The Berkeley Japan Studies Working Group, sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, with additional support from the Center for Japanese Studies, offers UC Berkeley graduate students an ongoing forum for intellectual exchange and collaboration centered on the study of Japan, past and present. Through discussion, close reading of texts, student presentations, and the coordination of presentations by outside scholars, this working group explores key themes and concerns in Japan-focused scholarship.

In its inaugural year, the Berkeley Japan Studies working group invites graduate students to consider any aspect of science and technology (and their concomitant epistemologies, ontologies, practices, politics, histories, and ideologies) in relationship to Japanese society. In particular, we aim to consider the emergence and application of the concept of techno-orientalism in relationship to Japan.

New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining the working group, or simply in attending one of our upcoming meetings, please contact us.

Upcoming Event – Robert Stolz

Join us for our upcoming fall 2015 lecture: the Japan Studies Working Group and the UC Berkeley Department of History present “Environmental Pollution and the Crisis of the Liberal State in Meiji Japan,” a talk by Prof. Robert Stolz (Dept. of History, University of Virginia, and author of Bad Water: Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan, 1870–1950) at the UC Berkeley Main Campus, Dwinelle Hall room 3336, 4:30p on Thursday, October 15th.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact us.