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Group 4 Imperiology : Activities

Forthcoming Conferences

Past Conferences

SRC Regional Powers Seminar

  • Date : August 22(Wed), 2012, 16:00-17:30
  • Place : Slavic Research Center, 4th floor, Room 401
  • Titles : Независимость Монголии 1911 года и Богд хаан: российский фактор
  • Lecturer : Ookhnoi Batsaikhan (Institute of International Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences)
  • Language : Russian
  • Contact : UYAMA Tomohiko(E-mail:  uyama(a)

cancelled SRC Regional Powers Seminar

  • Date & Time: June 19 (Tue.) 16:30-18:00
  • Place: Room 401, 4th Floor, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University
  • Title: Central Asian Pastoralism versus Post-colonial Theory and Soviet Epistemology
  • Lecturer: Ruslan Rahimov (American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan)

Seminar “The End of Empires: Safavid and Ottoman Experiences”

  • Date:January 22 (Sun.), 2012, 15:00-18:00
  • Venue: 2nd Floor Lecture Room, Toyo Bunko (2-28-21 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)
  • Co-organized by the Islamic Area Studies Center at the Toyo Bunko and the project “Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia,” Group 4 (Imperiology)
  • Papers:
  • Rudi Matthee (University of Delaware)
     The Fall of the Safavids: Comparisons with the Ottomans and the Mughals
  • Fatma Müge Göçek (University of Michigan)
     Studying Collective Violence and Denial in Ottoman and Turkish History through Contemporaneous Memoirs

Seminar “Policing the Empire”

  • Date:January 22 (Sun.), 2012, 15:00~
  • Venue: Room 304, Building 9, Waseda Campus, Waseda University
  • Co-organized by the Japanese Society for the Study of Russian History and the project “Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia,” Group 4 (Imperiology)
  • Paper:Jane Burbank (New York University)
  • Policing the Empire: Law, Surveillance, and Sovereignty in Kazan Province, early 20th Century

International Workshop “Decolonization and Empires”

  • Date:January 22 (Sun.), 2012, 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: Collaboration Room 1, Building 18, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo
  • Co-organized by the project “Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia,” Group 4(Imperiology),
    and Center for Pacific and American Studies, University of Tokyo
    13:00-13:10 Introduction  AKITA Shigeru (Osaka University)
    Session I: Decolonization and South Asia (India)
    • 13:10-13:40 Mridula MUKHERJEE (JNU, India)
    •     Picking up the Pieces: The Fractured Legacy of Empire
    • Discussant: AWAYA Toshie (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

    • 14:00-14:50 Aditya MUKHERJEE (JNU, India)
    •     The When and How of Decolonisation in India
    • Discussant: KIBATA Yoichi (Seijo University)
    Session II: Decolonization and Memory
    • 15:10-16:00 Maria MISRA (University of Oxford, UK)
    •    Memory and the Raj in Post-Colonial India
    • Discussant: HONDA Takehiko (Teikyo University)
    Session III: United States and Decolonization of Empire
    • 16:00-16:50 Qiang ZHAI (Anburn University at Montgomery, USA)
    •    The Sino-Soviet competition in the Third World in the late 1950s and early 1960s
    • Discussant: KAN Hideki (Seinan-Jyo Gakuin University)

    • 16:50-17:40 Rob KROES (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
         Empire and Re-Colonization ? The Bush and Obama Administrations Compared
    • Discussant: FURUYA Jun (University of Tokyo)
    17:40-18:00 General Discussion

Reigonal Powers Project (Group 4) and SRC Seminar

  • Date & Time: July 10 (Saturday) 10:00~11:45
  • Place: Slavic Research Center, Room 401 (4th floor)
  • Detail: Seethis site.

International Workshop
"New International Order of Asia and Regional Powers in the 1950s and 1960s"

“New International Order of Asia and Regional Powers in the 1950s and 1960s”
8th March 2010 (Monday)
(1) Welcome speech: Tomohiko Uyama (Hokkaido University, Japan)  13:00-13:20
‘Imperiology project and our research activities’

(2) Introduction of WS: Shigeru Akita (Osaka University, Japan)  13:20-14:00
‘Formation of New International Order of Asia in the 1950s and 1960s: Decolonization, Cold War and Asian initiatives’

(3) Aditya Mukherjee (Institute of Advanced Studies, JNU, India)  14:00-15:00
‘Nehru’s economic strategy in the global context of the 1950s and 1960s’ (tentative)
      Comment: Osamu Yoshida (Hiroshima University)
Tea & Coffee break  15:00-15:30
(4) Mridula Mukherjee (JNU and Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, India)   15:30-16:30
‘How Nehru situated India in the Asian context in the 1950s and 1960s’ (tentative)
      Comment: Takako Hirose (Senshu University)

(5) Penny Von Eschen (University of Michigan, USA)   16:30-17:30
‘Reading U.S. Cold War Strategy through the History of Colonialism and Decolonization’
      Comment: Hideki Kan (Seinan-Jo-Gakuin University)

(6) General Discussion I   17:30-18:00       
Conference Dinner at Shibuya, Tokyo   19:00-21:00

9th March 2010 (Tuesday)
(7) Niu Jun (University of Beijing, China)   10:00-11:00
‘The Transformation of PRC’s Diplomatic Policy in 1950 and Its Implication for East Asia’
      Comments: Shin Kawashima (University of Tokyo)
                 David Wolff (Hokkaido University)

(8) Sergey Radchenko (Nottingham University, UK)   11:00-12:00
‘The Soviet Union, decolonization and the Cold War, 1945-1964’
      Comment: David Wolff (Hokkaido University)
Lunch   12:00-13:00
(9) Asahiko Hanzawa (Meiji-Gakuin University, Japan)   13:00-14:00
‘The United Nations, the end of the British Empire and the rise of the Anglo-American “informal empire”’
      Comment: Yoichi Kibata (Seijo University)

(10) General Discussion II   14:00-15:00

Tomohiko Uyama (Hokkaido University)
David Wolff (Hokkaido University)
Shigeru Akita (Osaka University)
Secretariat of WS:
Shigeru Akita (akita(a)
Department of World History,
Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
1-5, Machikaneyama-cho, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-8532 Japan
Phone & Fax: (81) 6-6850-5675
Pre-registration is required. Please write your name and affiliation to Akitsu Mayuzumi (amayuzumi(a) by 19th February.

International Workshop of Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia
Islamic Institutions and Imperial Reach: The Complex Articulation of Ideas, Education and Mobility

  • Collaboration of Group 5 “Beyond the Contours of the State” and Group 4 “The Collapse and Restructuring of Empires and the Transformation of the World System”
  • Date: January 23-24, 2010
  • Venue:Life Science Center, room 701 (1-4-2, Shin-Senri-Higashi-cho, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka)
  • Both Islam and Empire require comparative studies, as both involve regional specifics and global interactions. Especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, expansion of colonial empires/imperialisms radically transformed political, societal, and economic infrastructures surrounding local politics in Muslim regions and Muslim networking beyond borders. Today a colonial imprint significantly inflects the development of Islamic revival. While Islam has worked as a cause protesting against imperial rule, Muslims have often made use of Islam as a means of negotiating among the states. How have Muslims modified various Islamic terms and concepts in the course of their interactions with empires? How have they transmitted Islamic knowledge to the next generations and even expanded it to other parts of the Muslim world? How do they reconcile simultaneous belonging to the global Muslim community and “infidel” homelands? When states rely on Muslim travelers to exert their power abroad, does this mean that Muslim agents have contributed to building “imperialisms” on the ground? How has the great powers’ rivalry affected this setting? In the framework of the comparative research project “Regional Powers in Eurasia,” this workshop will tackle these and other questions, enhancing dialogues between international scholars of Islam and Empire.
January 23 Saturday
Opening Remarks
Session 1:Where is Our Homeland?

Chair:Daisuke Furuya (Osaka University, Japan)
Moiduddin Aqeel (International Islamic University, Pakistan)
"The Idea of Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam: Concepts and Conflicts in British India"
Ko Nakata (Doshisha University, Japan)
"The Concept of Khilafah: Spreading the Rule of Law all over the World"
Discussant: So Yamane (Osaka University, Japan)

Session 2:Education Reforms between the Abode of Islam and Homeland

Chair: Kimitaka Matsuzato (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Masumi Matsumoto (Keiwa College, Japan)
"Islamic Awakening in Modern China: Nationalism, Education and Reforms"
Mustafa O. Tuna (Duke University, USA)
"Madrasa Reform as a Secularizing Process: a View from the Russian Empire"
Discussant: Norihiro Naganawa (Hokkaido University, Japan)

January 24 Sunday
Session 3:Expanding Empires and the Limits of Muslim Mobility

Chair: Tomoko Morikawa (Hokkaido University, Japan)
James H. Meyer(Montana State University, USA)
"Moving People and Suspect Subjects: Russian Muslims, Travel, and the Ottoman Empire"
Keiko Sakurai (Waseda University, Japan)
"Making Qom the Center of the Shi'ite World: Reorganization of the Islamic Educational Network after Iran’s Islamic Revolution"
Discussant: Tomohiko Uyama (Hokkaido University, Japan)

Closing Remarks