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Critical Theory, Area, and the Traces of Japanese Studies

Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Physical Sciences Building, 401 245 East Ave

A symposium honoring the work and legacies of Brett de Bary and Naoki Sakai.

10:00-12:00 Panel 2: “Above Critical/ism” – Christine Marran (online), Hirotaka Kasai (online), Junyoung Kim, Takayuki Tatsumi, Andre Keiji Kunigami, Rich Calichman

13:30-15:00 Panel 3: “In Theory” – Maja Vodopivec, Joseph Murphy, Yoon Jeong Oh, and Blai Guarné, John Kim
15:15-17:15 Concluding roundtable and final remarks: “Orientally Challenged” (credit to KimSu Theiler for this concept) – Brett de Bary, Naoki Sakai, Tim Murray, Minoru Iwasaki, Susan Buck-Morss, Michael Bourdaghs

This 1.5 day symposium gathers colleagues from around the globe to continue the critical work of Brett de Bary and Naoki Sakai tracing new trajectories for Japanese studies, area studies, and humanistic inquiry in general.

This in-person gathering follows on the four virtual panels Spring 2023 of the Working in the Traces of Area Studies series hosted by Brett de Bary and Naoki Sakai.

Generous co-sponsorship provided by the Cornell East Asia Program, the Cornell Department of Asian Studies, and the Rose Goldsen Lecture Series at Cornell.

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Pedro Erber


Naoki Sakai, Brett de Bary, Pedro Erber, Michael Bourdaghs, Tim Murray, Minoru Iwasaki

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