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


All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020 fall semester. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

09/24/2020 Online Meeting
6:00 PM
Masks, Science, and Being Foreign: Japan During the First Wave of COVID-19
Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut

Discussant: Fumiko Sasaki, Columbia University



10/07/2020 Online Meeting
6:00 PM
Sook Ching: the Japanese mass executions in Singapore, February-March 1942
Robert Cribb, Australian National University (Australia)

Discussant: Clay Eaton, Yale University



10/21/2020 Online Meeting
6:00 PM
Interpreters as Japanese War Criminals
Sandra Wilson, Murdoch University (Australia)

Discussant: Paul Kreitman, Columbia University



11/18/2020 Online Meeting
6:00 PM
TBA
Robin Kietlinski, Lehman College, CUNY

Discussant: Tristan Grunow, Pacific University