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Speakers at THC5
(Thursday, June 7th, 2018)
Maho Ikeda (University of Tokyo)
"No Room for Politics in Urban Governance: Distrust in the Representative System of Meiji Tokyo"
Maho Ikeda received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Tokyo in 2017 and is currently a JSPS researcher at Tokyo Metropolitan University.
She teaches and researches modern Japanese history, and political history of pre-war Tokyo in particular. She has been trying to figure out how urban citizens in Japan embraced the concept of politics or political representation in the modernization process.
Born in Hokkaido and raised in Chiba, she is not a Tokyo native, but after moving to Tokyo recently, she came to enjoy wandering around in her field of study.
Anne McKnight (Shirayuri College)
"In Search of Bygonese: Translating Akira Kurosawa"
Anne McKnight teaches in the Comparative course in the English department at Shirayuri University. She was trained in Comparative literature at UC Berkeley, and focuses on American and Japanese postwar fiction; in a more public vein, she has a background in public art administration, and activism in food justice/urban agriculture movements in southern California. She has written a book about the writer Nakagami Kenji; essays on Japanese sex films, experimental documentary films about science, and runs a small press that translated early examples of genre writing from Japanese to English.
Other interests include linking fieldwork with textual studies, and figuring out how to enable eco-criticism, ethnic studies, and belletristic writing to talk to each other in the classroom and on the page.
Martyn Smith (School of Oriental and African Studies, London)
"Sex, Sport, and Shopping Like a Man: Japan and the Global 60s"
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