International Conference "The East Asian Dimension of the First World War: The ‚German-Japanese War' and China, 1914-1919", September 5-7 2014, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Venue: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Event Center (Veranstaltungszentrum), Room 2a

Organisers: Dr. des. Jan Schmidt (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Prof. Dr. Katja Schmidtpott (Freie Universität Berlin)

Partners: German Federal Foreign Ministry; Japan Foundation; Rectorate of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum; National Museum of History, Japan; Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University (International Project "Trans-Disciplinary Studies on the First World War"); Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Club Germany; JaDe-Stiftung, Köln; International Project "1914-1918 Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War"

Translation: Shinohe Yōko (Team leader), Hiromi Waldenberger, Yoshiko Döring, Dr. Xue Siliang, Julia Kahlich-Zhang, Hartmut Pilch. Simultaneous translation throughout the conference.

Conference languages: Chinese, German, Japanese.

Registration: We kindly ask you to register via e-mail with Mrs. Teelka Groeneveld, B.A.:

Friday, 5 September 2014

14:00-14:30 Welcome Adresses: Prof. Dr. Jörg PLASSEN, Dean of the Faculty of East Asian Studies; Prof. Dr. Regine MATHIAS, Chair in Japanese History; N.N.

Section 1: Introduction / Einführung

14:30-15:30 Dr. des. Jan SCHMIDT (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) & Prof. Dr. Katja SCHMIDTPOTT (Freie Universität Berlin): "Key issues in the historiography on the First World War in East Asia"

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

Section 2: Keynote Lectures

Chair: Prof. Dr. Regine MATHIAS (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

16:00-17:00 Keynote lecture I: Prof. Dr. Oliver JANZ (Freie Universität Berlin): "The First World War as a Global War"

17:00-18:00 Keynote lecture II: Prof. i.R. Dr. Gerhard HIRSCHFELD (Universität Stuttgart): „War and Culture. A New Cultural History of the First World War"

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Section 3: People and War

Chair: Prof. Dr. Katja SCHMIDTPOTT (Freie Universität Berlin)

9:30-10:00 Prof. Dr. NARAOKA Sōchi (Kyoto University): "The Japanese who Heard the 'Guns of August': The Outbreak of the First World War and the Japanese Internees in Germany"

10:00-10:30 Mahon MURPHY, M.A. (London School of Economics): "The Treatment of German Prisoners of War in Japan in the Global Context of the First World War"

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:30 Prof. Dr. ŌTSURU Atsushi (Kobe University): „The Aonogahara POW Camp - A Miniature of the Habsburg Monarchy"

11:30-12:00 ZHANG Yan, M.A. (Chinese University of Hong Kong): "Individual Motives for Enlisting in the Chinese Labor Corps -- the Case of Laborers from Shandong"

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Section 4: The German Foreign Office's Secret War in East Asia

Chair: Prof. i.R. Dr. Erich PAUER (Philipps-Universität Marburg / Centre Européen d'Études Japonaises d'Alsace)

13:00-13:30 Prof. Dr. TAJIMA Nobuo (Seijō University): "The First World War and ‚German agents on horseback': Secret Anti-Russian German activities in Siberia and Manchuria"

13:30-14:00 PD Dr. Gerhard KREBS (Berlin): "The Zimmermann Telegram: Just a Bizarre Idea or Part of Political Continuity?"

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

Section 5: The War in the Mass Media

Chair: Dr. YUKAWA Shirô (Universität Bonn)

14:30-15:00 MOROHASHI Eiichi, M.A. (Keio University): „Entering The First World War and Japanese Mass Media: The Emerging Japanese Consciousness as ‚the Leader of Asia'"

15:00-15:30 Emer. o. Univ.-Prof. Sepp LINHART (Universität Wien): "From Tiger to Monkey: Changes in the German Image of Japan after the Outbreak of the War in 1914 as Exemplified by Picture Postcards"

15:30-16:00 Mag. Dr. Susanne FORMANEK (Universität Wien): "Itō Chūta's Postcard Series on the First World War. A Caricature-like Chronicle of the War in Japan-centered Iconography"

16:00-17:00 Transfer to the Municipal Archive Bochum

Special Event: Japanese Cinema During the First World War

17:00-17:30 Introduction: Dr. OGAWA Sawako, Ass. Prof. (Kyoto University): "Japanese Cinema and Foreign Films during the First World War"

17:30-18:30 Film event: "Japanese Cinema during the First World War" with a performance by benshi (film narrator) KATAOKA Ichirō

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Section 6: Transnational Dissemination of Knowledge

Chair: Dr. des. Jan Schmidt (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

9:30-10:00 Prof. i.R. KUDŌ Akira (Tokyo University): "Research by the Japanese Army on Wartime Germany. Nagata Tetsuzan and the 'Mobilization of the Nation'"

10:00-10:30 Prof. Dr. SHIMIZU Yū'ichirō (Keiō University/ Harvard University): "How Japanese Bureaucrats studied the war"

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:30 Prof. Dr. SUZUKI Jun (Tokyo University): "The German Faction and the French Faction among the Japanese Army Artillery and Engineer Officers before and after the ‚Japan-Germany War'"

11:30-12:00 Prof. Dr. Eugene W. CHIU (Tunghai Universität, Taiwan): "The First World War and China's Modernity"

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Section 7: Global and Regional Dimensions

Chair: PD Dr. Christine MOLL-MURATA (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

13:00-13:30 Prof. Dr. WU Lin-Chun (National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan): „Business and Economic Networks in China During the First World War: the Case of the American Asiatic Association and Sino-American Relations"

13:30-14:00 Prof. Dr. Urs Matthias ZACHMANN (University of Edinburgh): "Theatres of War, Theatre of Peace: The Paris Peace Conference and Debates on International Law in East Asia"

14:00-14:30 Coffee Break

Section 8: The East Asian Dimension of the First World History and Public History

Chair: Dr. Tino SCHÖLZ (Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

14:30-15:00 Prof. Dr. HARAYAMA Kōsuke (National Museum of History, Japan): "Memory and Museums - Why the First World War is Not Represented in the National Museum of Japanese History (Yet)"

15:00-15:30 Hans-Joachim SCHMIDT (Heusweiler-Kutzhof, Germany): "Numerous Open Questions - 15 Years of Private Research on ‚Tsingtao' and the German-Austrian POWs"

15.30-15.45 Prof. Dr. ŌTSURU Atsushi/ Dr. ISHII Daisuke (Kōbe University): Short Introduction I: "Another Camp - another Memory? Our Exhibition on the Aonogahara POW Camp in 2006"

15.45-16.00 ZHANG Yan, M.A. (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Short Introduction II: „The Exhibition on the Chinese Workers in Europe during the First World War in 2013 in Shandong"

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

Concluding Discussion

Chair: Prof. Dr. Katja SCHMIDTPOTT (Freie Universität Berlin) /
Dr. des. Jan SCHMIDT (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

16:30-17:30 Concluding Discussion, Remarks