This one-day workshop brings together scholars from Japan and North America, and creates an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary, and transnational space for intellectual conversations on the issue of gender in various aspects of Japan studies. It situates Japan in a transpacific framework and examines topics of modern and contemporary times that attest for an underrepresented history of women. As a significant first step of our long-term efforts to explore the experience, practice, and discourse of women, this year we start with the theme “Gender as Critique: Precarity, Power, and Performance.” The workshop consists of three roundtable sessions, each engaging two to four papers, to allow close discussions among the panelists and the audience on the following topics: 1. The politics of the body in Japanese literature and culture. 2. Feminist debates and activism on womanhood and motherhood in modern Japanese history. 3. The gendered labor, class, and social struggles in Japan and the transpacific. There will be an open-discussion session at the end of the workshop to address general issues of gender and Japan Studies and brainstorm on the sustainability of this collaborative project.
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Sponsors: Asian Studies Program, College of Humanities, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), with the support of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission ( JUSFC)