John Hennessey is a PhD Candidate in history at Linnaeus University (Växjö, Sweden), with affiliations to the Swedish National Research School in History and the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in history and French literature from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, United States) and a Master's Degree in Asian studies from Lund University (Lund, Sweden). His primary areas of interest include colonial history during the period 1850-1945, Japanese history, transnational and comparative history, discourse analysis, nationalism and propaganda.
His dissertation will highlight Japan's engagement with globally circulating colonial ideas and practices during the period 1868-1931. Although it is often marginalized in postcolonial studies and imperial history, Japan was a concurrent and important player in the creation of the transnational colonial culture that developed around the turn of the 20th century. Through a comparative analysis of scholarly and popular texts aimed at international and Japanese audiences, his research investigates the origin and development of specific colonial ideas in Meiji- and Taishō Japan and their policy effects. In particular, it demonstrates that despite the fact that imperial Japan is commonly linked to assimilation, before 1931 the competing 'school' of colonial association also had powerful proponents in Japan, consistent with trends in the other great empires of the age.
1HI435 Japans historia (The History of Japan)
1KV101 History and Religion in Sweden
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Hennessey, J. (2015). Creating a Colonial Consciousness? : Reflections on Audience Reception at the Tokyo Colonization Exposition of 1912. Asia in Focus. 15-24.
Conference paper (Other academic)
- Hennessey, J. (2017). American Advisors, Ainu ‘Artefacts’ and Japanese Settler Colonialism in Hokkaidō, 1868-1885. Everyday Empires : Trans-Imperial Circulations in a Multidisciplinary Perspective.
- Hennessey, J. (2016). An Overlooked Golden Age? : Representations of the Heian Era in Contemporary Japanese Public History Venues. Every Picture Tells A Story – The Visualization of Japanese History, Oslo, 10-11 March, 2016.
- Hennessey, J. (2014). Defining Taiwan : Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Colonial Classification. The Politics of Colonial Comparison, Oxford, 29 September, 2014.
- Hennessey, J. (2014). Self Abroad, Other at Home : Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Imperial Exhibitions. BAJS Advanced Postgraduate Conference, SOAS, London, 25 April, 2014.
- Hennessey, J. (2014). Harmless Entertainment or Propaganda? : Discourses of Empire in early 20th century Japanese Expositions. Svenska historikermötet (Conference for Swedish Historians), Stockholm, 8-10 May 2014.
- Hennessey, J. (2014). Japan in the Transnational Culture of Imperialism, 1895-1915. 14th European Association of Japanese Studies Conference, Ljubljana, 27-30 August, 2014.
- Hennessey, J. (2012). Strategies for Investigating ‘Popular Imperialism’. Global Communities: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Exchanges, Linnaeus University, Växjö, 29-30 October, 2012.
Chapter in book (Refereed)
- Hennessey, J. (2015). Shattered Images : French Indochina as a failed symbolic resource. Imperial expectations and realities : El Dorados, utopias and dystopias. Manchester, UK, Manchester University Press. 228-247.
Report (Other academic)
- Hennessey, J. (2015). Discourses of the Heian Era and National Identity Formation in Contemporary Japan. Lund, Sweden, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. 32.
Article, book review (Other academic)
- Hennessey, J. (2016). [ Review of ] Robert Thomas Tierney, Monster of the Twentieth Century: Kōtoku Shūsui and Japan’s First Anti-Imperialist Movement : Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. 280 pp. ISBN:9780520286344. Itinerario : International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction. Leiden, The Netherlands, Cambridge University Press. 40. 155-157.
- Hennessey, J. (2015). Book Review: Review of Faye Yuan Kleeman, In Transit: The Formation of the Colonial East Asian Cultural Sphere. Japanese Studies. Australia, Taylor & Francis. 35. 136-138.