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November 18, 2013 Kenneth B. Pyle - "Hiroshima and the Historians"
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Tuesday March 11, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Savery Hall 155
The Saishōshi Tennō-in residence was built for retired Emperor Gotoba in 1207. The purpose of this lecture is to understand the aesthetic, symbolic and political issues of this structure, which combines architecture, religion, painting and poetry. First of all, we will recount in detail the genesis of the project, using mainly the Journal of the Harvest Moon, and the diary of Fujiwara no Teika, who was the main coordinator of the enterprise. Then, we will analyze some of the twenty-nine poems, which were actually written on the sliding doors of the Palace — the most official part of the residence — and in the private apartments where the retired emperor lived.
Michel Vieillard-Baron is Professor of Japanese Literature and language at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations (INALCO, Paris). He studied at the Paris-Diderot-Paris 7 University and Seikei University (Kichijōji, Japan). He teaches Pre-modern Literature and specializes in classical court poetry (waka). His research focuses on poetry and poetics of the twelfth and thirteenth century, especially on the poet Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241).
Friday April 11, 2014
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Communications Bldg. 202
The kimono has often been overlooked in the study of modern Japanese literature. Yet, this eloquent item of material culture deserves investigation for the multi-faceted ways it can represent character, symbolize critical aspects of narrative, and illuminate literary, historical and social contexts. This talk will focus on Kimono (1965-68), an unfinished novel by Kōda Aya (1904-90) that depicts a girl’s growing-up process through her experiences with kimono during the early decades of the twentieth century. While illustrating the protagonist's development and transformation through prewar dress culture, kimono in this work also serves a variety of other functions. By considering different ways of interpreting the reading and writing of kimono in this text, this lecture will offer a new analysis of the work, particularly in light of 1950-60s kimono culture and the novel’s posthumous publication and revitalization during 1990-2000s.
Michiko Suzuki is an associate professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. Her works include Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture (2010) and articles on gender and sexuality, and the relationship between literary texts and broader cultural discourses. She is the recipient of the 2013 Florence Howe Award for foreign languages and literatures (for feminist scholarship) and is currently working on two projects: early twentieth-century sexology discourse in Japan and literary representations of kimono.
Suzuki will also be presenting at the Seattle Art Museum as part of the Gardner Center's Saturday University series "Love, Loss and Longing" on April 12 with Love and the “Modern Girl” in Japan, 1920s–30s, 9:30 – 11:00 AM in the Stimson Auditorium. For ticket information visit: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/GardnerCenter/default.asp
Tuesday April 15, 2014
1:30 - 3:20 PM
Communication Building 202
Melek Ortabasi is Associate Professor of World Literature at Simon Fraser University in Surrey British Columbia, Canada. She teaches modern literature, film, and the theory and practice of translation; she specializes in Japanese literature and culture. Her research interests include cultural studies, comparative folklore studies, children’s literature, and film and popular culture in contemporary Japan. Some of Dr. Ortabasi's articles have appeared in the books Japanese Visual Culture, A Century of Popular Culture in Japan, and the Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Her co-edited anthology of literary translations, The Modern Murasaki: Women Writers of Meiji Japan, was published by the University of Columbia Press in 2006. Her book The Undiscovered Country: Text, Translation and Modernity in the Work of Yanagita Kunio is forthcoming from Harvard University Asia Center. Inspired by Yanagita’s interest in children and education, a topic she examines in her book, she is starting a new project on children’s literature and translation.
Monday April 21, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 220
Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2013-14
Just as the modern history of a society cannot be explained in isolation from the world, it is also possible to explore the history of the modern world from the vantage point of any particular place in the existing "globeful of modernities." Here that place is Japan, which because it shares commonalities and connections with other modern societies offers the opportunity to think about the “modern” on empirical bases different from the European experiences that underlay earlier theories of modernity. As examples, the lecture takes four questions frequently asked about modern Japanese history from the nineteenth century until the present and places them in their global context -- in the context of “modernity in common."
Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University. Her field is the history of modern Japan from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with writings on the political, social, and cultural history of Japan in transnational perspective, World War II, history-writing and public memory in Asia and the West. Her books include Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period,1985; Showa: the Japan of Hirohito,1992; Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, 2009; Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan and History, 2014; Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory, forthcoming; and in Japanese, Rekishi de kangaeru [Thinking about History], 2007.
Free and open to the public. Registration appreciated. To register go HERE
Friday May 2, 2014
Laura E. Hein (PhD Wisconsin, 1986) is a professor of history at Northwestern University. She specializes in the history of Japan in the 20th century, its international relations, and the effects of WWII and the Cold War. Her work focuses on debates over economic policy and the implications of various economic theories. She also publishes on economic policy and the ideology of economic growth in postwar Japan. She also has a strong interest in problems of remembrance and public memory.
Thursday May 8, 2014
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Thursday May 8, 2014
Julia Adeney Thomas
Notre Dame University
Bringing critical theory to bear on questions of power in modern societies, Julia Thomas investigates concepts of nature in Japanese political ideology, the impact of environmental history on historiography, and photography as a political practice. Her book, Reconfiguring Modernity, received the John K. Fairbank Prize from the American Historical Association in 2002 and her essay on wartime memory in Japan, "Photography, National Identity, and the 'Cataract of Times:' Wartime Images and the Case of Japan" in the American Historical Review received the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Best Article of the Year Award in 1999. She brings these interests into the classroom teaching classes that range from neolithic Japan to contemporary questions of photography's relationship with suffering.
Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame, Julia taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Wisconsin, where she received tenure in 2001. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin, the Universität Heidelberg, and the University of Michigan as well as a member of the University of Wisconsin Humanities Institute and of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Wednesday May 28, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kane Hall 210
Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2013-14
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