Title: “Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline”
Speaker: Professor David Leheny, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda Universtiy
Date: Friday, May 10 2019
Venue: SMBC Academia Hall, 4F International Academic Research Building, the University of Tokyo (MAP)
Registration: Needed. Please register from here
Co-hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo
In this talk, Leheny will introduce his book Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline (Cornell University Press, 2018), focusing on case studies illustrating how a national narrative of “the long postwar” has shaped the ways in which emotion can be deployed in Japanese debates about politics, status, and international relations. The book challenges new analyses of emotion and politics more broadly by focusing on the role of narrative in structuring emotional claims that are usually distant from the actual feelings of actors themselves.
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