Screening and Discussion by Dr. Maruyama and Dr. Nomura [Day3]

Yuki Maruyama and Nao Nomura, “Hundred Shots, Hundred Kills: War Movies, Eyes of the Camera, and Modern Spectatorship”

August 5 (Fri), 15:00-18:00
Hitotsubashi University, East Campus, Faculty Building 3, Research Conference Room


Reading assignments

  • Excerpts from Chris Kyle, American Sniper
  • Selected comments on the movie

Discussion points

  • Is Chris Kyle a war hero fighting with just cause or a trigger-happy killer with no morality?
  • Is the movie pro-war or anti-war? Why was there a big controversy over “American Sniper,” while it achieved a huge commercial success?
  • How do you feel when the camera overlaps the gunsight? What does it mean if you identify with the shooter’s eye? Are you involved in killings, at least in a metaphorical sense?

Suggested further readings

  • John Bodner, “Saving Private Ryan and Postwar Memory in America,” The American Historical Review 106.3 (June 2001): 805-17.

Related movies

  • “The Unforgiven” (1992)
  • “Sergeant York” (1941)


“Guided Tour :Shokei-kan Museum” (with Dr. Nakamura [Day2])

Eri Nakamura, “Guided Tour: Shokei-kan Museum”

August 4 (Thu), 11:00-12:30
meet at Kudanshita Subway Station, Exit #6 at 10:50

Reading Assignments

  • Tetsuya Fujiwara, “Japan’s other Forgotten Soldiers”, in Christopher Gerteis and Timothy S. George, eds., Japan Since 1945 from Postwar to Post-Bubble (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).

Suggested further readings

  • 植野真澄「傷痍軍人・戦争未亡人・戦災孤児」倉沢愛子ほか編 『岩波講座アジア・太平洋戦争 6 日常生活の中の総力戦』岩波書店,2006.



“Guided Tour : Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan Museum” (with Prof. Nakano [Day2])

“Guided Tour: Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan Museum”

August 4 (Thu), 13:00-15:30 meet at Kudanshita Subway Station, Exit #1 at 12:50

Map (Inner Garden)

Hand out

  • Kota Udagawa “The State and Consoling the Souls of the Dead: ‘The Yasukuni Question'”



Course Description


Summer School for Contemporary History 2016 hopes to provide  an occasion  to discover and reexamine historical events and experiences through the war memories and encourage participants to exchange their ideas on the subject  through a temperate discussion.


  • Read assignments and think about discussion questions
  • Active participation in classroom discussions

Assignments will be listed on this web site (categories > Summer School for contemporary History 2016 ).

The participants will receive an instruction via email to obtain class materials.

“Okinawa Women’s Experience- Migrating Memories” (Lecture by Dr. Zulueta [Day1])

Johanna O. Zulueta, “Okinawa Women’s Experience- Migrating Memories: 
Gendered Subjectivities and the Experience of War”

July 21 (Thu), 14:40-16:10
Hitotsubashi University, East Campus, Mercury Tower, Room #3405

Reading Assignments

  • Johanna O. Zulueta, “Memory, Nostalgia and the Creation of “Home”: An Okinawan Woman’s Journey”

Discussion points

  • How are memories of migration maintained and re/produced and what is the significance of gender in this?

Suggested further readings

  • L. McDowell,”Cultural memory, gender and age: young Latvian women’s narrative memories of war-time Europe, 1944–1947,” Journal of Historical Geography 30 (2004), 701–728.

“Suffering, Silence, and Storytelling: Atomic Bomb Survivors in Hiroshima” (Lecture by Dr. Nemoto [Day1])

Masaya Nemoto, “Suffering, Silence, and Storytelling: Atomic Bomb Survivors in Hiroshima”

July 21 (Thu), 16:20-17:50
Hitotsubashi University, East Campus, Mercury Tower, Room #3405

Reading Assignments

  • Masaya Nemoto “Story of Hiroshima: Life of an Atomic Bomb Survivor,” Education About Asia, Volume 20:2 (Fall 2015).

Discussion points

  • Give your opinion on the uniqueness of the sufferings of atomic bomb survivors in comparison to victims of other violences or disasters.

Suggested further readings

  • R.J. Lifton, Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima, University of North Carolina Press.
  • Hideko Snider, One Sunny Day: A Child’s Memories of Hiroshima, Chicago and La Salle: Open Court, 1996.
  • Shōso Kawamoto,  “Survivors’ Stories”on the website of Hiroshima Peace Media Center ( [accessed May 17, 2015])


  • A testimonial video: Kan Munhi on the website of the National Peace Memorial Halls for the Atomic Bomb Victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “Global Network,” (http://tinyurl. com/osse2u3 [accessed May 17, 2015])