LUNCH 12:00 p.m., LECTURE 12:30 p.m. Parents Dining Room
Ian Miller uses the zoological garden and an array of related institutions everything from diplomatic residences to the imperial library to chart the cultural effects of Japans movement from semi-colonialism to imperialist expansionism. The zoos early displays, built in response to the social Darwinian logic of Western imperialism, used steel bars and Linnaean nomenclature to separate the zoos civilized patrons from its savage animals. This anti-colonial stance was quickly inverted, however, and Ueno was remade into a showcase for Japans own imperialist activities. By the 1930s, millions were streaming into the zoo to participate in the pageantry of fascist expansionism. Mounted troops led parades, uniformed kids played at dominion, and government scientists staged exhibitions on the natural wonders of the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere. Nature, it seems, was a potent ideological medium.
Professor Miller teaches modern Japanese history at Arizona State University. Prior to moving to Tempe, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Expanding East Asian Studies Program at Columbia Universitys Weatherhead East Asian Institute. He received his Ph.D. in History from the same university, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Illinois, and a B.A. from Earlham College.
Lunch begins at 12:00 p.m. and the talk will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Parents Dining room