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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
3-3-6 Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074
Tel: 03 – 3222 5198, Fax: 03 – 3222 5420


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The lecture will be given in English. It will take place on Thursday, June 16th 2005 at 6.30 p.m. at the DIJ. Admission is free, but please register with Ms. Dinkel at the DIJ.



Gendering the Culture of 1960s Japan (Geschlechtsidentität in der japanischen Kultur der 1960er Jahre)

16. Juni 2005 / 18:30

Vera Mackie, Professor, University of Melbourne

 In this paper I will explore the use of visual materials as a historical source for the history of 1960s Japan. How would we consider this history if we were to use visual materials as a primary source, rather than simply to illustrate points made from more conventional sources? I will consider how alternative visions of democracy, citizenship, and publicness are reflected in visual culture; how gender, class and ethnicity are constituted through these sources; and some alternative forms of (self) representation.


Vera Mackie is Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow in the History Department at the University of Melbourne, where she is working on a cultural history of the body in modern Japan. Major publications include Feminism in Modern Japan: Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality, Cambridge 2003; Gurōbaruka to Jendā Hyōshō [Globalisation and Representations of Gender]; Ochanomizu Shobō, 2003; Creating Socialist Women in Japan: Gender, Labour and Activism, 1900–1937, Cambridge, 1997 (paperback edition 2002) and Human Rights and Gender Politics: Asia–Pacific Perspectives, co-edited with Anne Marie Hilsdon, Martha Macintyre and Maila Stivens, Routledge, 2000.