Heritage from the Margins? Shuri Castle and the Politics of Memory

Faculty of Law
Assis. Prof. Edward BOYLE

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.

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Team member

  • Ran Zwigenberg, Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Jewish Studies
    Pennsylvania State University
  • Victoria Young, Kawashima Lecturer in Japanese Literature and Culture
    University of Cambridge

Research Collaborations

  • IMAP Kyushu University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • the University of Cambridge
  • the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture
  • the University of East Anglia


[Contact] Edward BOYLE
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[E-mail] bordersofmemory★
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