Workshop on women in Japanese print culture, 15 September 2015 at Leiden University

Utamaro 3 beautiesWithin the field of Japanese traditional woodblock prints, usually three main genres are distinguished: beautiful women, landscapes and portraits of actors from the kabuki theater. The women of the pleasure quarters, like courtesans, geisha and teahouse girls, were frequently portrayed in the prints of beautiful women (bijinga).
In 20th century prints, the genre of bijinga is extended with images of mōga (‘modern girls’). And in posters designed for commercial advertising, women promote beer, make-up and more. Throughout the years women appear in print in a great variety of appearances.

At a forthcoming workshop in Leiden, the subject of how women are represented in Japanese print culture, will be addressed. This international workshop, entitled Images of Women in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Print Culture in Early Modern and Modern Japan, takes place on Tuesday 15 September and is organized by Ewa Machotka of Leiden University.
It  precedes the annual conference of the European Association of Japanese Recourse Specialists (EAJRS), from 16-19 September, also held in Leiden.

Hakutei geishaThe morning program is devoted to early modern print culture up to the 19th century and the afternoon will concentrate on print culture of the 20th century.  Looking at the list of speakers, with many established scholars, the this workshop promises to become an inspiring event. Among the speakers are also Brill/Hotei Publishing authors such as Sharalyn Orbaugh, Jacqueline Berndt, Matthi Forrer and Sabine Schenk.
The workshop will be a great opportunity to hear about women and their various modes of representation in prints, posters, street theater cards and manga.

For an overview of the full program, papers’ abstracts and location details, have a look at the workshop website. The event is open and gratis to everybody, but registration is required.