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Utopias and the Japanese Imaginary

The 16th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on Japanese Studies.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
UCLA Young Research Library
Presentation Room
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Symposium Schedule

9:00-9:35: Welcome and Greetings

9:35-11:45 Panel One:
Discussant: Chad Diehl, UCLA Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Timothy Yang, Columbia University, Selling Utopia: Japanese Pharmaceuticals, Quinine Self-Sufficiency, and Colonial Taiwan
  • Kathryn Tanaka, University of Chicago, Utopia or Dystopia? Propaganda and the Hospital in Hansen's Disease Patient Writing
  • Ariel Acosta , New York University, Love of the Land, Love of the Nation: Tachibana Kôzaburô and the May 15th Incident
  • John Person, University of Chicago, The World in their Image: Utopian Theories of Leadership and Empire in Wartime Japan

11:45-1:00 Break

1:00-2:40 Panel Two:
Discussant: Torquil Duthie, UCLA

  • Travis Seifman, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hokusai Ryūkyū Hakkei: Imagined Ryukyuan Landscapes
  • Emi Foulk, UCLA, Textuality and disarticulation in Kokugaku’s linguistic utopia
  • Kevin Mulholland, University of Michigan, Circling Around a Chinese Center: the Impact of Evidentiary Scholarship on the Development of New Edo Period Narratives

2:40 - 3:00: Break

3:00-5:10 Panel Three:
Discussant: William Marotti, UCLA

  • Hansun Hsiang, Harvard University, Maruyama-Foucault, 1978
  • Scott Aalgaard, University of Chicago, ‘Gimme Shelter’: Enka, Self and Society in Contemporary Japan
  • James Edwards, UCLA, Japanese sound culture and the limits of 'ecotopian' aestheticism
  • Frank Feltens, Columbia University, Performance and Painting: the Noh Theater in the Arts of Rinpa

5:15-6:00 Keynote by Brett Walker, Montana State University, followed by Q&A

Special Instructions

For paper abstracts, please see the attachment. Should you have any questions, please contact the symposium organizers Emi Foulk ( or Tanya Barnett ( This symposium is free and open to UCLA students, faculty, staff and invited guests.

Download File: abstracts-ca-zze.pdf

Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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