Japan Studies Association’s faculty enhancement workshop: Living With Godzilla: Challenge, Tribulation, Resilience, and Transformation in Heisei Japan

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March 23, 2018
Arkansas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, East Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Military History, Cultural History / Studies

Japan Studies Association’s faculty enhancement workshop:

Living With Godzilla: Challenge, Tribulation, Resilience, and Transformation in Heisei Japan

Hosted by Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, April 12-14, 2018

Registration deadline: March 23, 2018

The film Shin Gojira (New Godzilla, Toho Studios 2016) reboots the famous franchise begun in 1954 with a new version of the creature which embodies the constantly evolving array of threats and challenges (both foreign and domestic) that have visited Japan since the beginning of the Heisei period in 1989. The film ends with the monster immobilized in the center of Tokyo, contained but a constant presence to which the Japanese people must accommodate themselves.

Join us in exploring Heisei Japan with an eye towards identifying the key events, trends, changes and continuities of the reign of Emperor Akihito. Our speakers will address various topics including:

Stacia Bensyl, Prof. Missouri State University: Art in the Barracks – Creativity in Japanese American Incarceration Camps.

Paul Dunscomb, Prof. University of Alaska Anchorage: The Crisis in Japanese Professional Baseball and the Nature of Change in Heisei Japan.

Karl Kim, Prof. of Urban Planning, University of Hawaii: Disaster Governance, Governance Disaster; Government Response in Shin Gojira.

Barak Kushner, Prof. Cambridge University: Holding Japan to Account: The Internationalization of War Responsibility in the Heisei Era.

Nathaniel Smith, Prof. University of Arizona: Recalibrating the Right in Heisei Japan.

Michael Strausz, Prof. Texas Christian University: Changing LDP, Changing Japan: the Evolution of Politics in Heisei Japan.

William M. Tsutsui, President, Hendrix College: The Meaning of Godzilla.

The workshop is made possible with support from Hendrix College.

The Japan Studies Association invites applications from faculty members based at community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and universities. Those who are not East Asian or Japan specialists are especially encouraged to apply. 

For out-of-the-area participants: Registration includes two nights lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn, Conway, Arkansas, with breakfast: Registration also includes two light lunches, Reception Thursday night, dinner Friday night, and JSA Membership.

     $500 pp (single room) or $475 if JSA member.

     $385 pp (for those planning to share a twin room) or $360 if JSA member. 

Airport pickup will take place at schedule times Wednesday. Free transportation between hotel and meeting rooms at Hendrix College. 

For local participants with no hotel stay: $200 pp ($175 for JSA members). includes two lunches, Reception. Dinner Friday optional for an additional $40.

Participants can register through the Japan Studies Association website: www.japanstudies.org/2018-workshop-at-hendrix-college.html

Registration Deadline is Friday, March 23.


Contact Info: 

Prof. Stacia Bensyl, Missouri State University (bensyl@missouriwestern.edu)

Prof. Paul Dunscomb, University of Alaska Anchorage (pedunscomb@alaska.edu)

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