[Japan_UW] Mary Elizabeth Berry NOV 15

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Tue Nov 12 13:49:38 PST 2013

Friends and colleagues,

please join us for:

Educating the Material Girl in Edo Japan
Mary Elizabeth Berry, Class of 1944 Professor
University of California - Berkeley

Friday, November 15, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Savery Hall 130
University of Washington

Market economies require vigorous consumption to succeed (especially when foreign trade is limited). Although we know that consumption played a major role in the Edo-period economy, most familiar sources (including sumptuary laws, family codes, and popular advice manuals) condemned it. This talk explores texts that embraced consumption and the ways in which they transformed spending into an act of virtue.

Mary Elizabeth Berry is the author of Hideyoshi (Harvard University Press, 1982); The Culture of Civil War in Kyoto (University of California Press, 1994); and Japan in Print: Information and Nation in the Early Modern Period (University of California Press, 2006). Her current book project is Why Work so Hard? Opportunity, Profit, and Pleasure in Early Modern Japan. Berry has served as president of the Association for Asian Studies, chair of the American Advisory Committee of the Japan Foundation, and chair of the Department of HIstory at the University of California, Berkeley.

This event is sponsored in partnership with the Seattle Asian Art Museum Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas. For information contact: (206) 685-9997 / japan at uw.edu Mary Elizabeth Berry will also be speaking Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. For more detaills and registration information, please go to the SAM website: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/GardnerCenter/default.asp

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance of the event: 206.543.6450, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264/FAX, or dso at uw.edu

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Thank you,
Japan Studies Program
Henry M. Jackson School of Int'l Studies
University of Washington, Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
Ofc: 206.685.9997
Web: depts.washington.edu/japan/

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