February 10, 2020/ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Tokyo in Tashkent: The Afro-Asian Writers Conference and the Problem of Colonial Responsibility

Seven Japanese writers attended the Afro-Asian Writers Conference held in Tashkent in 1958, the first great cultural event of the era of decolonization and non-alignment. Speeches by the writers and debates afterward exposed fault lines in views of the Japanese empire and Japan's de-imperialization that persist in the historiography of postwar Japan, the Cold War, and the decolonization of Asia. As interest in anticolonial cultural organizations is growing, Tokyo's trip to Tashkent is an opportunity to reconsider the geopolitics of the "Bandung Moment."


About the Speaker

Christopher Hill writes on the transnational intellectual and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth century.  He has published on the history of nationalist thought and the development of the novel as a world literary form, and is currently researching postwar Japanese writers' responses to the decolonization of Asia.  His publications include National History and the World of Nations: Capital, State, and the Rhetoric of History (Duke, 2008), Figures of the World:  The Naturalist Novel and Transnational Form (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming 2020), and "Crossed Geographies:  Endō and Fanon in Lyon" (Representations, 2014).

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