Cultivating Institutional Change in Japan: Globalization, Demographic Decline, and the Future of Farming

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Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 20179:00AM - 10:30AMMunk School of Global Affairs
Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility
1 Devonshire Place, South House
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2017 JSAC Conference


This keynote lecture is a part of the 2017 Japan Studies Association of Canada conference ( The JSAC conference is a paid event, and this keynote is offered free of charge.


Patricia Maclachlan, who arrived at UT in 1997, is now Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies. She received her Ph.D in political science and Japan studies in 1996 from Columbia University and spent one year as a research associate in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests include the politics and political economy of East Asia, with a focus on Japan. Her current book project explores the political economy of Japanese agriculture and the politics of agricultural policy reform in comparative perspective. Professor Maclachlan is the author of The People’s Post Office: The History and Politics of the Japanese Postal System: 1871-2010 (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2011)andConsumer Politics in Postwar Japan: The Institutional Boundaries of Citizen Advocacy (NY: Columbia University Press, 2002). She is a co-editor of and contributing author to The Ambivalent Consumer: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006), and has written several articles and book chapters on consumer-related issues in Japan and the West, Japanese civil society, and Japanese postal politics.


Eileen Lam


Patricia Maclachlan
Associate Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin

Dick Beason
Professor of International Business and Business Economics, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of Global Japan


Japan Studies Association of Canada


Asian Institute

CASSU - Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union

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