Past Events

  • 2017 Dec 07

    Book Talk: "Media Theory in Japan" (Alexander Zahlten)

    4:00pm to 5:30pm


    The Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave.


    To mark the occasion of Professor Zahlten’s new publication Media Theory in Japan (Duke UP, 2017), co-edited with Marc Steinberg, HYL will hold a public discussion 対談 led by two distinguished scholars on Media Studies:

    ALEXANDER ZAHLTEN, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
    SHUNYA YOSHIMI, Edwin O. Reischauer Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University; Professor and Vice President, University of Tokyo

    Light Refreshment will be served

    Harvard Yenching Library Book Talk Series

  • 2017 Dec 05

    Plasmatic Empire: Animated Filmmaking in the Manchukuo Film Association, 1937-1945

    12:00pm to 1:30pm


    Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Assistant Professor, Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; HYI Visiting Scholar

    Jie Li, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

    For more information on the talk, please view here

    Harvard-Yenching Institute lunch talk

  • 2017 Dec 01

    Muromachi Ink Painters Lost and Imagined

    4:00pm to 5:30pm


    Kang Seminar Room S050, Concourse Level, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.

    Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

    Moderator: Yukio Lippit, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

    Reischauer Institute Japan Forum Presentation

  • 2017 Nov 28

    Panel: Shinzo Abe Scorecard: How’s He Faring after Five Years?

    12:30pm to 2:00pm


    K262 Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS Knafel Bldg., 1737 Cambridge St.

    Vice President, Teneo Intelligence

    Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Director of International Studies, Washington College

    Moderator: Susan J. Pharr
    Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations

    Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations presentation
    Special Series on the Future of East Asia

  • 2017 Nov 27

    Globalism in the Tale of Genji

    4:00pm to 5:00pm


    Porte Seminar Room S250, Second Level, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.

    Professor, Faculty of Human and Cultural Studies, Kyoto Gakuen University

    Moderator: Melissa McCormick, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture, Harvard University

    *This event will be held on MONDAY*

    Reischauer Institute Special Presentation

  • 2017 Nov 18

    Film Screening:  Alone in Fukushima

    8:00pm to 10:00pm


    Sheraton Boston-Back Bay B (Second Level), 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199

    Host: Barbara Ambros, University of North Carolina
    Levi McLaughlin, North Carolina State University
    Christopher Ives, Stonehill College
    Mayu Nakamura, Independent Filmmaker, Tokyo, Japan

    About the Film
    Nakamura Mayu’s Alone in Fukushima documents a year in the life of fifty-five-year-old Matsumura Naoto, a resident of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. After the triple disaster of March 11, 2011—a massive earthquake followed by a tsunami and a nuclear meltdown, Matsumura has remained behind in his deserted hometown of Tomioka City next to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor. There, Matsumura looks after animals that were abandoned in the wake of the disaster. While Matsumura has received considerable media attention in Europe and America, where he has become a messianic icon of animal rights and the anti-nuclear movement, the Japanese media have virtually ignored him. Nakamura’s documentary portrays Matsumura as a complex character who is resisting the erasure of his hometown while struggling for survival alongside the non-human inhabitants of the evacuation zone. Alone in Fukushima raises important ethical questions about interspecies becoming and the vulnerability of life in the Anthropocene.

    This screening is a part of American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 2017.  Those who are affiliated with the Reischauer Institute will be able to attend the event  regardless of whether they are not AAR members or registered for the conference.

    AAR Boston Films Focus on Sustainability co-sponsored by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

  • 2017 Nov 18

    Symposium: The Japan-US Science Forum, Food Science for the future: Health, Supply and Future

    1:00pm to 6:30pm


    Room B103, Northwest Bldg., 52 Oxford St.
    KAZUHIRO YAMASHITA, Canon Institute for Global Studies
    ANOWAR ISLAM, University of Wyoming
    MOTOKO MUKAI, Cornell University
    LAURENT ADAMOWICZ, Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation
    THEODORE C. BESTOR, Harvard University

    For registration and more information, please view here

    Sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Consulate General of Japan in Boston, United Japanese researchers Around the world, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
  • 2017 Nov 17

    Symposium: “Is Demography Destiny? Japan in Comparative Perspective”

    4:00pm to 5:45pm


    Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.

    Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
    Professor, Department of Business and Commerce, Keio University
    Visiting Senior Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
    Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
    Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations 
    Co-sponsored by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies; Korea Institute; Japan Society of Boston.

  • 2017 Nov 16

    Spiritual Ecologies: Sustainability and Transcendence in Contemporary Asia



    Tsai Auditorium S010, Concourse Level, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.

    Oscar Tang Professor of East Asian Studies, Duke University

    Robin Kelsey, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Harvard University
    Ian J. Miller, Professor of History, Harvard University

    For more information, please view here

    The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center