This research project examines popular music genres in and from Japan from the 1920s to 1960s through the lens of oceanic currents and maritime history, illuminating the international circulations of musicians and music objects across the sea and at global port cities at this time.
Resonating Across Oceanic Currents
A Maritime History of Popular Music in and from Japan, 1920s-1960s
In what ways can we engage with the sea as a method in examining popular music history? How can we approach the global circulations of music through the multilateral modes of understanding a maritime history? What exactly are the ways through which we can decolonise the study of popular music in and beyond the West? The two-day symposia feature scholars working on the historical flows of popular music between Japan and multiple international locations. Deriving from the project ‘Resonating Across Oceanic Currents (RAOC)’, the symposia will explore the international music exchange involving Japan during the ‘transwar’ period. Above all, in conversation with current thinking about decoloniality, the symposia will engage with methodological and ethical means to investigate the maritime history of popular music in and from Japan during some of the most turbulent years of the twentieth century.
Saturday, 2 October and Saturday, 23 October 2021
Time (both dates)
7am-10am (CDT) / 8am-11am (EDT) / 1pm-4pm (BST) / 8pm-11pm (AWST) / 9pm-0am (JST&KST)
*Please confirm the time frame in your location: https://everytimezone.com/s/d5a1bebb
DAY I Saturday, 2 October
Chair: Hiromu Nagahara (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Discussant: David R. M. Irving (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies)
Karl Neuenfeldt (Murdoch University)
The Maritime Labour-Music Interface in Australia’s Historic Pearling Industry: Songs of Longing and Belonging
Hugh de Ferranti (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Music and the Japanese of ‘Monsoon Australia’, 1920s-1960s
Yuiko Asaba (University of Huddersfield)
On ‘Latin America’ and Japanese Tango Musicians in Manchuria: A Transcultural History, 1935-1945
Amane Kasai (Waseda University)
Dubbed in Patois: Musical Mimicry Involving the Chinese in Wartime Japanese Popular Songs
Masao Nishimura (Kwansei Gakuin University)
When Will You Return: The Trans-border Tangos of ‘Herijun Zailai’
DAY II Saturday, 23 October
Chair: Robert Adlington (University of Huddersfield)
Discussant: Yusuke Wajima (Osaka University)
Shin Aoki (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)
Bringing Music Back: American Military Personnel and Their Souvenirs of Japan, 1945-1958
Sungmin Kim (Hokkaido University)
Sukiyaki and Camellia Girl: Excluded and Smuggled Japan-ness in Post-war South Korea
Michael K. Bourdaghs (The University of Chicago)
Transpacific Rehabilitations: Yamaguchi Yoshiko’s 1950 Sacramento Concert and Post-Internment Japanese American Cultural Memory
Marié Abe (Boston University)
Aural Apophenia and Resonant Affinities between Japan and Ethiopia
*The order is subject to change.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 846143.
The symposia are held as WIAS Top Runners’ Lecture Collection, supported by Waseda Institute for Advanced Study.