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Sex, Gender, and Society: Rethinking Modern Japanese Feminisms

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April 19, 2013

Emory Conference Center Hotel, Starvine Ballroom

7:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Welcome and opening remarks
Robin FormanDean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics, Emory University

8:15 a.m.
Panel Presentation: Sexuality and the Body
Discussant: Lynne Huffer, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University

Jan Bardsley, Associate Professor, Japanese Humanities, UNC Chapel Hill
Paper title: “Cautionary Tales from Post-Feminist Japan: Beauties, Monsters, and the Loss of Feminist Politics” 

Kathryn Hemmann, Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania
Paper title: “Sexuality, Politics, and Misogyny in the Work of Kirino Natsuo”     

James Welker, Associate Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University
Paper title: “From Women’s Liberation to Lesbian Feminism: Thinking About Same-Sex Desire Within and Beyond the Ūman Ribu Movement” 

Leslie Winston, Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Paper title: “Seeing Double: the Feminism of Ambiguity in the Art of Takabatake Kashô”

10:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
Panel Presentation: Motherhood and the Family
Discussant: Pamela Scully, Chair of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Professor of WGSS and African Studies, Emory University

Hillary Maxson, Department of History, University of Oregon
Paper title: “From ‘Motherhood in the Interest of the State’ to Motherhood in the Interest of Mothers: Rethinking the First Mothers’ Congress” 

Laura Dales, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, University of Western Australia
Paper title: “Friends and lovers: Women’s intimate relationships outside marriage”

Dina Lowy, Associate Professor of History, Gettysburg College
Paper title: "Sex(y) Scandal?: Kamichika Ichiko and the 1916 Hikage Teahouse Incident”

Hikari Hori, Assistant Professor of Japanese Film and Visual Culture, Columbia University
Paper title: “Feminist Imagination in Shojo Manga: Motherhood, Reproduction, and Family in Hagio Moto’s Marginal (1985-87)”

12:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.
Panel Presentation: Politics
Discussant: Sun-Chul Kim, Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Korean Studies, Emory University


Elyssa Faison, Associate Professor of History, University of Oklahoma
Paper title: "Women’s Rights as Proletarian Rights: Yamakawa Kikue, Suffrage, and the ‘Dawn of Liberation’” 

Barbara Hartley, University of Tasmania
Paper title: "Ethical Feminism: Narrating the Stories of Two Women in Japan    

Akwi Seo, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo
Paper title: "Between Nation and Gender: Transition of Activism by Korean Women in Japan" 

Tomomi Yamaguchi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Montana State University
Paper title: "The Mainstreaming of Feminism and the Politics of Backlash in 21st Century Japan" 

3:30 p.m.

3:45 p.m.
Panel Presentation: Education and Employment
Discussant: Carla Freeman, Winship Distinguished Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University

Julia Bullock, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies, Emory University
Paper title: "Coeducation in the Age of ‘Good Wife, Wise Mother’: Koizumi Ikuko’s Quest for ‘Equality of Opportunity’"

Ronald Loftus, Professor of Japanese Language and East Asian History, Willamette University
Paper title: "The ‘Lib Movement’ and the Development of Feminist Consciousness in Postwar Japan: Reading the Memoirs of Yoshitake Teruko and Kishino Junko"

Nancy Stalker, Associate Professor of Asian Studies and History, University of Texas at Austin
Paper title: "Flower Empowerment: Rethinking Japan's Traditional Arts as Women's Labor"

Chris McMorran, Lecturer, Dept. of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore
Paper title: "Performing resistance when there is ‘no place to go’: Women’s labor in the Japanese tourist industry"

5:45 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Keynote Panel
Moderator: Ayako Kano

Panelists: Vera MackieBarbara MolonyUeno Chizuko 

7:15 p.m.
Dinner in the Drawing Room, Emory Conference Center Hotel

April 20, 2013

9:00 a.m.
Panel Presentation: Feminist Theory (free and open the public)
Discussant: Michael Moon, Professor of American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University

Keith Vincent, Assistant Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature, Boston University
Paper title: "Takemura Kazuko: Feminism and Queer Theory in a Global Context"

Sarah Frederick, Co-Associate Chair, Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, Associate Professor of Japanese, Boston University
Paper title: "Edward Carpenter and Queer Internationalism in Japanese Feminism"

Setsu Shigematsu, Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside
Paper title: "Reflections on the Women’s Liberation Movement: From the Shadows of its Legacy to its Contested Canonization"

Elizabeth Miles, Department of Anthropology, Yale University
Paper title: "Re-Thinking Feminism, Re-Thinking Sex in Contemporary Japan" 

11:00 a.m.
Plenary Session

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Small group discussions (closed to panel participants only)