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September 12, 2014

Modernity's Diffusion and Studying the Japanese Empire

12:00 p.m.
Department of History Lounge
3703 Posvar Hall

The World History Center's East Asia, Eurasia, & the World Speaker Series presents Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut.

From a global perspective, even using the term "empire" in relation to Japanese history is not just about the past but about modernity — colonial modernity — and its implications for the present. My talk will consider various recent trends in approaching the Japanese empire writ large. Particular focus rests on the enduring problem with many broader imperial studies' continued failure to examine and/or incorporate Japan's experience into their theoretical frameworks, which only perpetuates exceptionalist ideas about Japan as "different" from some pre-supposed norm.