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Michaelmas 2015

East Asian Studies Seminars

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Michaelmas Term, 2015

The University of Cambridge Department of East Asian Studies is pleased to announce the programme for its Michaelmas Term series of East Asian Studies Seminars.

All seminars start at 5pm and are held in Rooms 8 &9 at the Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge.

The DEAS acknowledges the financial support of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation for some of the Japan-related seminars.


  • Monday, 12th October, 2015
    “Cosmopolitan Culture in Imperial Japan”
    Dr Jordan Sand, Georgetown University
  • Monday, 19th October, 2015
    “From ‘Sacred Cow’ to ‘Kobe Beef ’: A Bovine Perspective on Japan’s Modern Revolution”
    Dr Daniel Botsman, Yale University
  • Monday, 26 October 2015
    “A Story Untold: Japanese Comic Storytelling (Rakugo) During World War II”
    Dr Matthew Shores, University of Cambridge
  • Monday, 2nd November, 2015
    “Interrogating Agency in Japanese War Bride Narratives”
    Dr Linda Flores, University of Oxford
  • Monday, 9th November, 2015
    “The End of Catching Up With the West and Its Impact on Education Afterward”
    Dr Takehiko Kariya, University of Oxford
  • Monday, 16th November, 2015 *
    “The Burma-Siam Death Railway and the British War Crimes Trials at Singapore”
    Dr Yuma Totani, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
  • Monday, 23rd November, 2015 *
    “Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China”
    Dr Sheila Smith, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Monday, 30th November, 2015 *
    “Japanese War Guilt and Sino-Japanese Relations in the 1970s”
    Dr Robert Hoppens, University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley

* These events are co-sponsored and supported by the European Research Council-funded “War Crimes and Empire” project directed by Dr Barak Kushner.

For further information, contact:

Dr Barak Kushner
Reader in Japanese History
Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Dr Matthew Shores
University Lecturer in Japanese
Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

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