“Making Modern Citizens: Politics, Cultures, and Struggles for Social Reform” is a project involving Japanese and UNC historians that will occur in two stages. In September 2011, seven scholars from a Japanese project team of thirteen historians will visit the UNC campus for a two-day workshop that will be open to the public. In June 2012, three historians from UNC will travel to Japan for a symposium that will be open to the public at Senshu University in Tokyo.
A central theme of the project is the spread of “modernity” during the nineteenth and twentieth century as a global diffusion of ideas, attitudes, and values that merits analysis from multiple transnational perspectives. The papers will focus on Japan, the United States, Britain, and Germany.
All sessions of the workshop are open to the public. After an informal reception at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, in Hamilton Hall 569, the sessions of the workshop take place in Hamilton 569 on Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. The presentations will examine topics in American, German, and Japanese history, and a UNC history professor will serve as a discussant for each paper.