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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: 03 – 3222 5198, Fax: 03 – 3222 5420


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Ulrike Wöhr (Hiroshima City University)

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Representations of Gender, Race and Culture in Wartime Japan and Germany

December 9 - December 12, 2018

Much has been written to assert the affinity between the modern histories of Germany and Japan. Our aim is to reexamine this affinity from the viewpoint of comparative gender and cultural history. How did discourses about women and by women help to establish and maintain the wartime systems of both nation-states? What roles did ethnicized and racialized images of femininity and masculinity play in the visual culture of both countries and how did they contribute to the construction of an ideology of Japanese-German affinity?
By deconstructing seemingly monolithic wartime gender ideologies and by looking at women as agents producing, modifying and sometimes questioning these ideologies we address the question of women as “culprits or victims”. We also examine how representations of race (or ethnicity) and gender were intertwined in the nationalist and imperialist wartime discourses evolving within and between Germany and Japan.

Presentations

9:00-9:15
Opening and Greetings

Andrea Germer


German Institute for Japanese Studies

Florian Coulmas


German Institute for Japanese Studies

Ulrike WÖHR (Hiroshima City University)

9:15-10:00
The Imaginary Idleness of Women in Wartime Germany

Jill STEPHENSON (Edinburgh University)

10:00-10:45
Contesting Women’s Identities: Imperial Japan and Colonized Manchuria

HAYAKAWA Noriyo (Meiji University)

10:45-11:15
COFFEE BREAK

11:15-12:00
Genealogy of Images of Motherhood in Wartime Japan

CHIBA Kei (Chiba University)

12:00-12:45
Images of the Nation: Representations of Gender, Race and Culture in Women’s Magazines of Wartime Japan and Germany

Andrea Germer


German Institute for Japanese Studies

12:45-14:15
LUNCH BREAK

14:15-15:00
National Femininities and their Other: Constructing German and Japanese Women’s Identities in Wartime Japan

Ulrike WÖHR (Hiroshima City University)

15:00-15:45
National Socialist Propaganda Photography and its Reception in Japanese Wartime Women’s Magazines

Martha CASPERS (Frankfurt Historical Museum)

15:45-16:15
COFFEE BREAK

16:15-17:00
The Symbolism of the Japanese Sword

KAWATA Akihisa (Waseda University)

17:00-17:30
Final Discussion