Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture presents a Workshop on

Intellectual Networks in Early Modern Japan

Date: November 20, 2010
Location: Sophia University, Bldg. 10, 3F, Room 301
Time: 13:30 until 17:00

The Network Studies Research group HP


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Anne Walthall

Professor of History, University of California, Irvine;
Visiting Professor and Director, UC Program at Meijigakuin University

Anne Walthall is Professor of Japanese History and Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Japan: A Cultural, Social, and Political History (2006), The Weak Body of a Useless Woman: Matsuo Taseko and the Meiji Restoration (1998). Peasant Uprisings in Japan: A Critical Anthology of Peasant Histories (1991) and Social Protest and Popular Culture in Eighteenth Century (1986) as well as articles in Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Social History, Signs, Monumenta Nipponica, Gender & History, and American Historical Review. In addition she has edited 4 collections of essays, contributed numerous essays to edited volumes, and published extensively in Japanese.

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Niels van Steenpaal

Kyoto University, Graduate School of Education, PhD Student

Niels van Steenpaal attained his MA in Japanese Studies at Leiden University in 2007 and is currently enrolled as a PhD student at Kyoto University, specializing in the intellectual and educational history of the pre-modern period. His dissertational research examines cases of reward and praise directed at virtuous commoners in order to shed light on the ways in which 'virtue' and the 'virtuous' were constructed, idealized, celebrated and appropriated.

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Gideon Fujiwara

Hirosaki University

Gideon Fujiwara attained his MA in Japanese Intellectual History from Tohoku University in 2004, and is currently studying Japanese Intellectual History as a PhD student in the Asian Studies Dept. at the University of British Columbia. His dissertation examines Hirata Kokugaku and communities of Hirata's posthumous students in northern Japan, particularly Hirosaki (Tsugaru) Domain. Gideon is now conducting research in Japan on a Japan Foundation Fellowship until August 2011, and is based at Hirosaki University.

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