• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest History, Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Li Narangoa
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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For most of human history in Asia, the end of military and civil conflict was followed only by a renegotiation of the balance of power between the antagonists, and by the division of spoils among the victors. In the middle of the 20th century, in the aftermath of the Second World War, policy-makers became aware that the terms of peace could have a powerful impact on the likelihood of return to conflict. Significant progress has been made in developing peace-making processes that undercut the original causes of conflict and which thus diminish the possibility that conflict will recur. Architectures of international cooperation and inter-dependence also work to diminish the possibility of war. 
The historical memory of conflict, however, has proven to be a serious and intractable obstacle to international harmony. The historical bitterness that afflicts Japan’s relations with Korea and China is greater now than at any time since the Second World War. Ancient antagonisms pit Cambodia against its two neighbours, Thailand and Vietnam. The memory of the massacre of communists in Indonesia 50 years ago looms as an issue in contemporary Indonesian politics. 
Meanwhile, formal and informal reconciliation process in various countries of the region (including Korea, Cambodia and East Timor) have shed light on possible paths to preventing the legacies of bitter histories from causing ongoing conflict.
This course will critically analyse the processes used in dealing with the past, as well as the prospects and challenges for cooperation and reconciliation. 
Format of this course: 2-3 weeks intensive course or over 4-5 weekends. Scholars from different Asian countries will be invited to give guest lectures. The funding to bring these guest lecturers will be sought from One Asia Foundation for the initial three years, and then shift to an online communication system.  
 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By successful completion of this course, students will be able to
• engage the current territorial and political tension of Asia from a historical perspective;
• understand how to engage with different perspectives presented by scholars from different countries;
• develop an understanding of theories and practices of reconciliation in various cultural contexts;
• identify the historical, economic and political underpinnings of memory of conflict in Asia;
• identify possibilities and challenges to reconciliation in Asia.

Indicative Assessment

Participation in discussion 10%
Written response papers (10 written response papers to the readings, 300 words each) 20%
Essay Proposal 10%
Annotated bibliography 10%
Essay (3000-3500 words) 50%

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Workload

This course will be delivered in a seminar/workshop format over 5 weeks. Class dates and times are:
Fri 26 Feb 5-8pm
Sat 27 Feb 9am-4pm
Fri 4 Mar 5-8pm
Sat 5 Mar 9am-4pm
Fri 11 Mar 5-8pm
Sat 12 Mar 9am-4pm
Fri 18 Mar 5-8pm
Sat 19 Mar 9am-4pm
Easter Break
Fri 1 Apr 5-8pm
Sat 2 Apr 9am-4pm

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

Barkan, Elizar, The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices (New York, W. W. Norton, 2000).

Breen, John, Yasukuni, the War Dead and the Struggle for Japan's Past (Columbia University Press, 2008)

Camilleri, Joseph A. and Sven Schottmann,  Culture, Religion and Conflict in Muslim Southeast Asia: Negotiating Tense Pluralisms (London: Routledge, 2013)

Christie, Kenneth and Robert Cribb (ed.) Historical Injustice and Democratic Transition in Eastern Asia and Northern Europe (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002).

Fujitani, T.; White Geoffrey M. and Yoneyama, Lisa, Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific War(s) (Durham NC, Duke University Press, 2001).

Gibney, Mark, and Erik Roxstom, 'The Moral Functions of an Apology', (Rodney C. Roberts eds.) Injustice and Rectification (New York: Peter Lang, 2002), pp.111-123.

Jager, Shiela Miyoshi and Mitter, Rana, Ruptured Histories: War, Memory and the Post-Cold War in Asia (Cambridge Mass., Harvard University Press, 2007).

Kwak, Jun-Hyeok and Melissa Nobles, Inherited Responsibility and Historical Reconciliation (London: Routledge, 2013)

Lee, Seokwoo and Hee Eun Lee, Dokdo: Historical Appraisal and International Justice (Martinus Nijhoff, 2011)

Morris-Suzuki, Tessa; Low, Morris; Petrov, Leonid and Tsu, Timothy Y. East Asia Beyond the History Wars: Addressing the Ghosts of Conflict (London, Routledge, 2013)

Nozaki, Yoshiko and Mark Selden, ‘Japanese Textbook Controversies, Nationalism, and Historical Memory: Intra- and Inter-national Conflicts’ (JapanFocus, 2011-07-27, http://www.japanfocus.org/-Mark-Selden/3173)

Pan, Junwu, Toward a New Framework for Peaceful Settlement of China's Territorial and boundary disputes (Martinus Nijhoff, 2009)

Wilson, Trevor,  Myanmar's Long Road to National Reconciliation (Singapore, 2006)

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4658 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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