Local Participants

Michael Bourdaghs, Ph.D. Cornell University, East Asian Literature. Robert S. Ingersoll Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College, University of Chicago. Author of Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitical History of J-Pop (Columbia University Press, 2012; Japanese translation 2012) and The Dawn That Never Comes: Shimazaki Toson and Japanese Nationalism (2003).


Eleonor Gilburd, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, History. Assistant Professor of History, Universtiy of Chicago. Author of “The Revival of Soviet Internationalism in the 1950s” and “The Thaw as an Event in Russian History (coauthored with Denis Kozlov).” In The Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture during the 1950s and 1960s, edited by Denis Kozlov and Eleonory Gilburd. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.


Jun Hee Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “A Singing Voice for Our Times: the Utagoe Movement in Postwar Japan and Processes of History-Making,” follows the seventy-year history of Nihon no Utagoe, a singing movement in postwar Japan that has had varying degrees of relationship with the Japan Communist Party, labor unions, socialist states, and music professionals. The dissertation particularly examines the period between the 1950s and 1960s, during which Nihon no Utagoe sought to establish “national music” (kokumin ongaku) – a project that added political, cultural, and historical dimension to the movement’s music and performance. Having conducted dissertation research in Japan in the last academic year, Jun Hee Lee is currently in the process of writing his dissertation chapters.


Hoyt Long, Ph.D. in Japanese Literature, University of Michigan. Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago. Author of On Uneven Ground Miyazawa Kenji and the Making of Place in Modern Japan (Stanford University Press, 2012).





Andrew Way Leong, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley. Assistant Professor of English, Northwestern University. Author of “The Pocket and the Watch: A Collective Individualist Reading of Japanese American Literature,” Verge: Studies in Global Asias. 1.2. (2015): 76-114.




William Nickell, Ph.D. in Slavic Literatures, UC Berkeley. Associate Professor of Russian Literature, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago. Author of The Death of Tolstoy. Russia on the Eve, Astapovo Station, 1910. (Cornell University Press, 2010)




Haun Saussy, Ph.D. Yale, Comparative Literature. University Professor in Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. Author of Translation as Quotation: Zhuanxi Inside Out. Oxford Univeristy Press, 2017.





Olga V. Solovieva, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Yale. Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. Author of a number of articles about Japanese film: “Kurosawa Akira’s The Lower Depths: Beggar Cinema at the Disjuncture of Times.” Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 5.1 & 2 (2013): 37-58; “The Erased Grave of Dersu Uzala: Kurosawa’s Cinema of Memory and Mourning.” Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 2.1 (2010): 63-79; “Kurosawa Akira’s The Idiot: Where the East Meets the West.” Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 1.2 (2009): 129-142.

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