“Kagawa Toyohiko’s 1938-39 Trip to India: Intersections in Religion and Empire” Research in Progress by 2015-16 the Japan Foundation Fellows

Please join us on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Japan Foundation Headquarters for the presentation and discussion from two of our 2015-2016 Japan Foundation Fellows (Doctoral Candidates) on the subject of “Kagawa Toyohiko’s 1938-39 Trip to India: Intersections in Religion and Empire.” In this session, Bo Tao (Department of History, Yale University) will be talking about his resarch on a little-known yet important figure, Kagawa Toyohiko, and Subo Wijeyeratne(History Department, Harvard University) will come in as a lead discussant.

Date and Time Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Venue The Japan Foundation Headquarters (Main Building)
Seminar room 1, 9th floor, 4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoAccess
Tel. +81-(0)3-5369-6071
Yotsuya-Sanchome station, Marunouchi line (Metro)
Language in English (No interpretation).
Capacity 30 seats
Registration

Free admission but registration required. To sign up, please send your name, e-mail address, and occupation by e-mail with the subject line “Kagawa Toyohiko’s 1938-39 Trip to India” to R_fellows@jpf.go.jp by Sunday, September 25, 2016.
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Program

Presentation: “Kagawa Toyohiko’s 1938-39 Trip to India: Intersections in Religion and Empire” Who was Kagawa Toyohiko (1888-1960)? Although his name may not sound familiar today, eighty years ago, he was one of the most widely known and admired Japanese figures in the world, with many commentators describing him as the “Gandhi of Japan.” Interestingly enough, the ties between Kagawa—a Princeton-educated Christian author, evangelist, and social reformer—and the Mahatma were not merely rhetorical, as the two met each other during the former’s trip to India in 1938-39, when he was invited to participate in a historic conference of the International Missionary Council in Madras. In fact, Kagawa’s tour of India was filled with intriguing episodes that highlight how Japan was perceived in the interwar period, and Kagawa’s unique relation to its expanding imperial ambitions. Using archival materials found at the Kagawa Archives and Resource Center and the Tsuchiya Collection at Hitotsubashi University, I will talk about the various issues surrounding this little known, yet highly revealing interaction between a Japanese Christian leader and an Indian nationalist leader.

Speaker
Bo Tao, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Yale University
Affiliation: Faculty of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University

Discussion/Q&A
Lead Discussant

Subo Wijeyeratne, PhD Candidate, History Department, Harvard University Affiliation: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The Univerity of Tokyo

[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchanges Department
Planning and Coordination/ Americas section
Person in charge: Takehara (Mr.)
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6069 Fax: +81-(0)3-5369-6041
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