Seminars

  • Founded
    1960
  • Seminar Number
    445

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.

Seminar Website


Chair
Professor Sarah Kovner
sck25@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Mairead Hynes
mch2203@columbia.edu


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



12/03/2019 918 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
6:30 PM
Tokyo in Tashkent: The Afro-Asian Writers Conference and the Problem of Colonial Responsibility
Chris Hill, University of Michigan

Discussant: Yukiko Koga, Hunter College, CUNY



02/11/2020 918 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
6:30 PM
The Invention of the Kamikaze: Coercion and Resistance in the Japanese Military
Nick Kapur, Rutgers University-Camden

Discussant: Ran Zwigenberg, Penn State University



03/09/2020 918 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
6:30 PM
Radioactive Olympics
Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut

Andy Marks, Columbia University

Discussant: Emlyn Hughes, Columbia University


04/14/2020 918 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
6:30 PM
Hope Lights our Way:' The Olympic Games and Japan's Environment, 1940-2020
Robin Kietlinski, LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York