Geographies of Justice: Japan, Germany, and the Allied War Crimes Program
Frank H. Kenan Fellowship, 2018–19
Professor Seraphim is a historian of modern and contemporary Japan and the Director of the Asian Studies Program at Boston College. Originally from Germany, she holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in History. Her work has focused on the contested place of Japan’s empire and war in Asia in postwar politics, society, and culture, and on the social politics and visual cultures of righting historical wrongs globally. Her first book laid out postwar Japan’s political and social landscape of memory of World War II in Asia over six decades and explained why this history remains so contested today. In her current project she examines the legal geography of transitional justice centered on the punishment of war criminals prosecuted in Allied courts after World War II through the lens of Japanese and German war criminals’ prisons, from their vast spread across Asia and Europe to the dynamics within the American-run jails in Tokyo and Landsberg (Bavaria) and the (inter)national politics of clemency.
- Seraphim, Franziska. “A Japan that Cannot Say ‘Sorry’?” in Replicating Atonement: Foreign Models in the Commemoration of Atrocities, edited by Mischa Garbowitsch, 25-46. Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
- Seraphim, Franziska. “Carceral Geographies of Japan’s Vanishing Empire: War Criminals Prisons in Asia” in The Dismantling of the Japanese Empire in East Asia: Deimperialization, Postwar Legitimacy, and Imperial Afterlife, edited by Barak Kushner, 125–145. New York: Routledge, 2016.
- Seraphim, Franziska. “A ‘Penologic Program’ for Japanese and German War Criminals after World War II” in Transnational Encounters Between Germany and Japan: Perceptions of Partnership in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, edited by Joanne Miyang Cho, Lee M. Roberts, and Christian W. Spang, 185–206. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
- Seraphim, Franziska. Introduction to “Hanaoka Monogatari: The Massacre of Chinese Forced Laborers, Summer 1945,” with Richard Minear. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 13, issue 26, no. 3 (June 29, 2015).
- Seraphim, Franziska. “Visual Cultures of Memory in Modern Japan: The Historical Uses of Japanese Art Collections” in Memory and History: Understanding Memory as Source and Subject, edited by Joan Tumblety, 88-106. Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources. London: Routledge, 2013.
- Seraphim, Franziska. “People’s Diplomacy: The Japan-China Friendship Association and Critical War Memory in the 1950s.” Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 5, issue 8 (August 1, 2007).
- Seraphim, Franziska. “Relocating War Memory at Century’s End: Japan’s Postwar Responsibility and Global Public Culture” in Ruptured Histories: War and Memory in Post-Cold War Asia, edited by Sheila Miyoshi Jager and Rana Mitter, 15-46. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007.
- Seraphim, Franziska. War Memory and Social Politics in Japan, 1945–2005. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.