JSA Professional Development Workshop at Hendrix College
Living With Godzilla: The Heisei Era in Perspective
A workshop for college and university instructors interested in contemporary Japan to be hosted by Hendrix College in Conway Arkansas April 12-14, 2018.
The film Shin Gojira (New Godzilla, Toho Studios 2016) reboots the famous franchise begun in 1954 with a new version of the creature which embodies the constantly evolving array of threats and challenges (both foreign and domestic) that have visited Japan since 1989 and the beginning of the Heisei period. At the end of the film the monster is left immobilized in the center of Tokyo, contained but a constant presence to which the Japanese people will just have accommodate themselves.
The purpose of the workshop is to examine Heisei Japan with an eye towards identifying the key events, trends, changes and continuities of the reign of Emperor Akihito. Speakers will address various topics including history, politics and culture. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in various events on the Hendrix College campus.
Participants will be expected to make use of materials and discussion to structure class materials.
List of potential speakers includes: William Tsutsui, President of Hendrix College, Karl Kim, Director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, Barak Kushner, Professor University of Cambridge, Robert Pekanen, Professor, University of Washington, Nathaniel Smith, Professor, University of Arizona, Stacia Bensyl, Professor Missouri Western University, and Paul Dunscomb, Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage.