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The Modern Japan Seminar is concerned with the history, politics, society, and culture of Japan from the late nineteenth century to the present. It emphasizes interdisciplinary dialogue among historians, anthropologists, sociologists, literary critics and other scholars from the New York area institutions. The seminar meets regularly to discuss a paper from a work in progress by a member or invited speaker. Pre-circulation of papers and discussant comments encourage in-depth discussion and debate.

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Professor Sarah Kovner

Ryo Kawashima

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

Meeting Schedule

10/22/2019 918 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Temple of Bones: Wartime Slave Labor and the Unmaking of the Japanese Empire
Yukiko Koga, Hunter College, CUNY

Discussant: Chris Hill, University of Michigan

11/19/2019 918 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
2:00 PM
Prospecting the Ruins: Memory and Meaning in Japan’s Scorched Earth of World War II (co-authored with david feldman)
Cary Karacas, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Discussant: Sheldon Garon, Princeton University