Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History and Chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, participated in the October 15, 2015 Global Think-in: Facing History Squarely – “The Politics of War Memory in East Asia and Elsewhere” at Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, Beijing.
Moderated by Professor Gluck, panelists discussed the politics of memory of World War II in this seventieth anniversary year in domestic and geopolitical perspectives. The participants included Narita Ryuichi, Japan Women’s University; Bu Ping, Chinese Academy of Social Science; Li Zonguan, Museum of the War of Chinese People’s Resistance against Japanese Aggression; Jie-hyun Lim, Sogang University; and Valerie Rosoux, Louvain University. More details from the event are avaiable here.
The following day, October 16, 2015, the Columbia Global Center held a workshop titled “Nations and their Pasts.” Also moderated by Professor Gluck, this workshop included presentations by Jie-hyun Lim on “National Histories in East Asia;” Iwasaki Minoru on “Japan and its Non-memory of its Colonial Past;” Umemori Naoyuki on “Opportunities for Transitional Justice in East Asia;” Valerie Rosoux on “Memory in Rwanda;” Hou Chunyan on “Chinese History on Exhibit;” Armelle Viard on “Autobiographical Memory and Future Thinking;” and Daniel Dayan on “Witnessing and its Discontents.”