Topics of Modern and Contemporary History Z 2018 Summer Intensive Course & Film Screening

Mon. 23 July to Fri. 27 July  2017 at Hitotsubashi University

105 min – 13 class

Enrollment Criteria

This class is for undergraduate (the 3rd grade and more) and graduate students of Graduate School / Faculty of Social Sciences and other graduate schools/faculties if permitted.

Hitotsubashi University Kunitachi East Campus #1203

Course Aim and Overview

War and Violence in Comparative History: Truths, Memory, and Reconciliation. This lecture aims to discuss ways to understand issues of war and violence (its truths, memory, and reconciliation) from a perspective of comparative history. This class aims to: 1) learn perspectives and methods of comparative history; 2) share basic knowledge about extreme/massive violence in modern/contemporary history; 3) learn not to be judgmental but to have a temperate discussion on the controversial issues of modern/contemporary history. 4) It is not a goal of this class to share conclusions.

Lecture and discussion will be conducted basically in English. Students will be allowed to use either English or Japanese in discussion. Students will be required to write their comments/reports in English.

After the classes between 23-26 July, film screening are organized in association with the contents of this course.



Day I  July 23  


10:45-12:30 Class 01- Introduction: Who owns Japanese Pacifism? (70th anniversary)
Satoshi Nakano and Yukie Shimizu

13:15-15:00 Class 02- German /Japan Comparison
Henning Fauser (Institut d’études
politiques de Rennes) and Yukie Shimizu


15:15〜 #Faculty Building 3-3F  Film Screening:
SHOAH by Claude Lanzmann
Short talk : Henning Fauser
Day II  July 24

Violence and Justice

10:45-12:30 Class 03-Soldiers and Global Empire: Battlefield Violence, Militarism, and War
Andrew Levidis (University of Central Lancashire)

13:15-15:00 Class 04-Tokyo Trial
Ann-Sophie Schoepfel (Science Po Paris)

15:15〜 #Faculty Building 3-3F Film Screening:
The Mushroom Club by Steven Okazaki
Barefoot Gen’s Hiroshima directed by Yuko Ishida

Day III  July 25


10:45-12:30 Class 05-Holocaust
Henning Fauser

13:15-15:00 Class 06-Hiroshima
Masaya Nemoto (Ritsumeikan Universtiy)

15:15-17:00 Class 07- Term paper discussion

17:15〜 #Faculty Building 3-3F Film Screening:
戦場の女たち-SENSO DOUGTHERS by Noriko Sekiguchi

Day IV  July 26  


10:45-12:30 Class 08- Yasukuni
Joshua Baxter (The University of Tokyo)

13:15-15:00 Class 09- Militarism
Andrew Levidis

15:15-17:00 Class 10- Collaboration
Ann-Sophie Schoepfel

17:15〜 #Faculty Building 3-3F  Screening:
Kinyarwanda directed by Alrick Brown
Day V  July 27 


10:45-17:00 Class 11,12 &13  Yasukuni Shrine and Kudanshita area

11:00-Yasukuni Tour guided by Joshua Baxter, Yushukan Museum
15:00-Shokei-kan Museum

16:00-Post Visit Session
Joshua Baxter and Taihei Okada (The University of Tokyo)


Call For Application

Workshop: European Perspectives on World War II in the Asia-Pacific, Paris, 2-3 March 2018

APWARS Project invite applications from postdoctoral scholars for an interdisciplinary workshop, which will serve as a fresh outlook to the study of World War II in the Asia-Pacific from a European perspective, scheduled to be held on 2-3 March 2018 in Paris.

The upcoming workshop focuses on different topics including the origins, the political, military and social aspects of World War II in the Asia-Pacific as well as the representation of the war in popular media and the legacy of the conflict (justice, memory, reconciliation). It offers the possibility for five post-doctoral students based in Europe to present their approach to World War II in the Asia-Pacific. The workshop aims to (1) improve perspectives and methods in comparative studies, (2) share knowledge about European perspectives on World War II in the Asia-Pacific. Postdoctoral scholars will be required to present their research and methodology and present a case study. Each participant will be offered 300 euros in order to cover travel expenses. They will also be offered the chance to join the next workshop at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo on 22-29 July 2018. Applicants should be postdoctoral scholars who have teaching experience. The language for the workshop is English.
To apply please send the following materials to by 24:00 ETC by 10 January 2018:
1) A CV
2) A class syllabus from a course the applicant has taught concerning war and reconciliation
3) A short summary of your on-going research project

APWARS Project will notify awardees by 24:00 ETC 19 January 2018.

Subject fields: Modern and Contemporary History, Cultural Studies, International Relations, Philosophy

Registration details

Day 1(July 31 Monday):
Venue: Room 301, Bldg. 10, Komaba Campus I, The University of Tokyo*
Date and Time: 9:30-10:15

Day 2 (August 1 Tuesday):
Venue: Room 301, Bldg. 10, Komaba Campus I, The University of Tokyo*
Date and Time: 9:30-10:15

(Applications are now closed.)

Dear Participants,

I have sent out the pre-workshop package on July 21 and thereafter. However, thanks to the filtering system of various e-mail providers, I found out that this particular mail with heavy attached files tends to be classified as a junk mail. Here, I am making this announcement to let you know that we have the registration details as above. See you all there tomorrow and after tomorrow.

Taihei Okada,
Organizer of APWAR Summerwrkshop 2017


【Meet the People 3】James Thurgill

While historians tend to look at things from changes over time, geographers surveys differences–both obvious and subtle–over space. James is a geographer par excellence of the latter kind. Furthermore, his interests are of the second order. Rather than analyzing what is out there and providing his own interpretation of subtleties, James is concerned about the production of knowledge based on the observer’s spacial movement and the observer’s interaction with historical memory, which is embedded in the scenes that he walks through. In James’s analysis, therefore, the subjectivity of the observer is also examined. For this workshop too, he is interested in how each participant’s reacts to things located in the places we visit and how he interprets historical memory associated with these things. The following is his personal website where you can observe the glimpse of his thinking.