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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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Sarah Kovner

Jason Butters

Meeting Schedule

5:30 PM
Japanese Anti-Racism and its Global Expansion in the Wake of World War I
Steffen Rimner, University College Dublin

Tatiana Linkhoeva, NYU

11/16/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Eugenic Protection Laws: Enacted in Japan and Suspended in Okinawa
Maho Toyoda, Waseda

Annmaria Shimabuku , NYU

01/18/2023 IAB, Room 918, Columbia University / Zoom
6:30 PM
Democracy? We Deliver': Race, Morale, and Total War in the Pacific
Ran Zwigenberg, Pennsylvania State University

Kirsten Ziomek, Adelphi

02/08/2023 IAB, Room 918, Columbia University / Zoom
6:30 PM
Framing the Monarchy: The Emperor’s Portrait in Modern Japan
Hirokazu Yoshie, Soka University, Japan

Asato Ikeda , Fordham

03/27/2023 IAB, Room 918, Columbia University / Zoom
6:30 PM
The Japanese empire and imperial polities as problematics and possibilities for History of International Relations
Tomoko Akami, The Australian National University

Jessamyn Abel, Pennsylvania State University