Kyoto American Studies Proseminar 2018 (June 6, at Kyoto University)

artwork by: Yoshirei Shin

Kyoto American Studies Proseminar was held at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University.

Date: June 6, 2018
From 14:30 to 18:00
Location: Room 101, the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University
Map: http://www.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/zinbun/access/access.htm
Language: English
Sponsored by: American Studies Association, The Japanese Association for American Studies

Information (Japanese)

◆Speakers
Yuri Nagira (Kyoto University)
James Baldwin’s “The Welcome Table” — Abstract

Masako Hattori (University of Tokyo)
“Youth, Higher Education, and National Security in Interwar America” — Abstract

◆Guest commentators
Jay Garcia (Associate Professor, New York University)
Junaid Rana (Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

◆Moderator, Organizer
Yasuko Takezawa (Kyoto University)

——Organizer’s Comment——

It was an intellectually stimulating event, having the two excellent papers, the insightful comments by two American scholars, as well as the dialogue with the floor. I regret that I forgot to take photos of the reception, in which we served some basic beverages and foods. It was great to see participants, including students, post-docs, scholars of other universities, commentators and speakers, enjoying chatting with each other.
The core group went to a restaurant in downtown.
The following day, we arranged a sightseeing for Professors Garcia and Rana. They said that they really loved the temples and the restaurant in Kodaiji area.
I would like to thank the Japan-US Friendship Commission for their generous support and the JAAS and ASA for their efforts to make this happen. (Text by Yasuko Takezawa)

——Speakers’ Comments——

At this seminar, I gave a presentation titled “James Baldwin’s The Welcome Table.” This has served as a launching pad for exploring James Baldwin’s later works, which I have always cherished but haven’t researched in years. Taking this opportunity, I was able to think about race, sexuality, war, and education in America. Additionally, it was a great pleasure for me to meet such wonderful and renowned professors from the United States who share my research interests, and from whom I received priceless advice and insightful feedback on my presentation. (Text by Yuri Nagira)

It was a great honor to present my paper, “Youth, Higher Education, and National Security in Interwar America,” at the 2018 Kyoto Proseminar. The comments and questions I received from the two distinguished scholars from the ASA, as well as the friendly audience, were very helpful and encouraging and will help me as I turn my dissertation into a book manuscript. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the ASA, JAAS, JUSEC, and other organizations and people involved in this seminar for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. (Text by Masako Hattori)

––Guest’s Comment––

The American Studies proseminar held at the Institute for the Humanities at Kyoto University in June 2018 was a lively intellectual exchange. The presentations each involved fresh research in twentieth-century American literature and history, and each also pointed to fruitful areas for further study. The format of the proseminar allowed for close consideration of the research findings, and for sustained dialogue among presenters, commentators and other participants. A wonderful event! (Text by Jay Garcia)

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