John Hennessey has a PhD in history from Linnaeus University (Växjö, Sweden). 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, Rule by Association: Japan in the Global Trans-Imperial Culture, 1868-1912, highlights Japan's engagement with globally circulating colonial ideas and practices during the period 1868-1912. Although it is often marginalized in postcolonial studies and imperial history, Japan was a concurrent and important player in the creation of the global, trans-imperial colonial culture that developed around the turn of the twentieth 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 Japan and their policy effects. In particular, it demonstrates that despite the fact that imperial Japan is commonly linked to assimilation, before 1919 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. (2018). Moving Up in the World : Japan’s Manipulation of Colonial Imagery at the 1910 Japan-British Exhibition. Museum History Journal. 11. 24-41.
- Hennessey, J. (2018). Engineering Japanese Settler Colonialism in Hokkaido : A Postcolonial Reevaluation of William Wheeler's Work for the Kaitakushi. Asia in Focus : A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers. 6. 2-13.
- Hennessey, J. (2015). Creating a Colonial Consciousness? : Reflections on Audience Reception at the Tokyo Colonization Exposition of 1912. Asia in Focus. 15-24.
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.
Conference paper (Other academic)
- Hennessey, J. (2018). Shock and Awe : Representations of Colonial Violence at Japanese Expositions and Metropolitan Tours for Colonial Subjects. Global Challenges: Borders, Populism and the Postcolonial Condition : An international conference on critical theory, postcoloniality, migration and populism. Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, 14-16 June 2018.
- Hennessey, J. (2017). Cradle of Imperialism : Sapporo Agricultural College and the Transnational Exchange of Colonial Knowledge. EAJS2017 : 15th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies : Lisbon, August 30 - September 2, 2017.
- 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). 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). Self Abroad, Other at Home : Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Imperial Exhibitions. BAJS Advanced Postgraduate Conference, SOAS, London, 25 April, 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. (2014). Defining Taiwan : Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Colonial Classification. The Politics of Colonial Comparison, Oxford, 29 September, 2014.
- Hennessey, J. (2012). Strategies for Investigating ‘Popular Imperialism’. Global Communities: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Exchanges, Linnaeus University, Växjö, 29-30 October, 2012.
Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
- Hennessey, J. (2018). Rule by Association : Japan in the Global Trans-Imperial Culture, 1868-1912. Doctoral Thesis. Växjö, Linnaeus University Press. 344.
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.