Book Launch: 'Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives' by Dr Gwyn McClelland
4 pm on Thursday 31 October at the Japanese Studies Centre, next to the bus-loop, Monash University, Clayton.

Speakers: Dimity Hawkins (AM) and Associate Professor Beatrice Trefalt

On 9th August 1945, the US dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Of the dead, approximately 8500 were Catholic Christians, representing over sixty percent of the community. In this collective biography, nine Catholic survivors share personal and compelling stories about the aftermath of the bomb and their lives since that day.

Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki presents the voices of Catholics, many of whom have not spoken of their losses within the framework of their faith before. As such, it will be invaluable to students and scholars of Japanese history, religion and war history.

Foreword: an exerpt by Yuki Miyamoto (St Paul's University, Chicago): 'As McClelland, drawing upon Johann Baptist Metz’s concept of a dangerous memory, demonstrates in this monograph, such voices are worth studying, precisely because their memories make an opening into the continuity of history, driving a wedge into the monolithic architecture of a discourse. Only out of such disjuncture, can a change for the future emerge...'

Edition 1st Edition, First Published 2020, eBook Published 23 September 2019
Pub. Location London, Imprint Routledge
Series: Asia’s Transformations #55, Series Editor: Mark Selden
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