This is the class homepage for my postgraduate class The History Issue and Historical Consciousness. This class is conducted in person on campus with social distancing. The course is in English and is taught as part of the Master’s Program in Japan Studies and the History in the Public Sphere (HIPS) Double Degree Master’s Program.
2 October (Week 1): Official History
Reading Prime Minister Abe’s Statement (2015)
9 October (Week 2): The News Media (1), Newspapers
The war in Japan’s major dailies.
16 October (Week 3): The News Media (2), Television
The war as seen on TV
23 October (Week 4): The News Media (3), Magazines and the Internet
Magazines, web news, Social Media etc.
30 October (Week 5): Commemorative Events (1), The War End, 8/15
Discussing how the ‘war end’ is commemorated
6 November (Week 6): Commemorative Events (2), Hiroshima, 8/6
Discussing how the A-bombs are commemorated
13 November (Week 7): Museums (1), Yasukuni Shrine’s Yushukan
The exhibits in Yushukan
27 November (Week 8): Museums (2), Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum
Okinawan perspectives on the war
4 December (Week 9): Museums (3), Peace Osaka
The politics of museum display
11 December (Week 10): Films (1), Documentaries
Documentaries in cinema and on TV
18 December (Week 11): Films (2), Action & Entertainment
The genres of war film
Active Learning Hours Deadline, 18 December: Submit your fieldwork report.
25 December (Week 12): Manga & Anime
Pop culture representations of war
8 January (Week 13): Summary
Representations of War and Empire in Japan