Fall 2024 History: East Asian GU4968 section 001

Japan 1968: student protest movements in

Japan 1968

Call Number 16667
Day & Time
Location
M 2:10pm-4:00pm
To be announced
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Paul Kreitman
Type SEMINAR
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

Japan also had a 1968. Students occupied university campuses across the country - in the most dramatic cases storming lecture-halls, building barricades and wielding bamboo spears in clashes with the police, counter?protestors and each other. These protests coincided with a wave of other campus occupations around the world, including in the US, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and China. In Japan they marked the culmination of a decade of protest against a range of issues including (but not limited to) the Vietnam War, colonialism, nuclear weapons, pollution, inflation, consumerism, capitalism, corruption, labour abuses, police brutality, authoritarianism, censorship, patriarchy, conformity and boredom. This course explores why students protested and what methods they used. It asks what effect the protests had in terms of goals achieved, unintended consequences, and longer-lasting social and cultural legacies. How did protestors’ motivations change over time, and how did Japanese state and society accommodate, repress or subvert the movements? How did the protests and subsequent crackdown transform universities as spaces for learning, research and socialization? What alliances did students seek to forge with peers, activists, guerillas and governments overseas? Was there such a thing as a global 1968, and if so was Japan a part of it? And in what ways did their protests resemble or differ from other student protests around the world, then and now?

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Department East Asian Languages and Cultures
Enrollment 0 students (22 max) as of 3:07PM Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Subject History: East Asian
Number GU4968
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Note Instructor permission required
Section key 20243HSEA4968W001