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Leadership Development Seminar (PhD Professional Lecture 2018)

LGS Leadership Development Program is authorizing the following each PhD Professional lecture, planned by LGS PhD Professionals:Gateway to Success in Frontier Asia of Nagoya University, for LGS students with providing the opportunity to transfer the credit to the Category-2 lecture of the Leadership Development Seminars(LDS).
★These lectures are held in English.

■Theme:"Ingrained Habits: The 'Kitchen Cars' & Japanese Dietary Transformation, 1956-1960"
■Day and Time:Jan.15 (Tue.), 2019, 18:15-19:45
■Place:Science Bldg. A408
■Lecturer:Mr.Nathan Edwin HOPSON (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya Univ.)
This lecture explores the history and politics of US-funded food demonstration buses ('kitchen cars') in postwar Japan, 1954-1960. The kitchen cars operated in the overlap of (nutrition) science, commerce, and both domestic and international politics, encapsulating the entanglements and complexities of US-Japanese relations and of the Japanese domestic politics of postwar economic and social rebuilding after 1945. Their express mission was to transform the Japanese national diet. On the one hand, the kitchen cars taught Japanese women how to cook cheap, nutritious, mostly easy fare to improve the health of their families and the nation. On the other, many of these dishes were planned specifically to increase consumption of US agricultural products, especially wheat, soy, and corn. For American agricultural and political interests, in addition to supporting the economic recovery and political stability of a Cold War ally, the kitchen cars--along with the school lunch program--were instrumental in teaching Japan to accept and consume American produce. Bureaucrats, politicians, nutritionists, and the medical establishment in Japan welcomed the kitchen cars as an effective tool to teach rational, efficient, nutritious cooking as a foundation for economic growth and international resurgence. In short, I argue that because the kitchen cars transformed the Japanese diet in the context and service of Cold War politics, they were significant 'vehicles for change', both dietary and political.

■Theme:From 'Shoplifters'・万引き家族 to 'One Cut of the Dead'・カメラを止めるな!
■Day and Time:Jan.24 (Thu.), 2019,18:15-19:45
■Place:Science Bldg. A408
■Lecturer:Mr.Ran MA (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya Univ.)
Regarding Contemporary Japanese independent Cinema Culture 2018 might be a very unusual year for us to look at Japanese independent cinema: not only Koreeda Hirokazu's Shoplifters (万引き家族) won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes International FilmFestival in May, a low-budget film called One Cut of the Dead (かめらを止めるな!), which started humbly from limiting number of one-screen theaters at major cities, has now been shown at multiplexes across the country, and has so far attracted more than one million audiences,making it one of the top-ranking films in terms of box office performance this year. This talk focuses on the so-called 'poststudio'condition of contemporary Japanese cinema, and examines the historical evolvement and diversity of Japanese independent film culture, by turning to aspects such as film production, circulation, and exhibitions. I would highlight in this talk jisyu eiga (a type of DIY/amateur filmmaking), mini-theaters (one-screen art theaters), and domestic film festivals.

■Theme:Food, Identity, and Gender in Zainichi Korean Women's Literature
■Day and Time: Jan. 29 (Tue), 2019, 18:15-19:45
■Place: Science Bldg. A408
■Lecturer: Ms.Kristina IWATA-WEICKGENANNT(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya Univ.)
This lecture explores the intersections of food, gender, and ethnicity in the literature of zainichi Korean woman writers. Far more than simply a biological necessity, "food serves as an indicator of social identity, from region to ethnicity, from class to age or gender" (Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz 1993: 90). In zainichi literature, therefore, representations of food, cooking, and eating do not primarily serve to add realism to the narrative. Rather, food is used as shorthand for the ties that persist between Korean immigrants and their pasts, and to indicate the degree of their assimilation in Japan. This function is particularly clear in poetry, which, due to its brevity, must forego world building and instead invest meaning in every single word. With a focus on contemporary women's poetry and essays by women poets like Chong Ch'u-wŏl, Lee Jungja, and others, I examine how "ethnic" food such as Korean kimch'i, Japanese takuan and ozōni is celebrated, and simultaneously resisted, as (gendered) cultural heritage. I show how food is used to highlight cultural anxieties and desires, mark processes of inclusion and exclusion, and express a wavering sense of connectedness between Korea, the imagined country of their descent, and Japan, the country of their own birth.

★Please contact or send an e-mail to Designated Associate Prof.Nishimoto or Ms.Kubo if you would take these lectures.

★Report for these seminars
(1) Deadline: 1 week later for each seminar (17:00)
(2) Submit into a box in Room C315 of Science-C Bldg. or Space LGS Office (Room 341) of Engineering-2 Bldg.

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