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Building Osaka: Urban Dynamics Across Fifteen Centuries





Please join us at our international conference on June 26-28, 2018.

Conference Schedule:

June 26, 2018 – Gerlinger Lounge

8:30 am: Welcome Remarks

9:00 am – 11:30 am: Panel I: Naniwa and Ancient Periods

“5世紀に始まる難波の都市的発展 Naniwa’s Development as an Urban Center from the 5th Century.” Naofumi Kishimoto, Osaka City University

“日本古代の国家形成と大阪湾岸 State Formation in Ancient Japan and the Ōsaka Bay Coast.” Akira Furuichi, Kobe University

“Relic-texts, Sages and Vows: Shitennōji in Ancient and Medieval Japan.” Michael Como, Columbia University

“Through Time and Space: Symbolic Function of Minituarization in Ōda Haiji Reliquary Set 時空を超えて:太田廃寺出土舎利容器にみられるミニチュア化の象徴性.” Akiko Walley, University of Oregon

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Panel II: Late Medieval and Early Modern Transition Era

“大阪地域の流通‧都市の変容と宗教、武家” The Impact on Religion and Warriors of the Transformations in Trade and Cities in the Ōsaka Region.” Hiroshi Niki, Osaka City University

“中世天王寺の空間構造と寺院社会 Spatial Structure and Social Dynamics of Medieval Tennōji Temple and Its Surrounds.” Ken’ichi Osawa, Osaka Museum of History

“Becoming an Urban Doctor: Medicines, Patients, and Social Networks in the Ōsaka Tenma Honganji jinai Temple District, 1586-1587 町医になる:大阪天満本願寺寺内に於ける薬剤、患者、と社会ネットワーク、天正14-15年間を中心に.” Andrew Edmund Goble, University of Oregon

“Rennyo and Osaka: Beyond ‘Elite’ versus ‘Common’.” Mark Unno, University of Oregon


June 27, 2018 – Gerlinger Lounge

8: 30 am – 11:30 am: Panel III: Early Modern Period

“近世大阪の薬種流通 The Trade in Medicines in Early Modern Ōsaka.” Watanabe Sachiko, Independent Scholar

“In Osaka they do not understand it but they enjoy it anyway: Kyokutei Bakin, Edo popular fiction, and the Osaka publishing world.” Glynne Walley, University of Oregon

“近世日本の都市と農村-大阪と和泉 Early Modern Japanese Cities and Villages – a Look at Ōsaka and Izumi.” Takashi Tsukada, Osaka City University

“Rulings on Tokugawa Status Infringements and Local Governing Practices in Early Meiji Ōsaka Court Records.” Timothy Amos, National University of Singapore

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Panel IV: Meiji Period to the Present

‘近代大阪の民衆世界と都市社会構造 The Commoner World of Modern Ōsaka and the Structure of Urban Society.” Ashita Saga, Osaka City University

“’Who Owns Ōsaka?’ The Production of Space and Architecture in the Modern City.” Jeffrey Hanes, University of Oregon

“Adapting Ōsaka: The Makioka Sisters on Film.” Michael Cronin, College of William and Mary

“Ōsaka dialect as a semiotic clue: Affective fathers speak (fake) Ōsaka dialect! 大阪弁と父親像.” Cindi SturtzSreetharan, Arizona State University and Kaori Idemaru, University of Oregon


June 28, 2018 – Knight Library 267B

9:00- 10:30 am: Panel V: Osaka Connections: Past and Present

“Commerce and Collector Communities: Nōsatsu Networks in Greater Taisho Osaka, 1910 to 1930商人社会の趣味人コミュニティー:大正大大阪時代の納札ネットワーク(1910 ~ 1930年頃).” Kevin McDowell, University of Oregon and Kumiko McDowell, University of Oregon

“Osaka, Second Cities, and the New Urban History 大阪、 いわゆる第二都市の研究、と新たな都市史の最前観点. Louise Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison


For readings related to urban dynamics in Osaka, please follow this link. For a collection of conference abstracts, please follow this link.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Department of History, Jeremiah Lecture Series, Asian Studies Program, Yoko McClain Lecture Series for Japanese Studies, Oregon Humanities Center, Department of Religious Studies, Global Studies Institute, College of Arts and Sciences, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.