"Counter Normative Identities in Contemporary Japan and the Business of Emotions" GIS Talk by Dr. Marta Fanasca on June 28, 17:00

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The Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) at Hosei University is happy to launch our research talk series, GIS Talks, with Dr. Marta Fanasca from Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. Please see the details below. To register, please visit:


WHEN: Tuesday June 28th from 17:00 to 18:00
WHERE: Hosei University, Ichigaya campus G401 (4th floor Gate building); We will also set up Zoom for those who cannot attend in person

TITLE: Counter Normative Identities in Contemporary Japan and the Business of Emotions

ABSTRACT: In this talk I will discuss the case of different female born individuals whose life experiences develop outside heteronormative binaries in contemporary Japan. I will address their representation in Japanese media and the business of commodified intimacy (gijiren'ai) in which they are involved. Specifically, I will firstly discuss the phenomenon of dansō (男装) and the entertainment world related to them. Particular attention will be given to the world of dansō escorting, the focus of my main research line. Then, I will also share and discuss the preliminary results of my new ethnographic project focused on female providers of sexual intimacy for women.