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“Renaissance and Socio-Political Rebirth in Postwar Japan” – Francesco Campagnola, Ghent University

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Renaissance and Socio-Political Rebirth in Postwar Japan

Francesco Campagnola (Ghent University)

Date: Tuesday, November 18

Time: 4 pm

Location: Toy Lounge at UNC-Chapel Hill

The lecture will explore how, in the aftermath of WWII, scholars from different backgrounds – in particular Japanese but also German Jewish émigrés, and Italian – represented and symbolically imagined the Renaissance in relation to their historical contexts. The work of authors such as Watanabe Kazuo, Hayashi Tatsuo, Hanada Kiyoteru, Hans Baron, Paul Oskar Kristeller, and Eugenio Garin is a multifaceted investigation of the relationship between crisis and rebirth. By examining the extent to which personal, social and political circumstances were reflected in their vision of the Renaissance, the lecture will address the conditions of possibility for a rebirth and how these can be conceptualized.

Francesco Campagnola is FWO doctor assistent at Ghent University, Department of Languages and Cultures, Institute of Japanese Studies, where he teaches courses on Japanese and comparative political thought. He has been both a JSPS and a Japan Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Kyoto University from 2011 to 2013. He currently works on the cultural representation of the Renaissance in modern and contemporary Japan. On this topic he has published articles in different languages, including the Treccani Italian National Encyclopedia entry on “Machiavelli in Japan” for the 500th anniversary of The Prince.