[Jan/24] Rebellious Bodies, Unsettling Memories: Transpacific Cultural Research on Japanese Sex Workers in the Early 20th Century Canada

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM Venue: Room 604, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver Abstract This lecture is based on my ongoing research on cultural memories of ameyuki-san, Japanese women who engaged in sex work in North America at the turn of the 20th century. this project examines how memories of […]

[Jan/10] UBC Centre for Japanese Research 2018 Open House

  Date: Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 Time: 5:00-6:30PM Venue: 1st floor foyer, C.K. Choi Building (1855 West Mall)   UBC Centre for Japanese Research (CJR) is pleased to announce its Annual Open House Reception on Wednesday, January 10 from 5:00-6:30 pm. The Open House Reception will also serve as a belated New Year’s celebration. We […]

CANCELLED [Jan/19] Living in the Face of Death: Martial Mindfulness in Modern Japan

        This lecture has been cancelled.   Date: Friday, January 19 Time: 4:00-5:30 PM Location: Room 106, Allard Hall By: Dr.  Chris Goto-Jones (University of Victoria) About the Speaker Educated in Cambridge, Keio (Tokyo), and Oxford Universities, Dr. Chris Goto-Jones is Professor in Philosophy and Dean of Humanities at University of Victoria.  He […]

[Jan/10] Engineering Empire: Public Works, the Environment, and Japanese Colonialism in Korea, 1894-1945

  Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM Venue: Room 604, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver   Abstract Through a close reading of Japanese public works projects in precolonial and colonial Korea — focusing on railway construction and street improvement projects — this talk maps the intersection of imperialism and the environment.  In the name of […]

[Nov/30] Taking Synchrony Seriously: The Crises of 1866 in Japanese and Global History

  Date: November 30 Time: 4:00-5:30pm Location: Allard Hall Room 104 (1822 East Mall) By: Professor Mark Metzler (University of Washington)   Abstract: This talk starts from the premise that we should take synchrony seriously—that co-movements in places and social domains we have assumed to be separate may offer clues to unexpected unities. The global contexts […]

[Nov/29] Criminal Justice in Japan: Is a 99.8% Conviction Rate Too High?

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 29 Time: 12:30 -13:30 Venue: Allard Hall Room 123 Abstract: Despite heavy criticism, Japan’s criminal conviction rate continues to remain over 99.8%. Some researchers argue that Japanese Judges tend to accept public prosecutors’ allegations without analyzing evidence, but is this true? In this talk Mr. Takai will explain why such views reflect a […]

[Nov/24] The Emperor and His Poetic Subjects: The Utakai Hajime Ceremony and Meiji Japan

Meiji at 150 Lecture Series “The Emperor and His Poetic Subjects: The Utakai Hajime Ceremony and Meiji Japan” Professor Gideon Fujiwara (Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge) November 24, 4:00-5:30PM UBC Allard Hall (Peter A. Allard School of Law) Room 122, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver   Each New Year, Japan’s imperial court hosts a ceremony for members […]

[Nov/22] Soul Traders: Early 17th Century Trading and Religious Controversies in Japan

Venue: Asian Centre room 604 Date: Nov. 22, 2017 Time: 12:30-13:30 Abstract: In 1603 Tokugawa Ieyasu became the Shogun and ruler of all Japan. His economic and trading policies served well to strengthen his position, however the repercussions that was felt in the trading environments of the time brought to the fore incredible paradoxes that […]

[Nov/10] How Green Was My night Soil: Thinking with Excrement About Nineteenth-Century Japan

  Abstract: Excrement was a hot commodity in the cities of nineteenth-century Japan. The widespread use of night soil as an organic fertilizer meant that residents of cities such as Tokyo and Osaka could sell their waste rather than simply dispose of it. Thanks to this trade, pre–twentieth-century cities Japanese cities enjoy a reputation as […]

[Nov/15] Study in Japan Info Session

  Thinking of going to Japan as an exchange student, graduate or research student? Join us for a very good opportunity to learn about the possibility of studying in Japan. You will be able to meet students who actually went to Japan as an exchange student or as a graduate/research student and ask any questions […]