BAJS Workshop 2017 ‘Meiji Japan in Global History’

Date: 8 September 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings 
Room: 116
All BAJS members are invited to join the 2017 BAJS Workshop ‘Meiji Japan in Global History’. This workshop will feature intensive critical discussion of six pre-circulated essays on Meiji Japan during which the authors and audience members will explore in greater depth the topics presented by the collected essays. The end goal is to prepare these essays for inclusion in a Special Issue ‘Meiji Japan in Global History’ to be considered for publication by Japan Forum, the journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies.

The workshop will begin with the idea that ‘Meiji’ signifies a moment of global connectivity and asks how this twenty-first century starting point stimulates new questions and offers ways to re-conceptualize Japanese engagement with the late nineteenth century/early twentieth century world. Moreover, it asks what obstacles remain—including the nation-state itself and the imperialism in which its formation was embedded—and how they might help us distinguish our views from those our sources provide.

This unique group of junior and senior scholars offer insight into a diverse range of topics detailed below. Contributors include scholars from Europe, the United States, and East Asia who are engaged in thinking about Meiji in global perspective.
The workshop is open to the UK and EU scholarly communities, and focuses on developing each article for publication. Articles will be completed in advance of the workshop and distribute to all participants, and registered members of the gallery audience, in order to best facilitate critical, constructive discussions.
Only invited papers will be presented and discussed, but the workshop is open to any interested member of the scholarly community interested in attending the workshop.
Morning Session: 10:00-13:00
Room 116, First Floor, Main Building, SOAS
Chair and Comment:
Janet E Hunter, London School of Economics & Political Science
Meiji Japan as a Mission Field for Middle Eastern Muslims

Ulrich Brandenburg, University of Zurich  
Seeking for Medical Education in Meiji Japan: Overseas Japanese Female Students and the American Medical Missions

Hiro Fujimoto, Harvard-Yenching Institute and The University of Tokyo
Navigational Hazards, Safe Harbors, and Rights of Passage: The Twin Ports of Osaka and Kobe in the Meiji Era

Catherine Phipps, University of Memphis
Lunch: 13:00-14:00 

Afternoon Session: 14:00-17:00
Room  116, First Floor, Main Building, SOAS
Chair and Comment:
Christopher Gerteis, SOAS University of London
Rejecting the Shinajin: Nationality and border regulations in Meiji Japan

Eric Han, College of William and Mary
Meiji Restoration Vacation: Historical Tourism in Contemporary Kyoto

Jennifer Prough, Valparaiso University

Wendy Matsumura, University of California at San Diego

Hosted by the SOAS Japan Research Centre and sponsored by The Japan Foundation