Speakers

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Jeffry Gayman
    Jeffry Gayman
    Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Virgil Hawkins
    Virgil Hawkins
    Osaka University, Japan

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Jeffry Gayman
Hokkaido University, Japan

Biography

Jeffry (Jeff) Gayman is Professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and the Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University. An American by nationality, he has been living and working in Japan for over thirty years, approximately twenty of those in support of the Ainu people. He obtained his MA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2005, and his Ph.D from Kyushu University in 2012, and has been working for Hokkaido University since. His research centers on Indigenous Education and Collaborative Research Methodologies, and he also has strong interests in Indigenous-mainstream relations, education for intercultural understanding, and human rights education. The Ainu Policy Promotion Act and Culture-Centered Indigenous Policies in Japan, in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and Education and Ethnicity of the Ainu People, in Michael Weiner (Ed), Routledge Handbook of Race and Ethnicity in Asia (Routledge, 2021) are two of his recent works. He also teaches English to freshman students in the Liberal Arts Division of Hokkaido University. In his spare time he runs, hikes and skis to stay fit.

Virgil Hawkins
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Virgil Hawkins is a professor specialising in world affairs and the news media, and is based at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University. He obtained his PhD in international public policy from OSIPP, where he focused on international politics, conflict, the UN Security Council and the news media. He proceeded to work for five years for a non-governmental aid organisation, primarily in Cambodia and Zambia, before returning to the university as a faculty member. He has written and edited a number of books, including Stealth Conflicts: How the World’s Worst Violence is Ignored (2008), and Communication and Peace: Mapping an Emerging Field (co-edited, 2015). His work focuses on furthering our understanding of how and why the vast majority of the world remains relatively uncovered by the news media.

To these ends, he has since shifted his focus to work at a more practical level. He co-established the Southern African Centre for Collaboration on Peace and Security (SACCPS) in 2010, which is a network that has brought together researchers and practitioners working on these issues throughout the region. He went on to establish Global News View (GNV), a large-scale media project that 1) analyses trends and deficiencies in the coverage of the world by the Japanese news media, and 2) attempts to compensate for those deficiencies by providing analysis of the state of the world in places that are undercovered.

Featured Panel Presentation (2023) | International News Coverage and The Role of Independent Media