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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

Mairead Hynes

Meeting Schedule

10/20/2021 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Toilet Paper Panic: Uncertainty and Insecurity in Early 1970s Japan
Eiko Maruko Siniawer, Williams College

Discussant: Paul Kreitman, Columbia University

11/17/2021 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
The View from Below: The Siberian War Experience of Farmer and Pictorial Artist Takeuchi Tadao in 1920
Nadine Willems, University of East Anglia (England, UK)

Discussant: Tatiana Linkhoeva, New York University

12/01/2021 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Local Development and Regional Imperialism in Pusan, 1902-1937
Hannah Shepherd, Yale University

Discussant: Seiji Shirane, City College, City University of New York

01/19/2022 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Bittersweet After-War: Chocolates and Chewing Gum in Defeated Japan
Ben Uchiyama, University of Southern California

Discussant: Kim Brandt, Columbia University

02/23/2022 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
‘Generosity and tolerance’: Design and the Information Industries in Late Twentieth-Century Japan
Sarah Teasley, RMIT University (Australia)

Discussant: Eiko Siniawer, Williams College

04/06/2022 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Imperial Japan's Forever War, 1895-1945
Paul Barclay, Lafayette College

Discussant: Sandra Wilson, Murdoch University