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Global Lunchbox: New Directions in Japanese Studies (Laura Hein)

When: Friday, October 30, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Cindy Pingry  


Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Please join us for the Global Lunchbox series, a weekly conversational forum hosted by the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies featuring work-in-progress by members of the Northwestern community.

Laura Hein is Professor of History at Northwestern and co-director of the East Asian Studies faculty research group housed within the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies. She specializes in the history of Japan in the 20th century, its international relations, and the effects of WWII and the Cold War. Much of her work focuses on debates over economic policy and the implications of various economic theories. Her 2004 book Reasonable Men, Powerful Words explores various ways in which economic expertise intersected with politics through a study of the lives of a tight-knit group of Japanese intellectuals. She is also the author of Fueling Growth: The Energy Revolution and Economic Policy in Postwar Japan (1990).

She also has a strong interest in problems of remembrance and public memory, resulting in three co-edited books with Mark Selden: Living with the Bomb: American and Japanese Cultural Conflicts in the Nuclear Age (1997), Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany, and the United States (2000), and Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power (2003). She is also co-editor of Imagination without Borders: Feminist Artist Tomiyama Taeko and Social Responsibility (2010).

Her current research is on Japanese local political culture in the aftermath of total war and political repression, which her historical subjects described as fascism. Laura Hein has won NEH, SSRC, ACLS, Japan Foundation, and three Fulbright research awards. She is currently the chair of the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. She also is active as an editor and serves on several journals.

Hein also is the main editor of a new edition of The Cambridge History of Japan, scheduled for 2020, and serves on the editorial board of Critical Asian Studies, an inter-area, interdisciplinary journal, as well as The Journal of Japanese Studies and the Journal of U.S.- East Asian Relations.

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