European Perspectives on World War II in Asia Pacific

This international workshop for postdoctoral scholars aims at discussing different topics including the origins, the political, military and social aspects of World War II in Asia-Pacific as well as the representation of the war in popular media and the legacy of the conflict.



Day 1: March 2nd 2018

9:00-12:00 - Session I: Presentations
Workshop opening remarks: Satoshi Nakano (Hitotsubashi University)
Ann-Sophie Schoepfel (Sciences Po Paris) “Legal Flows and Decolonization: the French Prosecution of Japanese War Crimes at the Tokyo and Saigon Military Tribunals”
Henning Fauser (Institut d’études politiques de Rennes) “Hiroshima and Nagasaki as ‘Realms of Memory’ in the Discourses of French Concentration Camp Survivors”
Andrew Levidis (University of Cambridge) “Imperial Meridian or Imperial Redux: The Fall of an Empire and the Coup of February 26, 1936”

13:30-16:00 - Session II: Case Studies and Methodology
Ann-Sophie Schoepfel “Judges, Victims, Defense Counsel & Defendants: Transversal Perspectives on the Asia-Pacific War”
Henning Fauser “Studying Transnational Perception: A Conceptual Framework: The Example of the Perception of Germany and the Germans by French Concentration Camp Survivors”
Andrew Levidis “Reading the Cold War Archive: The Central Intelligence Agency and Japanese Political History”

16:15-19:00 - Film Screening and Discussion
Dans un recoin de ce monde (Sunao Katabuchi, 2017, 125min)
Post-Screening Discussion Moderated by Professor Satoshi Nakano “The Context and the Reception of War Representations”


Day 2: March 3rd 2018

9:30-12:30 - Session III: Materials and Translation
Extending the discussion on methodology, in this session we will focus on teaching on the Asia Pacific War from a comparative viewpoint. The participants will share some historical sources in different languages to develop teaching materials and methods.

Workshop organized in the framework of APWARS Project by Hitotsubashi University and with the support of JSPS in collaboration with EHESS and FFJ.

APWARS Project: The Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) sponsored by Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS): Developing International Research and Education Program on the Asia-Pacific War History: Comparison and Synthesis (Project leader: Satoshi Nakano).

Reservation required. Send an email to with your name and affiliation.


Histoire, Sociologie et sciences politiques Historiographie, Mémoire, Transnational Asie, Europe

Informations pratiques

  • Vendredi 2 mars 2018 - 09:00 - 19:00
  • Samedi 3 mars 2018 - 09:30 - 12:30
  • EHESS (Salle 2) - 105 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris
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