Lecture: Modernity in Common: Japan and World History (Carol Gluck, Columbia University)

Date and Time: 

April 21, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event Location: 

Kane Hall 220

Mitsubishi Corporation Lecture Series 2013-2014 April Event:

Free and open to the public.

*Registration appreciated*

Just as the modern history of a society cannot be explained in isolation from the world, it is also possible to explore the history of the modern world from the vantage point of any particular place in the existing "globeful of modernities." Here that place is Japan, which because it shares
commonalities and connections with other modern societies offers the opportunity to think about the “modern” on empirical bases different from the European experiences that underlay earlier theories of modernity. As examples, the lecture takes four questions frequently asked about modern Japanese history from the nineteenth century until the present and places them in their global context -- in the context of “modernity in common."

Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University. Her field is the history of modern Japan from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with writings on the political, social, and cultural history of Japan in transnational perspective, World War II, history-writing and public memory in Asia and the West. Her books include Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period, 1985; Showa: the Japan of Hirohito, 1992; Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, 2009; Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan and History, 2014; Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory, forthcoming; and in Japanese, Rekishi de kangaeru [Thinking about History], 2007.

This event is sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program. For information contact japan@uw.edu or 206.685.9997. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance of the event:  206.543.6450206.543.6452/TTY,206.685.7264/FAX, or dso@uw.edu

*Free and Open to the Public