JETAA Chicago is proud to announce a new lecture series for those among us with curious minds. Japan Talks will take place on a quarterly basis, the first of which will be on Thursday, March 6, 5:30 – 6:30 PM at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center. The talk will be about 20 minutes, followed by time for Q&A and discussion.
Speaker: Mr. Joshua Solomon, Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago
Location: The Midway Boardroom at University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive (Just off of Illinois St. between Columbus and Michigan) MAP
Date: Thursday, March 6
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Synopsis: Japan has been widely characterized as a nation with deep roots of tradition embodied in cultural forms and aesthetics which continue unbroken from the distant past to the present day; such depictions of “Japan” as a monolithic form, unsurprisingly, misrepresent the complexity of contemporary Japan. This talk will draw upon the musical “tradition of change” known as Tsugaru-jamisen, looking at historical and contemporary trends in performance practice, to illuminate some of the misconceptions we often hold concerning performance tradition and to help cultivate a more critical perspective on homogenizing discourses of Japan as a whole.
Space is limited to only 15 people, so be sure to register to secure your spot!