Discussant and Keynote Speaker

Katsuya Hirano

UCLA (History)

Katsuya Hirano’s teaching and research explore the intersection between history and critical theory with a focus on questions of ideology, political economy, and subject/subjectivity. His first book, The Politics of Dialogic Imagination: Power and Popular Culture in Early Modern Japan, (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2013) outlines a general theory of the transformation in modes of subject-formation from the Tokugawa regime (1603-1868) to Japan’s first modern state, the early Meiji government, through an analysis centered on the regulation of popular culture. His current book project examines, through the prism of biopolitics, the correlative operations of capitalism and racism in the making of the Japanese empire. Taking the colonization of the Ainu people as the locus of analysis, the project explores the relation between the state’s drive for primitive accumulation (deterritorialization and reterritorialization of Ainu lands) and the construction and implementation of racial categories through academic (linguistic, economic, and anthropological) and legal discourse. The project ultimately seeks to deepen our understanding of the history of Ainu experiences through the perspectives of global histories of empire, capitalism, and colonialism.

Invited Faculty Presenters

William Hedberg

William Hedberg

Arizona State University (Literature)

William Hedberg’s primary research focus is the literature and culture of early modern Japan, and his current project centers on the reception of late imperial Chinese fiction during the Edo and Meiji periods (17th-20th c.). This project brings together long-standing interests in Sino-Japanese literary contact, the formation of national literatures, and the history of translation in East Asia. Hedberg’s first book, titled The Japanese Discovery of Chinese Fiction: The Water Margin and the Making of a National Canon is forthcoming from Columbia University Press (Fall, 2019). Other research interests include travel literature, Japanese Sinology, and the motif of utopia in early modern and modern East Asia. Hedberg’s research has been published in the Journal of Japanese Studies, Japan Forum, East Asian Publishing and Society, The International Journal of Asian Studies, and Sino-Japanese Studies.

Hilary Snow

Hilary Snow

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Art History)

Hilary K. Snow is a specialist in Asian visual culture who teaches courses on Asian studies, art history, and museums. Her research explores early modern patronage and the mingling of sacred and secular practices at Japanese religious institutions. She is particularly interested in the visual culture of early modern Japanese urban spaces and aesthetic amusements at religious institutions.

Our Sponsors

This workshop was made possible thanks to a Faculty Research Grant from the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Department of East Asian Studies Department, Department of Religious Studies and Classics, and Center for Buddhist Studies for their generous support of our program.

For any questions, please contact Joshua Schlachet at jschlachet@email.arizona.edu