Upcoming events

    • June 01, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Thursday, June 1, 2023 | 9:00-10:30 PM Japan Standard Time
    Wednesday, June 1, 2023 | 8:00-9:30 AM PM EST


    New Books from Japan #1

    「医学とキリスト教 日本におけるアメリカ・プロテスタントの医療宣教」

    Medicine and Christianity: American Protestant Missionaries and their Medical Work in Japan

    Presenter: 藤本大士 (Hiro Fujimoto, Kyoto University)

    Discussant: Garrett Washington (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

    This book is the first comprehensive study of the medical activities of American Protestant missionaries in Japan. Beginning in 1859, they offered medical care and education to Japanese people and established several hospitals, some of which still survive today, such as St. Luke’s International Hospital. However, historians have tended to overlook these activities since they have assumed that the Japanese medical community was strongly influenced by German doctors rather than American doctors. Medicine and Christianity situates these American missionaries in the history of medicine in Japan and considers the full range of their activities, including medical education for women, nursing training, postgraduate training for doctors, public health programs, and charity medicine.


    • July 04, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Wednesday, July 5, 2023 | 9:00-10:30 PM Japan Standard Time
    Tuesday, July 4, 2023 | 8:00-9:30 AM PM EST


    New Books from Japan #2

    首都の議会 近代移行期東京の政治秩序と都市改造

    The Governing Assembly of the Capital City 

    Presenter: 池田真歩 (Maho Ikeda, Hokkai-Gakuen University)

    Discussant: Jordan Sand (Georgetown University)

    What did the governing assembly mean to the capital city of Tokyo? With the transition from Edo to Tokyo, the status system was dismantled and the structure of the city's leadership class and the nature of its political power were reconstituted, as were the major points of contention attending the governance of the metropolitan region. By examining the negotiations between various interest groups across time, this book elucidates the role of the Tokyo assembly during the period of transition from the early modern period to the modern period.


    • August 16, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • ZOOM

    Wednesday, August 16, 2023 | 7:00PM-8:30 PM EST | REGISTER FOR ZOOM

    Tackling the Academic Job Market: Tips from the Field

    Featured Panelists:

    Daniel Botsman, Professor of History, Yale University
    Kirsten Ziomek, Associate Professor of History, Adelphi University
    Keyao "Kyle" Pan, Assistant Professor of History, Florida International University

    Panelists will offer advice and strategies for navigating the academic job market. They will also speak about how to best position one's application to respond to the needs of different types of institutions. A question and answer session with the audience members will follow.

    • September 08, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Zoom

    The first annual MJHA Distinguished Annual Lecture will be given in September 2023 by Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Professor Emerita of Japanese History, Australian National University.

    The tentative title for Professor Morris-Suzuki's talk is "Writing War: History in Occupied Japan, and its Echoes for Today."

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