JAPANESE STUDIES CENTRE SEM 1 2013 SEMINAR SERIES
13 March, Wednesday, 12 noon to 1 pm, Japanese Studies Centre, Auditorium. Building 54, Monash University Clayton campus, Wellington Rd., Clayton [map]
Speaker: Dr. Reto Hofman, SOPHIS, Monash University
Abstract: Dr. Hofmann will discuss the role of Italian Fascism in Japanese New Order thinking from 1931 to1952. It reveals how, in the early 1930s, Fascism became a central subject of public debate. Fascism, however, did not “influence” events and ideas in Japan. Indeed, Japanese right-wing leaders, conservative intellectuals and politicians, military activists, as well liberal commentators strove to deny the usefulness of Italian fascism for Japan. Yet, I argue, this stance was less as rejection of fascism than an attempt to overcome it by formulating an autonomous New Order politics. This effort failed. By tracing the contradictory discourse on Italian Fascism, I show how Japanese – wittingly or unwittingly – recognized the commonalities between Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan. The talk sheds new light on the mechanism of fascism and suggests that the categories of “militarism” and “ultra-nationalism” should be rethought in light of the ideological relations that linked Japan to Fascist Italy.
Author Bio: Reto Hofmann specializes in modern Japanese political and cultural history, with wider interests in 20th-century Asia and Europe, especially fascism, empire and imperialism, and political thought. Before coming to Monash, Reto was an INTERACT Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2012) at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. He completed his PhD in history at Columbia University (2010) and received his undergraduate education at the University of Western Australia (BA, Hons, 2000). His first monograph, Fascist Reflections: Politics and Ideology in Twentieth-Century Japan, is currently under review.
The global opportunities with Arts at Monash
Chinese, Japanese & French languages graduate Sarah Holloway co-founded Matcha Maiden, a global e-commerce organic matcha powder supplier, and about a year ago started the physical venue Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne, soon opening in Sydney. Sarah shares her experience making the most of Monash’s global exchange opportunities with her language studies and how this advantaged her in both her law career and current business. She says, ‘languages have really propelled my career and personal life. I can’t even describe the tangible benefits. It helps you in everything you do.’
- Celebrating 50 years of Japanese at Monash
Student Success in the Japanese Speech Contest in Victoria 2015
The 46th Japanese Language Speech Contest 2015 (Victorian Final) was held at the University of … Continue reading Student Success in the Japanese Speech Contest in Victoria 2015
Student success in the 46th Australian Japanese Language Speech Contest Finals
The 46th Australian Japanese Language Speech Contest Finals was held at The Japan Foundation, Sydney … Continue reading Student success in the 46th Australian Japanese Language Speech Contest Finals
EXPLORING JAPAN THROUGH NEW LENSES: EMERGING THEMES IN JAPANESE STUDIES
A Postgraduate Symposium hosted by The Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University With a Keynote by Professor Tessa … Continue reading EXPLORING JAPAN THROUGH NEW LENSES: EMERGING THEMES IN JAPANESE STUDIES
Welcome to Dr. Jason Jones!
The Japanese Program is pleased to announced the arrival of Dr. Jason Jones, our new … Continue reading Welcome to Dr. Jason Jones!
Student Success in the Japanese Speech Contest
The Japanese Language Speech Contest 2014 (Victorian Final) was held at the University of Melbourne … Continue reading Student Success in the Japanese Speech Contest
Kishi Fellow to Japan announced
Written by Jason Emmanuelle – Bachelor of Arts – Languages (Major in Japanese and Linguistics) … Continue reading Kishi Fellow to Japan announced
New Colombo Plan Pilot Program Launch in Tokyo by Shojeeb Alam
The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a welcome new initiative by the Australian Government to … Continue reading New Colombo Plan Pilot Program Launch in Tokyo by Shojeeb Alam
Monash Japanese Studies students receive New Colombo Plan Grants
All eight students leaving for Japan to start student exchange programs this April will receive … Continue reading Monash Japanese Studies students receive New Colombo Plan Grants
Study Abroad in Japan
Post-information session update: slides from the session are available to download here. Please note, however, … Continue reading Study Abroad in Japan
Japan, Australia and the global context: Connections across languages and societies A Symposium in honour of Helen Marriott
On Saturday 15th March the Japanese Studies Centre at Monash University held a one-day Symposium … Continue reading Japan, Australia and the global context: Connections across languages and societies A Symposium in honour of Helen Marriott