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CJS Noon Lecture | Art & Activism in Postwar Japan: The Antiwar Art of Shikoku Gorō

Ann Sherif, Professor of East Asian Studies, Oberlin College
Thursday, December 10, 2020
12:00-1:30 PM
Please note, all posted event times are in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone.

What is the role of the artist in building and protecting democracy? This talk introduces a new digital exhibit that situates the art of Hiroshima native Shikoku Gorō in the context of antiwar and anti-nuclear movements (1945 to 2020). Structured around 3 books (Atom Bomb Poems, The Angry Jizo, and Hiroshima Sketches), the site guides visitors through the diverse art that Shikoku, in collaboration with grassroots networks of artists & writers, created to promote social justice: guerilla art protesting the Korean War in solidarity with Korean residents, poems against the nuclear arms race, a children’s book about war, cityscapes critiquing Hiroshima’s wartime past, and recent performing arts that trace this activist history.

Ann Sherif is Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College near Cleveland. She earned a PhD in Japanese Literature at the University of Michigan. Her books include Japan’s Cold War: Media, Literature, and the Law (Columbia UP). Sherif is co-director of Oberlin College’s Luce Initiative on Asia and the Environment (LIASE) Grant and Co-editor of the Cornell University Press series Environments of East Asia. Her current research focuses on anti-war activism and journalism in Japan during the Vietnam War

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Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures