Global Japan Studies Roundtable WorkshopA Roundtable Workshop on Prasenjit Duara's The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and A Sustainable Future

Date and time: June 24, 2019 (Mon.), 1:00-3:35PM
Venue: Main Conference Room (3F),
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia,
The University of Tokyo
Speakers: Prof. Prasenjit Duara
(Oscar Tang Chair of East Asia Studies, Director of Global Asia Initiative, Duke University; President of American Association for Asian Studies)
Prof. Isomae Junichi
(International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
Prof. Nakajima Takahiro
(Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, UTokyo)
Asso. Prof. Yijiang Zhong
(Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, UTokyo)
Language: English and Japanese

Introduction: Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. He was born and educated in India and received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. He was previously Professor and Chair of the Dept of History and Chair of the Committee on Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago (1991-2008). Subsequently, he became Raffles Professor of Humanities and Director, Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore (2008-2015). He was elected as President of the Association for Asian Studies for 2019-2020.

In 1988, he published Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 (Stanford Univ Press) which won the Fairbank Prize of the AHA and the Levenson Prize of the AAS, USA. Among his other books are Rescuing History from the Nation (U Chicago 1995), Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern (Rowman 2003) and most recently, The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and A Sustainable Future (Cambridge 2014). He has presented about 150 keynote and distinguished lectures globally since 1996 and his work has been widely translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and the European languages. He was awarded the doctor philosophiae honoris causa from the University of Oslo in 2017.


1:00-1:20 Introduction of Prof. Prasenjit Duara's research in Japanese by Yijiang Zhong
1:20-1:35 Introduction of the book by Prof Prasenjit Duara
1:35-1:55 Comments by Prof Nakajima Takahiro
1:55-2:15 Comments by Prof Isomae Junichi
2:15-3:05 Round-table discussion
3:05-3:35 Q&A

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Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)
Co-organizer: Global Japanese Studies Consortium, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA) of the University of Tokyo, JSPS Project “The Tokyo School”
Contact: gjs[at]