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Sharing Sub-National and Multi-Ethnic Memories
A Cross Cultural Workshop (Online)


Israel: 10:00am-12:30

Japan: 17:00-19:30

Aside from transnationally shared memories of the World War II period, such as the atomic bomb, the Holocaust, and Fascism, how can we share memories at the subnational level or multi-ethic memories that are related to these "world-class" memories but have contradictions and ambivalence with them? With Israeli and Japanese scholars in the field of history and memory, we will reshuffle our way of memorizing the past.

Registration by Oct. 25 is recommended. We would accept registration by an hour before the event.

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Introduction and Moderation: Arieh SAPOSNIK & Taro TSURUMI

Tsionit Fattal KUPERWASSER: “The past asking to be present: The Memories of Baghdadi Jews after their immigration from Iraq”

Ilana ROSEN:  “National Memory and Folk Culture as Reflected by the Israeli Folktale Archives (IFA)”

Akihiro YAMAMOTO: "Ethnicity and Animosity: The erection of a memorial to Korean victims of the atomic bomb with a focus on the social dynamics of “rediscovery”


Mayuko UNO: "Redefining Antifascism: The Croat-Serb Relationship and the Memory of World War II During the Croatian War of Independence (1991-95)"


Comentator: Aviad MORENO

For the links of Zoom and the folder for papers, registration is required. Click the blue button "Registration" on the header.

About the panelists

Tsionit Fattal KUPERWASSER:

Ilana ROSEN:  

Akihiro YAMAMOTO: Associate Professor, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. Media studies and historical sociology focusing on atomic bombs, nuclear technology, subculture, and literature (esp. Kenzaburō Ōe). He published several Japanese books on these themes.

Mayuko UNO: Doctoral student at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Contemporary history and memory of Yugoslavia, especially Croatia and Serbia, studying at Zagreb University, Croatia, for a year. She published a couple of articles on these themes in Japanese.

Aviad MORENO: A recipient of the prestigious Alon Fellowship from the Council for Higher Education in Israel. He has been selected as a foreign international member of the Spanish Royal Academy; and recently, he co-founded the Center for Research and Archives on the Judaism of Northern Morocco (CJNM), Tangier, Morocco.

Arieh SAPOSNIK: Professor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. History of Zionism and Jewish nationalism. He is the author of Becoming Hebrew: The Creation of a Jewish National Culture in Ottoman Palestine (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Zionism’s Redemptions: Images of the Past and Visions of the Future in Jewish Nationalism (Cambridge University Press, 2021). He was the former president of the Association for Israel Studies.

Taro TSURUMI: Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan. Historical sociology, Russian Jewish History, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Along with sevelral Japanese books and articles, he published articles in Jewish Social Studies abd Nations and Nationalism, among others, and edited volumes including From Europe's East to the Middle East: Israel's Russian and Polish Lineages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021, eds. with Benjamin Nathans and Kenneth Moss,).


Taro Tsurumi, UTokyo


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KAKENHI Grant 20H04418 & Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev

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