January 26 (Thu), 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Ground Floor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Kozue Uehara (Postdoctoral Fellow, CAPS, Seikei University)
Rewriting History of Social Movement through Personal History:Formation of Postwar Okinawan Social Movement and Structural Changes of the Trans-Pacific Region
Manuel Yang (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Waseda University)
In this presentation, I would like to speak on the method involved in retracing historical events and transnational mobility which have influenced personal history from the perspective of global history and in depicting the collective portrait of the people who have lived through the wartime/postwar period and the structural changes in state, capital, war that they have experienced. The presenter has undertaken oral interviews and collected primary sources on the 1970s-80s construction of oil reserve tank in Kin Bay on the eastern coast of Okinawan Island and on the Kin Bay struggle that resisted the accompanying landfill of the sea. By describing the passages of individuals who have lived with the memory and meaning of the events they themselves experienced, we can discover the passages of anti-development and anti-military social movements as well as the connective links between the history of Okinawan social movement and global history from below.
* Seminar will be held in Japanese.