East Asian Studies Speakers Series
"Externalizing Vigilance: The Political Aesthetics of Coastal Fortifications in Post-Tsunami Japan"
Associate Professor of Sociology
Cosponsored by the Department of Sociology
Sponsored by the Department of Political Science
Shriver Clipper Room
Symposium on Public Health in Asia
Workshop on US - Japan Relations with Weston Konishi
Chief Operating Officer
"Do Decentralized/Democratized Parties Redistribute Differently? Evidence from Japan and Western Europe"
Department of Political Science
Sponsored by The Department of Political Science, Co-Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program
"Hypothetical Navigation and Globalization of Time in Japan"
Co-Sponsored by The Department of History and Technology
Yulia Frumer is an Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology Department at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Frumer graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with Ph.Ds in History of Science and Japanese History, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in 2013. Previously, she held fellowships from the Japanese Government and the Japan Foundation, and was affiliated with International Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto (Nichibunken), and the Tokyo University. Her research focuses on the cross-cultural exchange of scientific and technological ideas in nineteenth century Japan, and she is currently working on a book manuscript that deals with the transformation of Japanese timekeeping technology and the notions of time associated with it.
Levering Great Hall
"The Gender of Memory: Travels in Disappearing Terrain"
Co-sponsored by The Department of History and the Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Gail Hershatter is an award-winning historian and Distinguished Professor of Honor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research includes on the modern social and cultural history of China, and focuses particularly on the role of women during the revolutionary period of China. Dr. Hershatter was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 for "demonstrating exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts", and served as president of the Association for Asian Studies, the largest organization for Asia-focused research in the world, in 2011.
"Migrant Immigration Policy in Japan: MIPEX 2010 and 2013"
Faculty of Law, Mejio University
Sponsored by RIC
"Rethinking Modern China as Resistance: From Zhang Taiyan to Japanese Sinology"
Co-Sponsored by The Department of History
My work probes the historical conditions for the possibility of philosophy and politics in the modern world and in East Asia in particular. I am generally interested in the attempts of East Asian intellectuals to resist modernity through reviving premodern philosophies and religions, such as Buddhism. My first book, The Political Philosophy of Zhang Taiyan: The Resistance of Consciousness, shows how in early 20th century China, Zhang Taiyan, drew on Consciousness-Only (Yogācāra) Buddhism to formulate a theory of revolution. In particular, the book explains how this seemingly ancient body of knowledge is reformulated as China was incorporated into the global capitalist system of nation-states. My more recent project, tentatively entitled, “Imagining Asia: Takeuchi Yoshimi and the Conundrums of Asian Modernity,” examines how philosophies of resistance intersect with visions of transnational identity and hopes for an alternative future. The historical context for this second work continues to be the fundamental transformations in conceptions of space and time associated with spread of global capitalism and how such changes affect the way intellectuals in East Asia conceive of political alliances, strategies and futures. In this context, the project not only concerns the manner in which Takeuchi re-imagines the politics of Asian identity, but also how such imaginaries relate to attempts to imagine a different world by Marxists in Japan and elsewhere in East Asia. The project about Asianism also has an important contemporary dimension and in this context I interrogate the work of various proponents of Asianism, such as Baik Yong-soe, Kuan-hsing Chen, Sun Ge and Wang Hui.