Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

(4) Imprints of Violence - Objects, Sites, and Memories

3/22/2018
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Virginia Suite A, Lobby Level

Our interarea panel grapples with the question of what is violence. Eschewing theories developed from Western contexts, we seek theoretical insights from East and Northeast Asia within the last one hundred years. Rather than focusing on episodes of overt brutality, we focus on particular imprints of violence in objects, sites, and memories. Collectively, our papers assert that violence is related to the deprivation of cultural and social subjectivities in the environs of political conflicts, and uncover such subjectivities in a wide range of mediums - writings, photographs, sculptures, and structures. The forms of violence explored in the intertwined histories of China, Japan, Korea in the age of (semi-)colonialism and global wars are not marginal to the political violence, but constitute critical dimensions of individual and societal experience, both firsthand and memorially. Hye-ri Oh analyzes how colonial photography, as a means of visual surveillance, played a critical role in facilitating political oppression and cultural hegemony in Korea during the long 1920s. Linh Vu examines how the metaphysics of violence in the writings of the Chinese Spirit-Molding Scholastic Society defied the official discourse of the War of Resistance in the 1940s. Justin Aukema,  in his study of the reconstructed Ryūkyūan Palace/Japanese Army’s defense tunnels, asks how cultures of disremembrance, or refusals to acknowledge multilayered history, can compromise integral memories of a site. Patricia Yu argues that contemporary creative reproductions of the lost Yuanming Yuan artifacts reflect not only material destruction of a site, but also the trauma of confronting fragmented memories.

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Linh D. Vu

Arizona State University, Arizona

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Rebecca Nedostup

Brown University, Rhode Island

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    Hye-ri Oh

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

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    Linh D. Vu

    Arizona State University, Arizona

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    Justin Aukema

    Sophia University, Kanagawa, Japan

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    Patricia Yu

    Getty Research Institute, California

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    Rebecca Nedostup

    Brown University, Rhode Island

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