This international symposium explores the ongoing memorial contestation over Shuri Castle and its place within regional, national, and global narratives of meaning making. Shuri Castle sits at the intersection of different heritage communities, both a site of Japanese cultural heritage and Ryukyuan remembrance and identity. Recent debates concerning the reconstruction of the site following its tragic destruction in late 2019 are an opportunity to re-examine this history and the multiple meanings assigned to it by different groups and actors. The Workshop will examine questions of memory, belonging, tradition, and preservation, as well as considering the significance of transnational heritage regimes for local sites of memory.
The Workshop will be hosted by Kyushu University Border Studies, in partnership with IMAP, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia.