February 13-14, 2016
We are delighted to announce that a workshop, “Place, Space, and Time in Japanese History” will take place on Saturday-Sunday February 13-14, 2016, at the University of Chicago. This two-day workshop proposes to explore how an awareness of the region and the realm as a spatial concept emerged, circulated, and was articulated in the broader cultural communities of “our country” via visualizations of the landscape, publishing the records of journeys, and visiting various places. We seek to find ways to discuss how the popular experiences of travel, movement, worship, and play formed shared cultures and memories during the Tokugawa and Meiji eras. One of the goals of the workshop is to rigorously analyze the changing representations ofNihon to explore the process of creating the place-based perception of the shared cultures of Japan. How did the act of place-making express the spirit of particular places and facilitate the production of geographic affinities between land and people? How can we account for the impact of best-selling gazetteers and guidebooks published in the eighteenth century that documented place and landscape at multiple scales? How did festivals and annual calendar events employ distinct notions of time that were nurtured in the region? Can we theorize an indigenous development of geographic affinities without assuming a teleological end-point of some monolithic nationalism and falling into the paradigm of a Western theory of modernity that imposes a linear developmental path toward nationalism? We call for projects that employ a variety of theories and methodologies to investigate the ways in which the competing voices of local identity articulate and relate to the broader narrative of Nihon. We are planning on publishing an edited volume followed by the workshop, so please do not propose a project if it is already committed for publication. We particularly welcome contributions by junior scholars who have developed the project over a period of time in the field.
Deadline for submission is October 1, 2015. Please contact Nobuko Toyosawa for further inquiries <email@example.com>. Proposals should include the title of the project, a brief project description of 500 words, and a two page CV and send to <https://japanatchicago.wufoo.com/forms/placemaking-and-spatial-narratives/>. Accepted proposals will be notified by November 11, 2015.