UEA Centre for Japanese Studies Research Seminar: Words, Violence and the Politics of Belonging in the wake of ‘68

Christopher Hayes's picture
May 8, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Literature, Political History / Studies

Dear colleagues,

Apologies for any cross-posting,

The Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, is pleased to invite you to its next Research Seminar of the semester, to be held on Wednesday 8th May at 17:30 in 01.21 Lawrence Stenhouse Building, on the UEA campus.

Our guest speaker is Dr Chris Perkins, Senior Lecturer in Japanese at the University of Edinburgh, who will be giving a talk entitled Words, Violence and the Politics of Belonging in the wake of ‘68



On 20th April 1969, students at the University of Tokyo published a collection of self-styled ‘Captivity Epistles’, letters written by student radicals imprisoned during the 1968/69 university campus battles. These Captivity Epistles, the title a reference to a collection of four letters written by St. Paul (Phillippins, Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians) while imprisoned in Rome, were justified in the first edition as a method of ‘overcoming the thick wall of power’ and facilitate ‘human’ communication and solidarity between the ‘captives’ and society as a whole. This paper will explore these Epistles, asking how they help us understand the motivations of the student radicals, how the students tried to engage with the wider public through this medium, and how the publication fit into the next phase of their struggle: the ‘battle through the courts’.


All are very welcome to attend this seminar. Talks typically last around one hour and are followed by a Q&A and informal discussion over refreshments. There is no need to register, so come along. To stay up to date with CJS events, follow us on Twitter @CJS_Uea or join our mailing list by contacting us at cjs@uea.ac.uk 


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