AAS-in-ASIA 2016
Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan


Friday June 24 @Kambaikan

8:30am – 6:00pm Registration open
9:00am – 10:50am Panel Sessions 1
11:00am – 12:50pm Panel Sessions 2
1:00pm – 1:15pm Opening Address
1:15pm – 2:30pm Keynote Speech: "Horizons of Hope beyond the Cold War"
Heonik Kwon (Cambridge University)
2:40pm – 3:10pm "Shrouded Blossoms" (Music Performance based on poems by survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake)
3:30pm – 5:30pm Special Roundtable: "Horizons of Hope in Asia"
Chaired by Carol Gluck (Columbia University)
5:45pm – 6:30pm Benshi Performance
6:30pm – 8:00pm Social hour

Saturday June 25 @Shikokan

8:00am – 6:00pm Registration open [9:00am-6:00pm]

Environmental Video Project
8:30am – 10:20am Panel Sessions 3
10:30am – 12:20pm Panel Sessions 4
1:00pm – 2:50pm Panel Sessions 5
3:00pm – 4:50pm Panel Sessions 6
5:00pm – 6:50pm Panel Sessions 7
7:30pm – 9:30pm Conference Banquet (Hyatt Regency Kyoto)

Sunday June 26 @Shikokan

8:00am – 3:00pm Registration open [9:00am-6:00pm]

Environmental Video Project
8:30am – 10:20am Panel Sessions 8
10:30am – 12:20pm Panel Sessions 9
12:00pm – 1:45pm Lunch Buffet(Ryoshinkan)
1:00pm – 2:50pm Panel Sessions 10
3:00pm – 4:50pm Panel Sessions 11
5:00pm – 6:50pm Panel Sessions 12

Monday June 27

Optional Tours

Keynote Speech

Friday, June 24, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm, Hardy Hall, Kambaikan

“Horizons of Hope Beyond the Cold War”

Professor Heonik Kwon

While in Europe the Cold War is another generation’s history, Cold War legacies persist in East Asia. And where Cold War geopolitics resulted in an unprecedented era of peace for Europe, this was far from the case in much of Asia. In northeast Asia, the “end” of the Cold War remains a chimera into the present century.

Asia’s Cold War experience has not been a unitary experience. Where some Asian nations sustained a time of relative peace on a European model, many others were plunged into totalizing war and a time of profound despair. While some experienced the Cold War as an abstraction of high-level politics, others found that it shaped the contours of their most intimate interpersonal lives. Some nations emulated in unique localized ways the superpower politics of nuclear deterrence. But there were others whose politics emerged from the first-hand experience of thermonuclear destruction. Thus, there is no uniform “Cold War experience.”

In this talk, Professor Heonik Kwon, Distinguished Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge University, explores this fractal dimension of Asia’s Cold War, making sense of the global Cold War despite enormous differences in historical experience and collective memory across the map of Asia. Kwon argues that a hopeful vision of an Asian future can be realized only by paying critical attention to the interstices between the Cold War and decolonization.

Heonik Kwon

Heonik Kwon

Heonik Kwon is the author of several books, including the prize-winning Ghosts of War in Vietnam (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai (University of California Press, 2006). He currently directs a five-year project on “Beyond the Korean War.” Kwon began his anthropological career as a “tent granny” for a group of Siberian reindeer herders on Sakhalin Island.

Special Roundtable

Friday, June 24, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Hardy Hall, Kambaikan

“Horizons of Hope in Asia”

Chaired by Professor Carol Gluck

Like the rest of the contemporary world, Asia today confronts an array of challenges: environmental threats and disasters, economic inequality within and between nations, competing nationalisms, and rising political and military tensions. The panelists will discuss instances from their respective areas and perspectives when resilience and creativity prevailed over alienation and despair. Following the theme of the conference, the topic is hope: how to study it, think about it, make the most of it for the sake of a better Asian -- and global -- future.


Carol Gluck
Carol Gluck

Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University. She is a leading historian of modern Japan with writings in modern social and cultural history, international relations, World War II, history-writing and public memory in Japan and the West. Her many publications include Japan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period, Showa: The Japan of Hirohito, Asia in Western and World History, Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, as well as works in Japanese, including Rekishi de kangaeru and, this year, Shisoo toshite no gendai Nihon. Forthcoming are Thinking with the Past: Japan and Modern History and Past Obsessions, World War Two in History and Memory. She is a past-president of the AAS.

Jie-Hyun Lim
Jie-Hyun Lim

Jie-Hyun Lim is Professor of History at Sogang University in Seoul. He is a famed authority on transnational studies on history and memory. He writes widely on the transnational interaction of nationalism and Marxism in East Asia and Eastern Europe, transnational memory studies, and postcolonial historiography in East Asia, and his current work focuses on “victimhood nationalism.” He playfully and yet fittingly calls himself “a memory activist.”

Rwei-ren Wu
Rwei-ren Wu

Rwei-ren Wu is an Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of Taiwan History at Academia Sinica, Taipei. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2003 and has published extensively in both Chinese and Japanese on the modern political and intellectual histories of Taiwan and Japan, with emphases on themes such as nationalism, state-formation, colonialism, postcolonial critique, and left wing movements. He is also well known as the translator of Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism into Chinese. He is now working on a comparative study of nationalism in Taiwan, Okinawa, and Hong Kong.

William Kelly
William Kelly

William Kelly is Professor of Anthropology and Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies at Yale University and is widely respected in the field of Japan anthropology. A noted authority on the social and historical anthropology of Japan, Kelly focused much of his research for two decades on regional society in Japan, based on extensive fieldwork in the Shōnai area of Yamagata Prefecture. He has also written widely on the broader dynamics of class formation in Japanese society, body and sport, and fandoms and consumer culture. He is currently writing an historical ethnography (tentatively titled, The Hanshin Tigers and the Practices of Professional Baseball in Modern Japan) on professional baseball in the Kansai area.

Katherine Bowie
Katherine Bowie

Katherine Bowie is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin and is the in-coming President of the Association of Asian Studies. She has conducted extensive research in Thailand for more than forty years. Combining archival research with oral histories, interviews, and participant-observation, her work explores Thai peasant history, political economy, social movements, electoral politics, gender, and, most recently, research on anthropological approaches to Theravada Buddhism. Her most recent work, The Politics of Humor: The Vicissitudes of the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand, explores the history of variations in the interpretations and performances of this popular story across three regions of Thailand.

Keynote speech and Special Roundtable are open to public.

Final Session Schedule