Weekly Opinion
Yuichiro Nishioka

What are Species? —Tracing the Speciation Process with Mammalian Fossils—

Yuichiro Nishioka
Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University

We humans have the species name Homo sapiens, and all living organisms on Earth are assigned these Latin scientific names. This practice is based on a biological classification system known as binomial nomenclature, which was proposed in the 18th century by Carl von Linné. Species are one of the units used in this classification system, and classifies different organisms based on appearance, genome, and other factors such as their reproductive ability. [More...]

(Nov. 20)


Fine Arts

Gustave Courbet in 21st-Century France and Japan

Yoko Kitamura
Professor of the School of Culture, Media and Society, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) was a French painter involved in the 19th-century realism movement. His famous works A Burial at Ornans and The Painter’s Studio are large paintings with a height of 3 meters and a width of 7 meters. Both of these works provoked severe criticism when they were first revealed. Even now, the “lack of common sense” in these works can be felt when viewing the actual paintings at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, a museum which held a large-scale replacement of exhibitions in 2011. [More...]

(Aug. 9)


Knowledge Co-Creation - Profiles of researchers

Delving into the Truth of Idealism and Realism through Kantian Philosophy

Kiyoshi Chiba
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Waseda University

I started reading about social and political theory when I was in junior high school, and by the time I was in high school, I was knowledgeable enough to engage in political discussions with my friends. Eventually, my fascination shifted towards philosophy, and I decided that I wanted to study philosophy at Kyoto University. [More...]

(Aug. 8)

Waseda research zone - latest news on project research

Formation on Integrated Maritime Law Research and Education Center Promoted through the Joint Effort of Industry-Academia-Government

Japan is an island nation. Historically, Japan has interacted and traded with East Asia and the world by sea. Today, 99.9% (weight base) of transnational logistics in Japan is dependent on maritime transport. [More...]

(Jul. 11)


10,000 Kilometers Across Africa
―Yoshiro Sekine and the African & Mayan Collection―

Yama Nawabi
Research Associate at the Waseda University Aizu Museum

From October 12 (Thursday) to November 18 (Saturday), 2017, the Waseda University Aizu Museum is holding an exhibition entitled, “10,000 Kilometers Across Africa―Yoshiro Sekine and the African & Mayan Collection―,” as an autumn exhibition in the Exhibition room on the first floor of the Museum. [More...]

(Sep. 27)