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"Documentary as New Monument: 'Comfort Women' and Japan's National History"

When: Apr 3, 2014
Dr. Mariko Izumi, Associate Professor, Columbus State University
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Documentary as New Monument: Comfort Women and Japans National History

Swenson Hall 1004
April 3, 2014 10:00 a.m.

This essay examines documentary films that (re)present former “comfort women,” the victims of the sexual atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese imperial military during the Asia-Pacific War (1930-1945).  We will explore the question: In what ways do these documentaries seek to create a space for articulating the unspeakable, that is, to render memories of suffering meaningful?

About Mariko Izumi:
Dr. Izumi works in the areas of rhetorical criticism and history, cultural studies, and critical Asian studies. Her research explores the intersection of ethics and politics, especially the ways in which a nation remembers its wartime past, how such memories travel across generations as well as national borders, and how such communicative processes shape the discursive formation of humanitarian agendas in international politics. 

Event Contact: Brenda Dalpiaz | 715-394-8032 | bdalpiaz{atuws}
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