** Events**

A Selection of Fall, 2011 Japan-Related Events:

  • September 9-10, UNC History Department: “Making Modern Citizens: Politics, Cultures, and Struggles for Social Reform.” Seven scholars from a Japanese project team of thirteen historians will visit the UNC campus for a two-day workshop that will be open to the public. In June, 2012, three historians from UNC will travel to Japan for a symposium that will be open to the public at Senshu University in Tokyo. A central theme of the project is the spread of “modernity” during the nineteenth and twentieth century as a global diffusion of ideas, attitudes, and values that merits analysis from multiple transnational perspectives. The papers will focus on Japan, the United States, Britain, and Germany.
  • September 29, 11:45-12:45: APSI Forum: Matthew Mitchell, Ph.D. candidate in the Religion will discuss the ways in which the subtemples of Zenkôji functioned during Japan’s early modern period. Jui-an Chao, a Ph.D. candidate in Literature, will discuss her research on otokonoko as transgender fantasy in Japan.
  • October 3, 2011 4:30–6:00 pm: Lori Meeks (Associate Professor, Departments of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California), “Making Sense of the Blood Bowl Sutra: Early-Modern Commentaries on Women’s Salvation in Japanese Buddhism,” York Room, 229 Gray (Duke West Campus)
  • October 24-25: Symposium: Rethinking “Postwar Japan” – 5:00-8:00 pm, Withers Hall 331, North Carolina State University; General Remarks – Narita Ryuichi, Japan’ Women’s University; Emerging Differences in the Wake of “3.11″: Uneasiness Turns into Anger – Shin Ji-Young, Tsuda Women’s College; From the Postwar Debate on Subjectivity to Discourses on the 1950s: Implications and Premises – Iwasaki Minoru, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies; Hanada Kiyoteru and the Problem of 1950s Criticism – Sato Izumi, Aoyama Gakuin University
  •  October 26: Symposium: DIGLOSSIA, DIALOGUE, DISCOURSE: Remapping Colonial Korea and the Japanese Empire, noon, Friedl 225 (Duke University East Campus) – “Performing Conversion (転向) and Absence (不在): Speech-Acts in Roundtable Dialogues from Colonial Korea” – SHIN Ji-Young (Hitotsubashi University); “Japanophone Literature from Colonial Korea: Considering Kim Saryang and Yi Kwangsu” – WATANABE Naoki (Musashi University); “Yun Ch’iho’s Theory of Reformation and Japan: English-Language Diaries from the First Sino-Japanese War” – RYU Ch’unghee (University of Tokyo); Discussants: Rey Chow, David Ambaras, Nayoung Aimee Kwon
  • October 28: Marié Abe (Boston University), “Sounding Imaginative Empathy: Musical Advertisement on the Streets in Contemporary Japan,” Musicology Lecture Series, Duke University. 4:30 pm, Room 104, Mary Duke Biddle Music Building
  • November 8: Ian Condry (MIT), “Miku: Japan’s Virtual Idol as Social Media Platform,” SLIPPAGE series of 2011-2012 Workshops and Lectures in Performance and Cultural Studies. Tuesday November 8, 2:50 – 4:20 pm
    Duke Dance Laboratory, 1516 Hull Avenue, Durham, NC 27705.
  • November 9Heidi Gottfried (Wayne State University), “Old Forms, New Risks? Precarious Work in Japan,” Wednesday, November 9th, UNC’s Global Education Center, 5:30 pm—7:00 pm, Room 2008/2010
  • November 18: Symposium on Communities, Resource Management, and Health in Modern Japan. Gardner Hall, Room 210, UNC. PART ONE: 3:30-4:30, a workshop presenting new scholarship on communities and resource commons in Japan. Tomohiko Ohno (Economics, Hannan University) – Rises and Falls in Watershed Governance in Japan:  changes in river policy and community reactions; Hitoshi Kominami (Rural Studies, Kyoto University) – A Community-based Set-net Fishing Enterprise in Japan:  demographic change and organizational response in the Niizaki Fisheries Cooperative from 1949 to the present; Gaku Mitsumata (Economics, Hyogo University) – Preservation of Commons, Innovation of Institutions, and Environmental Education in the Secret History of Japan’s School Forests since Meiji. Moderator: Margaret McKean (Political Science and Nicholas School of Environmental Policy, Duke University). PART TWO:  4:30-5:30 – Alex Bay (Chapman University), Nation from the Bottom Up:  Disease, Toilets and Waste Management in Modern Japan
  • December 8: Tanaka Yuji (Curator, Edo-Tokyo Museum), “Kawamura Kiyoo at the Edo-Tokyo Museum,” 4:30 P.M., location TBA.

A Selection of Spring, 2011 Japan-Related Events:

  • January 14-16: Southeastern AAS Conference, at UNC
  • January 19: Gabi Lukasc (University of Pittsburgh, Anthropology Department), “Mass media (television), new media technologies (Internet, cellular phones), capitalism, subjectivity, labor, and neoliberal governmentality in contemporary Japan,” 7:00, in room 240, the Franklin Center, Duke
  • February 1: Ken Kawashima (University of Toronto, History and East Asian Studies), “For the Indispensably Disposable: Crisis, Biopolitics, and Everyday Life,” 4 p.m. at Duke University, Smith Warehouse right across Main Street from East Campus, room C107 (Bay 4, 1st floor)
  • February 18: Alice Tseng (Art History, Boston University) “Between a World City and a World Heritage City: Lessons from the Kyoto Station Building Competition,” in Greenlaw 318 at UNC, 4 pm
  • February 21: Talk on “The Classical Japanese Comic Theatre Form—Kyōgen” (Rm 105 Center for Dramatic Art, UNC) by Yuriko Doi (artistic director and producer of Theatre of Yugen in San Francisco), 11 am-12:10 pm
  • February 22: Workshop on “The Wild Words and Moves” of Kyōgen theatre (Rm 104, Center for Dramatic Art, UNC) by Yuriko Doi, 1:30-3:00 pm
  • March 1: Paul Groner (University of Virginia) “What did it mean to be a monk in pre-modern Japan?  Reflections on the history of monasticism in Japanese Tendai,” 4:30 pm, York Room located on the 2nd Floor of Gray Building on West Campus (not at Perkins 217), Duke.
  • March 18: Kären Wigen (History, Stanford) lunch workshop in New East 102 at UNC at noon on her 2010 book, A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600-1912
  • March 18: Kären Wigen (History, Stanford), “Geographies of Restoration: The Curious Career of an Ancient Province in Early Modern Japan,” 4 p.m. lecture in the Boyd Seminar Room (229 Carr Building), Duke East Campus.
  • March 31: Cine-East Film Series, “Ikiru” (Akira Kurosawa, 1952, 143 min, Japan, Japanese w/ English Subtitles, Black & White, DVD) in the Richard White Auditorium, East Campus, at Duke, 7-9:30 p.m.
  • April 8-10: “Boundaries in Question: Japanese and French Empires in East Asia” conference at NCSU
  • April 10: Cine-East Film Series, “Rashomon” (Akira Kurosawa, 1950, 88 min, Japan, Japanese w/ English Subtitles, Black & White, DVD), Richard White Auditorium, East Campus, at Duke, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • April 15, 3 p.m.: Seungsook Moon, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology at Vassar College, “Living with the US Military Empire in South Korea: Camptown Women and KATUSAs,” Franklin Center Room 240, 2204 Erwin Road, Duke University
  • April 20, 5:15 p.m.: Professor Tomiko Yoda of Harvard University: ”Between Pop and Radical: Feminism, Media Culture and the Female Nude in 1970s Japan,” New West 219, UNC
  • April 26:   Helen Hardacre, Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society, Harvard University, “State Shinto in Manchukuo,” 4:30–6:00 pm York Room, 229 Gray, Duke West Campus
  • April 30: The Triangle East Asia Colloquium (TEAC) will be held  in Withers 331 on the NC State campus. This year’s theme is “Recent Trends in the Study of Science and Technology in East Asia.” 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A Selection of Fall, 2010 Japan-Related Events:

  • 10/1 F, 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Pamela Runestad (graduate student, Medical Anthropology, U Hawaii), “What People Think Matters: The Relationship Between Perceptions and Epidemiology in the Japanese HIV Epidemic”: Presentation of research in preparation for an article to be submitted to the International Journal for Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Duke Breedlove Room, Perkins Library, West Campus
  • 10/6 W, 7:00 p.m.: REAP (Relocating Empires in the Asia-Pacific), Reading Mark Driscoll’s Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque (Duke UP, 2010). Duke Trent Hall Conference Room (2F), Dinner (and perhaps drinks) will be served.
  • 10/20 W, 3:00 p.m.: AMES LECTURE SERIES, David Roh, “Japanese and American Scientific Management: The Construction of Korean Labor in Younghill Kang’s ‘East Goes West.’” David S. Roh is assistant professor of English at Old Dominion University. His research and teaching interests include American fiction, transnational Asian American literature, and new media studies. He is currently working on two book projects, the first of which examines the United States and Japan as mediating sites in the construction of Korean diasporic literature. His other project examines how the intersection of intellectual property policy, digital networks, and subcultural texts influence literary canon formation. 225 Friedl Building, Duke East Campus.
  • 10/27 W, 3:00-4:30 p.m.: APSI LECTURE SERIES, Brett Walker, Regents’ Professor and Chair, Department of History, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Montana State University: “Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan.” Breedlove Room (204 Perkins Library), Duke West Campus.
  • 10/28 Th, 12:15-2:15 p.m.: JAPAN FORUM, BROWNBAG LUNCH WORKSHOP, “Animals and Historical Agency in Early Modern Japan”: in this workshop, Professors Barbara Ambros and Morgan Pitelka will briefly outline their current individual research projects that touch in different ways on animals during the Tokugawa Period (1603-1868). Professor Brett Walker (Regents’ Professor and Chair, Department of History, Philosophy & Religious Studies, at Montana State University), an authority on the subject, will respond and lead a general discussion of methodology and other issues raised by this research. UNC, Hamilton.
  • 11/10, 2-4:00 p.m.: ACKLAND TEA LECTURE SERIES, Morgan Pitelka, Associate Professor, Asian Studies Department, UNC Chapel Hill, “Drinking Tea and Collecting Art in Early Modern Japan,” Ackland Art Museum, UNC
  • 11/15 M, 4:45-6:15 p.m.: APSI LECTURE SERIES, Jonathan Abel, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, “The Language of Slaves: Nakano Shigeharu’s Redactionary Literature.” Room 240 Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road, Duke West Campus.
  • 12/3 F, 4:00-5:30 p.m.: TRIANGLE JAPAN FORUM, Simon Partner (Duke, History) public lecture: “Mummies, Mudras and Madmen: In Search of God in the Mountains of Japan.” UNC, 328 Phillips Hall.