Asian Studies

Asian Studies Seminar Series: Joseph Seeley

In brief

Date - 6 March 2024

Venue - Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square

Speaker - Dr Joseph Seeley (University of Virginia)

Title - 'Water, Ice, and "Bandits": Yalu River Border Security through the Seasons, 1910-1945'

About the event

From 1910 to 1945, the Yalu River was part of the longest formal, non-maritime border of the Japanese Empire—a pivotal site for shoring control over Japanese-occupied Korea and for projecting imperial power further into Manchuria.

This talk examines how the politics and violence of the border were critically shaped by the river's annual cycles of wintertime freezing, springtime thawing, and summertime monsoonal flooding. More than just a static backdrop to human politics, the seasonally changing Yalu River played an active role in border making and unmaking.

About the speaker

Joseph Seeley is an Assistant Professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He has published multiple articles on environmental and animal histories of Korea and East Asia. His first book, Border of Water and Ice: The Yalu River and Japan's Empire in Korea and Manchuria, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press.

About the seminar series

Each year, Asian Studies welcomes a fantastic range of guest speakers and colleagues to present a seminar on their research, spanning fields as diverse as film and media, literature, religion, society, politics and international relations.

How to join

Events are free and everyone is welcome. No booking is necessary.

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Mar 06 2024 -

Asian Studies Seminar Series: Joseph Seeley

Join us in-person for a seminar by Dr Joseph Seeley (University of Virginia) entitled 'Water, Ice, and "Bandits": Yalu River Border Security through the Seasons, 1910-1945'.

Project Room 1.06
50 George Square
University of Edinburgh