Summer Workshop 2017


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Asia-Pacific War Studies Project (APWAR): Summer Workshop 2017
–Discovering “Dai-Nippon”: memory, place and the politics of identity–

This two-day workshop will examine the complex—often controversial—issue of public memory in post-war Japan. Day 1 explores the roles of haunting and narrative in the production of sites of memory and includes visits to Aoyama Cemetery and Yasukuni Shrine. Day 2 focuses on wartime visual and material culture, including the screening of wartime films and an interactive lecture. These tours and screening will be followed by critical reflections, facilitated by cultural geographers, film studies specialists and historians. You will find yourselves at the point of conflict between sentiment and justice, and between traditional Japan and post-war “pacifist” Japan. The workshop will be conducted entirely in English. This is “doing history” in action and you will meet people with similar interests from a range of backgrounds and countries.

Modern Asian History, Japanese History/Studies, Politics of Memory, Cultures of Remembrance, Cultural Geography, Film Studies, Popular and Material Culture, Japan’s International Relations

July 31 (Monday), 10:00-18:00
August 1 (Tuesday), 10:15-17:30
Venue: University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus 1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (and tours to Aoyama Cemetery and Yasukuni Shrine)

– No tuition fee required
– This event is a registration-only summer workshop project without any formal relations to Hitotsubashi University (HU) or University of Tokyo (UTokyo).

How to Join?

Send an email to

or fill in the form below with your name, email address and affiliation by 5 pm, Friday, July 28, 2017.
Non-students and late registration will be accepted pending availability.






東キャンパス・第3研究館 研究会議室(3階)





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Practicing History at the Time of Crisis in the Globalization Consensus (detailed info)

Practicing History at the Time of Crisis  in the Globalization Consensus

An international conference sponsored and organized by JSPS research project: Developing an International Research and Education Program on Asia-Pacific War History: Comparison and Synthesis


 4-5 March 2017


Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo
East Campus, Faculty Building 3 (on the 3rd floor)

Access to the university
Campus directory (please find the building No.39)

Conference Agenda

 In 2008, the political economist Dani Rodrik argued that the globalization consensus was dead after the great turmoil in international finance. Then we witnessed another predicament of the globalization consensus in 2016, the year of the Brexit referendum and Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. More political turbulence is expected in 2017. With this in mind, the third international conference organized by the JSPS joint research project “Developing an International Research and Education Program on Asia-Pacific War History: Comparison and Synthesis” will discuss the impact of the current crisis in the globalization consensus on the wider arena of practicing history, i.e., writing, teaching, and disseminating knowledge and perspectives about the modern and contemporary history of war and violence.


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“Forgetting the War through War Manga” (Lecture by Dr. Chua [Day3])

Karl Ian Chen Chua, “Forgetting the War through War Manga”

August 5 (Fri), 13:00-14:30
Hitotsubashi University, East Campus, Faculty Building 3, Research Conference Room

Reading Assignments

  • Karl Ian Cheng Chua, “Representing the war in manga”, Controversial History Education in Asian Contexts, edited by Mark Baildon et al. Taylor & Francis, 2013.
  • Akiko Hashimoto, “‘Something Dreadful Happened in the Past’: War Stories for Children in Japanese Popular Culture”, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol.13, Issue 30, No.1 ( July 2015): 1-13.
  • Matthew Penney, “‘Why on earth is something as important as this not in the textbooks?’ –Teaching Supplements, Student Essays, and History Education in Japan”「どうしてこんなに大切なことが教科書に出て来ないのだろう」 教材、 作文、そして日本の歴史教育」The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol.12, Issue 1 ,No.0 ( Jan 2014): 1-36.
  • Shinichi Arai, “History Textbooks in Twentieth Century Japan: A Chronological Overview”, Journal of Educational Media, Memory & Society, Vol. 2, No. 2, Special Issue: Contextualizing School Textbook Revision (Autum 2010): 113-121.


Discussion points

1. What are examples of “war manga” that you are familiar with or have read?
2. What is opinion about these “war manga?”

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