"Comparative Study of Civilizations" at Osaka University
At the Institute for the Comparative Study of Civilizations the focus of research is on the peculiarities and common characteristics of different cultures and world regions. Scholars and students are especially in favor of a comparative approach to the study of Japan, Asian and Western Cultures. Teaching and research focus on the following topics:

1) social and political thought: Max Weber, the Frankfurt School, Maruyama Masao, Fukuda Tokuzō, and others;
2) the role of intellectuals in Japan and Europe;
3) theories of modernity and modernization;
4) the historical roots of globalization; its impact on modern societies; the emergence of megacities;
5) the media of memory (museums, movies, photographs, memorials);
6) Japanese-German/European relations;
7) transcultural encounters.