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Karen Esther Wigen
Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Geopolitics and Geopieties in 20th-Century Nagano

This project maps the shifting shape of the Nagano highlands across Japan’s twentieth century, in the national as well as the local imagination. Focusing on the core genres through which knowledge of Japanese regions has been transmitted—maps, museums, textbooks, and tourist literature—the study highlights three tensions in this archive: between the insider’s idiom of native place (kyodo) and the outsider’s trope of landscape (fukei); between the competing ways in which Nagano has been located in the nation, Asia, and the world over time; and between the anti-political quality of most regional rhetoric and the ideological work that this genre has historically performed.

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Project fields:

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2006 – 5/31/2007