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Jordan Alexander Sand
Georgetown University (Washington, DC 20057-0001)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 6/30/2007

Speculation and Memory in Late Twentieth-Century Tokyo

This project studies nostalgia as a force shaping postindustrial urbanism. It does so by focusing on Tokyo, a city better known today for its high-tech modernity than its orientation to the past. In the 1980’s, as Tokyo was transformed into a world city, architects, writers, activists, and marketers developed a range of creative ways to express local identity and make local history visible. Close examination of related movements in disparate fields will reveal some of the contours of a sophisticated Japanese public culture that has gone virtually ignored elsewhere. It will also provide a dynamic model for understanding the relation between intellectuals, consumers, memory and the physical environment in contemporary cities.