The History Issue and Historical Consciousness 2020

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.

Syllabus: 530622-日本社会研究2

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

End-of-term Report Deadline, 15 January.