Of Soils, Roots, and Streams: A Symposium on Ecology and Japan

Department: History

Date and Time: June 16, 2017 | 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Event Location: HG 1010

Event Details

Symposium Schedule

Friday 16 June Morning Session: 1010 Humanities Gateway

9 am  Panel 1: Solids (Moderated by Eun Young Seong, EALL)

Eiko Maruko Sinawer, “Wars against Garbage in 1970s Japan”

David Fedman, “Japanese Forest Ecology in the Peninsular Laboratory”

Shiho Satsuka, “Wild Mushrooms, Multispecies Temporality and the ‘New Commons’”

10:45 Panel 2: Liquids (Moderated by Sara Newsome, EALL)

Jakobina Arch, “Humanizing Whales: Religion and the Human-Other Boundary in Early Modern Japan”

Roderick Ike Wilson, “Water Worlds: Farmers, Fishers, and Riverboat Pilots in Early Modern Kanto”

Robert Stolz, “The Difference Between a River and a Drain: Water, Pollution, and Capitalist Development in Modern Japan”

12:30  Lunch for Speakers

1:30 Walking Break: Ring Road, Middle Earth

Friday 16 June Afternoon Session: 1010 Humanities Gateway

2-4 Panel 3: Air (Introductory Poem by Vanessa Baker, EALL)

A Round Table on the State of the Field: Ecological Studies & Japanese Studies

Christine Marran, Author of Ecology Without Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)

Katsuya Hirano, Author of a 5-Interview Series with Anti-Nuclear Activists and Fukushima Intellectuals for Asia Pacific Journal Japan Focus (2015-2017)

Julia Adeney Thomas, author of Reconfiguring Modernity: Concepts of Nature in Japanese Political Ideology (California, 2002) and The Historian’s Task in the Age of the Anthropocene (in process).  Co-editor of Japan at Nature’s Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2013)

Moderator: Margherita Long, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, UC Irvine, author of On Being Worthy of the Event: Thinking Force, Affect and Origin After 3.11 (in process)

Readings: Available by Dropbox; email margherita.long@uci.edu

4:15 Memorial: “Memory, Pedagogy, Materiality – On Ecocriticism and the Life of Kota Inoue,” James A. Fujii

4:45 Wine and Cheese

5:15 Film: “Human Error,” (2017) a 40-minute documentary about Fukushima evacuees and plant operators by Yoh Kawano


With Generous Sponsorship From: Department East Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Research Budgets of Margherita Long and David Fedman, Postmodern Culture, Center for Asian Studies, International Center for Writing and Translation (ICWT), Humanities Commons, and the Institute for International, Global & Regional Studies (IIGaRS)

Organized by the Departments of History (David Fedman) and East Asian Languages and Literatures (Margherita Long & Susan Klein). For more info contact margherita.long@uci.edu.