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KGU Researcher Receives Two Awards at International Conference

[ Editor:Public Relations Office  2017 / 7 / 21 Update ]
A research paper concerning the ideas behind the founding of Kwansei Gakuin University from a historical and global perspective, in addition to a more contemporary view, was published in the international Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (Vol 6, No 1, 2017、edited by the Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Research, or MCSER), which is based in Rome, Italy. The paper, “Wesley in Oxford and the Legend of Holy Grail’s Knight: The Study about the Root of Methodism to the World, and the Foundation of Kwansei-Gakuin in Japan,” was authored by Dr. Takao Kawanishi (a Ph.D. Fellow at Kwansei Gakuin University) of the Graduate School of Policy Studies.

Last year on December 12th, at the 6th International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (the 6th ICHSS, sponsored by MCSER, with around 180 participants presenting their research), Dr. Kawanishi summarized the contents of “Wesley in Oxford and the Legend of Holy Grail’s Knight” and submitted it as an English treatise using a poster presentation. The research paper was also published in print and made available online. In July of this year, Dr. Kawanishi received both the Best Paper Award and Best Poster Presentation from the conference sponsor, MCSER, for both his actual research paper and his poster presentation.
Dr. Kawanishi's poster

Dr. Kawanishi's poster

Through his treatise and poster presentation, Dr. Kawanishi focused his attention on the Methodism founded at Oxford by J. Wesley, and the “Revivals,” or activities to arouse people’s faith, continuously developed by W.R. Lambuth, the founder of Kwansei Gakuin. The treatise illustrated how these two men inherited a lineage of Christian mysticism, and that this gave rise to Kwansei Gakuin.