21st July 2022

Thousands of Japanese people, and people of Japanese descent, were imprisoned in Australasia during WWII, but existing public knowledge of their internment is dominated by major incidents such as Cowra breakout and Featherston shooting. An extraordinary record of war camp life, to date overlooked by scholars, is the arts and crafts produced by the Japanese prisoners. This symposium, funded by the Toshiba International Foundation, examines the material culture made at prisoner of war and civilian camps across Australasia and the wider Pacific, and provides entirely new insights into Japanese-Australasian relations during the war, as well as the entanglements of art, identity, agency and human rights.

This symposium is open to academics, students, curators, art critics, and the public who are interested in Japanese/Australasian history and art history.

Flinders University at Victoria Square, SA

Thursday 21 July 2022, Flinders Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA

4pm – 7pm

Keynote speech : Australian internment and POW camp histories , Prof Peter Monteath (Flinders University)

Book launch: Four Years in a Red Coat (Translation of Miyakatsu Koike’s Loveday diary, Wakefield, 2022)

Friday 22 July 2022, Flinders Victoria Square Adelaide, SA

10am- 4pm

Section on ways to understand Japanese war art

Section on Australia-Japan relations

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