Thursday, November 16th : Jonathan Henshaw “Remembering and Forgetting: Commemorations of the Second World War in Nanjing”

Jonathan Henshaw

PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of British Columbia

“Remembering and Forgetting: Commemorations of the Second World War in Nanjing”

Thursday, November 16th 4:00-6:00 PM

John Hope Franklin Room [SSR 224]

Discussant: Kyle Pan, University of Chicago History Department

Please join the East Asia: Transregional Histories workshop in welcoming Jonathan Henshaw [University of British Columbia] as he presents his work-in-progress, titled “Remembering and Forgetting: Commemorations of the Second World War in Nanjing.” Mr. Henshaw provides the following abstract:

The manipulation of wartime commemoration in China by the CCP exists as a commonplace in English-language scholarship. Under the People’s Republic, the retreat of Maoism, contact with Taiwan and renewed (anti-Japanese) nationalism have indeed provided context for recent manipulation of wartime commemorations, but such accounts cut short much of the history of wartime commemoration in China by beginning only in the 1980s. Nanjing, as a former capital, has a large collection of monuments and relics that suggest a longer, more complex narrative. This paper marks an intervention in the literature by extending the history of Chinese wartime commemoration back to 1938, while the war still raged, and by setting the received national narrative of the war against the local record contained in commemorative sites in Nanjing and local accounts of the war. In doing so, it opens a productive space for considering the dynamic between local and national narratives, and also points to how efforts to commemorate the war have evolved in step with developments in China’s international relations. As Gail Hershatter has suggested of the practice of “speaking bitterness,” the post-war national narrative of resistance has China functioned more as a matrix that local or individual accounts must be recuperated within (or be forgotten), as opposed to an outright script. Drawing on newspaper reports, steles and Chinese secondary sources dealing with Nanjing, this paper traces the history of wartime commemoration to its earliest iteration in the wartime era, when collaborationist Nanjing politicians were faced with the task of mourning the dead in a city that was both under Japanese occupation, and still reeling from the 1937 Nanjing massacre. Following the war, Chiang Kai-shek’s victorious Nationalists returned to Nanjing and appropriated the site of a former Japanese Shinto shrine for use as a museum that advanced their own triumphalist narrative of resistance. The establishment of the PRC in 1949 greatly reduced such public commemorations, which fit uneasily within the reigning anti-imperialist framework, but did not entirely eliminate them. Instead, wartime commemoration was refashioned into the reigning paradigm of anti-imperialism. In 1960, when historians in Nanjing took up a formal research project on the Nanjing massacre, it was within this framework that they portrayed the war. Their work, published only in 1979, castigated Japanese brutality and Western complicity, but their anti-imperialist framework soon gave way to the more familiar rhetoric of Chinese victimhood that has taken hold in the post-Mao era. These successive revisions not only highlight the ways in which local experiences of the war have been re-worked within a national framework but also point to the malleable nature of a history that is often presented as above question in China.

Jonathan’s paper can be found in the post below.

As always, first-time attendees are welcome. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

If you have any questions or require assistance to attend, please contact Spencer Stewart at sdstewart@uchicago.edu or Robert Burgos at rburgos@uchicago.edu

 

Lester Zhuqing Hu – June 2

Frontiers of Music History: The Trans-Eurasian Making of “China” in 18th Century Qing Court Music

Paper: Hu — Frontiers of Music Theory, Proposal, 28 May 2016*

Speaker: Lester Zhuqing Hu (PhD Student, Department of Musicology, University of Chicago).

Discussant: Yiren Zheng (PhD Student, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)

Date: Thursday, June 2

Time: 4:15 to 6:00pm

Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (Social Science Research Building, 224)

*“The entire proposal, compiled of various fragmentary sections, is presented here — but I have “de-highlighted” parts to skip by putting them in a very light color; they are there in case you want to consult anything in there [for example with a search function] or if you are interested to see what’s there. I am only requesting you to read the parts in black, as well as the red rubrics, and the primary source appended to the end. I thank you very much for your accommodation and patience and look greatly forward to your comments.”

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Nancy K. Stalker – May 19

Budding Fortunes: Ikebana as Art, Industry, and Cold War Culture

Chapter 4 – Draft Chicago

 

Speaker: Nancy Stalker (Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin)

Discussant: Erin Newton (PhD Student, Department of History, University of Chicago)

Date/Time: May 19, 4:15 to 6:00pm

Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (Social Science Research Building, 224)

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4/21 – Seong Un Kim

Wide Show and Feedback Loop in Postwar Japanese Television

Speaker: Seong Un Kim (PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago)

Discussant: William Feeney (PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago)

Date/Time: April 21, 4:15 to 6:00pm

Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (Social Science Research Building, 224)

Paper: Seong Un Kim-EATRH

Jun Hee Lee 2/11

Music for the Youth: American Folk Song’s Impact on 1960’s Utagoe
Ling to paper: Music for the Youth

Speaker: Jun Hee Lee (PhD Student, Department of History, University of Chicago)

Discussant: Paride Stortini (PhD Student, Department of Divinity, University of Chicago)

Date/Time: Thursday, February 11, 4:15 to 6:00

Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB), Room 224

Paride Stortini 1/28

East and West of the Tsukiji Honganji
Travel and the Construction of a Japanese Modern Buddhist Temple
Link to Paper: Paride Stortini

Copyright Hirohide Nakahashi https://www.flickr.com/photos/guicho04/8241265610

Speaker: Paride Stortini (PhD Student, Department of Divinity at the University of Chicago), presenting:

Date/Time: Thursday, January 28, 4:15 to 6:00 pm

Venue:  John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB), Room 224

3/17 Zhao Ma

War Remembered, Revolution Forgotten: Envisioning the North Korean Ally in Chinese Documentary Films

Speaker: Zhao MA (Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis)

Discussants: Saul Thomas (PhD Candidate, History/Anthropology) and Ling ZHANG (PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies)

Date/Time: March 17, 4-6 pm

Venue: Gallery X, Smart Museum of Art (for guidelines for entering the museum, please see http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/visit/#guidelines)

Micah Auerback

 

Presenter: Micah Auerback
(Asssitant Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan)


Title: Painting the Biography of the Buddha in Meiji Japan

Date and Time: 12/13 on Friday, 4-6pm
Venue:
Cochrane-Woods Art Center 152

Southern Song dynasty artist Liang Kai’s _Śākyamuni Descending the Mountain_ that is compared with Yamamoto Shunkyo's one in Meiji Japan (Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo National Museum).

Southern Song dynasty artist Liang Kai’s _Śākyamuni Descending the Mountain_ that is compared with Yamamoto Shunkyo’s one in Meiji Japan (Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo National Museum).

11/21: Seong Un Kim

Keeping Television Pure and Clear: the Social Background of the Discourse on “Vulgar” Television in Japan

 

Date and Time: 11/21/2013 (Thu), 4 – 6pm

Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (SS 224)

Discussant: William Feeney (PhD candidate, Anthropology)

 

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