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Workshop on Labor and Citizenship in the 20th Century

May 18, 2017

On Friday, April 14, 2017, several scholars from the Cluster “Asia and Europe” and further institutes of Heidelberg University participated in the workshop entitled “Labor and Citizenship in the Twentieth Century”, which took place at Kyoto University.

This kick-off workshop was related to the collaborative research project “Entangled Pasts in a Global Present: Gender, Labor and Citizenship”, led by Prof. Harald Fuess (HCTS) and Prof. Yoko Nagahara (Kyoto University). It took place at the Taisho period building “Rakuyu-Kaikan” at Kyoto University and saw both, senior and young scholars, being present and discussing new ideas related to the collaborative research project. The team from Heidelberg consisted of researchers and young scholars including: Dr. Takuma Melber, M.A. Andreas Eichleter, Dr. Steven Ivings, M.A. Maksym Grinenko, Dr. Till Knaudt and Dr. Hyojin Lee. The project’s second workshop entitled “Gender and Race in Global History” will be held in Heidelberg in December 2017. The research team from Heidelberg will then return to Kyoto for the third workshop prior to the HeKKSaGOn meeting in April 2018, to discuss the politics of competing memories and the writing of common histories.

The collaborative project of Prof. Harald Fuess and Prof. Yoko Nagahara focuses on Japan’s and Germany’s emergence as newly formed nation states in the late nineteenth century. Furthermore, it emphasizes their establishment of empires abroad, such as Germany in Africa and Japan in Korea and China. In this way, the history of the German and Japanese empire, its implication for the present and its current representations, are examined.

The project is co-funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), facilitating the three workshops for researchers from both universities. This project is another demonstration of the strong collaborative research between Heidelberg and Kyoto Universities in several academic fields.

Harald Fuess is Chair for Cultural Economic History at the Cluster “Asia and Europe” and at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies. He is also Project Professor in the Top Global University Program at Kyoto University.


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