IGS Seminar, “The Size of History:Small Worlds, Big Worlds, and the People Caught in Between”

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 16:40-18:10
Venue: Room 135(本館135室), Main Building, Ochanomizu University

Speaker: Laura Nenzi (IGS, Ochanomizu University/ University of Tennessee)

Is there a right size to history? How large does an event or a person must be in order to be included in a history book? Do we need to uncover the small worlds of individuals whose inconsequential actions did not change the historical process? This talk will reflect on the historiographical and methodological debate that pits “large-scale” versus “small-scale” history—global history and microhistory. Using the example of Kurosawa Tokiko (1806-1890), an unknown teacher, fortuneteller, poet, and political activist from Mito domain who attempted to alter the course of late-Tokugawa history and failed, I will make a case for the inclusion of unrepresentative and obscure historical actors in the history books. Caught between small and big history, these characters change our understanding of individual agency and shed new light on the creative process whereby those at the margins imagined a central role for themselves.

☛ Prior registration required(Admission Free) Registration Form
*Closed Seminar, Ochadai students only

Organizer: Institute for Gender Studies




IGS International Symposium, “Democracy’s Poster Girls: Beauty Queens and Fashion Models in Cold War Japan”

Date: Friday, 2 JUN, 18:30-20:30
Venue: Room 101, Inter-Faculty Building 2, Ochanomizu University

Big business in early Cold War Japan, American-style beauty pageants launched modeling careers, national heroes, and overnight celebrity. The beauty queen’s iconic uniforms from swimsuit to tiara shaped her as a cultural figure and a cautionary tale about the allure and dangers of Americanization in 1950s Japan. What do her victories tell us about Japan-U.S. diplomatic and commercial alliances and attitudes toward women’s new freedoms in the 1950s? Popular again in Japan, but including a broader range of bodies, what do today’s beauty pageants signal about notions of Japanese identity, gender, and labor?

Coordinator  Laura Nenzi (Professor, IGS, Ochanomizu University/ University of Tennessee)
 Speaker  Jan Bardsley (Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
 Discussant  Mary A. Knighton (Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University)
 Kazue Sakamoto (Professor, Ochanomizu University)

*Simultaneous interpretation available(English-Japanese)
*Prior registration required
(Admission Free)

Organizer: Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University



IGS International Symposium “Gender Equality in the Happiest Country: Gender Research and Family-Life Balance in Norway”

Date: Tuesday, 25 April, 15:00-17:30
Venue: Room 135, Main Building, Room 604 (6th floor), Graduate School of Humanities & Sciences Building, Ochanomizu University

Norway is ranked at the top in the World Happiness Report 2017 published by the United Nations. It is also known as one of the most advanced countries in terms of gender equality as shown in the top ranking every year in the Global Gender Gap Report published by the World Economic Forum. In contrast, Japan is the 51st in the happiness ranking and the 111th in the gender gap ranking. What does the research reveal about gender equality and family-life-balance in Norway? What are the differences between Norway and Japan? A dialogue between Norwegian and Japanese scholars in this symposium will explore these issues.

Keynote Speech
Priscilla Ringrose
(NTNU, Norway)
 “Introduction to Gender Research in Norway”
Guro Kristensen
(NTNU, Norway)
“Gender Equality and Family-Life Balance in Norway”
Masako Ishii-Kuntz (Ochanomizu University)
Ryoko Kodama (Ochanomizu University)

*Simultaneous interpretation available(English-Japanese)
*Prior registration required  ☛We have closed registration form because there is no more seats available.
(Admission Free)

Organizer: Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University
Cooperation: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo