East Asia Seminar Series – Michaelmas 2020

We are delighted to share the list of speakers for the upcoming East Asia Seminar Series at the University of Cambridge. We have an exciting line-up covering a range of topics, including a rakugo performance live-streamed from Japan.


The talks will be given online via Zoom, and registration will be required for attendance. Registration links will be made available on the event pages for individual talks on the ‘What’s on‘ section of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies website.

Talks this term (apart from the rakugo performance) will start at 18:00. Please open the Zoom link 10 minutes beforehand.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Modern Memories: The public history of industrial heritage in JapanProf Andrew Gordon, Harvard University
Monday 12 October ・6pm


The Limits of Change in Japanese Criminal Justice
Prof Dimitri Vanoverbeke, KU Leuven
Monday 19 October ・6pm

Japan’s Castles: Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace
Dr Oleg Benesch, University of York
Monday 2 November ・6pm

Rakugo Performance
Tatekawa Shinoharu 立川志の春
Saturday 7 November ・12 Noon


Playfully Serious: Holocaust Manga in the Age of Connective Memory
Prof Jaqueline Berndt, Stockholm University
Monday 9 November・6pm


What was Zainichi Literature? – Intersectionality, incoherence, and ‘post-racial’ temporalities in Japan
Dr Cindi Textor, University of Utah
Monday 16 November・6pm


Allied POWS in Colonial Korea
Dr Sarah Kovner, Columbia University
Monday 30 November・6pm


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