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Faculty Focus Lecture: Akiko Hashimoto - "The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory and Identity in Japan"
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:30pm
Faculty Focus Lecture: Akiko Hashimoto - "The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory and Identity in Japan"

The PSU Institute for Asian Studies'
Faculty Focus Lecture Series presents 

Akiko Hashimoto, 
visiting faculty member in the Dept. of Sociology, Portland State University

The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory and Identity in Japan

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

6:30 PM

PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294
1825 SW Broadway, Portland

Free & open to the public

Abstract: Akiko Hashimoto explores the stakes of war memory in Japan after its catastrophic defeat in World War II, showing how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. Divisive war memories lie at the root of the contentious politics surrounding Japan's pacifist constitution and remilitarization, and fuel the escalating frictions in East Asia known collectively as Japan's "history problem." Drawing on ethnography, interviews, and a wealth of popular memory data, this lecture discusses three preoccupations - national belonging, healing, and justice - in Japan's discourses of defeat. The discussion focuses on key war memory narratives that are shaping Japan's choices - nationalism, pacifism, or reconciliation - for addressing the rising international tensions and finally overcoming its dark history.

About the Speaker:

Akiko Hashimoto was Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she taught for 25 years. She is author of two books and editor of other volumes on cultural sociology and comparative sociology, focused on social constructions of reality in varied cultural settings. Her special interests are cultural trauma, war memory, national identity, culture and power, popular culture and media, family and aging. Her latest volume is The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory and Identity in Japan (Oxford University Press, 2015) which won the 2016 Scholarly Achievement Award of the North Central Sociological Association. The Long Defeat is also forthcoming in Japanese from Misuzu Shobo publishers in 2017, and in Chinese in 2018. She is also author of The Gift of Generations: Japanese and American Perspectives on Aging and the Social Contract (Cambridge University Press, 1996). Her experience as a transnational scholar of the postwar generation raised in Japan, Germany, and England shapes her approach to understanding meaning and identity construction in historical contexts. She was educated at the University of Hamburg, London School of Economics, and Yale University. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, she held an appointment at United Nations University in Tokyo.

To learn more about Professor Hashimoto, visit: http://www.akikohashimoto.com/.  
Find her on the PSU website at https://www.pdx.edu/sociology/visiting-faculty-0

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Institute for Asian Studies
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asianstudies@pdx.edu
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