May 28, 2014/ 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Charles E. Young Research Library Main Conference Room Los Angeles CA

UCLA Trans-Pacific Symposium: A New Horizon of Knowledge after 9.11 and 3.11

Presentations will be presented in English and Japanese, with translated materials.

This symposium will debate the ways in which questions posed from the future (as opposed to question towards the future) structure our research perspectives. Following events like the terrorism of 9.11 or the nuclear disaster of Fukushima at 3.11, discourse about the future has been colored with images of fear and instability, and thinking through and discussing the diverse and open-ended possibilities of the future have become increasingly difficult. The politics of fear and instability have normalized patriotism and nationalism, unregulated economic growth and state’s violations of human rights and accelerated our world’s turn to violence and fragmentation. It controls the present through colonization of the future, and robs those living today of their will toward change and imagination. In this state of affairs, it is necessary to bend our ear to the voice uttered by the ‘Other’ of the future, and to attempt to think what kinds of research activities can provide a possible response to that call. A majority of researchers on the one hand themselves deeply acknowledge that an awareness of problems has been generated from the dialogue between past and present, yet they do not speak of it as forming an answer to the future (or possibly that the future can be called the researcher’s ‘unconscious’). In recognizing some messianic image in a new kind of the present brought about by our response to the future, Derrida called it the “Coming of the Other” and awoke the importance of shouldering moral responsibility to those living in the present. While resisting nation-states, nationalists, and neo-liberalists that shut their ears to questions posed by a future Other and that attempt to control the present by appropriating it, we would like to consider the possibilities of creating a new horizon(s) of knowledge.


Event Schedule:
 Opening Remarks
9:30 and 10:00
Katsuya Hirano (UCLA) & Hirotaka Kasai (Tsuda College)

Session 1セッション1
The Horizon of Postwar History Spoken from the Future「未来が呼びかける戦後史の地平」
10 am – 12 pm
Kelly Mccormick (UCLA) ケリー・マコーミック

Minoru Iwasaki (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) 岩崎稔(東京外語大学)
“A Redemptive Reading of Postwar Japanese History”

William Marotti (UCLA) ウィリアム・マロッティ
“Reading Art and Everyday in Japan's 1960s: Objects, Installations, Weapons, and the Origin of Politics”
『1960年代日本の芸術と日常を読む - オブジェ、展示、武器、そして政治の始まり』

Hirotaka Kasai (Tsuda College) 葛西弘隆(津田塾)
“The Future of Futurity: For the Post -3.11 Political Imagination”

Kevin Richardson (UCLA) ケビン・リチャードソン
Wakako Suzuki (UCLA) 鈴木和佳子

Session 2セッション2.
The Horizon of Critique and Literary Studies Spoken from the Future「未来が呼びかける文学研究・批評の地平」
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Sarah Walsh (UCLA) サラ・ウォルシュ

Seiji Lippit (UCLA) セイジ・リピット
“Postwar Literary Discourse and the Temporal Fractures of the Ruin”

Kōji Toba (Waseda University) 鳥羽耕史 (早稲田大学)
“The Future of Literary Studies Inspired by the 1950s: From the Viewpoint of ‘Circle Poetry’ and Abe Kobo”
『1950年代から考える文学研究の未来 - サークル詩と安部公房を視座として』

Jonathan Glade (UCLA) ジョナサン グレード 
“Beyond Comparison: ‘National’ Culture and the Boundaries of Japanese Literary Studies”
『比較をこえて - “国民文化”と日本文学研究の境界』

Takano Mariko (UCLA) 高野真理子
Jack Wilson (UCLA) ジャック・ウィルソン

Session 3セッション3
The Horizon of Post-National Thought Spoken from the Future「未来が呼びかけるポスト・ナショナルな知の地平」
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
John Leisure (UCLA) ジョン・リージャー

Setsu Shigematsu (UCR) セツ・シゲマツ
“Futurity in the Twilight of Empires”

Katsuya Hirano (UCLA) 平野克弥
“The Future Spoken from the Margins of the Empire: Capital, Race, Class”
『帝国の辺境から語りかける未来 ― 資本、人種、階級』

Ryūichi Narita (Japan Women’s University) 成田龍一(日本女子大学)
“To the Unknown Future: Reflections on the Irredeemable Consequences of the 3.11 Disaster”

討論者 Discussants
Mariko Tamanoi (UCLA) マリコ・タマノイ 
Ken Shima (UCLA) ケン・シマ\


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