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Triangle Center for Japanese Studies Conference

December 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016

Bodies and Structures:

Deep-Mapping the Spaces of Modern Japanese History

2017 Triangle Center for Japanese Studies Conference

For more information and to access shared readings, please email David Ambaras at

Friday, December 9

9:30: Opening remarks

10:00-12:00 Panel 1

Maren Ehlers, UNC Charlotte: Status and space in Ôno domain

Simon Partner, Duke University: Japanese guidebooks to Yokohama, 1860s

John Mertz, NC State University: Development of Some Literary Tropes Surrounding Travel (Natsume Sôseki, Yanu Ryûkei, Tsubouchi Shôyô)

Kate McDonald, UC Santa Barbara: Cai Peihuo, Nihon kokumin ni atau (1928)

<General discussion>

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:30 Panel 2

Nobuko Toyosawa, Independent Scholar: Shiga Shigetaka, Nippon fûkeiron (1894) and map: Meiji-Tokugawa continuities and discontinuities

Catherine Phipps, University of Memphis: Signifying the East Asian landscape: reporting from the first Sino-Japanese War (Moji shinpô reports from Korea)

Paul Barclay, Lafayette College: Japanese colonial maps of indigenous Taiwan

Shellen Wu, University of Tennessee-Knoxville: Shing An Tunken zone: Chinese-Japanese-Soviet contestation in a nomadic Mongolian zone, 1920s-30s

<General discussion>

3:45-5:00 Roundtable (1): Theories and practices


Saturday, December 10

10:30-12:00 Panel 3

Amy Stanley, Northwestern University: Migration to Edo: migrant networks and communities

David Ambaras, NC State University: Border controls, migrant networks, and people out of place between Japan and China (documents from the Foreign Ministry Archive and the press)

Michael Cronin, College of William and Mary: Oda Makoto, “Aboji o fumu” and Cheju-Osaka migration

<General discussion>

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Panel 4

Fabian Drixler, Yale University: Mapping “stillbirths” in imperial Japan

Annika Culver, Florida State University: Oliver Austin: Photographing the rebirth of postwar Tokyo

<General discussion>

3:15-4:30 Roundtable (2): Deep mapping, digital space, and future plans



December 9, 2016
December 10, 2016
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