THE PHILOSOPHER & THE PRINCESS

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Type: 
Symposium
Date: 
May 19, 2019
Location: 
Japan
Subject Fields: 
East Asian History / Studies, French History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

International Symposium

International Gender Studies Institute, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo

 

THE PHILOSOPHER AND THE PRINCESS: 

FREEDOM, LOVE, AND DEMOCRACY IN COLD WAR JAPAN

Japan’s rising affluence in the 1950s and 1960s, the expansion of girls’ education, the increase in women’s magazines, and the rise of middle-class consciousness led women to imagine new possibilities.  What new choices did women have?  What would it take to realize dreams of freedom, self-discovery, and love? This symposium engages with these questions by discussing the influence of two legendary figures—French feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir and Showa-era Crown Princess Michiko, women who posed radically different models of self-expression, sexuality, and social engagement.  Viewing attention to these women through a Cold War lens, we can also ask how ensuing discussion of the philosopher and the princess positioned Japan itself amid the transnational dynamics of the 1950s and 1960s.

 

This symposium brings together feminist scholars with diverse expertise in literature, gender studies, and social science as presenters and commentators.  We invite debate and discussion from the audience.

 

Speakers

Beauvoir in Japan: Japanese Women and The Second Sex

Julia Bullock, Emory University

 

Romance Revisited: The Royal Wedding of 1959 Viewed Sixty Years Later

Jan Bardsley, Ochanomizu University and UNC-Chapel Hill

 

Discussants

Aya Kitamura, Tsuda University

Gaye Rowley, Waseda University

 

Moderator

Fumie Ohashi, Ochanomizu University

Language: English and Japanese; simultaneous interpretation available

Date/time: Sunday, 19 May 2019, 13:30-16:30

Venue:  Multi-purpose Hall, Hisao & Hiroko TAKI PlazaInternational Exchange Student Plaza, Ochanomizu University

Campus maphttp://www.ocha.ac.jp/en/access/

Pre-registration required: https://crdeg.cf.ocha.ac.jp/ocha2/igs/20190519

Poster: http://www2.igs.ocha.ac.jp/en/events/2019/04/0519/

For additional information please contact Jan Bardsley: bardsley@email.unc.edu

 

 

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