The events draw a varied audience with an interest in the region.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.
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- From Empire's Revenants to Red Repatriates: The Japanese Returnees from Siberian Captivity and the Early Cold War in East Asia, 1945-1952
Dr Sherzod Muminov (University of Cambridge)
Please note that this seminar has been rescheduled and now takes place on the 11 January (originally 18 January).
- Adjudicating Victory in Postwar East Asia: the spectacle of war crimes and the theatre of justice
Dr Barak Kushner (University of Cambridge)
Please note that this seminar has been rescheduled and now takes place on the 18 January (originally 11 January).
- SOAS Japan Research Centre and SOAS Food Studies Centre Joint Event
Dr John LoBregio
- Liberal Internationalism Reconsidered: Japan’s Strategy Today
Professor Go Ito (Meiji University)
Toshiba International Foundation Lunch with Professor Go Itio
- The Ooku, the Shogun’s ‘Harem’: Life in the Women’s Palace in Nineteenth Century Japan
Lesley Downer (Writer)
- Homage to Ukiyo-e
Dr Monika Hinkel (SOAS University of London)
- Tenth-century kanabun and esoteric Buddhist techniques
- Skylarks, Frogs and River-drenched Robes: Reality, Formality and Poetic License in the Poetry Contest in Six Hundred Rounds
Dr Thomas McAuley (University of Sheffield)
- In Conversation Lunch with Dr Julia Obinger
Dr Julia Obinger (Visiting Scholar, Japan Research Centre)
- Japanese Castles: Tradition, Modernity, and Militarism from the 1860s to the Postwar
Dr Oleg Benesch (University of York)
- Bringing Back Yoshikono: Songs of 7-7-7-5 in a WWII-Era Osaka Rakugo Magazine
Dr Matthew Shores (University of Cambridge)
- Eyes turned to Provincial Landscapes in Early 19th-century Japan: Poetry and illustrated Books
Prof Fumiko Kobayashi (Hosei University)
- Memories of the Ainu Past and Present
Discussion with George Barker (Royal Anthropological Institute) and Dr Marcos Centeno Martin (SOAS University of London)
- National or Popular Theatre: Globalisation, Modernity, and a Discussion of Multifaceted Japanese National Theatre
Professor Ayumi Fujioka (Sugiyama University)
- Film Screening of Cape No 7 (海角七號) and Director (魏德聖）and Producer's (黃志明) Q&A
Speakers: Director Wei Te-Sheng (魏德聖）and Producer Jimmy Huang (黃志明), Chaired by Dr Ming-yeh Rawnsley
- Sport and Diplomacy: Past Reflections and Looking Toward 2020
Japan is due to host the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Summer Olympics, Tokyo 2020. The build up to these events provides an opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future role of sport as an opportunity for diplomacy. This symposium focuses on mega-sporting events as a public diplomatic platform, and how it creates legacies for global community.
- Adventures in Future Science: Speculative Fiction in Modern Japan, 1868-1945
Seth Jacobowitz (Yale University) & Aaron Moore (Manchester)
- Constructing a More Active Role: The Norm-Shift and the Rise of Activism in Japan’s Security Policy after the Cold War
Dr. Hiromi Fujishige
Book launch for 'Constructing a More Active Role: The Norm-Shift and the Rise of Activism in Japan’s Security Policy after the Cold War', written by Dr. Hiromi Fujishige.
- "The World of Maki Asakawa" - Songs from the Japanese Post-War Counterculture
Dr Alan Cummings (SOAS University of London) & Yukiji Teramoto
- Divided Fates: The State, Race, and Korean Immigrants’ Adaptation in Japan and the United States
Assistant Professor Kazuko Suzuki (Texas A&M University)
- Gender, Equality and Employment in Japan: Reflections on three decades of equality
Helen Macnaughtan (SOAS, University of London), Peter Matanle (University of Sheffield). Machiko Osawa (Japan Women's University), Jun Imai (Hokkaido University)
- Conflicting and Complementary Demands after a Disaster: The Different Faces of Remembering the JL123 Crash
Dr Christopher Hood (Cardiff University)
This event explores the various conflicting and complementary demands surrounding the memorialisation of JL123 and in particular focusses upon the dynamics which saw the museum at one of the memorial sites, Irei-no-Sono, being significantly upgraded in 2015.
- Ban Kōkei and the creation of eighteenth century Japanese prose
Dr Rebekah Clements
- Hokusai in the world, then and now
Dr Angus Lockyer (SOAS) & Dr Ryoko Matsuba (SOAS)
- The Rise and Fall of Modern Japanese Literature: The Fall
John Whittier Treat (Yale University)
- The Japanese Economy: An Unstable Equilibrium
John Plender (Financial Times)
- From Patients to Pros: The Paralympics and the Evolving Image of Disabled Athletes in Japan, 1964-2020
Dennis J. Frost (Kalamazoo College)
- Japan’s Southeast Asian Policy at the crossroad
Aizawa Nobuhiro (Kyushu University)
- Feeling the City: Contemporary Art and the Making of Critical Media Space
Professor Miryam Sas
- Rebellious Youth in the Global 1960s: Youth, Propaganda, and Political Violence
Dr Christopher Gerteis (SOAS University of London)