2018.03.28-30
The 25th International Conference of Europeanists
The Panel “Citizenship and Memory in Eastern Europe and East Asia: A Comparison”
  • Presentation 1
  • Ideology or Racism: Historical Origin of Immigration Control Bureau in Postwar Japan Historiography after Metahistory
    by Sara Park (Kobe University)
  • Presentation 2
  • Memory of ‘Compatriots’ and Defining the Boundary of Korean National Community
    by Seung-Min Lee (Waseda University)
  • Presentation 3
  • History, "Christian Nationalism," and Neoliberal Politics in Contemporary Hungary by Yudai Anegawa (Chiba University)
  • Paper
  • Citizenship and (re)Imagined National Communities in Post-Communist Romania and Hungary by Constantin Iordachi’s (Central European University) 
  • Comment
  • Prof. Dr. Carol Gluck (Columbia University)
    Dr. Zuzanna Bogumił (The Maria Grzegorzewska University)

From the 28th to the 30th of March, 2018, the 25th International Conference of Europeanists ( theme: Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values and Citizenship) was held in Chicago. Under the title “Citizenship and Memory in Eastern Europe and East Asia: A Comparison”, the panel was organized as below.
First paper by Sara Park (Kobe University) clarified how the Koreans became regarded as “illegal entrants” in postwar Japan based on archival materials and interviews. Second speaker, Seung-Min Lee (Waseda University) depicted clearly that the memory and narrative about overseas Koreans have had influence both on the legal and on the emotional relationship between the Korea and “Compatriots” by dealing with “Overseas Korean Act”. After these presentations on the cases of Asia, Yudai Anegawa (Chiba University) pointed out that the historical perception of the current Government of Hungary and the exclusion of the poor, immigrants and Roma people as the nation’s enemy are one and indivisible. Constantin Iordachi’s (Central European University) paper about dual citizenship of Hungary and Rumania was just delivered to the participants because of his absence from the conference.
As a discussant, Carol Gluck (Columbia University) and Zuzanna Bogumił (The Maria Grzegorzewska University) provided fascinating comments. They emphasized that both in Asia and in Eastern Europe the national memories had been frozen during the Cold War. Similarly the ethnicization of citizenship is discerned commonly in both regions, where citizenship is still based on the national belonging. Our panel was unique in terms of the composition of the papers and captured the attention of participants who share the same research interests.

2018.03.27
Nobuya Hashimoto (ed.) Conflicted Past: Politicization of History in Asia and Europe has just published from Iwanami-Shoten publishing.

We have just published a book on conflicts over memory and history in Asia and Europe: Nobuya Hashimoto (ed.) ,
Conflicted Past: Politicization of History in Asia and Europe has just published from Iwanami-Shoten publishing, 2018.
In this book 11 scholars form USA, Estonia, Poland, Russia, Korea and Japan discuss about cases of France, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Australia, Korea, Japan and South-East Asia and give general considerations about the issue.

2018.03.04
Second Regular Conference
  • Session 1
  • Historiography after Metahistory,  by Takahiko Hasegawa (Hokkaido University)
  • Session 2
  • “Deep Past” and National History
  • Presentation
  • History of Goguryeo and “National History” , by Naoki Inoue (Kyoto Prefectural University)  
  • Comment
  • Comments from the Viewpoint of History Perception of Premodern Spanish Empire, by Toshita Uchimura (Sophia University)  
2018.03.03
Seminar “Food as National/Colonial Memories: Iran and India”
  • Organizer
  • NHCM
  • Co-organizer
  • The JSPS Project Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) “Kingship and Legitimacy of the Islamic Dynasties: In the Context of Early Modern History” (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
  • Presentations1
  • Prof. Dr. Bert G. Fragner (Austrian Academy of Sciences), “The formation of Iranian “National Cuisines” reflecting nationalist ideological requirements”
  • Presentations2
  • Dr. Riho Isaka (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo), “The Parsis and Debates on Food in Colonial and Postcolonial India”
  • Comment
  • Dr. Tatsushi Fujihara (Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University)

Prof. Bert Fragner’s presentation titled as“The formation of Iranian “National Cuisines”reflecting nationalist ideological requirements”was splendidly wide-range consideration on the construction of “national cuisines” not only in Iran but also Afghanistan and Soviet central Asian republics, which was based on his thorough scholarship on these areas and startlingly deep interests in food not only in the Middle East but in Europe.
Professor Riho Isaka’s presentation,“The Parsis and Debates on Food in Colonial and Postcolonial India,”addressed food of the Parsis, the religious minority group of Zoroastrianist in the western part of India, who were considered to migrate from area of contemporary Iran. They rose their social and economical status in the local community and succeeded to become the elite under British colonial rule. Prof. Isaka settled the aim of her presentation as “to understand the way in which the Parsi elite in colonial India described their food and culinary practices and how specific ideas of Parsi cuisine developed in this process,” using a lot of cook books published in India.
As Professor Tatsushi Fujihara, a commentator at the seminar, pointed out, both presentations clarified the significances of “cook books” for the historical studies. Discussions were very enthusiastic and provoking, which manifested the meanings of our challenge to put food as the specific topic for our research project.