dokyu: Intersections of History, Creative Writing, and Arts Practice / Martin Dusinberre

These materials are part of the dossier Dokyu: Intersections of History, Creative Writing, and Arts Practice, published in ASAP/Journal volume 8, number 3, January 2024. Spanning multiple locations of research including Singapore, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, the U.S., and Switzerland, Dokyu’s participants draw from varied fields such as documentary poetics, environmental and community-based art and history practices, performance art, and painting, among others, in order to expand the ways in which we approach, understand, and interact with historical documents. Ultimately, Dokyu aims to establish an experimental space that fosters interdisciplinary dialogue, transforms artistic and scholarly methodology, and informs the ways the interdisciplinary in the humanities is both practiced and taught. 


  1. Chan Yi Qian (artist & writer)
  2. Martin Dusinberre (historian)
  3. James Jack (artist)
  4. Hilmi Johandi (artist)
  5. Collier Nogues (writer)
  6. Siddharta Perez (curator)
  7. Aki Sasamoto (artist)
  8. Lawrence Lacambra Ypil (writer)

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This is a video of the inaugural lecture (in English) that Martin Dusinberre gave at the University of Zurich in 2016:

The lecture, about multivocality and positionality in global history, and featuring readings in German and Japanese as well as in English by members of the audience, became the basis of Martin’s 2017 History Workshop Journal article about voices in history.

Martin discusses his new book, Mooring the Global Archive: A Japanese Ship and its Migrant Histories (Cambridge University Press, 2023), in the Geneva Graduate Institute’s “Transimperial History” podcast:

He also hosted the first two seasons of the University of Zurich’s “15past15” podcast, on “History Writing in East Asia,” and “Wealth and the Writing of History”.

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