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October 2017

Published “Haven’t We Met? On the Scales of Comparison” in Verge as part of its “critical renga” on Asia and Latin America edited by Andrea Bachner and Christopher Bush.

January 2017

Served as discussant for the MLA panel on music in Meiji Literature organized by Orna Shaughnessy.

December 2016

Spoke on “Realist Moments and Modern Breakthroughs,” from the first chapter of The Travels of Naturalism, at the culminating conference of the Norwegian Research Council’s project The Scandinavian Moment in World Literature at the University of Tromsø.

November 2016

Gave a talk drawn from my book on the naturalist novel, “The Chronogeography of the Novel: On the Transnationalization of Literary Forms,” at the symposium Sociology and History of World Society at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft of the University of Bonn.

May 2016

Led fourteen undergraduates in a University of Michigan Global Course Connections program in Tokyo and Hiroshima. The eighteen-day program was an extension of my Winter 2016 course on postwar Japan.

April 2016

Spoke on Japanese writers’ debates on war responsibility and the geopolitical position of Cold-War Japan for Postimperial Japan and East Asia, a workshop at Columbia organized by Kim Brandt and Louise Young. The talk built on my research on the Japanese delegation to the Tashkent Conference in 1958, for my project on Japanese writers in the “Bandung Moment”.

March 2016

Gave a talk at the European University Institute on “Centers and Peripheries in Transnational Literary Fields,” for a workshop on The Geopolitics of European Intellectual Space organized by Stefan Nygård, Stephane Van Damme, and Blaise Wilfert. The talk drew on my research on the naturalist novel.

December 2015

Spoke at Japan and the Humanities Crisis, the workshop Steve Ridgely organized at the University of Wisconsin. My talk was titled “Humanities Classrooms and the Data-Seeking Student.”

March 2015

Gave a talk from my research on the Bandung Moment, “Tokyo in Tashkent: Japanese Writers and the Afro-Asian Writers’ Conference,” at the Association for Asian Studies meeting in Chicago. It was part of a panel I organized with Mike Bourdaghs, Dreams of Nonalignment: Legacies of Bandung in Japanese and Korean Literature, with papers by Youngju Ryu and Nick Lambrecht and Mike as discussant.

December 2014

Published “Crossed Geographies: Endō and Fanon in Lyon,” from my project on Japanese Writers in the Bandung Moment in Representations.

November 2014

Presented my article “Crossed Geographies” and plans for my new project Japanese Writers in the Bandung Moment in Columbia’s University Seminar on Modern Japan. Emmanuelle Saada was the respondent.

October 2014

Gave the keynote address for the conference Intellectuals, Universalisms, and the Logics of Universalization, organized by Johan Strang and Stefan Nygård as part of the Academy of Finland’s project Asymmetries in European Intellectual Space. Henrik Stenius responded.

Made a guest appearance in the Free University’s Colloquium on Global History to talk about my chapter in Global Intellectual History.

September 2014

Proposal for panel Dreams of Nonalignment: Legacies of Bandung in Japanese and Korean Literature accepted for the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting, along with my paper “Tokyo in Tashkent: Japanese Writers and the Afro-Asian Writers Association.” Youngju Ryu and Nick Lambrecht also will present, and Mike Bourdaghs will be the discussant.

May 2014

Accepted a job as Assistant Professor of Japanese literature at the University of Michigan. I will spend the fall at the Free University of Berlin on a postdoc and start at Michigan in January.

April 2014

Spoke on “Crossed Geographies: Endō and Fanon in Lyon” at the Bandung Humanisms conference organized at Columbia by Stathis Gourgouris and Aamir Mufti

Gave a talk about “Modes of Production, Modes of Exchange, and the Ages of World Pictures” at From Modes of Production to Modes of Exchange, a conference at Duke around Karatani Kōjin’s The Structure of World History

March 2014

Gave a paper on “‘Mimesis’ as Ansatzpunkt in the Transnational Naturalist Field,” from chapter one of The Travels of Naturalism in Auerbach’s Theory of Mimesis and Non-Western Literatures, the seminar that Chris Bush and I organized for the ACLA

Served as discussant for Brian Hurley’s panel Blood on the Scales: Japanese Literary History and the Sins of Translation at the AAS, with Brian, Dennis Washburn, Andrew Leong, and Alan Tansman (there in spirit)

February 2014

Gave a talk on “Translating the Realist Body: Naturalism’s Nervous Mimesis” at the Chico State Humanities Center, from chapter two of The Travels of Naturalism

Served as discussant for Jeremy Yellen’s talk “Japan’s Hybrid Empire: The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” at Columbia’s University Seminar on Modern Japan

December 2013

“Crossed Geographies: Endō and Fanon in Lyon” (point of departure for Japanese Writers in the Bandung Moment) accepted by Representations

November 2013

“Conceptual Universalization in the Transnational Nineteenth Century” published in Global Intellectual History (get a copy of Conceptual Universalization)

April 2013

Gave a paper on “Crossed Geographies: Endō and Fanon in Lyon” in Chris Bush’s seminar A Terrifying Proximity at the ACLA

February 2013

Spoke on “Endō Shūsaku and Frantz Fanon: Imperial Crossings” at the NYU Intellectual History Workshop, my first talk leading to Japanese Writers in the Bandung Moment

Served as discussant for Rich Calichman’s paper “Abe Kôbô: Thinker of the Social” at Columbia’s University Seminar on Modern Japan

January 2013

Spoke on “Geochronic Models of Periodization, or When Was Japanese Naturalism?,” from chapter one of The Travels of Naturalism at Carrie Eckhardt’s MLA panel What Does Comparative Literature Do For, Against, After Periodization?

December 2012

Published my translation of Takeuchi Yoshimi’s essay “Okakura Tenshin: Civilization Critique from the Standpoint of Asia” in Review of Japanese Culture and Society

July 2012

Translated Kawara On’s “The Rule of Conjunction” (“Setsuzokuhō,” 1962) at the artist’s request

April 2012

Gave a talk about “Tokyo via the World: Tangled Paths from Naturalism to Modernism” at the inaugural conference of the Society for Novel Studies

March 2012

Served as discussant for the panel ‘Travel’ of People and Texts in East Asia and Beyond, organized by Heekyoung Cho at the AAS

Spoke about “The Teleologies of Modernism” at Penn State’s Comparative Literature Luncheon (watch the video of “The Teleologies of Modernism”)

Gave two talks at the ACLA: “Inductive Histories” (from chapter one of The Travels of Naturalism) in Eric Hayot’s and Jing Tsu’s seminar The Theoretical Possibilities of Large-Scale Literary Studies, and “The Eighties Were Elsewhere,” for the ACL(x) panel on the Eighties

January 2012

Spoke on “The Teleologies of Modernism” for the Comparative Modernisms Workshop at Northwestern

My translation of Yamabe Rei’s essay “Kawara On’s Quantum Gravitational Body, or the Confinement of Space-Time and the Liberation of Consciousness” published in On Kawara: Date Painting(s) in New York and 136 Other Cities from David Zwirner Gallery

Published a review of Robert Tierney’s Tropics of Savagery: The Culture of Japanese Empire in Comparative Frame in Journal of Japanese Studies

August 2011

Published a review of Unsettling History: Archiving and Narrating in Historiography, edited by Sebastian Jobs and Alf Lüdtke, in Social History

Received a Faculty Residential Research Award from the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley

June 2011

Gave two talks while I was Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, “Conceptual Universalization in the Transnational Nineteenth Century: An Approach to Global Intellectual History” and “The Role of the Past in ‘Modern’ Japan of the Meiji Era”

Published a review of Mark Anderson’s Japan and the Specter of Imperialism; in Journal of Japanese Studies

April 2011

Gave a paper on “Translating the Realist Body,” from chapter two of The Travels of Naturalism, at Kate Holland’s and Molly Brunson’s seminar Comparative/Interdisciplinary Realisms at the ACLA

March 2011

“Nana in the World: Novel, Gender, and Transnational Form,” from chapter four of The Travels of Naturalism, published in Modern Language Quarterly (get a copy of Nana in the World)

January 2011

Spoke on “Naturalism in the World History of the Novel” at Stanford’s Working Group on the Novel

Gave a talk on “Tengai, Zola, and the Unbound Woman: The Naturalist Novel and Transnational Form,” from chapter four of The Travels of Naturalism at the University of Washington’s East Asia Center

Gave a paper “Facing the World: Against the Comforts of Comparison” for the panel Comparative Modernisms organized by Haun Saussy at the MLA

May 2010

Spoke about “Tengai, Zola, and the Unbound Woman: The Naturalist Novel and Transnational Form,” from chapter four of The Travels of Naturalism at the University of Tokyo, with thanks to Numano Mitsuyoshi

April 2010

Gave a paper on “Conceptual Universality in the Transnational Nineteenth Century,” Sam Moyn’s and Andrew Sartori’s Workshop on Global Intellectual History at NYU, the first version of my chapter in Global Intellectual History

January 2010

Appeared on the MLA radio show “What’s the Word,” discussing Guy de Maupassant’s “Le Bonheur”

December 2009

“Exhausted by Their Battles with the World: Neurasthenia and Civilization Critique in Early Twentieth-Century Japan” published in Perversion and Modern Japan: Experiments in Psychoanalysis, edited by Nina Cornyetz and Keith Vincent (get a copy of Exhausted by Their Battles with the World)

November 2009

Talked about “Maedakō Hiroichirō: Bi-, Trans-, and Inter-national in Japanese History” at the Modern Japan History Workshop

October 2009

“The Travels of Naturalism and the Challenges of a World Literary History,” from chapter one of The Travels of Naturalism, published in Literature Compass (get a copy of The Travels of Naturalism)

Gave a talk on “Exhausted by their Battles with the World: Neurasthenia and the Late-Meiji Writer” at the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford

September 2009

National History and the World of Nations named runner-up for best book in non-European history by H-Soz-u-Kult

March 2009

“The Naturalist Novel and the Boundaries of Japanese Literature” published in Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies (get a copy of The Naturalist Novel and the Boundaries of Japanese Literature)

“What’s the Matter with Saying ‘The Orient’?,” one of the most useful things I’ve written, published by the Japan Society’s About Japan project (get a copy of What’s the Matter with Saying ‘The Orient’?)

January 2009

Spoke on “Nationalism as Comparative and International History” in a panel I organized for the AHA, The Problem of Nationalism in a Global Frame

December 2008

National History and the World of Nations published by Duke

Gave a paper on “Simultaneity, Unevenness, and the Failures of Modernity” for the panel Modernity: Why? organized by Regenia Gagnier at the MLA

November 2008

National History and the World of Nations (in galleys) awarded Yale’s Heyman Prize for outstanding junior-faculty scholarship

Spoke on “Enlightened Japan: Local Reading and European Universalism” in Sebastian Conrad’s and Martin Van Gelderen’s seminar The Enlightenment and its Legacies: Europe and Beyond at the European University Institute

April 2008

Gave a paper on “Nana in the World: The Naturalist Novel and Its Fellow Travelers,” from chapter four of The Travels of Naturalism, in the Traveling Discourses seminar at the ACLA