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Dokkyo University publish paper on outcomes of the Human Library

A new paper from Dokkyo University in Japan looks at the outcomes of the Human Library in a University setting. This is the first scientific paper on the effects of the Human Library in Japan. Read the results here.

The paper "Bridging differences through dialogue: Preliminary findings of the outcomes of the Human Library in a university setting" was written by Kazuhiro Kudo, Yuri Motohashi, Yuki Enomoto, Yuki Kataoka and Yusaku Yajima from Dokkyo University in Saitama, Japan. The paper was accepted for the 2011 Shanghai International Conference on Social Science (SICSS 2011).

The seven page document has its focus on Human Library events staged on campus. A setting which the past years has become increasingly popular among local organizers.

- I am happy that we are seeing an increased interest in the outcomes of this methodology from academic institutions around the world. Its always important to be able to document effect and I know this paper will serve as a positive inspiration for new and even experienced local Human Library organizers, says Ronni Abergel. 

One of the authors Mr. Kazuhiro Kudo, a tenurered Lecturer of Communication Studies at Dokkyo University  and the Executive Director of the Intercultural Education Society of Japan, presented the paper at the 2011 Shanghai International Conference on Social Science.  

Download the english version of the paper in pdf.