Jun'ichi Isomae
“Haruki Murakami and the Question of Uneven Democracy in Post-Fukushima Japan”

April 21, 2014  |  5:00pm
1025 E 58th St, Chicago, IL  60637
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Room

Free and open to the public; reception to follow

About the Speaker

This lecture will focus on rethinking the relation of “plurality” (Hanna Arendt) with “exclusion” and “violence” (Giorgio Agamben), with a focus on Haruki Murakami’s recent novels Tasaki Tsukuru and the Year of His Pilgrimage and 1Q84 in order to trace his thoughts on how to locate “unevenness” in liberal democracy, especially its ambivalent nature in which both diversity and discrimination are implicated.

Jun’ichi Isomae’s research specializes in religious discourse and practice in Japan in terms of colonialism and postcoloniality. He also focuses on Japanese mythology, from antiquity to modern interpretations. He has an MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Tokyo and is currently a Visiting Professor at the East Asian Institute, University of Zurich.

Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies. If you require assistance to fully participate, please contact us in advance of the program at 773-834-5276.