John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies

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Posted : February 13, 2017

The Council is pleased to present the Eighteenth Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies. Its regular teaching in Japanese high schools insures Kokoro’s place in the canon. But what high school students read is not the entire novel by Natsume Sōseki, but an extract consisting of 1/12th to 1/8th of the work, a situation that one major critic has called “a kind of sickness.” What does it mean that a large number of readers encounter only a portion of a prominent literary work? What kinds of readings are enabled or disabled in the process of abridgement and anthologization? This talk...

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Posted : January 7, 2016

The Council is pleased to present the Seventeenth Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies. From the early 1950s until the early 1990s Japan’s political economy was distinguished by its reinforcing combination of conservative political dominance and superior economic growth. The two operated in tandem: economic growth boosted the political appeal of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) while long term conservative dominance facilitated hyper- growth. A close economic and security relationship between Japan and the United States furthered this winning package of ‘developmentalism...

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Posted : October 27, 2015

The Council is pleased to present the 15th Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies.   Recent visits to Yasukuni Shrine by the Japanese prime minister and other politicians, and new proposals to revise the content of Japanese history textbooks, have once again focused attention on conflicts between Japan and its neighbours over problems of historical memory and the commemoration of war. Throughout the 1990s and the first decade of the twenty-first century, ongoing “history wars” between the countries of Northeast Asia were accompanied by a range of governmental and non-governmental...

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Posted : October 15, 2015

The Council is pleased to present the Sixteenth Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies. In 1611, the English East India Company, founded in 1600, dispatched its first ship destined for Japan, which duly arrived in summer 1613. The Company had prepared an elaborate letter from the King to the Japanese ruler, as well as an appropriate gift. Ieyasu was presented with a silver gilt ‘prospective glasse’. It was the first telescope to leave Europe, and the first to be built as a presentation object. The talk will consider the meaning of such a object - what the English meant by it, and why...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council is pleased to present the 14th Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies. Notions of the eastward spread of Buddhism through “three countries” gave pre-modern Japanese Buddhists a framework in which to orient themselves with respect to the time and place of their tradition’s origins and to compare Japan—favorably or otherwise—with the great realms of the continent, India and China. During the medieval period, Japan’s status among the three countries was continually refigured and invoked to bolster a range of arguments for what constituted normative Buddhist thought and...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council is pleased to present the 13th Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies. Dining utensils not only mirror what the diner feels about him or herself, but also can reveal the image that he or she wishes to project to the community at large. These utensils leave tantalizing traces in archaeological, documentary, art historical and trade records. Recently in Japan unprecedented amounts of Chinese porcelain has been excavated in numerous medieval and early modern sites allowing for a reappraisal of the meaning and role of Chinese porcelain. In the first half of the 17th century,...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council is pleased to present the Twelfth Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies. The demographic and socio-economic environment for young people in Japan has changed significantly in the past two decades. The dominant images in public talk and academic discourse highlight a dramatic shift from a stable, prosperous, and homogeneous middle-class society to a society suffering from a loss of job security, anxiety over future employment, increased gaps between “winners” and “losers,” and the erosion of hope and dreams among the disadvantaged. It is, however, an open question...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council is pleased to present the Eleventh Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies. In one widely held perspective, “wartime modernity” is an oxymoron. In one widely held perspective, “wartime modernity” is an oxymoron. Japan’s road of the 1930s into World War II veered sharply from the liberalizing trends of the 1920s, an era both cosmopolitan and internationalist, and thus modern, into a “dark valley” of militarism and anti-Western, anti-modern thought and behavior. This change included a “break in the Japanese evolution toward Western dress” through the militaristic top down...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council is pleased to present the Tenth Annual John W. Hall Lecture on Japanese Studies. The subtext of the lecture is how an understanding of the institutional history of medieval Japan helps to explain the primacy of private law and civil adjudication in the Western (now Global) Legal Tradition.

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council is pleased to present the Ninth Annual John W. Hall Lecture on Japanese Studies. In spite of ever-expanding financial markets and ever-advancing communication networks, there still remains a wide difference in corporate structures and corporate governance among advanced capitalistic economies, especially between America and Japan. American corporations tend to view the returns to shareholders as their sole objective, while Japanese corporations place more emphasis on the survival and growth of their organization as a going concern.  The first purpose of this talk is to show how...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council is pleased to present the Eighth Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies.

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council is pleased to present the Seventh Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies. The Japanese religious world stands to be directly affected by revisions proposed for the constitution of Japan that are now being pursued by the Liberal Democratic Party. Long-standing formulations of the separation of religion from state are to be changed, and imperial ritual will acquire a public character. At the same time, some religious organizations have become directly involved as actors in the process, sometimes seeking to restrain the LDP, sometimes supporting its policies. Constitutional...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council is pleased to present the Sixth Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies. A reception will follow in the 2nd Floor Common Room, Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.

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