The 2nd Japan Studies at the University of Chicago and the University of Tokyo was held

Date and time: October 9, 2015 (Fri.), 8:00AM-3:30PM
Venue: Social Science Building, John Hope Franklin Room (Rm 224), The University of Chicago
Language: English, Japanese

As part of the building up of Strategic Partnership between the University of Tokyo and the University of Chicago, the second joint Todai-UChicago workshop titled “Japan Studies at the University of Chicago and the University of Tokyo” was held at the University of Chicago on October 8-9, 2015. This is part of a 3-year annual workshop series joined by UChicago graduate students and the Global Japan Studies program of Todai. This year four presenters from Todai: Ikeda Maho (PhD student, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology), Sakihama Sana and Hirai Yuka (PhD students, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), Kawamura Satofumi (Project Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy) were joined by five presenters from the University of Chicago. The workshop not only had nine thought-provoking presentations but after the presentations workshop faculty and student participants had an extensive discussion on both specialized topics as well as large issues such as Japanese studies as a discipline. On the following day after the workshop, accompanied by UChicago students and a professor, Todai presenters toured the University of Chicago campus and visited the Art Institute of Chicago which has a rich collection of Japanese art. Next year, the third Todai-UChicago workshop is scheduled to be convened at Todai.


October 8th (Thurs.), 2015

17:00-19:30 Opening Reception
Tea Room, 2nd Floor, Social Science Building, University of Chicago

October 9th (Fri.), 2015

John Hope Franklin Room (Rm 224), Social Science Building
8:30-8:45 Yijiang Zhong “Chicago’s Japan; Tokyo’s Japan”
8:20-8:30 Welcoming Remarks
8:30-8:45 Yijiang Zhong “Chicago’s Japan; Tokyo’s Japan”
8:45-10:00 PANEL ONE
Jun Hee Lee (UChicago): “The Best and the Rest: Asia’s Place in the Utagoe Movement, 1950s-60s”
Hirai Yuka (UTokyo): “Sensuality without Sexuality? Gender and Body in Kawabata Yasunari”
Tessa Handa (UChicago): “Art Postcards in Late Meiji Japan: Fujishima Takeji’s 1905 Series”
10:00-11:00 PANEL TWO
Sakihama Sana (UTokyo): “Revisiting Asianism in the context of Okinawa: Kawamitsu Shin’ichi”
Carly Buxton (UChicago): “SCAP-nese Americans: Nisei as Turncoats, Translators, and Testimonies in Occupation Japan”
11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 PANEL THREE
Ikeda Maho (UTokyo):“Local Self-government in Edo-Tokyo”
Paride Stortini (UChicago): “East and West of the Tsukiji Honganji”
12:15-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 PANEL FOUR
Aliz Horvath (UChicago): “The Dainihonshi and the Dynamics of Change”
Kawamura Satofumi (UTokyo): “Asianism and National Polity: Kishi Nobusuke and Wartime Japan”
14:30-15:15 General Discussion
15:15-15:30 Concluding Remarks

Pictures of the workshop