WIAS Top Runners’ Lecture Collection “Resonating Across Oceanic Currents: A Maritime History of Popular Music in and from Japan, 1920s-1960s II” (10/23)
In what ways can we engage with the sea as a method in examining popular music history? How can we approach the global circulations of music through the multilateral modes of understanding a maritime history? What exactly are the ways through which we can decolonise the study of popular music in and beyond the West? The two-day symposia feature scholars working on the historical flows of popular music between Japan and multiple international locations. Deriving from the project ‘Resonating Across Oceanic Currents (RAOC)’, the symposia will explore the international music exchange involving Japan during the ‘transwar’ period. Above all, in conversation with current thinking about decoloniality, the symposia will engage with methodological and ethical means to investigate the maritime history of popular music in and from Japan during some of the most turbulent years of the twentieth century.
21:00-24:00, October 23, 2021 (JST)
Online (Zoom Webinar)
Chair: Robert Adlington (Professor, University of Huddersfield)
Presenters: Marié Abe (Associate Professor, Boston University), Shin Aoki (Visiting Scholar, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies), Michael K. Bourdaghs (Professor, The University of Chicago), Sungmin Kim (Associate Professor, Hokkaido University)
Discussant: Yusuke Wajima (Professor, Osaka University)
Opening remarks: Yuiko Asaba and Amane Kasai
Introduction: Robert Adlington
1. Shin Aoki ‘Bringing Music Back: American Military Personnel and Their Souvenirs of Japan, 1945-1958’
2. Sungmin Kim ‘Sukiyaki and Camellia Girl: Excluded and Smuggled Japan-ness in Post-war South Korea’
3. Michael K. Bourdaghs ‘Transpacific Rehabilitations: Yamaguchi Yoshiko’s 1950 Sacramento Concert and Post-Internment Japanese American Cultural Memory’
4. Marié Abe ‘Decolonial Modal Alliances from Okinawa? Listening to Imaginative Geographies of Yamonouchi Seihin’
Discussion: Yusuke Wajima
Closing remarks: Yuiko Asaba and Amane Kasai
*The order is subject to change.
Yuiko Asaba (University of Huddersfield) and Amane Kasai (WIAS)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 846143. The symposia are held as WIAS Top Runners’ Lecture Collection, supported by Waseda Institute for Advanced Study.