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Asia-Pacific Studies Seminar on 26 May at Osaka University

2018-5-26 (Sat) 10:00 - 13:30

Asia-Pacific Studies Seminar at Osaka University
Date: 26 May 2018 (Saturday)
Venue: Seminar Room A, Student Commons, Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences (CELAS), Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University (2nd floor)

Seminar papers are available only for prospective participants.

Asia-Pacific Studies Seminar at Osaka University

Date: 26 May 2018 (Saturday)

Venue: Seminar Room A, Student Commons, Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences (CELAS), Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University (2nd floor)

http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/access/toyonaka/toyonaka.html (Toyonaka Campus Map, #30)

http://www.celas.osaka-u.ac.jp/facilities/ (CELAS)

http://www.celas.osaka-u.ac.jp/facilities/commons/ (Student Commons)

http://www.celas.osaka-u.ac.jp/facilities/floormap/general/ (Seminar Room A, 2nd floor)

Session 1: 10:00 – 11:00

Henna-Riikka Pennanen (Postdoctoral researcher, The John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku & Specially-appointed Assistant Professor, Osaka University)

https://research.utu.fi/converis/portal/Person/19012232?auxfun=&lang=en_GB

Title: China, Japan, and the 19th-century Eurocentric International Order – “Talking Back to Civilization”

Abstract: In the nineteenth century, European countries expanded their sphere of international relations. In doing so, they carried with them the European notions of international order and rules of interstate relations, including such ideas as the states-system, sovereignty, balance of power, diplomacy, and international law. China and Japan were soon to find out that they were expected to embrace these notions and join the “family of nations,” or risk a conflict with the Europeans. However, the family of nations was for members only, and as Suzuki Shogo explains, aspiring members had to adopt the identity and rules of the society. What the candidates particularly needed, was to meet the ambiguous “standard of civilization.” In making their case for membership, the Chinese and Japanese turned to the foreign press. They adopted and utilized the concepts of the European international order, as well as the Euro-American rhetorical commonplaces. In effect, they engaged in what Frederick Hoxie has termed “talking back to civilization.” This presentation studies the Chinese and Japanese self-representations and their attempts to mold the public opinion in the U.S. media from the late 1870s to 1910. The questions to be asked are: what were the Chinese and Japanese arguing, how, and for what ends? The main focus is on the portrayals of national identity, and the status, role, and objectives of China and Japan in the international order of the day.

Chair:

Philip Streich

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Philip_Streich

Discussants:

Gavin Campbell (Professor, Doshisha University)

http://global-studies.doshisha.ac.jp/en/teacher/teacher/gavin.html

Mary Louise Nagata (Professor, Francis Marion University)

https://www.fmarion.edu/directory/nagata-mary-louise/

Seng Ong (Assistant Professor, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business)

http://www.nucba.ac.jp/commerce/faculty/seng_ong.html

Session 2: 11:10 – 12:10

Ariko S. Ikehara (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Japan & Graduate School of Human Sciences, School of Human Sciences Osaka University)

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ariko_Ikehara

Title: Japanese Soul Dancers: Wafu-Blackness

Chair: Akiko Sato (Osaka University)

Discussants:

Nathan Hopson (Associate Professor, Nagoya University)

https://cms.lit.nagoya-u.ac.jp/nathan-hopson.html

Special Session: 12:15-12:45

Mayako Shimamoto (Osaka University)

Title: Rethinking Japan’s Nuclear policy after Fukushima Disaster: Comparing Japan and Finland

Cultural Exchange over Lunch Obento: 12:45-13:30

Date: 2018-5-26 (Sat) 10:00 - 13:30
Organizer: Yoneyuki SUGITA Lab
Venue: Seminar Room A, Student Commons, Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences (CELAS), Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University (2nd floor)
Registration: Registration by email is required for this seminar.
Contact: Yoneyuki SUGITA
sugita@lang.osaka-u.ac.jp

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