Symposium „Queerying Japan“ – 6.-7. Juli 2018 Düsseldorf

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Andrea Germer
und das Team, Jasmin Rückert, Katharina Hülsmann, Kawasaka Kazuyoshi, Elisabeth Scherer, Ami Kobayashi, Anna-Lena v. Garnier

Queerying Japan
Transnational Perspectives on Politics, Society and Culture

International Symposium, Schadowplatz 14, Haus der Universität, 6-7 July 2018
Organized by the Dept. of Modern Japanese Studies, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Each individual belongs to multiple social groups at the same time. How do gender and sexuality shape these social relations, and how do they determine people’s opportunities in life? We discuss these broad questions in the case of contemporary Japan through the lens of gender and queerness, and along the intersections of socio-economics, politics and culture. Our aim is to shed new light on sexual politics as shaping the conditions that sustain or hinder human creativity, well-being and survival. This international symposium brings together scholars from Japan, Germany, Australia and the U.S. to discuss queer life chances in contemporary Japan, while also providing transnational and comparative German, European, and Asia-Pacific perspectives.

Conference Program

Friday, 6 July 2018

10:30–12:30 CLOSED SESSION, including brown bag lunch: Projects, Connections, Avenues

13:00–13:30 Greetings and Introduction:
Ulrich ROSAR, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, HHU
Anja VERVOORTS, Central Equal Opportunities Officer
Inge KRÜMPELBECK, Head of Diversity Coordination Office
Andrea GERMER, Chair Modern Japanese Studies I

13:30–15:00 Chair: Andrea GERMER (Düsseldorf)
(TRANS)NATIONAL LAW AND POLITICS
Vera MACKIE (Wollongong): Thinking sexual citizenship through the family
TANIGUCHI Hiroyuki (Kanazawa): Jurisprudence on LGBT sexuality in Japan
Konstanze PLETT (Bremen): Legal views on sex and gender in Germany

15:00–15:30 Coffee Break

15:30–17:00 Chair: Annette SCHAD-SEIFERT (Düsseldorf)
INSTITUTIONS: MATRIMONY – “EHE FÜR ALLE”?
SHIMIZU Akiko (Tokyo): Marriage equality as strategy: family registration, moral conservatives, and the “LGBT” fad in Japan
KAWASAKA Kazuyoshi (Düsseldorf): LGBT rights are human rights, but in what sense?
Dorothée de NÈVE (Gießen): Merkel’s gut feeling – debate about marriage for all in Germany

17:00–17:30 Coffee Break

17:30–19:00 Chair: Michiko MAE (Düsseldorf)
MARKETS AND CONSUMERS
KAWAGUCHI Kazuya (Hiroshima Shudo): Consuming identity and lifestyle: transforming queer subjects in Japan
Elisabeth SCHERER (Düsseldorf): Queer wedding ceremonies in Japan
Ilse LENZ (Bochum): Queering gender and capitalism in comparative perspective

19:30 Dinner

Saturday, 7 July 2018

9:00–10:30 Chair: Michael HEINZE (Düsseldorf)
HEALTH, DISABILITY AND EDUCATION
John TREAT (Yale): Put to the test: abjection and sexual citizenship in Japan
IINO Yuriko (Tokyo): ‘Queering’ disability may be possible, but …
MANO Yutaka (Hiroshima Shudo): LGBT education in Japan: grassroots activities in curriculum development

10:30–11:00 Coffee break

11:00–13:00 Chair: Stephan KÖHN (Köln)
POPULAR REPRESENTATIONS
Andrea GERMER (Düsseldorf): Queer carnival and fascist moments: Your Name (2016)
Jasmin RÜCKERT (Düsseldorf): Queer space in television drama
Katharina HÜLSMANN (Düsseldorf): Queer readings and potentials of the Boys’ Love genre and communities
KANNO Yuka (Doshisha): Framing: lesbian representability and the genealogy of girls’ culture

13:00–14:30 Lunch Break

14:30–18:00  CLOSED SESSION: Co-operations, Projects, Avenues

18:30 Dinner

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