Monday, January 8th: Alex Jania “For Us, The Earth Still Shakes: Thoughts on Disaster Memorialization in Japan and Methodologies of Emotional History”

Alex Jania

PhD Student, Department of History, University of Chicago

” For Us, The Earth Still Shakes: Thoughts on Disaster Memorialization in Japan and Methodologies of Emotional History”

Monday, January 8th 12:00-1:15 PM

The Library at the Martin Marty Center [Swift Hall]

Discussant: Paride Stortini, PhD Student, University of Chicago Divinity School

Please join the East Asia: Transregional Histories workshop in welcoming Alex Jania as he presents his work-in-progress, titled “For Us, The Earth Still Shakes: Thoughts on Disaster Memorialization in Japan and Methodologies of Emotional History” Mr. Jania provides the following abstract:

This paper, based on pre-dissertation archival and field research, presents a methodology that attends to the emotional aspects of natural disaster memorialization in modern Japan. In particular, the paper proposes a methodology that utilizes the combination of material culture, oral history, and textual sources in order to compose an emotional history. Using relevant examples from the archives and the field, this study will exhibit this new approach to emotional history and discuss its general relevance for the discipline of history as a whole.

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

As always, first-time attendees are welcome. Please make note of the distinct time and place for this event. In addition, a lunch will also be served at this event.

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

 

Thursday, April 20 **3-5 PM** : Alex Jania “A Blood Red Sun Rises”: Affective Nationalism in the 1923 Korean Panic and Massacre

Alex Jania

University of Chicago, History Department

“‘A Blood Red Sun Rises’: Affective Nationalism in the 1923 Korean Panic and Massacre”

Thursday, April 20th

**3-5 PM**

John Hope Franklin Room (SSR 224)

Discussants:

Gregory Valdespino, University of Chicago History Dept.

Please join us at a slightly earlier time as the East Asia: Transregional History Workshop welcomes our own Alex Jania, who will present his second-year seminar paper entitled “‘A Blood Red Sun Rises’: Affective Nationalism in the 1923 Korean Panic and Massacre.” This paper explores the affective nationalism of the Korean Panic and Massacre in order to understand the relationship between emotion, violent ethnic scapegoating, and the imagining of the nation. This study uses the recollections of children who lived through the disaster in Tokyo and Yokohama, in addition to a critical passage from the Tokyo novelist Ema Shū’s disaster memoir When the Sheep Rise in Anger to explore how latent Japanese prejudices against Koreans created an affective environment that led to massacre. Using these sources, the study explores the creation and circulation of hate, fear, insecurity in the Korean Panic and later, excitement, security, and ambiguity in the Korean Massacre. Ultimately, he argues that the desire for a feeling of security and its creation through violence was a powerful, but fraught, part of Japanese affective nationalism following the Great Kantō Earthquake.

Alex’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 Jessa Dahl at jdahl@uchicago.edu or Erin Newton at emnewton@uchicago.edu.

11/5 Dr. Roderick Wilson

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Edomae and the Changing Environmental Relations of a Fishing Community in Edo-Tokyo, 1600-1900

Speaker: Dr. Roderick Wilson (Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Discussant: Sophia Sherry (PhD Student, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago)

Date/Time: November 5, 4:15 to 6:00pm

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

10/8 Laura Hostetler

Narrating Empire: Cartographic, Comparative, and Horticultural Perspectives

Asia, China, 1785

Asia, China, 1785

Speaker: Dr. Laura Hostetler (Professor of History, University of Illinois, Chicago)

Discussant: Dr. Kenneth Pomeranz (Professor of History, University of Chicago)

Date/Time: October 8, 4:00 to 6:00pm

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

March 18: Peter Perdue

East Asia in World History Roundtable Series (Part 2 of 3)

Comparative Empires and Environmental History after the Transnational Turn

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The Great Dust Cloud 2009

Time/Date: 4-6pm, March 18 (Tuesday)

Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (SSR 224)

Speaker: Peter Perdue (Professor of History, Yale University)

Discussants: Kenneth Pomeranz (University Professor of History), Dan Knorr (PhD student, History), Oliver Cussen (PhD student, History)