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Don Q Kim

PhD Candidate, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge

Don Q Kim's PhD dissertation on 'the political and ideological structure of Taishō Japan's cultural rule in Korea', is a synthesis of political, international, and intellectual histories of the Japanese imperial rule. Don Q's dissertation is based on the hypothesis that imperial Japan's new continental policy affected its colonial governance in Korea and this new governance can be explained better by Foucault's notion of bio-power than by any other notion of power.

Don Q's dissertation aims at articulating the structure of the Japanese empire by focusing on the transition of colonial Korea's place in the empire. He defines the post-1919 Korea as 'periphery' of the Japanese empire and attempts to paint a rich picture of how such a periphery was actually ruled by techniques of governance. The key words for his dissertation are gyōsei keisatsu ("administrative policing"), suyang ("self-cultivation") and the Chōsen ("Korea") Army.



Sherzod Muminov

PhD Candidate, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge

Sherzod Muminov is working on a dissertation about the memory and representations of the Siberian Internment (Shiberia yokuryū) in postwar Japan and the Soviet Union. The period he covers primarily is 1945-1956, but the main argument in his dissertation is that the Siberian Internment has played a significant role throughout the postwar, informing Japanese images of the Soviet Union. Conceived initially as an attempt to understand - and explain - the reasons behind the USSR being the most hated enemy in postwar Japan, this work has grown both in scope and depth since Sherzod started his doctoral studies in 2011.

Using sources in three languages (kept in the archives of Japan, Russia, and the United Kingdom), as well as secondary sources, Sherzod attempts to complicate the picture by challenging the preoccupation with the territorial dispute ('The Northern Territories Issue') in the history of Japanese-Soviet relations. His work is an endeavour to reconsider Japanese memories of the war and the immediate postwar.