The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Saturday, March 3, 2012
《International Symposium》Designing Inclusive Environments and Services for Lifelong Learning and Care

  • Date: March 3, 2012 (Saturday) 13:00-16:45
  • Venue: Auditorium, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Language: Japanese
  • Capacity: 450 people (entrance free)不要
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National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
Address: 10-1 Senri Expo Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511, Japan
TEL: 06-6876-2151



The purpose of this symposium is to discuss the role of ‘Inclusive design’ for care and learning in the community from the viewpoint of producing an environment where people can live together and share their time. We need to understand what the problems are and develop an environment where they can be solved when we practice care and learning. We discuss the methods for the realization of care and learning. This symposium will especially focus on the practices in museums and art galleries, including the programs and space devoted to the sharing of experiences. However, some presentations will introduce the concept of social engagement designed for cooperation between disabled and other peoples, instead of unidirectional supporting.

*Inclusive design
The term ‘Inclusive design’ was advanced as a new concept of design in Europe, especially in the U.K., in the 1990’s, while the concept of ‘Universal design’ was formed in the 1980’s in the U.S.A. Inclusive design has mainly been focusing on issues of age, ability, health, labor, and other inner city problems that modern society needs to contend with at the present and in the future.


13:00 - 13:15 Welcome Speech SUDO Ken'ichi (General Director, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
13:20 - 14:20 Lecture1 Lifelong Learning and Care in Inclusive Design
HIRAI Yasuyuki (Kyushu University)
14:35 - 15:35 Lecture2 The Inclusive Museum―Designing Services, Exhibitions and Environments for Broader Community Engagement
Julia CASSIM (Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art)
15:45 - 16:45 Discussion MISHIMA Misako (Kyushu University)
SUZUKI Nanami (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)