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Katsuya Hirano


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Contact Information

Email    hirano@history.ucla.edu
Office  5238 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-1235
Katsuya Hirano’s teaching and research explore the intersection between history and critical theory with a focus on questions of ideology, political economy, and subject/subjectivity.

His first book, The Politics of Dialogic Imagination: Power and Popular Culture in Early Modern Japan, (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2013) outlines a general theory of the transformation in modes of subject-formation and politics originating from the transformation from the Tokugawa period (1603-1867) to the first half of the Meiji period (1868-1890) through an analysis of popular culture. His current book project examines the correlative operations of capitalism and racism in the making of modern Japanese imeprial nation and its first colony. Taking the settler-colonization of the Ainu land as the locus of analysis, the project explores the relation between the state’s drive for primitive accumulation and the construction and implementation of racial categories through linguistic, economic, and legal discourses. The project ultimately seeks to deepen our understanding of the history of Ainu experiences through the perspectives of global histories of empire, capitalism, and settler colonialism. Hirano is also co-editing a translation volume with Professor Gavin Walker, entitled The Archive of Revolution: Marxist Historiography in Modern Japan. This volume will be the first major introduction of the rich yet long neglected Japanese Marxist historiography that played the decisive role in the formation of critical social science in modern Japan from the late 1920s to the 1970s. Lastly, Hirano has been conducting a series of interviews with the people who have been involved in the anti-nuclear, pro-democracy, and environmental movements after the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011. Some interviews have been published in English in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (see the links in the selected publication section). 


Hirano received BA in political theory from Dōshisha University (Japan), MA in cultural studies/international studies from the University of Birmingham (UK), and Ph.D in history from the University of Chicago. He was a member of history department at Cornell University before joining UCLA in 2013. At UCLA, Hirano is affiliated with the Center for Comparative History and Social Theory, the Asia-Pacific Center, and the Luskin Center for History and Policy. Externally, Hirano serves on the editorial collective for Positions (Duke U Press). He also organizes the annual workshop The Trans-Pacific Workshop with  colleagues from the US and Japanese academies. 

Awards

Visiting Professor of Global Studies at Doshisha University, Japan, Fall 2015

Toyota Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, 2008-2009

Selected Publications

Books

The Politics of Dialogic Imagination: Power and Popular Culture in Early Modern Japan (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning series, 2013) (the Japanese translation is forthcoming from Iwanami Shoten, 岩波書店) 

Book manuscript in progress in both English and Japanese: Colonial Bare Life: Primitive Accumulation and Settler Colonialism in the Making of Modern "Ainu" 

Edited volume: The Archive of Revolution: Marxist Historiography in Modern Japan, 1930s-1980s. (co-edited with Gavin Walker) (under consideration).

Book Chapters and Articles

Journal Article: “ヘーゲルの亡霊と民衆史のアポリア ー 安丸歴史学の認識論的前提の問題をめぐって” (Hegel’s Spector and Aporia of People’s History: On the Epistemological Premise of Yasumaru’s Historical Works) in 『安丸良夫特集ー民衆思想史とはなにか』『現代思想』9月号 Special Issue on Yoshio Yasumaru, Contemporary Thought  September Issue (Tokyo: Seidosha 青土社, August 2016). (Invited) 

Book Chapter: “Settler Colonialism in the Making of Japan’s Hokkaidō” in Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism edited by Ed Cavanagh and Lorenzo Veracini (London: Routledge, August 2016) 

Journal article: "アイヌ­ = 「滅びゆく民族」と生存への祈り- コロニアルな翻訳” (an expanded and revised version of “The Politics of Colonial Translation: On the Narrative of the Ainu as a “Vanishing Ethnicity” in Japanese) in Misuzu (みすず)  no. 651  (Tokyo: Misuzu shobo みすず書房, 2016) (refereed)

Journal article: "Thanatopolitics in the Making of Japan's Hokkaido: Settler Colonialism and Primitive Accumulation" in Critical Historical Studies vol. 2, no. 2 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015) (refereed).

Journal Article: "A Reflection on Uemura Takashi's Talk at UCLA" in Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (Ithaca NY: April, 2015) www.japanfocus.org/-Katsuya-Hirano/4363/article.html (Invited)

Book chapter: "訳者あとがき - 帝国と"帝国"のゆくえ” (Afterword: The Future of Empire and “Empire”) in 『アメリカ<帝国>の現在 - イデオロギーの守護者たち』Empire’s New Clothes)by Harry Harootunian (Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo,  みすず書房 2014)

Journal Article: "カルチュラル・スタディーズの汚らしさ - ステュアート・ホールの政治”("Dirtiness of Cultural Studies - Stuart Hall's Politics") in Special Issue on Stuart Hall in Shiso May Issue (思想 5月号) (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 岩波書店 2014)(Invited)

Book chapter: “The Dialectic of Laughter and Tosaka’s Critical Theory” in Ken Kawashima and Robert Stolz eds., Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader (Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Series, 2014)

 Journal article: “Politics and Poetics of the Body in Early Modern Japan” in Modern Intellectual History Vol. 8. Issue 3 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, November, 2011) (refereed)

 Journal article: “The Politics of Colonial Translation: On the Narrative of the Ainu as a “Vanishing Ethnicity”” in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (New York, 2009). (refereed). Reprinted in The Japanese Empire: Colonial Lives and Postcolonial Struggles, Kirsten Ziomek ed., Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus Course Reader no. 8 (2013).  

 Journal article: “江戸の遊びと権力” (On Play and Power in Late Tokugawa Edo) in Misuzu (みすず) no.565(Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo, みすず書房, 2008)

Book chapter: “編訳者あとがき ― 現代の苦境を切り開く過去との対話” (Afterword: Dialogue with the Past to Live Through the Predicament of Modernity) in Doing 思想史 by Tetsuo Najita (Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo, みすず書房、2008)

Book chapter: “Social Networks and Production of Public Discourse in Edo Popular Culture” in Elizabeth Lillehoj (ed.) Acquisition: Japanese Arts and Their Owners  (New York: Floating World Edition, 2007) 

Translation

Journal article "As we saw him: Masao Miyoshi and the Vocation of Critical Struggle" (「我ら見しままに」:マサオ・ミヨシと批判的戦いという使命) by Harry Harootunian in Misuzu (みすず) no. 663 & 664 (Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo, みすず書房, 2017) 

 Book: Translator of Empire’s New Clothes (『アメリカ<帝国>の現在 - イデオロギーの守護者たち』)by Harry Harootunian (Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo, みすず書房,  2014)

 Book: Editor and translator of Doing 思想史( Doing Intellectual History) by Tetsuo Najita (Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo, みすず書房 2008) 

Interviews on the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Interview with Yuichi Suzuki, "Reconstruction Disaster: The human implications of Japan’s forced return policy in Fukushima  (復興災害:福島の強制帰還が意味すること)" The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 15, Issue 7, No. 1. April 1 2017

Interview with Muto Ruiko, "We need to recognize this hopless scene.... To recognize that this horrible crime is what our country is doing to us," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 14, Issue 17, No 4. Semtember 1, 2016. Katsuya Hirano's Interview with Muto Ruiko

Interview with Koide Hiroaki (with Hirotaka Kasai), "The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is a Serious Crime", The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 14, Issue 6, No. 1, March 15, 2016. “The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is a Serious Crime”: Interview with Koide Hiroaki

Interview with Murakami Tatsuya, former mayor of Tōkaimura (Tōkai Village), "Fukushima and the Crisis of Democracy" The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 20, No. 1, May 25, 2015 ://japanfocus.org/-Katsuya-HIRANO/4320/article.html 

 

Graduate Students

Toulouse Roy

Rory Huang

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Japanese History: Early Modern, 1600 to 1868

Topics in History: Theory of History

2017 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of Japan

Advanced Historiography: Japan

2016 Spring Quarter

Medieval Japan: Social and Cultural History

Topics in History: Theory of History

2016 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of Japan

Topics in World History

2015 Winter Quarter

Japanese History: Early Modern, 1600 to 1868

Advanced Historiography: Japan

2014 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Japanese History: Ancient, Prehistory to 1600

2014 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of Japan

Topics in History: Theory of History

2014 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 201Q
Topics in History: Theory of History

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

HIST 172B
Japanese History: Early Modern, 1600 to 1868

2017 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

HIST 9C
Introduction to Asian Civilizations: History of Japan

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

HIST 200M
Advanced Historiography: Japan

2017 Winter Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

HIST 172A
Medieval Japan: Social and Cultural History

2016 Spring Quarter

HIST 214
Topics in World History

2016 Winter Quarter

HIST 97G
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in East Asian History

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

HIST 172A
Japanese History: Ancient, Prehistory to 1600

2014 Fall Quarter