6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Fourth Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture

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Present Pasts: The Politics of Memory in East Asia

The seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II last year brought another round of contentious memory politics in East Asia.  Despite the seeming sameness of the debates, in fact the practices and norms of public memory have substantially altered since the end of the war, creating what speaker Carol Gluck calls a "global memory culture." Changes in the law, politics, society, criteria of knowledge, and concepts of responsibility have transformed our understanding of what it means to do justice to the past.  How then do these changes relate to the politics of memory in East Asia today?


  • Carol Gluck

    George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University