William Sewell

Coordinator, Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program
Faculty of Arts
History

Faculty Member Information

Interests

Modern Japanese History, Modern Chinese History, Northeast Asia (including northeastern China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, and eastern Siberia), Urban History, Imperialism

Education

Ph.D., Modern Japanese History, University of British Columbia, 2000
M.A., Modern Chinese History, University of California, Davis, 1987
B.S., History, Linguistics and Psychology , University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1983

Academic Work Experience

2014 - Present, Coordinator, Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program, Saint Mary's University
2008 - 2009, Acting Coordinator, Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program, Saint Mary’s University
2007 - Present, Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Graduate Studies
2007 - 2008, Chair, Department of History , Saint Mary’s University
2007 - 2008, Acting Chair, Department of History, Saint Mary’s University
2004 - Present, Associate Professor , Saint Mary’s University
2002 - 2003, Visiting Research Scholar, International Research Center for Japanese Culture
2000 - 2004, Assistant Professor, Saint Mary’s University
1999 - 2000, Sessional Instructor, University of British Columbia
1996 - 1998, Adjunct Professor, Lakeland College Japan
1993 - 1994, Sessional Lecturer, University College of the Fraser Valley

Scholarly Contributions

Book Reviews

Sewell Bill. (2014)"Michele M. Mason and Helen J. S. Lee (eds), Reading Colonial Japan: Text, Context and Critique", Canadian Journal of History 1:49, 156-7
Sewell Bill. (2014)"Miriam Kingsberg, Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History", H-Diplo, https://networks.h-net.org/node/28443/discussions/57305/sewell-kingsberg-moral-nation-modern-japan-and-narcotics-global
Sewell Bill. (2013)"Masato Kimura and Tosh Minohara (eds), Tumultuous Decade: Empire, Society, and Diplomacy in 1930’s Japan", Pacific Affairs 3:87
Sewell Bill. (2013)"Daqing Yang, Jie Liu, Hiroshi Mitani, and Andrew Gordon (eds), Toward a History Beyond Borders: Contentious Issues in Sino-Japanese Relations", Canadian Journal of History 2:48
Sewell Bill. (2011)"Hasegawa, Koichi, Constructing Civil Society in Japan: Voices of Environmental Movements", Progress in Development Studies 1:11, 79-81
Sewell Bill. (2011)"Hiromi Mizuno, Science for the Empire: Scientific Nationalism in Modern Japan", Canadian Journal of History 2:46, 464-6
Sewell Bill. (2011)"Greg Donaghy and Patricia E. Roy (eds), Contradictory Impulses: Canada and Japan in the Twentieth Century", University of Toronto Quarterly: A Canadian Journal of the Humanities 2:80, 300-1
Sewell Bill. (2011)"Marie-Claire Bergère, Shanghai: China’s Gateway to Modernity", Canadian Journal of History 3:46, 738-9
Sewell Bill. (2011)"Roger B. Jeans, Terasaki Hidenari, Pearl Harbor, and Occupied Japan: A Bridge to Reality", Pacific Affairs 3:84, 578
Sewell Bill. (2011)"Naoko Shimazu, Japanese Society at War: Death, Memory and the Russo-Japanese War", Canadian Journal of History 1:46, 199-201
Sewell Bill. (2010)"Mariko Asano Tamanoi, Memory Maps: The State and Manchuria in Postwar Japan", H-US-Japan, http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=24999
Sewell Bill. (2010)"Dagfinn Gatu, Village China at War: The Impact of Resistance to Japan, 1937-1945", Canadian Journal of History 1:45, 177-8
Sewell Bill. (2009)"Hiroshi Kimura, The Kurillian Knot: A History of Japanese-Russian Border Negotiations", Asian Affairs: An American Review 1:36, 52-3
Sewell Bill. (2008)"Sherman Cochran and David Strand (eds), Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast, and Diaspora in Transnational China", Pacific Affairs 2:81, 267-9
Sewell Bill. (2007)"Gregory Clancey, Earthquake Nation: The Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868-1930", Historical Geography 35, 288-90
Sewell Bill. (2007)"Yamamuro Shin’ichi, Manchuria Under Japanese Dominion", H-US-Japan, http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=265211196449094
Sewell Bill. (2007)"Adrian Buzo, The Making of Modern Korea", Progress in Development Studies 2:7, 168-9
Sewell Bill. (2006)"James Reardon-Anderson, Reluctant Pioneers: China's Expansion Northward, 1644-1937", Canadian Journal of History 3:41, 610-1
Sewell Bill. (2006)"Paul H. Kratoska (ed), Asian Labor in the Wartime Japanese History: Unknown Histories", H-US-Japan, http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=125821162312395
Sewell Bill. (2005)"Susan L. Burns, Before the Nation: Kokugaku and the Imagining of Community in Early Modern Japan", Canadian Journal of History 3:40, 578-80
Sewell Bill. (2005)"Mark Selden and Alvin Y. So (eds), War and State Terrorism: The United States, Japan, and the Asia-Pacific in the Long Twentieth Century", H-US-Japan, http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=228571116961103
Sewell Bill. (2005)"Jordan Sand, House and Home in Modern Japan: Architechture, Domestic Space and Bourgeois Culture 1880-1930", Pacific Affairs 1:78, 142-4
Sewell Bill. (2005)"Lily Kong and Brenda S. A. Yeoh, The Politics of Landscape in Singapore: Constructions of "Nation"", Progress in Development Studies 2:5, 159-61
Sewell Bill. (2005)"Ken'ichi Goto, Tensions of Empire: Japan and Southeast Asia in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, edited and with an introduction by Paul H. Kratoska", H-US-Japan, http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=175211117222038
Sewell Bill. (2005)"Joshua A. Fogel (ed), The Role of Japan in Liang Qichao’s Introduction to Modern Western Civilization to China", Pacific Affairs 2:78, 297-8
Sewell Bill. (2004)"Mohammed Razali Agus, John Doling, and Dong-Sung Lee (eds), Housing Policy Systems in South and East Asia", Progress in Development Studies 1:4, 76-8
Sewell Bill. (2004)"Di Wang, Street Culture in Chengdu: Public Space, Urban Commoners, and Local Politics, 1870-1930", Canadian Journal of History 8:39, 421-3
Sewell Bill. (2004)"Ann Waswo, Housing in Postwar Japan: A Social History", H-US-Japan, http://www/h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=192841094042827
Sewell Bill. (2003)"Ian Nish, Japanese Foreign Policy in the Interwar Period", H-US-Japan, http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=114431059720056
Sewell Bill. (2003)"David P. Barrett and Larry N. Shyu (eds), Chinese Collaboration with Japan, 1932-1945: The Limits of Accommodation", H-US-Japan, http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=253241047484581
Sewell Bill. (2003)"Glenn D. Hook and Gavan McCormack (eds), Japan's Contested Constitution: Documents and Analysis", Pacific Affairs 1:76, 122-3
Sewell Bill. (2003)"Felix Patrikeeff, Russian Politics in Exile: The Northeast Asian Balance of Power, 1924-1931", Pacific Affairs 3:76, 458-9
Sewell Bill. (2002)"Marjorie Dryburgh, North China and Japanese Expansion 1933-1937: Regional Power and the National Interest", H-Japan na:na, http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=238181014658066
Sewell Bill. (2002)"Ian Inkster, Japanese Industrialisation: Historical and Cultural Perspectives", Pacific Affairs 3:75, 460-1
Sewell Bill. (2002)"Barbara J. Brooks, Japan's Imperial Diplomacy: Consuls, Treaty Ports, and War in China, 1895-1938", H-US-Japan, http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=87841030249485
Sewell Bill. (2002)"Marlene J. Mayo, J. Thomas Rimer, and H. Eleanor Kerkham (eds), War, Occupation, and Creativity: Japan and East Asia 1920-1960", H-US-Japan, http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=131361029303163
Sewell Bill. (2001)"Carl A. Trocki, Opium, Empire, and the Global Political Economy: A Study of the Asian Opium Trade, 1750-1950", Pacific Affairs 7:74, 598-9
Sewell Bill. (2001)"Ian Martin, Historical Dictionary of Osaka and Kyoto", Pacific Affairs 2:74, 275
Sewell Bill. (2001)"Robert Bickers and Christian Henriot (eds), New Frontiers: Imperialism's New Communities in East Asia, 1842–1953", Pacific Affairs 3:74, 413-5
Sewell Bill. (2001)"Keiichiro Komatsu, Origins of the Pacific War and the Importance of "Magic"", Pacific Affairs 2:74, 270
Sewell Bill. (2001)"Yoshihisa Tak Matsusaka, The Making of Japanese Manchuria, 1904-1932", Pacific Affairs 4:74, 608-610
Sewell Bill. (2000)"Frank B. Tipton, The Rise of Asia: Economics, Society and Politics in Contemporary Asia", Pacific Affairs 3:73, 415-5
Sewell Bill. (2000)"Karl D. Jackson (ed), Asian Contagion: The Causes and Consequences of a Financial Crisis", Pacific Affairs 2:73, 268-9
Sewell Bill. (2000)"Ooi Keat Gin, Rising Sun Over Borneo: The Japanese Occupation of Sarawak, 1941-1945", Pacific Affairs 1:73, 149-50
Sewell Bill. (1999)"Andrew Cobbing, The Japanese Discovery of Victorian Britain: Early Travel Encounters in the Far West", Pacific Affairs 3:72, 438-9
Sewell Bill. (1999)"Paul H. Kratoska, The Japanese Occupation of Malaya, 1941-1945: A Social and Economic History", Pacific Affairs 2:72, 298-9
Sewell Bill. (1999)"Paul H. Kratoska (ed), Food Supplies and the Japanese Occupation in South-East Asia: Studies in the Economies of East and South-East Asia", Pacific Affairs 2:72, 298-9
Sewell Bill. (1995)"Ian Neary, War, Revolution and Japan", Pacific Affairs 3:68, 441
Sewell Bill. (1995)"George M. Wilson, Patriots and Redeemers in Japan", Pacific Affairs 2:68, 280

Book

Sewell Bill. "Constructing Empire: The Japanese Experience in Changchun, 1905-1945 (in submission)" (Spring - 2015)
Lee John, Sewell Bill. "Seven Crucial Centuries: Changes in the Premodern Chinese Society and Economy, 499 BCE – 1800 CE (as editor) (in submission)" (Summer - 2015)

Book Chapters

Sewell Bill. (2011). ""Beans to Banners: The Evolving Architecture of Pre-War Changchun"", Harbin to Hanoi: Colonial Built Environment in Asia, 1840 to 1940, 37-57
Sewell Bill. (2009). ""Manshukoku kokuto 'Shinkyo' no datsukochiku" (Manchukuo's "New Capital" in Contemporary Perspectives)"", Nitchu sensoki Chugoku no shakai to bunka (Chinese Society and Culture during the Sino-Japanese War), 291-327
Sewell Bill. (2005). ""Feng Yuxiang," "Harriman Affair," "Manchuria," "South Manchuria Railway," and "Warlordism"", Encyclopedia of Chinese-American Relations, 105-6, 128-9, 185-6, 263-4, 306-7
Sewell Bill. (2002). ""Postwar Japan and Manchuria"", Japan at the Millennium: Joining Past and Future, 97-119
Sewell Bill. (2001). ""Railway Outpost and Puppet Capital: Urban Expressions of Japanese Imperialism in Changchun, 1905-1945"", Colonialism and the Modern World, Selected Studies, 283-98

Journal Articles

Sewell Bill. "Reconsidering the Modern in Japanese History: Modernity in the Service of the Prewar Japanese Empire", Japan Review 16 (Spring - 2003), 213-58

Presentation

Sewell Bill. "Collapse and Consequences: Roads Home for Japanese in Manchuria, 1945-46", Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) (Spring - 2013)
Sewell Bill. "Beans to Banners: Changchun's Evolving Prewar Architecture", From Harbin to Hanoi: Colonial Built Environment, 1840-1940 (Spring - 2009)
Sewell Bill. "Japanese Society in a Manchurian Treaty Port", Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) (Spring - 2008)
Sewell Bill. "The Survey Course: Tradition and Transformation", Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) (Spring - 2007)
Sewell Bill. "Asia 101: The Texts", Canadian Asian Studies Association (CASA) (Spring - 2007)
Sewell Bill. "Reorienting the Manchurian Incident", Association for Asian Studies (AAS) (Spring - 2006)
Sewell Bill. "Historicizing the Manchurian Incident", Canadian Asian Studies Association (CASA) (Spring - 2006)
Sewell Bill. "Manufacturing Japan in Manchuria", Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) (Summer - 2006)
Sewell Bill. "Manchukuo's 'New Capital' in Contemporary Perspectives", The Third International Conference on Chinese-Japanese Relations during the Sino-Japanese War (Spring - 2005)
Sewell Bill. "Between Rocks and a Hard Place: Missionaries and Empires in Prewar Manchuria", Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) (Spring - 2005)
Sewell Bill. "Civilizational and Identity 'Clashes' in Manchuria during the Long Twentieth Century", Joint Conference of the East Asian Committee of the Canadian Asian Studies Association (CASA) and the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) (Spring - 2004)
Sewell Bill. "Crisis, War, and Culture: The Global Significance of Japanese National Cultures", Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) (Spring - 2003)
Sewell Bill. "Reinventing Imperialism: Morality in Japanese Manchuria", Canadian Asian Studies Association (CASA) (Spring - 2003)
Sewell Bill. "Kyu Manshu ni okeru senzen Nihon no machiukuri katsudo (Prewar Japanese City Making in Manchuria)", International Research Centre for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) and Japan Foundation (Spring - 2002)
Sewell Bill. "Public Health Concerns in a Manchurian Treaty Port", Workshop entitled 'Foreign Fevers and Colonial Cures: Disease and Medicine in the British, French, and Japanese Empires" (Spring - 2002)
Sewell Bill. "The M-Word Strikes Back: Japan's Prewar Empire, Current Dilemmas, and the Allure of the Modern", Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) (Spring - 2002)
Sewell Bill. "Senzen Nihon teikokushugi no toshi hyogen (Urban Expressions of Prewar Japanese Imperialism)", Nichibunken Cooperative Research Group seeking "A Comprehensive Study of the Culture of Modern Northeast China (the former Manchuria)", International Research Centre for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) (Spring - 2001)
Sewell Bill. "Modernity at Work: Making Theory Concrete in Colonial Manchuria", Nichibunken Evening Seminar, International Research Centre for Japanese Studies (Spring - 2001)
Sewell Bill. "A Beacon to the World: The Modernist National Project in Changchun", Association for Asian Studies (AAS) (Spring - 1999)
Sewell Bill. "Railway Outpost and Puppet Capital: Urban Expressions of Japanese Imperialism in Changchun, 1905-1945", Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Conference (ASPAC) (Spring - 1998)
Sewell Bill. "Railway Outpost and Puppet Capital: Urban Expressions of Japanese Imperialism in Changchun, 1905-1945", World History Association International Conference (Spring - 1998)
Sewell Bill. "Japanese Imperialism and Civic Construction in Manchuria, 1905-1945", New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) (Spring - 1997)
Sewell Bill. "Japanese Imperialism, Chinese Development, and Notions of Civic Progress in Northeast China", Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Conference (ASPAC) (Spring - 1997)
Sewell Bill. "Japanese Imperialism and Manchukuo’s Imperial Capital", PhD Kenkyukai, International House of Japan (Spring - 1997)
Sewell Bill. "Asia, Africa, and 'Involution'", Qualicum Conference (Spring - 1993)
Sewell Bill. "Grappling with the Plunge: Kosaka Masaaki and the 1930s World Historical Crisis", Qualicum Conference (Spring - 1992)

Conference Proceedings

Sewell Bill. "Manufacturing Japan in Manchuria", Resilient Japan: Papers Presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Japan Studies Association of Canada (2012 - 2013)
Sewell Bill. "Introduction", Resilient Japan: Papers Presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Japan Studies Association of Canada (2012 - 2013)
Sewell Bill. "Crisis, War, and Culture: The Global Significance of Japanese National Cultures", Why Japan Matters! (2004 - 2005)

Editorial Work

Sewell Bill. (Ed.) (2015) List Editor, H-NEAsia. H-Net

Other Publications

Sewell Bill. "Meiji-Taisho Japan"
John Cooper Robinson: Photographs from Meiji-Taisho Japan (Spring - 2011)
Sewell Bill. "Kyu Manshu ni okeru senzen Nihon no machizukuri katsudo (Prewar Japanese City Making in Manchuria)"
Nichibunken Foramu (Nichibunken Forum) (Spring - 2002)
Sewell William. "Japanese Imperialism and Civic Construction in Manchuria: Changchun, 1905-1945"
(PhD dissertation) (Spring - 2000)

Service: Institutional Committees

FGSR Awards, 2013/04 - None (794)
Appointments, 2012/01 - 2013/02 (793)
Senate, 2011/01 - 2013/02 (791)
Academic Appeals, 2005/01 - 2006/04 (792)
Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program, 2000/01 - None (795)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Conference Organizer , Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) 2010/04 - 2011/01
Adjudication Committee Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) 2009/02 - 2010/03
Adjudication Committee Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) 2008/02 - 2009/03
Member-at-Large, Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) 2008/01 - 2013/04
Adjudication Committee Member, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) 2007/02 - 2008/03
Adjudication Committee Member, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) 2006/02 - 2007/03
Member-at-Large, East Asia Council Executive Committee (Canadian Asian Studies Association [CASA]) 2006/01 - 2010/03
List Editor, H-NEAsia 2003/01 - Present
Secretary-Treasurer, Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) 2003/01 - 2008/03
Acting Secretary-Treasurer, Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) 2003/01 - 2004/03
Acting Secretary-Treasurer, Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) 2000/01 - 2001/03