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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

All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020-2021 academic year. 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
The Olympics and Japan's Environment: 1940-2020
Robin Kietlinski, Lehman College, CUNY

Discussant: Tristan Grunow, Pacific University

02/16/2021 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
The 1958 Rollout of Morality Time in Japan’s Schools
Jolyon Thomas, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant: Robin Kietlinski, Laguardia Community College, CUNY

03/17/2021 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
The War Against U.S. Military Base Culture: The Korean War and Japan Association to Protect Children
Akiko Takenaka, University of Kentucky

Discussant: Ann Sherif, Oberlin College

Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Sarah Teasley, RMIT University (Australia)

Discussant: TBA,

Notes: April Date TBA