Call for proposals:
We are seeking proposals for a multi-disciplinary collection of essays and translations about the Korean massacre following the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake. The volume would bring together original critical essays on the violence and new English translations of related primary documents and works of literature, critique and historiography. Placing the massacres in historical, social, cultural, and global comparative context, the planned volume will encompass such topics as: the historical backdrop; the precipitating rumors and effects of mass panic; the mechanisms of state and vigilante violence; the experience of the massacres captured in testimony and other narratives; reactions to the massacres in Japan, Korea, and elsewhere; representations of the event in literature and culture; and the controversies over memory and commemoration. Contributions examining the Kantō Earthquake Korean massacres comparatively against other cases of racial violence would also be welcome. We believe that this will be an important resource for teaching and comparative scholarship.
If you are interested in contributing, please send the organizers a brief (300-500 word) abstract of your proposed contribution and, if possible, a related text(s) for translation. Anyone interested in volunteering to translate selected materials for inclusion in the project should also contact the organizers. We would like to have your abstracts by August 1, 2022. We hope that some potential contributors might be available for a 2023 AAS panel in Boston to commemorate 100 years since this horrific event (with the possibility of either a virtual or an in-person panel, or both).
Please send questions, expressions of interest, and/or proposals to: