UBC Meiji at 150: “Scales of History: Resonant Vibration between Family History and Global History”


Friday, February 9, 2018 - 16:00 to 17:30


IK Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room
1961 East Mall
Vancouver , BC


Dr. Shunya's keynote lecture is part of the ongoing UBC Meiji at 150 Project organized and hosted by the Centre for Japanese Research, Department of History, the Department of Asian Studies, and the Asian Library to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Japan’s 1868 Meiji Restoration, an epochal political revolution that sparked Japan’s remarkable modernization, dramatic cultural transformation, and rapid emergence onto the global stage. 
For more details and a complete list of Meiji at 150 events, see: https://meijiat150.arts.ubc.ca/.

About the Presenter

Dr. Yoshimi Shunya is a Professor of Sociology, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies. He is the author of many books on cultural theory, urban culture, international exposition, media culture, information technology, the emperor system, and Americanization in modern Japan and East Asia. He has been a leading scholar in the field of Media and Cultural Studies in contemporary Japan. He has been a visiting fellow of El Colegio de Mexico (1993), Ecole des Hautes Etudes Sciences Sociales (1998), University of Western Sydney (1999), and Queensland University (2000). He is a member of the executive committee of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Routledge), editorial board of Cultural Studies(Routledge), associate editors of Theory, Culture & Society (Sage), and the editorial advisory board of Japanese Studies (Carfax Publishing). Publications in Japanese include Dramaturgy in the City: A Social History of Popular Entertainments in Modern Tokyo (Kobundo, 1987), The Politics of Exposition: Imperialism, Commercialism and Popular Entertainment (Chuokoronsha, 1992), Cultural Sociology in the Media Age (Shinyosha, 1994), Voice of Capitalism: The Social Construction of Telephone, Gramophone and Radio in Japan (Kodansha, 1995), Expo Syndrome: Postwar Politics and Cultural Struggle in Postwar Japan (Chikuma Shobo, 2005), Pro-America, Anti-America: Political Unconsciousness in Postwar Japan (Iwanami Shoten, 2007), etc. In the ITASIA program, Professor Yoshimi’s course responsibilities include “Introduction to Media and Communication in Asia” as well as “Attack Me!: Introduction to Cultural Studies in Japan.”