Japanese military sexual slavery and women’s lives in the Asia-Pacific region today

This one-day workshop will examine women’s lives in Asia and the Pacific today in light of the history of Japanese military sexual slavery (i.e., the ‘comfort women’ system) during the wartime 1930s and 1940s. We will discuss how this history continues to animate feminist movements in a number of countries, and explore how activism by young people in Asia and the Pacific today reflects considerations of war, militarism and sexual slavery.

Until Hela Becomes a City: The Western Encounter with Huli Modernity

This thesis is an investigation into materialism as a crucial component of Huli thought. Previous ethnographic research undertaken among Huli since the 1950s has touched upon materialist aspects of Huli in various ways, but the ethnographic fieldwork that I undertook in 2016 convinced me that the existence of a distinct Huli materialist ontology presented a gap in our understandings of Huli culture and history. This thesis examines several different aspects of contemporary Huli life, and links them via a theory of Huli materialism.

Australasian Internationalism & The ‘New Pacific’ c.1914-1935: Two Lines of Enquiry

In recent years, much excellent work has been carried out by Australian scholars in investigating the role played by Dominion actors in trans-Pacific internationalism during the first half of the twentieth century, challenging a historiographical trend that emphasises Dominion intransigence toward Pacific affairs.

Chinese Communist Party Historiography of the 1911 Revolution, 1935-1976

Mao Zedong ascended to a position within the CCP unparalleled before or since in part due to his ability to control the narration of history by creating and spreading a master narrative of history. Mao’s master narrative of history was the retelling of Chinese history by Mao that provided the foundation for Mao Zedong Thought and legitimised his power and policies.

Living Politics: Self Help and Autonomous Action in East Asia and Beyond

How can we bring politics back to life in the age of Trump, Putin, Brexit and post-truth?

The conference is the culmination of the ARC Laureate Project Informal Life Politics in Northeast Asia: New Perspectives on Social Transitions from Cold War to Post Cold War, conducted by Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Dr Tom Cliff, Dr Shuge Wei, Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters, Dr Uchralt Otede and Yonjae Paik, all of whom will also speak at the conference.

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