Professor of Modern Japanese Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sabine Frühstück is interested in the historical and sociological study of modern and contemporary Japanese culture and society, including problems of power/knowledge, gender/sexuality, and military/society. She is the first scholar of Japan who had permission to participate in basic training, interview soldiers on base, and examine how the Self-Defense Forces try to shape their environment in current-day Japan. Her book, Uneasy Warriors: Gender, Memory and Popular Culture in the Japanese Army, employs gender, memory and popular culture as technologies of engagements with a number of debates that centrally involve the military.
Assistant Professor of History, United States Naval Academy
Lee Pennington’s research includes the social and cultural history of wartime and occupied Japan; disability history, visual culture and propaganda; history of medicine and the body; history of modern Korea. He is preparing the manuscript Casualties of History: Japanese Disabled Veterans of the Second World War.