2014 / UCLA Trans-Pacific Symposium / A New Horizon of Knowledge after 9.11 and 3.11 / May 28, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies presents

UCLA Trans-Pacific Symposium / A New Horizon of Knowledge after 9.11 and 3.11

May 28,9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Charles E. Young Research Library, Main Conference Room

University of California, Los Angeles


Opening Remarks

Katsuya Hirano, UCLA

Hirotaka Kasai, Tsuda College


Session 1 | The Horizon of Postwar History Spoken from the Future

Chair Kelly McCormick, UCLA

Minoru Iwasaki, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

William Marotti, UCLA

Hirotaka Kasai, Tsuda College

Discussants Kevin Richardson, UCLA

Wakako Suzuki, UCLA


Session 2 | The Horizon of Critique and Literary Studies Spoken from the Future

Chair Sarah Walsh, UCLA

Seiji Lippit, UCLA

Kōji Toba, Waseda University

Jonathan Glade, UCLA

Discussants Takano Mariko, UCLA

Jack Wilson , UCLA


Session 3 | The Horizon of Post-National Thought Spoken from the Future

Chair John Leisure , UCLA

Setsu Shigematsu, UCR

Katsuya Hirano, UCLA

Ryūichi Narita, Japan Women’s University

Discussants Mariko Tamanoi, UCLA

Ken Shima, UCLA


This symposium will debate the ways in which questions posed from the future (as opposed to question towards the future) structure our research perspectives.

Following events like the terrorism of 9.11 or the nuclear disaster of Fukushima at 3.11, discourse about the future has been colored with images of fear and instability, and thinking through and discussing the diverse and open-ended possibilities of the future have become increasingly difficult.

The politics of fear and instability have normalized patriotism and nationalism, unregulated economic growth and state’s violations of human rights and accelerated our world’s turn to violence and fragmentation.

It controls the present through colonization of the future, and robs those living today of their will toward change and imagination. In this state of affairs, it is necessary to bend our ear to the voice uttered by the ‘Other’ of the future, and to attempt to think what kinds of research activities can provide a possible response to that call.

A majority of researchers on the one hand themselves deeply acknowledge that an awareness of problems has been generated from the dialogue between past and present, yet they do not speak of it as forming an answer to the future (or possibly that the future can be called the researcher’s ‘unconscious’).

In recognizing some messianic image in a new kind of the present brought about by our response to the future, Derrida called it the “Coming of the Other” and awoke the importance of shouldering moral responsibility to those living in the present.

While resisting nation-states, nationalists, and neo-liberalists that shut their ears to questions posed by a future Other and that attempt to control the present by appropriating it, we would like to consider the possibilities of creating a new horizon(s) of knowledge. 

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Cosponsored by UCLA Social Science Dean’s Office & UCLA Department of History.