The Japanese Layering of Modern Life

11 Mar 2016 | Johann Jacobs Museum

The kimonos on display in our current exhibition Omoshirogara – Japan’s Path to Modernity highlight the importance of inner and outer layers in the telling of history. They ask, what can and cannot be seen, and what should and should not be shown? In a brief lecture followed by Q&As, we use these questions to challenge the idea of a Japanese “path to modernity” and suggest instead some of the “interesting patterns” we can discern in the study of modern Japanese history.

Colloquium with Dr. Martin Dusinberre (Chair of Global History, Zurich University) and Dr. Hans B. Thomsen (Chair of East Asian Art History, Zurich University). Moderated by Roger M. Buergel (Director, Johann Jacobs Museum).