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Online Workshop: Shuri Castle and the Politics of Memory by Borders of Memory

by Sachiko Iwabuchi 岩渕祥子 on 2021-02-18T12:17:00-10:00 | Comments
Borders of Memory's Online Workshop: Heritage from the margins?: Shuri Castle and the Politics of Memory


Last update: March 18, 2019

The event organizer uploaded the conference recording video on their website.


Borders of Memory, "an interdisciplinary investigation into the role sites of memorial contestation play in contemporary politics, particularly in Asia and the Pacific, has announced an online workshop titled, Heritage from the margins?: Shuri Castle and the Politics of Memory on  5-6 March 2021 [JST].

The Workshop will be hosted by Kyushu University Border Studies, in partnership with IMAP, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia.

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The workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from institutions in Okinawa, Japan, and worldwide in order to discuss the history and politics surrounding Shuri Castle and its status as heritage. In a number of interrelated conversations, our distinguished speakers will approach Shuri Castle from a variety of chronological and disciplinary perspectives, addressing such questions as: 

  • the significance of material sites of memory becoming affective symbols for communities;
  • why the creation of sites as heritage produces material and symbolic spaces able to stand at the intersection of various memory collectives, and;
  • how the various scales at which the multiple, complex meanings of these sites are narrated impact the material site itself.



Friday 5 March

INTRODUCTION – 17:00-17:10 JST | Thursday 4 March, 10:00 PM - 10:10 PM HST

  • Ran Zwigenberg (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Victoria Young (University of Cambridge)
  • Edward Boyle (Kyushu University)


• Ginoza Ayano (University of the Ryukyus)
• Maetakenishi Kazuma (Nihon University)
• Ra Mason (University of East Anglia)
• Sakuma Sayaka (Osaka City University)
• Tomochi Masaki (Okinawa International University)
Moderated by Victoria Young


• Simon Kaner (Sainsbury Institute and the University of East Anglia)
• Kono Toshiyuki (Kyushu University, ICOMOS)
Moderated by Ellen Van Goethem (Kyushu University)


• Justin Aukema (Kyoto Women's University)
• Oleg Benesch (University of York)
• Matsuda Hiroko (Kobe Gakuin University)
Travis Seifman (University of Tokyo)
• Eriko Tomizawa-Kay (University of East Anglia)
Moderated by Ran Zwigenberg

Saturday 6 March

THE MARGINS OF OKINAWA AND JAPAN – 09:00 AM -11:00 AM, JST | Friday, March 5, 2 PM - 4 PM, HST
Gerald Figal (Vanderbilt University)
Tze May Loo (University of Richmond)
Wendy Matsumura (University of California San Diego)
Chris Nelson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Gregory Smits (Pennsylvania State University)
Amanda Mayer Stinchecum (Independent Scholar)
Moderated by Edward Boyle

*The links in the programme are the major work by the speaker held at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library. 

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