Post-Fascist Political Culture: Japan after World War II

Laura E. Hein, Northwestern University
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 3:30pm
Allen Auditorium, Allen Library

Much excellent recent scholarship examines postwar Japan in its post-colonial and Cold War contexts. But the context that most riveted Japanese themselves has faded from view: the aftermath of fascism, or “post-fascism.” How do these new concepts change the way we think about postwar Japan? This talk focuses on progressive education experiments at the university level in postwar Japan.

 Laura E. Hein (PhD Wisconsin, 1986) is a professor of Japanese history at Northwestern University. She specializes in the history of Japan in the 20th century, its international relations, and the effects of WWII and the Cold War. Her work focuses on debates over economic policy and the implications of various economic theories in postwar Japan. She also has a strong interest in problems of remembrance and public memory. Her books include Imagination Without Borders: Visual Artist Tomiyama Taeko and Social Responsibility, co-edited with Rebecca Jennison, CJS, (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2010) and Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture and Expertise in 20th Century Japan (Univ. of California Press and WWIC Press, 2004, Japanese ed. Iwanami, 2007.) She edits the ‘Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus’, an on- line publication read by people in 205 countries who access 120-150,000 articles per month.

 This event is co-sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and the Journal of Japanese Studies. For information contact: (206) 685-9997 / japan@uw.edu.

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