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Life Courses in Flux

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Meiji University
Shikonkan Hall 3F
3-22-14 Kanda Ogawamachi
Chiyoda-ku (Meidai-dōri)


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Co-organizers

German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) and Meiji University, School of Information and Communication, Gender Center

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Admission is free but please register by e-mail or fax +81(0)3-3222-5420 by October 18, 2010.



International Conference

Life Courses in FluxNew Opportunities and New Constraints

Life Courses in Flux

October 22 - October 23, 2010

Japan and Germany are currently undergoing fundamental changes that have ramifications for individual life courses. Population aging and decline, as well as the ongoing restructuring of the labor market are major factors that affect individuals and society at large. ‘Standardized’ life courses which emerged in both countries during the time of rapid economic growth after WW II seem to be losing their dominance, but how exactly do biographies of younger people differ from those of older generations? In what way do people cope with increasing biographical freedom – and the accompanying insecurities –, and how do they negotiate the options they have? How are these transformations represented in the media and popular culture? In the realms of work, family, and housing, opportunities and constraints have to be constantly balanced out by the individual. It is these three interrelated areas which this international conference focused upon.

The presentations are in English and Japanese; simultaneous translation for presentations as well as Q&A is provided.

In cooperation with the Japan Foundation and Meiji University Headquarters of International Collaboration. Sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Presentations

Day 1         October 22nd (Friday)

9:30
Registration

10:00
Greetings:

Florian Coulmas


German Institute for Japanese Studies

Keiko YOSHIDA, Meiji University, Gender Center

10:30-11:15
Keynote Speech I

Life Course Research in Japan: The Illusion of Diversification and the Development of Standardization

Naoko SHIMAZAKI, Waseda University

11:15-12:00
Keynote Speech II

The Life Course, Life Narratives, and Social Change: Remarks on the Auto-/Biographical Approach in the German Speaking Social Sciences

Bettina DAUSIEN, The University of Vienna

<br>12:00-13:30

Lunch Break

 
Session 1: Changing Life Courses and Work

Chair:

Carola Hommerich


German Institute for Japanese Studies

Yukie MITOBE, Meiji University

Day 2         October 23rd (Saturday)

 
Session 2: Changing Life Courses and Family

Chair:

Barbara Holthus


German Institute for Japanese Studies

Masayuki ESHITA, Meiji University

12:00-13:30
Lunch Break

 
Session 3: Changing Life Courses and Housing

Chair:

Hiroo KAMIYA, Kanazawa University / Keiko YOSHIDA, Meiji University

18:00
Closing

Day 1         October 22nd (Friday)

13:30-14:00
Lost in Transition: Young Men and Life Course Disruptions in Postindustrial Japan

Mary BRINTON, Harvard University

14:00-14:30
Vocational Capabilities and Community Involvement in Post-Retirement Life

Nobuhiko MAEDA, Ritsumeikan University

14:30-15:00
Changes in the German Labor Market and the De-Standardization of Life Courses: Towards a Self-Directed Working Life?

Birgit APITZSCH, University of Duisburg-Essen

15:00-15:30
Coffee Break

15:30-16:00
Career Patterns of Female Managers in Their Thirties and Forties

Naomi USHIO, Meiji University

16:00-16:30
The Television Drama ‘Tokyo Love Story’ 20 Years Later: Have Images of Career Women Changed?

Alisa FREEDMAN, University of Oregon

16:30-16:45
Break

16:45-17:15
Discussion:

Jun IMAI, Tohoku University, Speakers of Session 1

Day 2         October 23rd (Saturday)

9:00-9:30
Marriage and Family Formation in Contemporary Japan: the Decline in Marriage and the Individualism Ideology

Akihiko KATO, Meiji University

09:30-10:00
Single Working Women in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul: Their Desires and Choices on Marriage and Work

Hiromi Tanaka


German Institute for Japanese Studies

Yukie HIRATA, Dokkyo University, Catherine W. NG, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

10:00-10:30
Discourses on Single Women and Marriage in TV Drama

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt


German Institute for Japanese Studies

10:30-11:00
Coffee Break

11:00-11:30
The Decline of the Male Breadwinner? Father’s Changing Position in the Family – Expectations, Pretensions and Social Practice

Michael MEUSER, TU Dortmund

11:30-12:00
Having Children is a Risk?: Salarymen’s Dilemma between Work and Parenting

Futoshi TAGA, Kansai University

13:30-14:00
Continuities and Changes in Parent-Child Relationships and Kinship in Post-war Japan: Examining Bilateral Hypotheses by Analyzing the National Family Survey (NFRJ-S01)

Liping SHI, Meiji University / University of Cambridge

14:00-14:30
Young People’s Housing Opportunities in the Context of Japan’s Homeowner Society

Yosuke HIRAYAMA, Kobe University

14:30-15:00
The Life Course Choices after the End of the Modern Family System: The “Construction of Space” by Habitation and the “Construction of Time” from Diaries

Yūko NISHIKAWA, Independent Scholar

15:00-15:30
Coffee Break

15:30-16:00
Women’s Housing Communities in Germany and their Relevance for Life Courses

Ruth BECKER, TU Dortmund

16:00-16:30
Older Residents in Communal Forms of Living: What Do their Biographies Reveal about their Housing Decisions?

Maren Godzik


German Institute for Japanese Studies

16:30-17:00
Break

17:00-17:30
Discussion

17:30-18:00
Closing Keynote Speech

Ikigai and the Lifecourse in Japan Today

Gordon MATHEWS, Hong Kong Chinese University

Related Research Projects or Programs

Life Course Changes in Contemporary Japanese Society: A Study of Single Working Women in Tokyo

Happiness in Japan: Continuities and Discontinuities

Imaging the Lost Generation: Representations of Japan’s “Unequal Society” in Popular Culture Media

Housing and living arrangements in Japan's ageing society