Three reviews of Figures of the World are out: Jonathan Abel in MLQ, Stuart Burrows in Novel, and Patti Luedecke in Studies in American Naturalism
I’ve agreed to Chair the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan starting in July
Figures of the World, my book on the naturalist novel, is out from Northwestern University Press. Order it from Northwestern or read the open-access PDF or Adobe Epub edition. Thanks to everyone who supported this project over the years.
Gave a talk on Ôe Kenzaburô and the Afro-Asian Writers Association, “Ôe, Africa, and Mr. Delchef: Non-Aligning Japan,” at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia. Kim Brandt was the great discussant for this section of my work on Japanese Writers in the “Bandung Moment”.
Spoke on “Tokyo in Tashkent: The Afro-Asian Writers Conference and the Problem of Colonial Responsibility” at the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies at UCLA, from my research for Japanese Writers in the “Bandung Moment”. Thanks to Bill Marotti for the invitation.
Spoke at the University of Chicago’s Center for East Asian Studies on “Ōe Kenzaburô’s Non-Alignment: Political Solidarity in the Bandung Era,” based on research on Ôe for Japanese Writers in the “Bandung Moment”. Thanks to Olga Solovieva for the invitation.
Presented my work on the Conference of Afro-Asian Writers to Columbia’s University Seminar on Modern Japan. My thanks to Yukiko Koga for serving as discussant.
Gave a talk on Japanese writers’ participation in the 1958 Conference of Afro-Asian Writers, part of my research for Japanese Writers in the “Bandung Moment”, at the Global History Colloquium at the Free University of Berlin
Spent a month in Tokyo doing research for Japanese Writers in the “Bandung Moment”, based at Waseda University thanks to the generosity of Toba Koji
Figures of the World is officially in production, for publication in July 2020 from Northwestern University Press!
Published my review of Gavin Walker’s The Sublime Perversion of Capital in American Historical Review
Elected Delegate Assembly representative for the modern Japanese literature forum of the MLA
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. My contribution came from the first chapter of my book on the naturalist novel.
Served as discussant for the MLA panel on music in Meiji Literature organized by Orna Shaughnessy
Spoke on “Realist Moments and Modern Breakthroughs,” from the first chapter of my book on the naturalist novel, at the culminating conference of the Norwegian Research Council’s project The Scandinavian Moment in World Literature at the University of Tromsø
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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
Gave a paper on “‘Mimesis’ as Ansatzpunkt in the Transnational Naturalist Field,” from chapter one of my book on the naturalist novel 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)
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
Gave a paper on “Crossed Geographies: Endō and Fanon in Lyon” in Chris Bush’s seminar A Terrifying Proximity at the ACLA
Served as discussant for Rich Calichman’s paper “Abe Kôbô: Thinker of the Social” at Columbia’s University Seminar on Modern Japan
Spoke on “Geochronic Models of Periodization, or When Was Japanese Naturalism?,” from chapter one of my book on the naturalist novel at Carrie Eckhardt’s MLA panel What Does Comparative Literature Do For, Against, After Periodization?
Published my translation of Takeuchi Yoshimi’s essay “Okakura Tenshin: Civilization Critique from the Standpoint of Asia” in Review of Japanese Culture and Society
Translated Kawara On’s “The Rule of Conjunction” (“Setsuzokuhō,” 1962) at the artist’s request
Gave a talk about “Tokyo via the World: Tangled Paths from Naturalism to Modernism” at the inaugural conference of the Society for Novel Studies
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 my book on the naturalist novel) 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
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
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
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”
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 my book on the naturalist novel 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
Spoke about “Tengai, Zola, and the Unbound Woman: The Naturalist Novel and Transnational Form,” from chapter four of my book on the naturalist novel at the University of Tokyo, with thanks to Numano Mitsuyoshi
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
Appeared on the MLA radio show “What’s the Word,” discussing Guy de Maupassant’s “Le Bonheur”
“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)
Talked about “Maedakō Hiroichirō: Bi-, Trans-, and Inter-national in Japanese History” at the Modern Japan History Workshop
“The Travels of Naturalism and the Challenges of a World Literary History,” from chapter one of my book on the naturalist novel, 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
“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’?)
Spoke on “Nationalism as Comparative and International History” in a panel I organized for the AHA, The Problem of Nationalism in a Global Frame
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
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