Historical Memory and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia: A Panel Discussion

historical memory and reconciliation panel discussionFour schol­ars will probe issues sur­round­ing his­tor­i­cal mem­o­ry and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in North­east Asia Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 12, 2016, in a pub­lic pan­el dis­cus­sion spon­sored by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Cen­ter for Japan­ese Stud­ies and Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. The pro­gram will take place in the UH Mānoa Art Audi­to­ri­um from 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.

Mem­o­ries of war and con­quest con­tin­ue to ham­per con­struc­tive dia­logue and coop­er­a­tion in region­al rela­tions in North­east Asia. The four schol­ars on the pan­el will present their per­spec­tives and engage in dis­cus­sion with the aim of pro­vid­ing new insights on such ques­tions as where these mem­o­ries come from, why his­tor­i­cal mem­o­ry con­flict seems so intractable, and what can be done to over­come the cur­rent “his­tor­i­cal mem­o­ry wars.”

The pan­el will con­sist of Bruce Cum­ings of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go His­to­ry Depart­ment; Tes­sa Mor­ris-Suzu­ki, pro­fes­sor of Japan­ese his­to­ry at the Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty; Man­fred Hen­ningsen of the UH Mānoa Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence; and Paula S. Har­rell of George­town Uni­ver­si­ty, a Chi­na-Japan his­to­ri­an. The dis­cus­sion will be mod­er­at­ed by Hagen Koo, pro­fes­sor of soci­ol­o­gy at UH Mānoa.

This event is free and open to the pub­lic. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Cen­ter for Japan­ese Stud­ies by tele­phone at (808) 956‑2665 or by e-mail at cjs@hawaii.edu.

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