What Aborigines Sang: Aynu, Yukar and Some Problems in Japanese Studies
2019/20 John Howes Lecture in Japanese Studies
With Guest Speaker Professor James E. Ketelaar
(Professor in the Departments of History and East Asian Languages & Civilizations, and Divinity School, University of Chicago)
Monday, February 10, 2020
7:30pm Reception with light refreshments
Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver
Thank you to all who attended and made this such a successful event! You can view the recording of Professor Ketelaar’s speech here, and see some photos from the evening here. (Videographer: Taher Hashemi and Photographer: Colby Brochu)
Professor Ketelaar will draw on his most recent research into the concepts of the barbarian and the frontier in the construction of Japanese national identity and history; coupled with this he will examine something of the roles and meanings of emotion in the construction of the historical imagination in Japan. All of which will be used in a critical approach to the area known as Japan Studies.
About the John Howes Lecture in Japanese Studies:
John Howes was a founding member of UBC’s Department of Asian Studies, which he joined in 1961 after earning his doctorate from Columbia University. During his 30 years of active teaching and research, Professor Howes was at the forefront of Canada-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people relations and inspired countless young Canadians to dedicate their careers and lives to the Canada-Japan relationship in one way or another. In 2012, a number of UBC faculty, staff, and Professor Howes’ devoted former students came together to launch an endowment in his honour. The fund supports the John Howes Lecture in Japanese Studies, an annual public lecture for prominent scholars from around the world to speak to the university community and alumni on topics in Japanese Studies with a focus on Humanities. Dr. Howes passed away peacefully on February 4th, 2017, at the age of 92.