Oleg Benesch (ベネシュ・オレグ)

Events

Upcoming talks:

“Castles and the Militarisation of Urban Society in Imperial Japan: 1868-1945,” April 21, 2017. Royal Historical Society Symposium, “Putting History in its Place,” Department of History and Archaeology, University of Chester. Details

“Japan’s Modern Castles between Nostalgia and Neglect,” 15th Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies, Lisbon, Portugal, August 30-September 2, 2017.

Selected past talks:

“Castles in Modern Japan: Militarism, Pacifism, and Tradition from the 1860s to the 1960s,” March 21, 2017 (4.15pm in G.03, Jessop West). Department of History, University of Sheffield.

“Japanese Castles: Tradition, Modernity, and Militarism from the 1860s to the Postwar,” March 1, 2017. Japan Research Centre, SOAS, University of London. Details

“Japanese Castles in War and Peace: Tradition, Progress, and Militarism from the 1860s to the Present Day,” February 27, 2017. University of York History Society.

“Japan’s Modern Castles: Reclaiming the Past and Proclaiming the Future,” November 24, 2016. East Asian Research Seminar, University of Manchester.

“Citadels of Modernity: The Contested Heritage of Japan’s Castles” September 9, 2016. Joint East Asian Studies Conference, SOAS, University of London, September 7-9, 2016. Details

“Fighting Samurai and Martial Myths in Japan and Asia,” July 1, 2016. Conference: “Historians and the Public in the Study of Asia,” University of York, June 30-July 1, 2016.

“Citadels of Modernity: Heritage, Authenticity, and Identity in Japan’s Modern Castles,” June 22, 2016. 8th Annual International Asian Dynamics Initiative Conference, University of Copenhagen, June 20-22, 2016.

“A Most Tragic Hero: The Rise and Fall of General Nogi in Twentieth-Century Japan,” June 10, 2016. Workshop “Debunking National Heroes,” Manchester University.

“Citadels of Modernity: Exhibiting Castles in Imperial Japan,” April 9, 2016. Workshop “Utopias on Display,” Pennsylvania State University.

“Citadels of Modernity: Reclaiming the Past and Proclaiming the Future in Japan’s Castles,” April 6, 2016. Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

“Citadels of Modernity: Heritage, Authenticity, and Identity in Japan’s Postwar Castles,” April 3, 2016. Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Seattle, March 31 – April 3, 2016.

“Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushido in Modern Japan,” March 17, 2016. Centre for Japanese Research, University of British Columbia.

“Samurai, Bushido, and Militarism in Chinese Views of Modern Japan,” March 5, 2016. Workshop “Exploring Militarism in Modern China: Japan as a Source of Tradition, Religion, Institutions and Policy,” London School of Economics and Political Science.

“Citadels of Modernity: Reclaiming the Past and Proclaiming the Future in Japan’s Castles,” February 10, 2016. University of York Department of History Research Seminar.

“Samurai, Militarism and History in Chinese Views of Modern Japan,” December 3, 2015. Wider World History Network (WWHN), University of York. Details

“Samurai, Bushido, and Militarism in Chinese Views of Modern Japan,” October 19, 2015. Newcastle University Confucius Institute. Details

“Nation, Identity, and Modern Japanese Concepts of ‘Individualism’ between East and West,” September 9, 2015. International workshop on “Concepts in Transition,” University of Zurich. Details

„Geis­tes­ge­schicht­li­che Grund­la­gen von Gewalt und Zivi­li­tät im japanisch-chinesischen Kon­text,“ August 27, 2015. Japanologentag 2015, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Panel: „Gewalt und Zivi­li­tät – Pro­test­for­men im 19. und der ers­ten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts.“ Details

“Samurai, Castles, and the Search for the Soul of Japan,” May 21, 2015. DIJ History and Humanities Research Group, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo. Details

「近代日本における武士道の発明:国家主義と国際主義の間に」, May 18, 2015. Graduate School of Language and Society, Hitotsubashi University.

“Samurai, Castles, and the Search for the Soul of Japan,” May 13, 2015. Institute for Research in Humanities (IRH), Kyoto University. Details

“Bushido and the Making of the Buddhist Samurai in Imperial Japan,” March 29, 2015. Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 26-29, 2015.

“Inventing the Way of the Samurai,” December 12, 2014. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

“Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushidō in Modern Japan,” November 26, 2014. Japan Research Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies. Details

“Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushidō in Modern Japan,” October 20, 2014. East Asian Studies Seminar, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. Flyer

“From English Gentlemen to Japanese Samurai: the Modern Invention of Bushido,” July 1, 2014. School of History, Renmin University of China. Details

“‘Citadels of Modernity: Reclaiming the Past and Proclaiming the Future in Japan’s Castles,’” May 31, 2014. Conference on “Public History in Contested Spaces: Memory, Identity and Heritage in East and Southeast Asia,” University of York.

“The Samurai Next Door: The Bushido (Way of the Warrior) Ideology and Chinese Views of Modern Japan,” May 29, 2014. “Comparative Histories of Asia” seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Podcast available

“Die Samurai nebenan: Bushidō und das chinesische Japanbild in Krieg und Frieden,” May 25, 2014. 23rd meeting of the Initiative zur historischen Japanforschung, Universität Halle-Wittenberg, May 24-25, 2014.

“Civility, Violence, and Nostalgia: Martial Virtues in Early Modern Japan,” May 10, 2014. Workshop “Civil Society in Japan and Europe,” University of York.

“Gentlemen, Samurai and the Transnational Search for Social Ideals in Japan and Britain before the First World War,” April 8, 2014. Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Northumbria, April 7-10, 2014.

“Bushido in Postwar Japan,” January 31, 2014. Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. Held as part of the ERC-funded research project “The Dissolution of the Japanese Empire and the Struggle for Legitimacy in Postwar East Asia, 1945-1965.”

“Samurai, Knights and Gentlemen in Modern Japan,” November 19, 2013, Teesside University.

“From Bushido to Wushidao: Japan and the Way of the Samurai in Modern China,” September 6, 2013. Joint East Asian Studies Conference, University of Nottingham, September 5-7, 2013.

“Individualism Denied: Edo Samurai and Modern Historical Revisionism,” August 29, 2013. Symposium “Early Modern Japanese Values and Individuality,” University of British Columbia, August 28-30, 2013.

“The Cultivation of the Modern Japanese Individual between Chinese and Western Philosophy,” July 23, 2013. 18th Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, State University of New York, Buffalo, July 21-24, 2013.

“Examining the Martial Country: The Influence of Bushido and the Samurai on Chinese Views of Modern Japan,” Asian Studies Conference Japan, Oberlin University, Tokyo, June 29-30, 2013.

“Creating Gentleman Samurai in Modern Japan,” March 26, 2013. York-Nanjing History Joint Seminar, Department of History, Nanjing University.

“Gentlemen, Knights and the Invention of Bushido in Modern Japan,” March 12, 2013. University of Leeds.

“Bushido: Inventing the Gentleman Samurai in Modern Japan,” November 9, 2012. Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford.

“Samurai Gentlemen and Gentleman Samurai,” November 1, 2012. Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. Held as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

“Samurai, Gentlemen, and the Transnational Yearning for a Moral Ideal in Japan and Britain, 1887-1912,” September 11, 2012. 7th Anglo-Japanese Conference of Historians, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, September 11-14, 2012.

“Defining Civility and Virtue in Modern Japan,” workshop on “Civility, Virtue, and Emotions in Europe and Asia,” University of Oslo, June 13-15, 2012.

Bushido: Inventing the Way of the Samurai in Modern Japan,” April 26, 2012. Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge.

“International Relations and National Identity: Reconsidering Christianity and the ‘Way of the Samurai’ in Meiji Japan,” August 24, 2011. Workshop “Is the Theory of Sino-centric World Order Still Good Enough?” University of British Columbia, August 24-25, 2011.

“Historical Memory and the ‘National Character’ Problem: The Japanese “Samurai Spirit” as a Case Study of Cultural Taxonomy,” June 3, 2011. 41st World Congress of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, Tulane University, June 2-4, 2011.

Wen, Mun, or Bu? National Consciousness and the Evolution of the Civil/Martial Binary in Pre-modern East Asia,” August 24, 2010. Workshop “Civilian vs. Military in Premodern East Asia,” University of British Columbia, August 23-24, 2010.

“A Comparative Study of Chinese Wen-Wu and Japanese Bun-Bu Thought in the Late Nineteenth Century,” July 9, 2009. 16th International Conference on Chinese Philosophy, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, July 7-15, 2009.

“The Influence of Intercivilizational Contact on Intracivilizational Discourse on Identity: The Dissemination of Samurai Imagery in Meiji Japan,” June 6, 2009. 38th World Congress of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, Western Michigan University, June 3-7, 2009.

“Resisting Militaristic Bushido: Striving for Peace in the Works of Nitobe Inazō and Hiroike Chikurō,” August 25, 2009, Second International Conference on Moral Science at Reitaku University, August 24-25, 2009.

「明治・平成の両時代に於ける平和的武士道の可能性と現実を考える」 (“Considering the Possibility and Reality of a ‘Peaceful Bushidō’ in the Meiji and Heisei Periods”), March 12, 2009, Research Institute for Comparative Study of Civilizations at Reitaku University.