Mark Williams, Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Leeds
Irena Hayter, Lecturer in Japanese Studies, University of Leeds

Project Manager:
James Garza, PhD student, University of Leeds

An interdisciplinary workshop focused on the cultural and political trope of tenkō (ideological conversion), which refers to leftists in the 1930s, but whose broader meanings capture tensions at the heart of Japanese trans-war modernity: between the state’s technologies of subjectivation and individual agency; between the abstractions of Marxist theory (and the cold instrumentalism of Western knowledge in general) and native epistemological presence; between an impoverished present and the plenitude of national myth.

See here for project outline.


Reiko Abe Auestad, University of Oslo
Brian Bergstrom, McGill University
Heather Bowen-Struyk, DePaul University
James Dorsey, Dartmouth College
Brice Fauconnier, INALCO
Linda Flores, University of Oxford
Irena Hayter, University of Leeds
Jeff E. Long, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Sherzod Muminov, University of Cambridge
Hirokazu Murata, Hokkaido University of Education
Viren Murthy, University of Wisconsin--Madison
Yoshitada Naito, Ritsumeikan University
Shigemi Nakagawa, Ritsumeikan University
Jonathan Service, Wadham College, Oxford
George T. Sipos, Yamanashi Gakuin University
David Stahl, Binghamton University
Takashi Wada, Mie University
Max Ward, Middlebury College
Mark Williams, University of Leeds

Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 2BX

Participants wishing to pay for accommodation in advance of the event are invited to follow this link.

Supported by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan Foundation Endowment Committee, the Toshiba International Foundation and the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds.

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