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CJS Thursday Lecture Series | Looking Forward: A Communal Blueprint for our CJS 75th Anniversary Events

Reginald Jackson, Director, Center for Japanese Studies; Associate Professor of Premodern Japanese Literature and Performance, University of Michigan
Thursday, September 8, 2022
12:00-1:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Please note: This lecture will be held virtually via Zoom. This webinar is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Once you've registered, the joining information will be sent to your email. Register for the Zoom webinar at:

What has the Center for Japanese Studies been and what should it become? This presentation critically considers the center’s checkered 75-year history in order to imagine how it might evolve. An anniversary of this magnitude offers a valuable opportunity to reassess the center’s influential institutional role within the field of Japanese Studies. This historical consideration informs the discussion of the working blueprint for our year of 75th anniversary programming, which has been developed from surveys of CJS community members from an array of backgrounds. An explanation of the anniversary programming’s motivating questions, rationale, and goals will ground discussion with the audience of our ambitious plans for the year ahead.

Reginald Jackson is Associate Professor of premodern Japanese literature and performance at the University of Michigan. His research interests include medieval calligraphy and illustrated handscrolls, Noh dance-drama, contemporary Japanese choreography, translation, queer theory, and critical race theory. He is the author of Textures of Mourning: Calligraphy, Mortality, and the Tale of Genji Scrolls (University of Michigan Press, 2018), and A Proximate Remove: Queering Intimacy and Loss in The Tale of Genji (University of California Press, 2021). Currently he is revising a manuscript on feminist dance entitled Yasuko Yokoshi: Choreographic Translation Beyond Japanese Culture. His newest research project examines the relationship between slavery and performance in premodern Japan, drawing from black studies and Japanese studies to read beyond their respective disciplinary blind spots. His writing appears in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, TDR: The Drama Review, Theater Survey, boundary 2, Asian Theatre Journal, and Women and Performance: a Journal of Feminist Theory. His scholarly pursuits are enriched by a devotion to illustration and electric guitar.

This lecture is made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures

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