[KS] Visit of Professor Gavan McCormack to the University of Leeds, 29th May, 2018
R.Winstanley-Chesters at leeds.ac.uk
Tue May 8 13:04:58 EDT 2018
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We are pleased to invite you to the University of Leeds, School of History for a presentation and book launch by Emeritus Professor Gavan McCormack (Australian National University).
Date 29th May, 2018, 6pm-8pm
Location: Grant Room (3.11), Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS29JT, United Kingdom
We are delighted to be welcoming Professor Gavan McCormack to the University of Leeds on the 29th of May, 2018 for his thoughts on recent matters on the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere. Professor McCormack has been one of the foremost scholars of power and politics in East Asia for many decades now, producing a voluminous body of work on North Korea, Okinawa, Japan and Chinese borderland issues. Professor McCormack has also been a vital part of the output and infrastructure of the award winning online journal The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Along his thoughts current issues this event will serve as one of the launch events for the second edition of Resistant Islands: Okinawa Confronts Japan and the United States (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442215634/Resistant-Islands-Okinawa-Confronts-Japan-and-the-United-States-Second-Edition). Leeds and its surroundings are themselves something of a colonised island in the military-security nexus of our age, loomed over by the technologies of global surveillance represented by RAF Menwith Hill, a base of the US National Security Agency since 1966 featured frequently in the revelations from Edward Snowden, its radomes, satellite dishes and other complicated technologies long contested by local and national campaigns. The University of Leeds was also Gavan’s institutional home between 1971 and 1977 where he taught Chinese history in the wake of Owen Lattimore, so it will be something of a homecoming as well. Along with this event in Leeds, Gavan will also be launching another book The State of the Japanese State - Contested Identity, Direction, and Role, including a fearless critique of Abe’s ‘rampant state’ for Renaissance Books (http://www.renaissancebooks.co.uk/Catalogue/123-/The-State-of-the-Japanese-State-Contested-Identity-Direction-and-Role) at Daiwa House, London on the 5th of June. Professor McCormack’s recent work has had the rare honour of publication in all three primary East Asian languages. There can therefore be few scholars alive today better capable of unpicking the many historical, political and cultural threads of power and resistance in the East Asia of our present I invite all who are interested therefore to join our resistant island at the University of Leeds on the 29th of May, 2018.
For more information please contact:
Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (East Asian Studies), University of Leeds – r.winstanley-chesters at leeds.ac.uk
For those interested in Professor McCormack’s work from a more political perspective we have arranged a meeting earlier on the 29th of May in a town nearby Leeds with activists engaged in countering or contesting military, security and colonising power in a wider sense. If you would like to attend this smaller and non-public event please contact Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters directly.
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