Monday, March 19, 2018

Colloquium: On Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes, March 26 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Humanities Center will host Dr. Lisa Yoneyama of the University of Toronto and her colloquium "On Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes" on March 26. The publisher provides a summary of the 2016 book:
In Cold War Ruins Lisa Yoneyama argues that the efforts intensifying since the 1990s to bring justice to the victims of Japanese military and colonial violence have generated what she calls a "transborder redress culture." A product of failed post-World War II transitional justice that left many colonial legacies intact, this culture both contests and reiterates the complex transwar and transpacific entanglements that have sustained the Cold War unredressability and illegibility of certain violences. By linking justice to the effects of American geopolitical hegemony, and by deploying a conjunctive cultural critique—of "comfort women" redress efforts, state-sponsored apologies and amnesties, Asian American involvement in redress cases, the ongoing effects of the U.S. occupation of Japan and Okinawa, Japanese atrocities in China, and battles over WWII memories—Yoneyama helps illuminate how redress culture across Asia and the Pacific has the potential to bring powerful new and challenging perspectives on American exceptionalism, militarized security, justice, sovereignty, forgiveness, and decolonization.
The talk runs from 12:00 to 2:00 pm in room 602 of the Cathedral of Learning (map) and is free and open to the public.