About Intercultural Research Center


Intercultural Research Center (IReC) was founded in July 2006 as an adjunct facility at Faculty of Intercultural Studies. Since April 2007, when the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies (GSICS) was established, the center has been a division at GSICS. IReC plays a central role in the GSICS as a research hub for intercultural studies.


As a research hub at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, IReC facilitates inter-disciplinary research and educational activities at the GSICS, networking researchers from various fields of humanities and social studies such as economics, politics, ethics, arts, philosophy, and science and technology. IReC organizes research projects which host symposiums, seminars, field research programs, and also expand the worldwide network of the GSICS through international exchange programs both for researchers and for students.


IReC consists of three sections and two subsections.

Director: SAKAMOTO Chiyo

Section Chief Subsection
Research SAKAI Kazunari  
International IWAMOTO Kazuko  
Liaison OKADA Hiroki *Arts Management:FUJINO Kazuo
*Regional Liaison:

Research Project

Year 2013-2014

Year 2012-2013

Year 2011-2012

Year 2010-2011

Year 2009-2010

Year 2008-2009

Year 2007-2008

Year 2006-2007


IReC has published nine reports based on its past projects and three NewsLetters.

Contact address

Intercultural Research Center, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University, 1-2-1 Tsurukabuto, Nada, Kobe, Hyogo, 657-8501, Japan
+81(0)78-803-7650 (Monday and Thursday 12:30-17:30)

The number below is also available:
TEL: +81(0)78-803-7494
(Research Center for Media and Culture, Tuesday and Friday 12:30-17:30)
irec [at] ccs-srv.cla.kobe-u.ac.jp