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Emory Conference Center Hotel, Starvine Ballroom
Welcome and opening remarks
Robin Forman, Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics, 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”
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)”
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"
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"
Moderator: Ayako Kano
Dinner in the Drawing Room, Emory Conference Center Hotel
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"
Small group discussions (closed to panel participants only)