Symposium Organizer

  • September 2008
    2008 Kobayashi Takiji Memorial Symposium: Bodies, Regions and Industry from the Perspective of Takiji
    Co-organizer with Shimamura Teru and Linda Flores for a bilingual symposium at Oxford University: 2008 Kobayashi Takiji Memorial Symposium: Bodies, Regions and Industry from the Perspective of Takiji 「多喜二の視点から見た身体・地域・産業―― 2008 オックスフォード小林多喜二記念シンポジウム」, Oxford University, Keble College, September 16-18, 2008.

    The proceedings was published in a bilingual edition by Kinokuniya Press. For summaries and snapshots, see: http://www.takiji-library.jp/announce/2008/20081009.html. Click on page 7 for my concluding comments (scroll down for English).

  • November 2002
    Proletarian Literature in East Asia: Leftwing Politics and Artistic Production in the 1920s and 1930s
    Organizer: Proletarian Literature in East Asia, a two-day international symposium at the University of Chicago, November 1-2, 2002. I guest-edited a volume for positions: east asia cultures critiques, based on the symposium.

Invited presentations in English and in Japanese

  • December 2015
    Panel speaker on “The Humanities Crisis, Area Studies, and Japan”
    Symposium on Japan and the Humanities Crisis. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Organized by Steve Ridgely. December 5, 2015.
  • October 2013
    ``Red Love`` in Japan
    University of Minnesota Brown Bag Lecture. October 10, 2013.
  • March 2013
    Dance Dance Revolution: The Resurgence of Proletarian Literature in the Age of the Precariat
    Lineages of the Literary Left: A Symposium in Honor of Alan M. Wald, University of Michigan, March 21-22, 2013.
  • February 2012
    『安子』と国際モガのジレンマ (Yasuko and the Dilemma of the International Modern Girl)
    2012小樽小林多喜二シンポジウム (2012 Kobayashi Takiji Symposium in Otaru), Otaru, Japan, February 21-23, 2012. (In Japanese)
  • November 2011
    The Housekeeper ``Problem.``
    “The Housekeeper ‘Problem.’” Symposium: Red Love and Proletarian Femme Fatales. The Australian National University, Canberra, November 24-25, 2011.
  • March 2010
    プロレタリア文学のクールさの可能性 `{`The Possibility of Proletarian Literature’s Coolness`}`
    Invited participant in a blockbuster symposium organized by Azuma Hiroki, 「クール・ジャパノロジーの可能性」(The Futures of Cool Japanology), Tokyo, March 5-6, 2010. (In Japanese)
  • February 2010
    The Improbable Revival of Proletarian Literature
    “The Improbable Revival of Proletarian Literature,” New York University, February 18, 2010.
  • April 2009
    On Translating Censorship in Japanese Marxist Literature
    Comparative Literature Brown Bag, University of Michigan, April 2009.
  • February 2009
    多喜二シンポから学ぶ `{`Learning from the Takiji Symposium`}`
    「多喜二シンポから学ぶ」(Learning from the Takiji Symposium), Address to the Kobayashi Takiji Memorial. Otaru, Japan. February 20, 2009. (In Japanese)
  • November 2006
    Bodies in Pain: A History of Proletarian Literature through Pain
    “Bodies in Pain: A History of Proletarian Literature through Pain” 2008 Kobayashi Takiji Memorial Symposium, Oxford University, September 2008. (Bilingual: in English and Japanese)
  • November 2006
    Health is Our Capital
    “Health is Our Capital.” Symposium on proletarian literature, Leiden University, The Netherlands. November 2006.
  • April 2006
    The Japanese Empire, Internationalism, and Proletarian Arts
    “The Japanese Empire, Internationalism, and Proletarian Arts.” Symposium on proletarian literature, University of California, Berkeley. April 2006.
  • August 2004
    男同士:『工場細胞』における男たちの絆の親密性 `{`Between Men: the Intimacy of Male-Male Camaraderie`}` in The Factory Cell
    「男同士:『工場細胞』における男たちの絆の親密性」(Between Men: the Intimacy of Male-Male Camaraderie in The Factory Cell), 2nd Annual Kobayashi Takiji International Symposium: The Writings of Kobayashi Takiji Across Generations and National Boundaries. Tokyo. August 28-29, 2004. (In Japanese)

Presentations

  • September 2016
    The Gender of Activism in Japanese Proletarian Literature
    Midwest Japan Seminar. University of Iowa, September 24, 2016.
  • April 2016
    Uncovering the Red Decade
    Roundtable organizer for Association for Asian Studies, Seattle, WA. April 2016.
  • March 2014
    Love Overcomes Prison: Nakamoto Takako and the Challenge of Radical Love
    Panel organizer. “Women Writing Radical Love in the Throes of the Japanese Proletarian Literature Movement.” Association for Asian Studies. Philadelphia. March 27-30, 2014.
  • January 2014
    The Housekeeper Problem in Japanese Proletarian Literature
    Panel organizer: “Sex, Texts, and Comrades across the Pacific: Japan and the USSR.” Modern Languages Association. Chicago. January 10, 2014.
  • October 2013
    Housekeepers: Performing Marriage in Proletarian Literature
    Performance and Japanese Literature: Association for Japanese Literary Studies. University of Chicago. October 18, 2013.
  • October 2012
    Beyond ``Red Love`` in Japan
    “Beyond ‘Red Love’ in Japan.” Event organizer and speaker along with Ruth Barraclough and Paula Rabinowitz in a panel presentation: “Spectacles of Red Love across the Pacific.” Loyola University Chicago. October 24, 2012.
  • October 2012
    Japanese Proletarian Literature and the Invention of the Modern Girl: Spectacles of Sex and Class
    “Japanese Proletarian Literature and the Invention of the Modern Girl: Spectacles of Sex and Class.” Modernist Studies Association: “Modernism and Spectacle.” Las Vegas. October 18-21, 2012.
  • March 2010
    Sunless Streets: The Geography of Labor (Activism) in the Proletarian Movement
    “Sunless Streets: The Geography of Labor (Activism) in the Proletarian Movement.” Association of Asian Studies. Philadelphia. March 25, 2010.
  • March 2007
    Domesticity and the Proletarian Avant-garde
    “Domesticity and the Proletarian Avant-garde.” Panel Organizer. Panel: “The Proletarian Vanguard and the Avant-garde.” Association of Asian Studies. Boston. March 2007.
  • March 2004
    Nationalism and Internationalism in Japanese Proletarian Literature
    “Nationalism and Internationalism in Japanese Proletarian Literature.” Art and Politics in East Asia Workshop presentation. University of Chicago. March 2004.
  • April 2004
    Romancing Comrades
    “Romancing Comrades,” Panel Organizer. Panel: “Labor and Desire in East Asia.” Association of Asian Studies. San Diego. April 2004.
  • September 2003
    Popularization and the Masses
    “Popularization and the Masses.” Midwest Japan Seminar. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. September 2003.
  • December 2002
    Sexing Class
    “Sexing Class.” Proletarian Literature in East Asia Workshop presentation. University of Chicago. December 2002.
  • November 2002
    ``We Cannot Take From Them What They Have Not Got:`` The Japanese Working Class and the Nation
    “‘We Cannot Take From Them What They Have Not Got:’ The Japanese Working Class and the Nation,” Symposium on “Proletarian Literature in East Asia.” University of Chicago. Symposium Organizer. November 1-2, 2002.
  • April 2002
    ``Real Experience`` in Hayama Yoshiki’s Early Works
    “‘Real Experience’ in Hayama Yoshiki’s Early Works.” Panel Organizer. Panel: “Working and Writing, Art and Autobiography: Rethinking Japanese Proletarian Literature.” Association of Asian Studies. Washington, D.C. April 2002.
  • August 2001
    Theory and Practice in Miyamoto Yuriko
    “Theory and Practice in Miyamoto Yuriko.” Across Time and Genre: Reading and Writing Japanese Women’s Texts. University of Alberta, Canada. August 2001.
  • March 2000
    From Taishū (the Masses) to Proletariat: Tokunaga Sunao’s The Sunless Street (Taiyō no nai machi)
    “From Taishū (the Masses) to Proletariat: Tokunaga Sunao’s The Sunless Street (Taiyō no nai machi).” Panel Organizer. Panel: “Re-imagining the Taishū and Tokyo in 1920s Japan.” Association of Asian Studies. San Diego. March 2000.
  • November 1999
    Proletarian Literary History Reconsidered
    “Proletarian Literary History Reconsidered.” Association of Japanese Literary Studies: Issues of Canonicity and Canon Formation in Japanese Literary Studies (formerly MAJLS). Boulder, Colorado. November 1999.
  • July 1999
    The Aura of the Prisoner in Hayama Yoshiki’s Early Works
    「葉山芳樹の初期作品における囚人のイメージ」(The Aura of the Prisoner in Hayama Yoshiki’s Early Works). Presentation at the Nichibunken (International Research Center for Japanese Culture). Kyoto, Japan. July 1999. (In Japanese)
  • May 1999
    Imperial Consciousness in the United States
    「アメリカの帝国意識」(Imperial Consciousness in the United States). Presentation at the Nichibunken. Kyoto, Japan. May 1999. (In Japanese)
  • March 1999
    The Ideology of Exposure: I-Novels and Social Exposés
    “The Ideology of Exposure: I-Novels and Social Exposés.” Comparative Literature Intra-Student and Faculty Forum Conference. University of Michigan. March 1999.
  • March 1999
    Miyamoto Yuriko Rewrites Her Wartime Texts
    “Miyamoto Yuriko Rewrites Her Wartime Texts.” Panel chair. Panel: “Wartime Texts/Postwar Contexts.” Association of Asian Studies. Boston. March 1999.
  • January 1999
    Capital and Hayama Yoshiki’s Life on the Sea
    「『Das Kapital』と葉山芳樹の『海に生くる人々』」(Capital and Hayama Yoshiki’s Life on the Sea). Presentation at Osaka University, Kokubungaku (National Literature) seminar. January 1999. (In Japanese)
  • November 1998
    Laborers of Love in Snow Country: The Fantasy of Capitalism
    “Laborers of Love in Snow Country: The Fantasy of Capitalism” Panel Organizer. Panel: “Snow Country and Capitalism.” Midwest Association of Japanese Literary Studies. Love and Sexuality in Japanese Literature. Purdue University, Indiana. November 1998.
  • September 1998
    The Problem of Popular Proletarian Literature
    “The Problem of Popular Proletarian Literature.” Midwest Conference of Asian Affairs. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. September 1998.
  • May 1998
    What Made Her Do It?: Kaneko Fumiko’s Memoir
    “What Made Her Do It?: Kaneko Fumiko’s Memoir.” Panel Organizer. Panel: “Resisting Ideologies: Fascist, Popular and Proletarian Discourses in Prewar Japan.” Midwest Conference on Asian History and Culture, Graduate Student Conference. Selected by Program Committee as “Outstanding Panel Presentation.” Ohio State University. May 1998.
  • October 1997
    The Textual Condition of Miyamoto Yuriko’s ``The Family of Koiwai``
    “The Textual Condition of Miyamoto Yuriko’s ‘The Family of Koiwai’.” Midwest Association of Japanese Literary Studies: The New Historicism and Japanese Literary Studies. University of Michigan. October 1997.
  • October 1997
    A Reception History of Tamura Toshiko, a Twentieth Century Japanese Woman Writer
    “A Reception History of Tamura Toshiko, a Twentieth Century Japanese Woman Writer.” “Genders/Bodies/Borders,” University of Michigan Graduate Student Conference. University of Michigan. October 1997.
  • October 1997
    The Textual Condition of Miyamoto Yuriko’s ``The Family of Koiwai``
    “The Textual Condition of Miyamoto Yuriko’s ‘The Family of Koiwai’.” Comparative Literature Brown Bag (Lunchtime Lecture). University of Michigan. October 1997.

Invited discussant

  • October 2003
    Voices from the Valley Floor, Voices from the Valley Rim: Political Implications of Literature Written Before, During and After Japan’s ``Dark Valley Years``
    Invited Discussant for panel: “Voices from the Valley Floor, Voices from the Valley Rim: Political Implications of Literature Written Before, During and After Japan’s ‘Dark Valley Years,’” MCAA (Midwest Conference of Asian Affairs). Bloomington, Illinois. October 2003.
  • April 2003
    The ``Almost-Modern Girl`` in Chinese New Sensation Fiction
    Invited Discussant for “The ‘Almost-Modern Girl’ in Chinese New Sensation Fiction,” Michael Ouyang, Stanford University, China’s Long Twentieth Century: Words, Images, Voices, Fourth Annual Graduate Symposium at the University of Chicago. April 2003.
  • September 1998
    A Literature for the Masses: History, Politics and Sexuality in Japan’s Popular Literature
    Invited discussant for panel on popular literature, “A Literature for the Masses: History, Politics and Sexuality in Japan’s Popular Literature.” MCAA (Midwest Conference of Asian Affairs). University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. September 1998.
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