This announcement seeks to solicit papers for a small workshop that considers loves and loyalties in imperial Japan (1868-1945) and to organize those papers into a volume co-edited by Mark Jones and Miriam Wattles. The workshop is scheduled to be held September 16-17, 2019 at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Love and loyalty were particularly significant among an array of newly configured feelings that were motivating social movements, state formation, and individual action in imperial Japan. While one—loyalty—was associated with premodern Confucian social relations and the maintenance of hierarchy, and the other—love—associated with modern individualism and social leveling, their history is not a story of antithesis or a narrative of the replacement of the old by the new. Loyalty and love were emotional adhesives that often overlapped in the reshaping of modern relationships. Those relationships were forged between individuals—such as husbands and wives, parents and children, teachers and students--and also between individuals and institutions—the soldier and the state, the poor and the poorhouse, the consumer and the department store. Historicizing these two intertwined feelings advances our understanding of the complicated (re)making of human attachments in Japan’s modern era.
We are especially seeking junior scholars and graduate student participants. Send your CV and proposal (250 words) to both Mark Jones and Miriam Wattles by April 1. Queries welcome.