About Us

01. Aims and Targets

The recent evolution of globalization, ironically, has strengthened the nationalized identity politics in each state, which seemingly results in the restoration of nationalism and the growth of exclusionist attitudes towards people whose cultural, religious, and linguistic backgrounds are different from the dominant ones. Furthermore, these processes are developing through such democratic procedures as national elections and are becoming a serious obstruction for the construction of contemporary democracy that assumes the coexistence of various citizens based on mutual understanding and tolerance. We can easily find this trend in inward-looking political changes that are prominent even among advanced countries.

It is the recognition of the "past" that becomes a focal point for restored and strengthened nationalism and reinforced exclusionist attitudes. Although we are familiar with it through the chronic experiences of antagonism and conflicts that are widespread in East Asian countries, it has also become a globalized trend that is beyond our assumption. Europe is not an exception in spite of its positive image of historical reconciliation and GermanVergangenheitsbewältigung. How should we perceive the present situation in which confrontation with different perceptions of the common past becomes harsh and the exclusionist attitudes against "others" are increasing under the democratic regime by utilizing different perceptions of the "past"?

Our "Interdisciplinary Research on the Function of National Histories and Collective Memories for the Democracy in the Globalized Society" (National History and Collective Memory Project, NHCM) examines this question based on the following perspectives and methods:

How have national histories, which were established along with the rise of modern nation states, been involved in the exclusion of "others"? Do the national histories include elements of antagonism within themselves? NHCM develops the historiographical reconsideration of European and Asian cases.

The end of the Cold War, which was marked with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of USSR, defrosted the frozen collective memories of wars and dictatorial regimes, and, at the same time, it drastically changed the public attitude towards the past. In each country collective memories of victimhood in the near past have been extensively utilized for the political aims. NHCM reconsiders the issue of collective memories.

02. Structure

Besides historians, specialists of political sciences, vernacular studies, Christianity, and other fields will participate in the project. NHCM will work on the issues of national histories and collective memories across various disciplines.

NHCM endeavors to work on these questions by establishing a research network among Poland, Germany, South Korea, and Japan. By recollecting the structure of WWII, such a composition seems significant and promising. Eminent scholars of Asian and Japanese history from North America and Australia will participate in NHCM as advisors. NHCM approaches the complicated contemporary situation by collaborating with worldwide scholarly groups.

03. Activities

04. Partners

Project Leader

HASHIMOTO, Nobuya Professor Kwansei Gakuin University

Project Member

AWAYA, Toshie Professor Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
FUJIHARA,Tatsushi Associate Professor Kyoto University
FUJII, Takashi Associate Professor Kwansei Gakuin University
FUKUDA, Hiroshi Associate Professor Seijo University
GOTO, Yukako Professor Kwansei Gakuin University
HASEGAWA, Takahiko Professor Hokkaido University
IIJIMA, Wataru Professor Aoyama Gakuin University
KANAZAWA, Shusaku Associate Professor Kyoto University
KOMORI, Hiromi Professor Waseda University
KOYAMA, Satoshi Professor Kyoto University
LEE, Sungsi Professor Waseda University
MIZUNO, Hiroko Associate Professor Meiji University
NISHIYAMA, Masaru Professor Kwansei Gakuin University
RUSTERHOLZ, Andreas Professor Kwansei Gakuin University
SATO,HitomiAssociate Professor Konan University
SATO,Tatsuro Professor Kwansei Gakuin University
SHIMAMURA,Takanori Professor Kwansei Gakuin University
TAKAOKA, Hiroyuki Professor Kwansei Gakuin University
TATEISHI, Yoko Assistant Professor Seikei Univeristy
TOBE, Hideaki Professor Tokyo Keizai Univerity

FUKUMOTO, Kenshi Assistant Professor Kwansei Gakuin University

BERGER, Stefan (Professor, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany: Historiography, German Social History)
BOGUMIŁ, Zuzanna (Associate Professor, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland:
Sociology and Anthoropology, Gulag Studies)
FUJITANI, Takashi (Professor, University of Toronto, Canada: Modern Japanese and East Asian History)
GLUCK, Carol (Professor, Columbia University, USA: Modern and Contemporary Japanese History,
Politics of Memory in Global Context)
GŁOWACKA-GRAJPER, Małgorzata (Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw, Poland: Memory Studies)
LIM, Jie-Hyun (Professor, Sogang University, South Korea: Global and World History)
LORENZ, Chris (Professor / Honorable Research Fellow, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany: Theory of History)
MORRIS-SUZUKI, Tessa (Professor, Australian National University, Australia: Asian History)
YONEYAMA, Lisa (Professor, University of Toronto, Canada: Contemporary Japanese History,
Memory Politics)

05. Partners