Dissertation Workshop - "Gender and Sexuality in Japan," Intended Primarily for Southeast Asian Students

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From Womenomics to LGBTQ civil rights, gender and sexuality issues have become an important domain in Japanese Studies in many academic disciplines. Differences across generations, the role anime and manga in social discourse, gender differences in transnational migration, new LGBTQ family structures and related questions are gaining increased attention in the fields of literature, anthropology, sociology, the arts, history, health sciences, law, demography and religious studies.

This is planned as the first of three workshops intended to foster strong transnational networks in Japanese Studies within Southeast Asia. The workshops aim to involve eight students from Southeast Asia, two students from Japan, and two students from the University of California, Berkeley.

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These workshops are intended for doctoral students who are currently developing dissertation proposals, conducting their dissertation research, or in the early stages of writing their dissertations. Emphasis will be on strengthening the theoretic and conceptual foundations of students’ work, identifying appropriate research methods, goals, and relevant literatures, as well as encouraging skillful English-language writing practices. Students will engage in rich and extended discussions of their own and each others’ projects with mentor faculty and student peers, offering and receiving constructive and critical input on improving their research plans and writing.
The initial workshop on gender and sexuality in Japan will be held over four days, March 28-31, 2018, on the UC Berkeley campus. Generous funding from the Japan Foundation will cover the full costs of round-trip, economy-class travel to Berkeley California, visas, lodging, ground transportation, and a modest per diem. Some meals will also be provided. Participants are encouraged to spend an additional two days before or after the workshop exploring the university’s archives and libraries or networking with our faculty.
Applicants should be Ph.D. candidates currently writing their dissertation proposal, conducting research, or in an early phase of writing the dissertation itself. Participants will include eight students from Southeast Asia, two students from the University of California, Berkeley, and two students from Japan, in order to foster transnational networks of like-minded scholars. Special consideration will be given to students from ASEAN universities which do not have major Japanese Studies programs or centers.

Questions concerning the program should be addressed to the Center for Japanese Studies at: CJS@Berkeley.edu.


  • Your name, email address, university, and departmental affiliation.
  • Dissertation title, expected date of completion, and the name of your dissertation chair.
  • A one-page, single-spaced proposal, written in English, describing the dissertation topic and progress to date.
  • A one-page letter of support from your dissertation chair.

Application materials are due no later than October 15, 2017, and should be emailed to the Center for Japanese Studies at: CJS@Berkeley.edu. Notice of acceptance will be by November 15. Accepted students will be asked to submit additional materials related to their proposal, research, and writing for peer review by January 1, 2018. Participants will also receive workshop materials for review via email by January 15, 2018