Asian Studies

Inaugural Lectures: My World in War and Revolution

My World in War and Revolution: A Comparative History of the Modern Diary in the East and West.

Prof. Aaron William Moore received his PhD from Princeton University in 2006. He held post-doctoral positions at Harvard and Oxford University, as well as teaching as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Virginia. 

In this Inaugural Lecture for the University, Aaron focuses on the relationship East Asian modernity shared with the personal diary, which came to both reflect and contribute to phenomena such as 'total war' mobilisation, revolution, and the experience of childhood. Moreover, having examined hundreds of diaries from around the world, Moore introduces a methodology for reading personal diaries that emerged out of his comparative approach to modern history. Despite the considerable cultural and ideological differences between China, Japan, America, the USSR, and Britain, the usefulness of the diary as a tool for self-discipline emerged almost simultaneously in each context, and this uncanny convergence must be explained.

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About the Inaugural Lectures

This event is part of a series of Inaugural Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, where newly appointed Professors or Chairs give free public talks on their current and recent research. 

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About Professor Aaron Moore

Professor Aaron Moore is a transnational and comparative social historian working with documents in Japanese, Chinese, and Russian, as well as having extensive archival experience in Britain and the United States. His work has primarily focused on the critical analysis of personal documents in the modern era, including diaries, letters, memoirs, and amateur artwork. He has published extensively on the experiences of combat veterans, children and youth, and civilians enduring WWII, using examples of life-writing from the United States, Japan, China, and Great Britain. He is also conducting research on the long history of science writing and speculative fiction, as well as the social history of the 1950s in mainland China.

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Oct 16 2019 -

Inaugural Lectures: My World in War and Revolution

In this lecture, Professor Aaron Moore focuses on the relationship East Asian modernity shared with the personal diary, which came to both reflect and contribute to phenomena such as 'total war' mobilisation, revolution, and the experience of childhood.

Playfair Library
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL