Call for Papers: The Reconstruction of East Asia, 1945-65

call for papers [150-2]European Research Council Project The Dissolution of the Japanese Empire and the Struggle for Legitimacy in Postwar East Asia, 1945-1965″, and Dr. Barak Kushner, Principal Investigator, are pleased to announce the conference:

The Reconstruction of East Asia, 1945-65 

Cambridge University, UK, December 9-12, 2016

Aim of the conference: this gathering will question how the collapse of the Japanese empire affected the region and how a host of different and competing groups struggled to remap and revision East Asia in the aftermath of the end of empire. The effort will examine these events from an East Asian and transnational perspective.

Our goal is to generate new dialogues among scholars who work on a wide variety of historical and geographical perspectives, focusing on China, Japan, Korea (South and North), and Taiwan. Scholars researching aspects of military demobilization, law and responsibility, the reorganization of authority and new political ideologies, transformations in postwar society, culture, the manufacture of identity, the geo-political restructuring of borders, and ethnic or nationalist violence in reconstructed East Asia in the two decades following the end of World War Two are encouraged to apply.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • War crimes trials but moving beyond what is already starting to emerge in the field
  • Traitor trials and/or issues of collaboration
  • Peace treaty negotiations that shed new light on the era
  • Gender issues
  • Problems of migration arising in the immediate postwar
  • Purges in East Asia
  • Important incidents: such as the 2.28 incident, the Shibuya Incident, the Cheju Island Incident
  • The reapplication of law or creation of new courts in many countries and how they interacted
  • Memorial legacies and related subjects
  • Problems in demobilization, demilitarization

See the larger goals of the ERC project and a full write up of previous conferences and outputs at the ERC Project website: Questions about the project can be addressed to Dr. Barak

**Deadline to send in a 500-word summary and 3-page CV for application: March 1, 2016.  Please email submissions to the conference address:

Suitable participants will be contacted and will be kindly asked to send a full version of their paper by November 20, 2016 (5,000 words). The papers will be pre-circulated in order to facilitate discussion during the conference.

Travel costs (economy) and the costs of accommodation in Cambridge (3 nights) will be covered for all workshop participants. Workshop participants may be invited to submit their papers for publication.

We would be grateful for sharing this call for papers among interested scholars and colleagues.


Barak Kushner, PhD,
Reader in Japanese History (Associate Professor)
Department of East Asian Studies/Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

Fellow of Corpus Christi College
phone: 44 (0)1223-335-174
fax: 44 (0)1223-335-110

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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