The Politics of War-related Heritage in Contemporary Asia (International Symposium)

Lectures, etc. Off Campus Drop-in

More than 70 years on, arguments over how to handle the heritage of the Asia-Pacific War still provoke intense controversy both within Japan and across the East Asian region. While much research has analysed controversies surrounding the narration of the war in school curricula, this symposium focuses on the treatment of ‘war as heritage’. Papers discuss what is (or is not) officially or publicly commemorated, and why, and at how particular places or documents related to the war have come to be designated as heritage. As well as discussing the interpretation of the heritage or memory of war in museums, memorials and other publicly-curated sites, the presenters also discuss the role of grass-roots civil society movements in advocating different perspectives on past conflict. This symposium builds on an ongoing interdisciplinary project on the politics of war memory in Asian societies – the WARMAP project – led by Dr. Mark Frost of University of Essex, Prof. Edward Vickers of Kyushu University and Prof. Tim Winter of The University of Western Australia. It is held with support from The Resona Asia-Oceania Foundation, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and Kyushu University’s Progress 100 Program.

Target General、Current students and Staffs
Dates 2019.09.05 [Thu] 09:00 ~ 2019.09.06 [Thu] 16:30
Venue Off Campus
Venue name Kyushu University, Nishijin Plaza
Venue address


2-16-23 Nishijin, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 814-0002 Japan
Seating capacity In order of arrival   100People    ※ For the main symposium, there is no limit on attendance (besides the capacity of the venue - about 180). But just for the film show on the evening of September 5, attendance will be limited to 100.
Participation fee Free of charge
Event details Presenters include eminent scholars from across East Asia and beyond (for more details see the symposium programme: Six themed sessions will address different aspects of the politics of war-related heritage across Asia. One of these sessions (on September 5) will be devoted to the politics of the ‘comfort women’ issue, and will feature discussion between scholars from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. This session will be followed by a special showing of the film ‘Shusenjo: the Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue’, and a discussion with the director, Miki Dezaki.
Application method No advanced registration required
Application period 2019.08.03[Sat] - 2019.09.04[Wed]
※Attendance at the symposium is open and free. There is no need to pre-register.

Name: Edward VICKERS
TEL: 090-2857-5157
Mail: vickers.edward.645★
Please replace ★ with @

Address: E-A-401, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, JAPAN
Publishing period 2019.08.03[Sat] - 2019.09.06[Fri]
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