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Conferinţă internaţională despre Okinawa

Institutul de Studii Est-Asiatice al Universităţii din Viena organizează în perioada 1-3 noiembrie 2012 conferinţa internaţională “40 Years Since Reversion: Negotiating the Okinawan Difference in Japan Today”. Scopul şi principalele teme ale conferinţei sunt prezentate pe site-ul oficial al Institutului:

“The reversion of Okinawa to Japan in 1972 was an important turning point after which Okinawa’s position within Japan had to be renegotiated. The image of Okinawa in Japan has undergone a paradigm change since then: 40 years ago, politicians and intellectuals were anxious to adjust Okinawan society to Japanese standards. In this process, many aspects of local culture were stigmatized and deliberately suppressed. However, since the 1990s, more positive images of ‘Okinawan difference’ began to spread on a large scale. The question arises, whether these dominant discursive constructions of Okinawa as ‘different’ indicate an increasing acceptance of cultural difference within Japan – or whether the ‘Okinawan difference’ is rather being reduced to its exotic aspects and thus being commercialized?

The conference aims at bringing together scholars from Japan, Europe, and North America who are experts in the field of research on Okinawa in various academic disciplines, thus stressing the methodological, theoretical and empirical diversity within the field of Okinawan studies. In addition, interactive elements such as artist’s talks and livestream discussions with Okinawan participants will complement the academic program. The conference language is English.”

Programul conferinţei poate fi consultat aici.

Volum despre istoria oraşului Ōsaka accesibil on-line

  În martie 2012 a apărut volumul 3 al revistei “City, Culture and Society”, editat de prof. Takashi Tsukada. Acest număr se intitulează “The Urban Social History of Osaka: A Study Focusing on the Lifeworld of the Urban Masses” şi este dedicat istoriei oraşului Ōsaka.

Cele douăsprezece studii incluse în volum analizează diferite aspecte ale istoriei faimosului oraş, precum situaţia socială, comercială, religioasă, culturală etc:


             1. Takashi Tsukada, The Urban History of Osaka

             2. Daniel Botsman, Recovering Japan’s Urban Past: Yoshida Nobuyuki, Tsukada Takashi, and the Cities of the Tokugawa period

             3. Hiroshi Niki, The City of Osaka in the Medieval Period: Religion and the Transportation of Goods in the Uemachi Plateau

             4. Shigeru Yagi, The People Connected with Vegetable Markets

             5. Toru Morishita, Stevedores and Stevedores’ Guilds

             6. Naoki Tani, Town Carpenters and Carpenters’ Groups in Osaka

            7. Yoshiyuki Taketani, Construction Workers’ Guilds in Early Modern Osaka

            8. Yutsuki Kanda, The Traditional City of Osaka and Performers

           9. Takashi Tsukada, The Hinin and City Neighborhoods of Nineteenth-Century Osaka

          10. Ashita Saga, Urban Lower-Class Society in Modern Osaka

          11. John Porter, Poverty, Disease, and Urban Governance in Late Nineteenth-Century Osaka

          12. Jeffrey Hanes, Progressivism for the Pacific world: Urban social policymaking in modern Osaka

 Volumul poate fi vizualizat gratuit aici.


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