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University of Cambridge East Asian Seminar Series, Lent (Winter) Term 2016

The University of Cambridge’s Department of East Asian Studies hosts a lively series of speakers each term. Talks are on a range of topics from history and literature to religion, art, music, and more.

A list of past talks can be found here: www.ames.cam.ac.uk/news-events/eas/asc-seminar

All seminars start at 5:00 pm and take place in Rooms 8 & 9 in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge. All are welcome!

The following is a list with the eight speakers who will be featured during Lent (Winter) Term 2016.

18 January: Dr Gaynor Sekimori (SOAS)

"O-take Dainichi Nyorai, an Unlikely Shugendo Icon"

25 January: Professor Nagashima Hiroaki (University of Tokyo)

"Misreading Famous Haiku Verses from the Edo Period (1600-1868)"

1 February: Dr Mikael Bauer (University of Leeds)

"Walking the Vimalakīrti Assembly: A Buddhist Monk’s Journey in 12th Century Japan"

8 February: Dr Radu Leca, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

"Material Culture and Synthetic Worldviews on Late Eighteenth-century Japanese Maps"

15 February: Professor Hazel Smith (University of Central Lancashire)


"Unpacking Media Myths: North Korea: Markets and Military Rule"

22 February: Dr David Hughes (SOAS)

"Japanese Folk Music (Minyō): A Lecture and Demonstration"

29 February: Professor Wesley Jacobsen (Harvard University)


"Understanding Japanese Through Its Invisible Structures: How Linguistics Can Contribute to Language Learning"

7 March: Prof Selçuk Esenbel (Boğaziçi University)

"Pan-Asianism and Islam in Imperial Japan’s Geostrategy: The Diary of General Utsunomiya Taro (1861-1922)."

For further information contact:

Dr Matthew Shores

University Lecturer in Japanese

mws42@cam.ac.uk / 44 (0)1223-335173

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue Cambridge, CB3 9DA

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見る!聴く!話す! 被爆70年 ジェンダー・フォーラム in 広島

Website: http://hirojoken.sakura.ne.jp/

 日時:年1219日(土)・20日(日)

場所:広島市留学生会館

 主催:被爆70・ジェンダー・フォーラム in 広島実行委員会

 【連絡先】E-mail kazokusha(at)enjoy.ne.jp

(ジェンダー平等をめざす藤枝澪子基金・ヒロシマピースグラント2015助成金取得)

 〈思考する広島へ〉

 194586日、アメリカによって原子爆弾が投下された広島は、今日では「緑と水の美しい街=国際平和文化都市」となり、原爆による被害地として世界に向けて「平和希求メッセージ」を発信している。しかし、その「国際」「平和」「文化」の内実は問われることなく、ひたすら「ノー・モア・ヒロシマ」と叫ぶだけのスローガン都市になっているようにも見える。本フォーラムは「ジェンダー視点だけでは世界は語れないが、ジェンダー視点なしでも世界は語れない」ということを共通認識とし、「廣島・ヒロシマ・広島」をジェンダー視点で検証する。そして、これまでとは違った「平和」への回路を拓くために、「ヒロシマという 視座の可能性」を探る試みである。

 広島は、「記憶と忘却」という問題に満ちている。たとえば、被爆や 原爆表象が無罪無垢の女性被害者として「女性化」「母性化」される傾向にあること、広島の被害が強調されることで加害の側面が不可視化されること、被害者を「日本人」だけに捉えがちなこと、呉・岩国という日・米基地を周辺に持つ広島で性暴力事件が起きていてもほとんど問題にされないことなど。こうした傾向は、私たちの現在・未来の何を開き、閉ざしたのだろうか。そして広島は、現在「戦争をする国づくり」に邁進する日本政府にあらがう力となり得ているのだろうか。

 これまでもジェンダー視点からの問題提起は少なからず行われてきたが、被爆から70年の節目を迎える今日においてさらにそれを推し進めたい。そして図らずもジェンダー視点が不十分であるがゆえに、誰と、何と出会い損ねていたのかを検証し、新たな連帯への道を拓く。そのための強力な〈磁場〉となるべく、これまでジェンダー視点やフェミニズムに関心を持ってきた、あるいは持とうとする市民、学生、研究者らが集い、〈思考する広島〉へと一歩をすすめる。

《第1日目: 1219日(土)》

[1] 「廣島・ヒロシマ・広島」についてのもうひとつの語り

――司会:木村尚子(広島市立大学)

広島では1950年代初めから、ヒロシマの表象として「記憶の女性化」、「平和の母性化」が際立ってきた。「原爆乙女」「嵐の中の母子像」「サダコ」「夢千代日記」などがその一例として挙げられるのではないか。一方、軍港都市・呉は、10年前に開館した大和ミュージアムに象徴されるように、「記憶の男性化」が進行しているように見える。はたしてこの広島と呉のあいだは無関係と言えるのか。こうしたジェンダー化された平和言説や原爆表象、都市表象が繰り返されることによって、何が不可視化され、どんな政治性が生まれてきたのかを考える。

登壇者:高雄きくえ(ひろしま女性学研究所)/河口和也(広島修道大学)/森田裕美(中国新聞記者)/北原恵(大阪大学)/中岡志保(施設職員)/平井和子(一橋大学)

[2] つながるために そのⅠ――司会:有元伸子(広島大学)

1950年半ば「原子力の平和利用」推進の一翼を担い、1970年代になってようやく在韓被爆者支援運動が起きた広島。そして今も日米の深い傷を背負う沖縄と被爆地広島との関係はいかなるものだったのか。マイノリティと連帯してきたとは決して言えない歴史をもつ広島は、在日・在韓朝鮮人被爆者、東日本大震災による重大な原発事故に苦しむ福島の人々、辺野古への米軍新基地・高江へのヘリパッド基地建設阻止で闘い続ける沖縄の人々――こうした人々のアイデンティティ・闘い・表象もまたジェンダーの要素を帯びている――とどのような形でつながることができるのだろうか。その回路を探る。

登壇者:梁東淑(大阪大学)/安錦珠(広島大学)/ヴェール・ウルリケ(広島市立大学)/木村朗子(津田塾大学)/新城郁夫(琉球大学)/村上陽子(成蹊大学)/東琢磨(批評家)

《第2日目:1220日(日)》

[3] つながるために そのⅡ――司会:安錦珠(広島大学)

戦争を終わらせるための正当な手段だった、と原爆の使用を正当化するアメリカ。そのアメリカの核の傘の下にいながら、核兵器廃絶を訴え続ける日本。原爆投下を日本の植民地支配の帰結と捉え、それによって解放されたと考えるアジアの人々。こうした引き裂かれた状況と向き合い、対米従属に突き進むことなく、東アジアとのつながりのなかにヒロシマを位置づけることはできるのだろうか。ジェンダーとの絡み合いや国家・国境を横断するフェミニズムの試みについても考察しながら、その可能性を考える。

登壇者:高橋博子(広島平和研究所)/直野章子(九州大学)/鄭暎恵(大妻大学)/アンドレア・ゲルマー(九州大学)/阿部小涼(琉球大学)

[4] フェミニズムと民族・国家・戦争ヒロシマという視座の可能性

――司会:ヴェール・ウルリケ(広島市立大学)

敗戦後の女性の参政権獲得は、在日朝鮮人の権利剥奪と表裏一体であったこと、女性は「平和を願う存在」だけではなく「戦争のチアガール」でもあったこと、そして日米軍人のための「慰安婦」制度を受容してきたことなどを考えれば、「女」に位置づけられ、「女」(または「婦人」)として運動してきた人々も国民・民族に依拠し、国家と共犯関係にあったことは否定できない。それらの矛盾にも目を向けながらフェミニズムや女性平和運動を語り直し、ヒロシマを語る新たな視点、つまり、ジェンダー・セクシュアリティ・民族・階級などを交差させながら、それらのカテゴリーに敏感な「ヒロシマの視座」を紡ぎだす。そしてこうした作業を通して、〈わたし〉たちはどのような回路を拓けば、ヒ ロシマを個の生存と深い関わりを持つ課題として捉えうるのか、さらに個々の〈わたし〉たちはどのようにつながりうるのかについて考える。「思考する広島」へ、一歩でも近づくために。

登壇者:米山リサ(トロント大学)/マヤ・モリオカ・トデスキーニ(ジュネーブ大学)/上野千鶴子(東京大学)/加納実紀代(女性史研究者)

[5] 2日間の全体討論

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INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP: “IMAGES OF WOMEN IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION: PRINT CULTURE IN EARLY MODERN AND MODERN JAPAN”

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Leiden University

Supported by The Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) Cultural Foundation, Tokyo

The Stichting Isaac Alfred Ailion Foundation, Leiden

Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden

The Heinz M. Kaempfer Foundation, Leiden

One widely accepted way to reconstruct the past is to stress narratives of history’s turning points: the singular moments seen as causing massive historical changes. The Battle of Sekigahara of 1600 and the Meiji Restoration of 1868 are commonly perceived as these. However, history’s turning points are not limited to political events: an equally important role is played by technological developments such as printing. The first woodblock printing boom in the seventeenth-century, the introduction of lithography in 1880s profoundly transformed Japan, corroborating Walter Benjamin’s seminal observations on the manifold socio-political consequences of mechanical reproduction. These events serve as benchmarks for the alleged shifts between the pre-modern, the early-modern and modern periods characterized by different political systems, social lives and cultures. Despite the fact that modernities are historical blends (Gluck, 1998), narratives of discontinuity are pervasive. These notions have greatly influenced interpretations of Japan’s visual culture.

This tendency is particularly observable in printed representations of women. Images of women in Japan’s print culture from the seventeenth through the mid-twentieth centuries reveal an astonishing diversity of formats and functions including images of exemplary women depicted in jokunsho (conduct books for women), “portraits” of prostitutes, images of modern girls (moga) endorsing commercial products on posters, representations of “good wives and wise mothers” (ryōsai kenbo) in women’s magazines, images of “beauties” displayed at art exhibitions, and many others. However, printed representations of women have rarely been studied in terms of their common features. Instead, they have generally been divided into different categories enforced by the concepts of “modern”, “early modern” and “pre-modern” informed by discrete conceptual and ideological premises.

This workshop aims at complicating these classifications. It will address the following questions: how have printed representations of women changed, and why? What role has the medium of print as a technological condition played in the processes of representation? What are the consequences of mechanical reproduction for the construction of history? Examination of printed images of women can be a valuable contribution to debates about Japan’s visual culture and historiography for at least two reasons. First, as printing gave birth to a preference for the new and innovative it played a key role in the emergence of modernity (Luhmann, 1992).  Second, the female body has been constituted as a site of culturally contested meanings (Butler, 1989), and as such it narrates diverse histories. Through the investigation of printed images of women this workshop will contribute to the current debates about the constructions of history and media-saturated reality.

Time: 9:30-17:00

Venue: LIPSIUS Bldg., Room 147, Leiden University, Cleveringa plaats 1, Leiden

Attendance is free but registration is required. Please register by 7 September 2015.

Registration: Dr. Ewa Machotka  e.machotka@hum.leidenuniv.nl

More information: www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/highlights/15-sept-international-workshop-images-of-women.html

Programme

9.30-10.00    Registration and Coffee

10.00-10.10  Opening word, Ewa Machotka (Leiden University)

Session 1: Images of Women in Early Modern Print Culture

Chair: Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia)

10.10-10.30 Harbingers of Modernity: Objective Portrayal of Women in ukiyo-e,

                    Masato Naitō (Keio University)

10.30-10.50 Women in Print: The Figure of the Woman Writer in Japanese Early

                    Modern Print Culture, Ewa Machotka (Leiden University)

10.50-11.10 Women with Utamaro and with Kuniyoshi. From Idol to Personality,

                    Matthi Forrer (National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden)

11.10-11.30 Pictures of Beautiful Women of the Nineteenth Century: Decadent yet

                    Ideal, Sawako Takemura-Chang (Leiden University)

11.30-12.15 General discussion 

12.15-14.00 Lunch break**

Session 2: Images of Women in Modern Print Culture

Chair: Jaqueline Berndt (Kyoto Seika University)

14.00-14.20 Whitening: The Skin Color of Women in Japanese Posters

                     Yukihiro Hirayoshi (Museum & Archives, Kyoto Institute of      

                     Technology)

14.20-14.40 Images of Women in the Age of New Reproduction Techniques –

                    Takehisa Yumeji (1884 – 1934) and Commercial Imagery in early 20th                                         century Japan, Sabine Schenk (LMU Munich)

14.40-15.00 Images of Women in Propaganda Kamishibai, 1938-45,

                    Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia)

15.00-15.20 Odorless Bodies: Edo-era Women in Sugiura Hinako’s Manga

                    Jaqueline Berndt (Kyoto Seika University)

15.20-16.15 General discussion and closing remarks

16.15-17.00 Drinks

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International Symposium: Shifting Perspectives on Media and Materials in Early Modern Japan, 4th- 5th July 2015, SOAS, University of London

This is the first international symposium in the UK that highlights the diversity of the cultural production of early modern Japan – 17th through 19th centuries. It seeks to refocus attention on how researchers define their approaches to sourcing and interpreting a large variety of research materials that include prints, illustrated and printed books as well as ephemera such as topical prints and broadsheets. Senior and early career researchers from the disciplines of history, art history, literature, and media studies will explore the possibilities of highlighting selected research materials as media that shaped the discourse and cultural production of early modern Japan. We will consider issues such as media, text, discourse, text, materiality and the framing of research through taxonomies and archival research.

The flourishing and intersecting textual and visual cultures of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries are the sources of substantial archives of research materials in and outside Japan. There is a pressing need to refocus attention on these research materials as sources for uncovering the many facets of early modern Japan and for reconsidering the position of researchers as interpreters. The modernity of early modern Japan needs to be more fully understood by realising the roles these materials played in the shaping of public discourse as equivalents to social media. Narrow disciplinary frameworks have created problems in interpreting certain materials that fall between the cracks of conventional categories. The aim is to stimulate debate by discussing issues such as:

- How can interdisciplinary perspectives make approaches to interpreting these research materials more effective?

- How can the recent proliferation of international early modern manuscript reading workshops be used to improve our understanding of research materials as sources for uncovering early modern Japan? 

- How can we develop a better understanding of the direct impact the acquisition of skills can have on our approaches to interpreting research materials?

The first day of the symposium focuses on the agency of research materials as media in the production of discourse in early modern Japan. The second day deals with issues of framing research through categories, taxonomies and archives. Overall, particular attention will be paid to regional contexts that transcend the usual focus on urban centres.

To register and for further information please go to:

https://www.soas.ac.uk/jrc/events/04jul2015-shifting-perspectives-on-media-and-materials-in-early-modern-japan.html#Programme

Organisers: Christopher Gerteis, Doreen Mueller, Radu Leca.

This symposium is supported by the Japan Research Centre, SOAS, University of London, Japan Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

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