Trespassing: The Future of the Humanities, a tribute to Professor Emeritus Masao Miyoshi

Friday, October 28, 2011 

9:30 am4:30 pm 

Seuss Room, Geisel Library 

Masao Miyoshi was always challenging, always looking to the future. In the “Forward” to Trespasses, Fred Jameson sum- marizes Miyoshi well: “Radical art, the commercialization of the university, the nation-state, Japan and the West, cultural studies, subjectivity and pronouns, ecology, the state of things from Korea to the Mexican border, or from Cardinal Newman to documenta Xsuch are the seemingly heterogeneous materials united by a commitment to an implacable unification of the aesthetic and the political, of attention to art and attention to globalization, which Miyoshi’s lifework holds out for us like an ideal.” We face many challenges in the university (and the world) today. Friends, colleagues, and former students will convene at the Seuss Room at the UCSD Geisel Library to explore the many facets of this com- plex thinker and his deep commitment to always improving humanistic inquiry.

Miyoshi’s career was that of always moving beyond his pre- sent. Born May 14, 1928, he graduated from the University of Tokyo, majoring in English, came to the United States, and earned advanced degrees at New York University. He was a prolific scholar whose work also demonstrates his penchant to move “off center.” His major works include, The Divided Self: A Perspective on the Literature of the Victori- ans (1969), Accomplices of Silence: The Modern Japanese Novel (1975), As We Saw Them: The First Japanese Embassy to the United States (1860) (1979), Off Center : Power and Culture Relations Between Japan and the United States (1991), and “The University in ‘Globalization’: Culture, Economy, and Ecology” (2003). He also edited and co-edited many other books of essays on globalization, post- modernism, and the future of area studies.


Trespassing: The Future of the Humanities (program)


Stefan Tanaka, Director, Center for the Humanities

Nina Zhiri, Chair, Department of Literature

Seth Lerer, Dean of Arts and Humanities


The Trespasser 

John Solt: Reflections on Masao Miyoshi’s Amherst College Lectures— “Bashing: An Exercise in Cross-cultural Criticism” (1992) and “Japan Is Not Interesting” (1997)as Models for Trespassing and Trampling

Don Wayne, University of California, San Diego: Inspiring Controversy across Disciplines

Rob Wilson, University of California, Santa Cruz: A Transpacific Trespasser in the Humanities

Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago: Off Center: In Praise of a Radical Displacement

Gerry Iguchi, University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse: Who Decides and Who Speaks: Masao Miyoshi and Positions of Critical Irony

Leo Ching, Duke University: (un)Interesting? post-Fukushima Japan

Takeo Hoshi, University of California, San Diego: Is Japan Interesting–is there an economic recovery?


Trespassing into? 

Eric Cazden, University of Toronto: A Non-moralizing Critique

Rosaura Sanchez, University of California, San Diego: Implications of the Privatization of Education for Minorities

George Solt, New York University: Afterlives of and After Area Studies

Jim Fujii, University of California, Irvine: From the Logic of Difference to Inclusive Totality: Trespasses of the Individual Being

Mary Layoun, University of Wisconsin, Madison: To Relearn the Sense of the World

Tetsuya Taguchi, Doshisha University: Mathematical Sciences Conquers Humanities: The Future of Digital Education.

Richard Dienst, Rutgers University: Planetarity as a Way of Life

Christena Turner, University of California, San Diego: Closing Remarks: Portals to our Future?
4:30-5:30 Reception