November 6 2014: The Samurai in Japanese and World History
On November 6, Constantine Vaporis will give a lecture on the Samurai in Japanese and world history. Time: 17:15-19:00 hrs, Lipsius 0.11.
It would be difficult to find any aspect of Japanese culture that has had as long and strong a hold on the popular imagination, both in Japan and abroad, than the samurai and the code of ethics and conventions associated with them, known as bushidô. Using literary works, print images, museum exhibitions, film and other elements of popular culture as sources, this lecture will focus on the theme of the samurai as metaphor or trope for Japan, as a symbol of national identity, and explore the uses to which the symbol has been put, in Japan and abroad.
Professor Vaporis teaches Japanese and East Asian History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has received numerous fellowships for research in Japanese history including a Fulbright Scholar’s Award and an NEH Fellowship for College Teachers.
He is the author of Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan; Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo and the Culture of Early Modern Japan; Nihonjin to sankin kôtai [The Japanese and Alternate Attendance]; and Voices of Early Modern Japan. Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life during the Age of the Shoguns.
Dr. Vaporis also holds an affiliate appointment in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and is the Director of the Asian Studies Program. He was recently appointed the 2013-2016 UMBC Presidential Research Professor. More information about his newest book, Voices of Early Modern Japan, may be found at: Voices of early modern Japan