KCJS Guest Lectures

Oct28

Event Date:

Oct 28, 2021 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Event Location:

Online

Event Contact:

Keiko Toda

KCJS offers a monthly guest lecture on Japan-related topics in October and November.

#1: Thursday, October 28, 8-9:30 pm (EDT) Modern Japan Seen from the Perspective of the Indigenous Ainu アイヌの経験から見た近代日本

Speaker Professor Katsuya Hirano (the University of California Los Angels)

Language used

English

Abstract

In recent years there has been growing interest in Ainu history and culture. This lecture will look at the process in which Meiji Japan colonized the lands where the Ainu people had inhabited for centuries and how the Ainu people came to claim their indigeneity against Japan’s settler colonialism. 近年になって、アイヌの歴史や文化に対する関心が高まってきている。この講義では、明治日本がアイヌの人たちが何世紀にも渡って住んできた 大地を植民地化する過程、そしてアイヌの人たちがそのような定住植民地主義に対してどのように自らの先住性を主張するようになったを概観する。

About Professor Katsuya Hirano

Katsuya Hirano teaches history at UCLA. He is the author of The Politics of Dialogic Imagination: Power and Popular Culture in Early Modern Japan (UChicago Press, 2014) and Edo Yūmin no Jōran (Iwanami Press, 2021). He has published numerous articles and book chapters on cultural and intellectual history of Japan, settler colonization of Ainu Mosir, and critical theory. Hirano serves as Associate Editor for positions: asia critique (Duke U Press) and a managing editor of positions politics (online forum of positions). His interview series on the Fukushima nuclear disaster is available in the Asian-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.