Borders of memory: national commemoration in East Asia

Sponsored by the War Memoryscapes in Asia Project (WARMAP), British Association of Japanese Studies, Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies and Kyushu University Border Studies. See the event webpage here.

Venue: Nishijin Plaza, Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Click for details)

Date: December 17-18, 2016

Saturday 17 December

10:00 – 12:00 PANEL 1: Memory and the State

“The UNESCO World Heritage Convention and Japan’s Pursuit of International Cultural Legitimacy”, Mark Lincicome (Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies)

“The campaign for international recognition for ‘comfort women’ – China’s involvement, and the drive for UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ status”, Edward Vickers (Kyushu University) & Ohashi Fumie (Waseda University)

“Memory and Identity: National Commemoration of the Nanjing Massacre in China”, Jing Cheng (University of Nottingham)

“Remembering to Forget Kor Pram: Politics and National Identity in Post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia”, Will Brehm (University of Tokyo)

Moderated by Christopher Gerteis (SOAS, University of London)


12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH


13:30 – 14:30 KEYNOTE

“The Sino-Japanese War in Chinese historical museums”, Kirk Denton (Ohio State University)

Moderated by Edward Vickers (Kyushu University)


14:30 – 14:45 COFFEE BREAK


14:45 – 16:45 PANEL 2: Local Memory

“Politics of Dark Heritage in Contemporary Japan”, Jung-Sun N. Han (Korea University)

“Photography, Death, and Identity: the Construction of War Memory at Yushukan Museum”, Fei Chen (University of Tokyo)

“Modelling memoryscapes in Japan’s prefectural capitals: Investigating commemoration of the Asia-Pacific War in Tokushima”, Austin Smith (University of St. Andrews)

“With or without heritage – Memories of Miike coal mine”, Yusuke Matsuura (Kumamoto University)

Moderated by Philip Seaton (Hokkaido University)


16:45 – 17:00 COFFEE BREAK


17:00 – 18:30 FILM PANEL: This Island is Ours

This Island is Ours: Defending Dokdo/Retrieving Takeshima

Film screening and Q&A with the director, Alexander Bukh (University of Wellington)

Moderated by Ted Boyle (Kyushu University)


FROM 19:30 – KONSHINKAI (conference dinner)


Sunday 18 December

10:00 – 12:30 PANEL 3: Bordering Memory

“UNESCO Memory of the World Register and Dark(ening) Tourism to the Maizuru Repatriation Museum”, Jonathan Bull (Hokkaido University)

“Buried Memory, Excavated Honor: Commemorating Chinese Expeditionary Soldiers of the Burma Campaign in the ROC and the PRC”, Linh Vu (University of California, Berkeley)

“Border Tourism and Dark Tourism: the case of Tsushima-Busan Border Tour”, Yasunori Hanamatsu (Kyushu University)

“Grassroots expiation: The Takashima tours to Southeast Asia, 1983-1996”, Mark Frost (University of Essex) & Yosuke Watanabe (Independent Scholar)

“In search of fathers: place, pilgrimage and the children of Far East Prisoners of War”, Terry Smyth (Independent Scholar)

Moderated by Ted Boyle (Kyushu University)


12:30 – 13:00 CONFERENCE WRAP-UP


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