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Bodies and Structures: Making Sense of Space in Japan and the Japanese Empire

May 26 – May 27

Triangle Center for Japanese Studies Workshop
Conveners: Kate McDonald (History, UCSB), David Ambaras (History, NCSU)
May 26-27, 2016
UNC FedEx Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Thursday, May 26 (Room 2010)
Opening remarks and self-introductions
Key concepts (1): Space/spatiality, territory/territoriality, borders, mobility

  • David Harvey, “Space as a key word,” in Spaces of Global Capitalism, 119-48 (London: Verso, 2006)
  • Alexander B Murphy, “Entente Territorial: Sack and Raffestin on Territory,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30, no. 1 (2012): 159-172
  • Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilsen, “The Proliferation of Borders,” in Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor, 1-26 (Durham: Duke University Press, 2013), 1-26
  • John Agnew, “Representing Space: Space, Scale and Culture in Social Science,” in Place/Culture/Representation, ed. James Duncan and David Ley (London: Routledge, 1993), 251-271
  • Tim Cresswell, “Towards a Politics of Mobility,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 28, no. 1 (2010): 17-31

Interrogating current approaches:
(1) Naichi-Gaichi: what is illuminated and what is obscured?

  • Barbara Brooks, “Japanese Colonialism, Gender, and Household Registration: Legal Reconstruction of Boundaries,” in Gender and Law in the Japanese Imperium, ed. Susan L. Burns and Barbara J. Brooks, 219-239 (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2014)
  • Hiroko Matsuda, “Becoming Japanese in the Colony: Okinawan Migrants in Colonial Taiwan,” Cultural Studies 26 (2012): 688-709

(2) Networks, migrations, borders

  • Kate McDonald, “Asymmetrical Integration: Lessons from a Railway Empire,” Technology and Culture 56, no. 1 (2015): 115-49
  • Michael Kim, “Re-Conceptualizing the Boundaries of Empire: The Imperial Politics of Chinese Labor Migration to Manchuria and Colonial Korea,” Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies 16, no. 1 (2016): 1–24
  • Yŏm Sangsŏp, “On the Eve of the Uprising” (1924), in On the Eve of the Uprising and Other Stories from Colonial Korea, trans. Sunyoung Park with Jefferson J. A. Gatrall, 5-112 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010), 46-48

Work in progress

  • David Ambaras,“Treaty Ports and Body Parts: Child Trafficking, Territorialization, and the Spatial Imaginaries of Japan’s Engagement with the Sinosphere in the Age of Imperialism”

Friday, May 27 (Room 3009)
Key concepts (2): Imaginative geographies, spatial imaginaries, and spatial structures

  • Gary Fields, “Enclosure Landscapes: Historical Reflections on Palestinian Geography,” Historical Geography 39 (2011): 182–207
  • Josh Watkins, “Spatial Imaginaries Research in Geography: Synergies, Tensions, and New Directions,” Geography Compass 9, no. 9 (2015): 508–22
  • Doreen Massey, “A Global Sense of Place,” in Space, Place, and Gender, 146-156 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994)
  • Brenda S. A. Yeoh, “Historical Geographies of the Colonised World,” in Modern Historical Geographies, ed. Catherine Nash and B. J. Graham, 146-66 (London: Longman, 2000)

Interrogating current approaches:
(1) Imaginative geographies and spatial imaginaries

  • Paul Barclay, “Peddling Postcards and Selling Empire: Image-Making in Taiwan Under Japanese Colonial Rule,” Japanese Studies 30, no. 1 (2010): 81-110
  • Jordan Sand, “Imperial Tokyo as Contact Zone: The Metropolitan Tours of Taiwanese Aborigines, 1897-1941,” The Asia-Pacific Journal 12, issue 10, no. 4 (March 3, 2014)

Coda: Thinking about Japan/empire in Asian space(s)-time(s): A Conversation with Prasenjit Duara

  • Prasenjit Duara, “Asia Redux: Conceptualizing a Region for Our Times,” The Journal of Asian Studies 69, no. 4 (2010): 963–83
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