Updated on 2022/05/26

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SIERCKS, Eric James
 
Affiliation
Affiliated organization, The Waseda International House of Literature
Job title
Research Associate
Mail Address
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Education

  • 2015.09
    -
    2022.03

    UCLA   Department of Asian Languages and Cultures   Japanese Literature  

  • 2012.08
    -
    2015.05

    University of Colorado, Boulder   Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations   MA (Japanese Literature)  

  • 2003.09
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    2007.06

    Lawrence University   BA (English)  

Degree

  • 2022.03   UCLA   PhD

Research Experience

  • 2021.04
    -
    Now

    Waseda University   Waseda International House of Literature (Haruki Murakami Library)   Research Associate

  • 2020.04
    -
    2021.03

    Saitama University   Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences   Lecturer

Professional Memberships

  • 2015.10
    -
    Now

    Association for Asian Studies

 

Research Areas

  • Japanese literature   Postwar Literature

Research Interests

  • Postwar Literature

  • Local Literatures

  • Intellectual History

  • Media History

  • Censorship

Papers

  • A Study of Censorship Documents and Post-censorship : Examples from Iwate Regional Magazines in the Prange Collection

    Eric Siercks

    Intelligence   ( 19 ) 80 - 90  2019.03  [Refereed]

Awards

  • ASPAC-Mori Prize

    2016.06   Association for Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast   Truly Honest: Miyazawa Kenji as Resistance to Modern Folklore

    Winner: Eric Siercks

Presentations

  • Designing Farmer's Literature: Aomori nōgyō as Postwar Media History

    Eric Siercks

    Asian Studies Conference Japan (Accepted Presentation, Conference Cancelled) 

    Event date:
    2021.07
     
     
  • Occupation-era Regional Magazines and the Intelligence Apparatus

    Eric Siercks  [Invited]

    Rikkyo University 

    Presentation date: 2021.07

  • Local Scales: Women’s Writing in Northern Tōhoku, 2020 to 1945

    Eric Siercks

    Association for Asian Studies Conference, Boston (Accepted Presentation, Conference Cancelled) 

    Event date:
    2020.03
     
     
  • Constructing Postwar Literature/Re-constructing National Literature: Rural Magazines and Archival Scales, 1945-1955

    Eric Siercks  [Invited]

    Kyūshū University IMAP/IDOC Lecture Series 

    Presentation date: 2020.01

  • Environmental Local Scales: Women’s Writing in Northern Tōhoku, Present to Postwar

    Eric Siercks  [Invited]

    German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo, History and Humanities Study Group 

    Presentation date: 2019.10

  • Nation, Region, Farm: The Scales of Literary Theory in Postwar Japan

    Eric Siercks

    9th International Forum: Border-crossing Humanistic Thought, Waseda University 

    Presentation date: 2019.07

  • Iwate Regional Magazines in the Prange Collection: On Censorship Documents and Post-censorship

    Eric Siercks  [Invited]

    The Institute of 20th Century Media, Waseda University, 125th Research Forum 

    Presentation date: 2019.01

  • Censored Interpretations: Reading the Prange Collection Censor by Censor

    Eric Siercks  [Invited]

    UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Symposium 

    Presentation date: 2018.04

  • Censored Interpretations: Reading the Prange Collection Censor by Censor

    Eric Siercks

    Association for Asian Studies Conference, Washington DC 

    Presentation date: 2018.03

  • Truly Honest: Miyazawa Kenji as Resistance to Modern Folklore

    Eric Siercks

    Association for Asian Studies Conference, Toronto 

    Presentation date: 2017.03

  • Truly Honest: Miyazawa Kenji as Resistance to Modern Folklore

    Eric Siercks

    Association for Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Annual Conference, CSU Northridge 

    Presentation date: 2016.06

  • Globalization, Transnationalism, and Ekkyō: Locating ‘Border-crossing’ in Japanese Literature

    Eric Siercks  [Invited]

    Transnationalism and its Discontents: Exploring Critical Approaches to Border-space, University of Colorado, Boulder 

    Presentation date: 2015.03

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Specific Research

  • New Critical Approaches to Archival Methodologies: Contemporary Archivization, World Literature, and the Haruki Murakami Library

    2021  

     View Summary

    This research funding supported the final stages of my dissertation, “Scaling the Nation: Local Literary Production and National Literature in Postwar Japan, 1946-1955.” This dissertation deploys scalar methodologies to challenge the archivization of postwar Japanese literature as a “national” literature. In doing so, my research shows how the archives of Occupation censorship can reshape our understanding of not only postwar literary history, but also translation and world literature. Occupation censorship could only function if it affirmed the literature’s affective power and translated that literature for a transnational readership. In this warped version of world literature, we discover that translation need not be accurate, substantial, or intelligible. Viewing archives through the lens of scale provides a new perspective on the creation of contemporary archives. In the case of the holdings of the Waseda International House of Literature (The Haruki Murakami Library), scalar research on archivization show the need to contextualize a “global” author through a wide variety of local and historical archival objects.

 

Teaching Experience

  • Topics in Japanese Studies II: Literature, Censorship, Archival Research

    Saitama University  

    2020.09
    -
    2021.02
     

  • Topics in Japanese Studies I: Gender in Modern Japanese Literature

    Saitama University  

    2020.04
    -
    2020.07