Wendy Jones Nakanishi "Iris Murdoch’s Letters in the English Epistolary Tradition"
  • Paul Hullah "‘Usually The Better Ones’: Into Crystalline with Murdoch and Kuan Yin"

Special Lecture:

  • Dr Gillian Dooley "Iris Murdoch and Australia: her life, her novels and her reputation"

The 19th Conference

Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, 18th November, 2017

Presented Papers:

  • Hiroko Ishimoto “Hilary’s Moral View and Murdoch’s Moral View in A Word Child
  • Fiona Tomkinson “Iris Murdoch and The Tale of Genji
  • Kayoko Saito “A Point of Contact Between The Golden Notebook and Kukai-jodo (苦海浄土)”
  • Wendy Jones Nakanishi “Any Day is a Kissing Day”: Iris Murdoch’s Letters as Expressions of Intimacy”

Special Lecture:

  • Yasumasa Okamoto “Iris Murdoch and Shakespeare”

The 18th Conference

Shikoku Gakuin University in Kagawa 22nd October, 2016

Presented Papers:

  • Yasushi Nakakubo “Re-reading ‘melodramatically’ The Sacred and Profane Love Machine
  • Keiko Tawa “Japanese Philosophy and Iris Murdoch: Characterization of Dora Greenfield in The Bell and Kitaro Nishida’s Good”
  • Fiona Tomkinson “Bruno’s Dream: Murdoch’s Intertextual Web”
  • Junko Ono “Power of Love in The Black Prince
  • Paul Hullah “Kestrels and Storks: A Defence of Murdoch’s ‘Self-Deluding’ Faith in the Sovereignty of Good”

Special Lecture:

  • Kenzo Hamano “What Makes the Canary Sing When She Has Forgotten How to Sing: Iris Murdoch’s Moralistic Realism and Literature”

The 17th Conference

Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, 21 November, 2015.

Presented Papers:

  • Wendy Nakanishi “The Insider Outsider in Iris Murdoch’s Bruno’s Dream and Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day
  • Hiroko Arima “Perturbation and Liberation in Jackson’s Dilemma as a Diaspora”
  • Sumiko Inoue “On the continuity in Murdoch's The Book and the Brotherhood
  • Ester Monteleone “Iris Murdoch and the Women Philosophers of Oxford”
  • Fiona Tomkinson “Are Iris Murdoch’s foxes Japanese? Kitsunē myth and Zen Buddhism in he Philosopher’s Pupil and The Message to the Planet

Special Lecture:

  • Ryo Nonaka “The Impact of Iris Murdoch”

The 16th Conference

Kyoto Bunkyo University in Uji, Kyoto, 25th October, 2014

Presented Papers:

  • Yasushi Nakakubo “A Comparative Study of BT Tower in The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch and Saturday by Ian McEwan”
  • Michiyo Naito “Exercise of Power in The Nice and the Good
  • Tsutomu Shioda “The Shadow of Post-Colonialism in The Sea, The Sea
  • Kyoko Hirai “The River Thames and Iris Murdoch”

Special Lecture:

  • Ryoichi Shiga “Gentlemen Prefer Femme-Fatales: Three Symbolic Figures in European History”

The 15th Conference

Meiji Gakuin University Shirogane Camps, Tokyo, 19th October, 2013

Presented Papers:

  • Hiroko Ishimoto “Analysis of Anne Cavidge in Nuns and Soldiers”
  • Chiho Omichi “A Vampire in Love—Lesbianism in The Unicorn”
  • Paul Hullah “Also the Problem of Truth: Murdochian Murmurs of Browning”
  • Mariko Enomoto “Kukai-jodo(苦海浄土)as World Literature---Michiko Ishimure and Virginia Woolf”

Special Project:

  • Dialogue: Yushiro Inouchi and Kyoko Hirai on Iris Murdoch

Special Lecture:

  • Suguru Fukasawa  “ A Fictional Reflection on Post-war British Novels”

The 14th Conference

Keio University Mita Campus  13th October, 2012

Presented Papers:

  • Wendy Nakanishi “All the World’s a Stage”: Iris Murdoch’s The Green Knight as Theatre
  • Kayoko Saito “The Narrative Strategy in Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf”
  • Noriko Sasaki “On Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes”
  • Chiaki Sugiura “Moral Awakening in Female Characters in The Mill on the Floss and The Bell”
  • Yasushi Nakakubo “A Comparative Study of Jewish Protagonists Depicted by Iris Murdoch in The Message to the Planet and A Fairly Honourable Defeat”

Special Lecture:

  • Keiko Izubuchi  “ Virginia Woof and the War”

The 13th Conference

Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare | 27th October 2011

Presented Papers:

  • Hiroko Ishimoto “On Enchanting Denis in The Unicorn”
  • Wendy Nakanishi “The Duel Nature of the World in The Bell”
  • Yozo Muroya “Kenji Miyazawa and Iris Murdoch”

Special Lecture:

  • Kojin Kondo “Samuel Beckett and Iris Murdoch----Water and Language”

The 12th Conference

Mita Campus Keio University | 16th October 2010

Presented Papers:

  • Hideaki Nakajima “Accidental Time in Under the Net”
  • Kazuko Murai “’Attention’ in The Book and the Brotherhood”
  • Paul Hullah “Purity and the Paradox: Haiku and Iris Murdoch”

Special Lecture:

  • Kyoko Miyata “James Joyce and Music”

The 11th Conference

Meiji Gakuin University | 21st November 2009

Presented Papers:

  • Michiyo Naito “Eros in Plato’s The Symposium and The Bell”
  • Wendy Nakanishi “A Severed Head and Restoration Comedy and Freudian Drama”
  • Paul Hullah “A Matrix We Can Fathom: Reading Iris Murdoch’s Poetry”

Special Lecture:

  • Takeshi Onodera “Iris Murdoch, 20th Century, Kate Atkinson”

The 10th Conference

Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare | 18th October 2008

Presented Papers:

  • Hiroko Ishimoto “The Parrot in The Book and the Brotherhood”
  • Yasushi Nakakubo “Characters at the Mercy of Contingency in An Accidental Man”
  • Paul Hullah “Byronic Iris? Some Unlikely Influences on Murdoch’s Poetry”

Special Lecture:

  • Taro Iwamura “Connection between Murdochian Philosophy and Theology of Paul Johannes Tillich”

The 9th Conference

Hosei University | 6th October 2007

Presented Papers:

  • Michiyo Naito “Eros in Plato’s The Symposium and The Bell”
  • Reiko Komazawa “Beyond The Sandcastle”
  • Miharu Otsuki “The Sea, The Sea: Charles’ Narration and Mystery

Special Lecture:

  • Hirukawa Hisayasu “Random Thoughts on Iris Murdoch: Bicycle and Unicorn”

The 8th Conference

Keisen University | 14th October 2006

Presented Papers:

  • Chiho Omichi “Things Japanese in Early Works of Iris Murdoch”
  • Wendy Nakanishi “Money, Marriage and Literary Allusions in Iris Murdoch’s Nuns and Soldiers”
  • Yuriko Nonaka “Fatih, Salvation, Moral in The Bell”
  • Aki Katayama “The Problem of Abortion in Iris Murdoch”

Special Lecture:

  • Ryo Nonaka “Narration of Iris Murdoch”

The 7th Conference

The Okayama Prefectural Library | 5th November 2005

Presented Papers:

  • Wendy Nakanishi “Shakespeare and Buddhism in Bruno’s Dream”
  • Reiko Sakugawa “On Joanna Joanna”
  • Pau Hullah “’Calling All into Doubt’: Art, Life, and Identity in Murdoch’s ‘Not Highly Regarded’ The Italian Girl”

Special Lecture:

  • Kyoko Hirai “Iris Murdoch and Samuel Beckett”

The 6th Conference

Hongo Campus, Tokyo University | 9th October 2004

Presented Papers:

  • Wendy Nakanishi “Characters and Characterization in Iris Murdoch’s The Good Apprentice”
  • Reiko Nakagami “Truthful Lies and Fantasy Realism: Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net and Murriel Spark’s The Comforters”
  • Paul Hullah “The Riderless Horse Moves on: Equine Symbolism in Iris Murdoch’s Jackson’s Dilemma”

Special Lectures:

  • Tsutomu Shioda “Iris Murdoch, the Comintern, Plato and Zen”
  • George Hughes “’I discovered words and words were my salvation’: Iris Murdoch and the Problem of Language”

The 5th Conference

Showa Women’s University | 18th October 2003

Presented Papers:

  • Yukari Tamasaki “The World of Water and the Act of Swimming in Iris Murdoch’s Works with Special Regard to Philosopher’s Pupil”
  • Junko Ono “Reading : The Red and the Green: People in the Time of the Easter Rising and Its Historical Significance”
  • Michiyo Naito “The Problem of ‘attention’ in The Bell“
  • Mariko Enomoto “Reading The Message to the Planet”

Special Lecture:

  • Yushiro Inouchi “Iris Murdoch and Raymond Queneau”

The 4th Conference

Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare | 5th October 2002

Presented Papers:

  • Hinako Otsu “Iris Murdoch as a New Philosophical Novelist: Harmonizing Literature and Philosophy”
  • Kumiko Ishii “Realism and Moralistic Mysticism: from Platonic Perspective”
  • Shigehiro Seino “Agamemnon Class 1939”
  • Chiho Ito “Toward an Ideal Novel: The Them of Losing the Center and De-deification in The Philosopher’s Pupil”
  • Reiko Komazawa “The Bottom of the Rose Garden: Re-reading An Unofficial Rose”

Special Lecture:

  • Yozo Muroya “Iris Murdoch and The Tale of Genji”

The 3rd Conference

Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare | 6th October 2001

Presented Papers:

  • Fumiko Seino “Another and More Secret God: The Black Prince”
  • Itomi Okamoto “Accidents in The Book and Brotherhood”
  • Kyoko Hirai “Translating Jackson’s Dilemma and what I saw”

Special Lecture:

  • Wendy Nakanishi “The French and the Irish Connections: A Comparison of Themes and Technics in Under the Net and The Red and the Green”

The 2nd Conference

Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare | 7th October 2000

Presented Papers:

  • Ayako Kodashima “Philosophical Resemblance of Iris Murdoch and Simone Weil in The Sea, the Sea and its Novelistic Development”
  • Hisano Sasaoka “Fire and the Sun: The Sea, the Sea and the Metaphor of the Cave”
  • Choichi Yamamoto “The Unicorn: Its Cursed Part”
  • Mariko Enomoto “Another Swan Song: The Green Knight”

Special Lecture:

  • Paul Hullah “Modes of Desire in Iris Murdoch’s Poetry”

The 1st Conference

Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare | 25th September 1999

Presented Papers:

  • Nobuko Hahismoto “Jackson’s Dilemma is Murdoch’s Tempest“
  • Kenji Kono “In Search of Murdoch’s Irishness—Re-reading Red and Green”
  • Kyoko Hirai “The Dilemma of Jackson’s Dilemma”

Special Lecture:

  • Neil McEwan “Iris Murdoch and Plato”