William Marotti (Associate Professor of History and Chair of the East Asian Studies MA IDP Program, UCLA)
Kelly McCormick (Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia)
Emi Foulk Bushelle (Associate Professor, Western Washington University)
About the Talk:
Our event features presentations drawing from the recent special issue of Japan Forum on Imagination and the Real. The five essays from UCLA graduates and students ranging from the ancient to the contemporary treat a diversity of subjects, intersecting historical fields, and other disciplines. All five nonetheless present histories that underscore historical difference and the contentions that structure apparent reality itself with exclusions, distinctions, and competing claims of legitimacy and capacity—and demonstrate how alternative conceptions merit consideration as historical objects.
Emi Foulk Bushelle (Western Washington University) and Kelly Midori McCormick (University of British Columbia) will elaborate the stakes of their respective contributions: Bushelle considers the fundamentally salvationist and non-geographical, non-national orientation of medieval Buddhist invocations of community against its obscurement by early modern and modern commenters. McCormick considers the work of 20th century pioneering photographer Tokiwa Toyoko and her centering of working women against a background of desiring gazes to create a counter practice of realism beyond male gazes, representations, and power structures.
William Marotti (UCLA) will discuss the commonalities and strengths of these wide-ranging studies and their stakes for grounded historical inquiry, opening our understanding of obscured but essential aspects of the social and historical difference itself.