Sonntag, 5. Dezember 2010, 10:00–18:00 International Symposium: Mutual Perceptions in Japanese-German Relations: Images, Imaginings, and Stereotypes, Part II

Aims of the Conference

This conference, which is part of a three-year research project (organized by Sven Saaler, JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Research Project no. 20320116) aims at exploring the development of mutual perceptions in Japanese-German relations and analyzing the influence of the visual imagery on the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Japanese-German relations had their beginnings in the Eulenburg mission to Japan in 1860/61 and will soon be able to look back on a history spanning 150 years. The history of the relationship between these two major countries has been receiving increasing attention in academic research as well as in the public arena, with new interpretations and assessments emerging. However, previous research has focused strongly on diplomatic and economic relations between Japan and Germany. This project proposes studying the relationship from the perspective of „mutual images“ – analyzing Japanese-German relations from the angle of mutual perceptions, with emphasis on the investigation of visual sources.

In historical studies, visual sources have achieved considerable prominence in recent years, and some scholars have even proclaimed a „visual turn“ in the humanities. In particular, „images of the other“, which have been strongly influenced by visual media, stand at the center of this approach; increasingly, studies of international relations are also making use of this methodology. Attempts to improve a country’s image abroad are still considered a high priority by many national governments; and, for many people today, images of „others“ are still defined in terms of „national“ perceptions and stereotypes. In many ways, directly or indirectly, the images of „others“ and of „other countries“ communicated by the media influence bilateral relations. Sometimes, these images and perceptions – or misperceptions – are even responsible for international incidents and tensions.

Against this background, this conference proposes exploring the development of this mutual image-making in modern Japanese-German relations, from their beginnings until the present; the processes underlying the visualization of these images; and the changes such images have undergone, as well as key determining factors in the national and international framework.

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5 December 2010 (Sun)

10:00 – 12:00
Panel III: From the 1920s to the 1930s: The Re-Affirmation of a „Spiritual Bond“? (Chair: Ishida Yūji, The University of Tokyo)
10. Nakamura Ayano (Ochanomizu University): Multiple images of the German Community in Japan seen through the Japanese Police Records—From Mentor to Spy, from Ally to Adversary
11. Tajima Nobuo (Seijō University): The Japan Image of the Elite in Nazi Germany
12. Tano Daisuke (Kōnan University): The „Strength through Joy“ (KdF) in Japan

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 – 15:00
Panel IV: War Propaganda and Beautification of Japanese-German Relationship(s), 1933-1945 (Chair: Christian W. Spang, Tsukuba University)
13. Hans-Joachim Bieber (Prof. emer. Kassel University): Images of German-Japanese similarities and affinities in National-Socialist Germany
14. Gerhard Krebs (Independent Researcher): Japanese Heroism in German Perspective during the Nazi Era
15. Danny Orbach (Harvard University): Colonialism through the mirror: Japan in the eyes of the SS and the National-Conservative German Resistance
16. Michael Baskett (University of Kansas): Guaranteed Enlightenment? Charting Japanese/German Cinematic Representations

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:30
Panel V: Postwar Japanese-German Perceptions: Overcoming or Re-Affirming the Past? (Chair: to be announced)
17. Kawakita Atsuko (Osaka University): Postwar Japanese-German Relations: Reconsidering Images of the „Self“ and the „Other“ in Discussions about the Past
18. Satō Takumi (Kyōto University): Consumption of Nazi-Images in Postwar Japanese Subculture
19. Matthew Penney (Concordia University): From Tank Treds to Garter Belts—Nazi Pop, Media Forms, and Critical Moments in Japan
20. Iwasa Takurō (Osaka University of Economics): German and €pean Academic Images of Japan since the 1970s

17.30 Closing Remarks

Sven Saaler (Sophia University)
Nakai Akio (Professor emeritus, Sophia University)
Wolfgang Thierse (Vice-President of the German Bundestag)

This conferance is jointly organised by:
Sophia University, Faculty of Liberal Arts and
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (OAG)

With kind support by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS),
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES),
Goethe-Institut Tokyo and
the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany



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10:00 – 12.00 パネルIII: 1930年代における「精神的近似性」の再確認
司会: 石田勇治(東京大学)

10. 田嶋信雄(成城大学):ナチズム期ドイツ高官の日本イメージ
11. 田野大輔(甲南大学)日本における歓喜力行団
12. 中村綾乃(お茶の水女子大学): 日本の警察が見たドイツ人コミュニティ-教師からスパイ、盟友から敵国人へ

12:00 – 13:00 昼食

13:00 – 15:00 パネルIV: 戦時プロパガンダと日独関係の美化
司会: Christian W. Spang(筑波大学)

13. Hans-Joachim Bieber(カッセル大学名誉教授): ナチスドイツにおける日独類似性・親近性のイメージ
14. Gerhard Krebs (Independent Researcher): ナチスドイツの言論における日本の英雄主義
15. Danny Orbach(ハーバード大学): ナチスドイツにおける親衛隊(SS)と抵抗運動の日本観
16. Michael Baskett(カンザス大学): 確実な啓蒙?日独映画における表象

15:00 – 15:30 休憩

15:30 – 17:30 パネルV: 戦後における日独相互認識:過去の克服か過去の再燃か?
司会: 石田勇治(東京大学)

17. 川喜田敦子(大阪大学): 「過去」をめぐる自己他者イメージから考える戦後の日独関係
18. 佐藤卓己(京都大学):戦後日本のサブカルチャーにおけるナチ・イメージ消費
19. Matthew Penney (コンコルディア大学): タンクトレドからガータベルトまで:日本のナチ・ポップ、メディア形態と軍国主義批判
20. 岩佐托朗 (大阪経済大学):1970年代以降のドイツ及びヨーロッパの日本に関する学術イメージについて

17:30-18:00 閉会の挨拶

Sven Saaler (上智大学)
Wolfgang Thierse (ドイツ連邦議会副議長)