China Speaker Series

Collective Memory, Multidisciplinarity, Public Sociology: China and Japan's Islands of Contention

Time: Feb. 15, 2018

Location: White Hall 112

Open and free to the public

This presentation introduces the audience to The China-Japan Border Dispute: Islands of Contention in Multidisciplinary Perspective (Liao, Hara, and Wiegand, Rethinking Asia and International Relations, Routledge, 2015). Eight scholars from history, international relations, law, political science, and sociology analyzed the difficult dispute and recommended solutions. The talk then focuses on a chapter in the book, an analysis of the relevant histories of the islands described at four official and influential Chinese and Japanese websites. This research seeks to understand the differences in collective memory formation in these two countries. The research shows that to produce a convincing territorial claim, both China and Japan attempted to form different historical memories about the islands intended for different audiences for their respective collective memory projects.

About the speaker

Tim Liao is Professor of Sociology & Professor of Statistics, and Director of the Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies. He is a 2017-2018 Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences Fellow. He is a former Deputy Editor of The Sociological Quarterly, (1992-2000), former Editor of Sage’s Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series (2004-2009), and former Editor of Sociological Methodology (2009-2015). He served on the council of the ASA Methodology Section (1998-2001) and the council of the North America Chinese Sociological Association (2000-2002), and currently is on the board of the Sequence Analysis Association. He has previously served on the editorial board of Sociological Methods & Research and on the editorial board of Sociological Methodology. He was the Chair of the Methodology Section of the American Sociology Association from 2009 to 2011.