This two-day workshop will examine the complex—often controversial—issue of public memory in post-war Japan. Day 1 explores the roles of haunting and narrative in the production of sites of memory and includes visits to Aoyama Cemetery and Yasukuni Shrine. Day 2 focuses on wartime visual and material culture, including the screening of wartime films and an interactive lecture. These tours and screening will be followed by critical reflections, facilitated by cultural geographers, film studies specialists and historians. You will find yourselves at the point of conflict between sentiment and justice, and between traditional Japan and post-war “pacifist” Japan. The workshop will be conducted entirely in English. This is “doing history” in action and you will meet people with similar interests from a range of backgrounds and countries.
Modern Asian History, Japanese History/Studies, Politics of Memory, Cultures of Remembrance, Cultural Geography, Film Studies, Popular and Material Culture, Japan’s International Relations
July 31 (Monday), 10:00-18:00
August 1 (Tuesday), 10:15-17:30
Venue: University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus 1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (and tours to Aoyama Cemetery and Yasukuni Shrine)
– No tuition fee required
– This event is a registration-only summer workshop project without any formal relations to Hitotsubashi University (HU) or University of Tokyo (UTokyo).
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