Reeducation Revisited: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives on the Post-World War II Period in the USA, Japan, and Germany

Third party funded individual grant


Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Heike Paul
Prof. Dr. Fabian Schäfer
Dr. Katharina Gerund


Contributing FAU Organisations:
Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik, insbesondere nordamerikanische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Japanologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Japan der Moderne und Gegenwart

Funding source: DFG-Einzelförderung / Sachbeihilfe (EIN-SBH)
Start date: 01/11/2018
End date: 01/11/2021


Research Fields

Cultural Difference and Cultural Mobility
Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik, insbesondere nordamerikanische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft
Gesellschaftlicher und medienhistorischer Wandel in Japan seit 1945
Lehrstuhl für Japanologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Japan der Moderne und Gegenwart


Abstract (technical / expert description):


This project examines US-American reeducation politics in its various aspects in Germany and Japan after World War II in a transnational and comparative perspective particularly taking into account cultural entanglements, mass media discourses, civil society and military agendas. It seeks to identify the multidirectional influences, ramifications, and interdependencies between the US and Japan, the US and Germany as well as Japan and Germany which work in each of those domestic as well as foreign settings as part of foundational discourses of legitimation. For instance, the positive self-representation of the US as a democratic exemplum to Japanese and German audiences points to attempts to mitigate social tensions and conflicts ‘at home’. Individual projects address gender regimes (in reeducation- and Hollywood films as well as in Japanese women’s magazines), discourses on race (in cultural representations of and by African American soldiers and in constructions of Japanese-Okinawan) and institutional histories (of the military and the social sciences in Japan and Germany); instead of looking primarily at sequestered national developments, the aim is to study transnational relations, intra-cultural differences and the construction of collective identities. Our focus is on the ways in which reeducation efforts unfold in specific contexts characterized by asymmetrical power relations. Ultimately, this project seeks to establish “comparative reeducation studies” as an interdisciplinary field of study.


Publications

Gerund, K., & Paul, H. (Eds.) (2015). Die amerikanische Reeducation-Politik nach 1945: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf "America's Germany". Bielefeld: Transcript.
Gerund, K., & Paul, H. (2015). Einleitung. In Gerund Katharina, Paul Heike (Hrg.), Die amerikanische Reeducation-Politik nach 1945: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf "America's Germany". (pp. 7-18). Bielefeld: Transcript.

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