Symposium Performing Gender and Place in Japan at Leiden University, 8 September

Doreen Müller, lecturer Japanese visual arts and material culture at Leiden University has organized a symposium entitled Performing Gender and Place in early modern and modern Japan.

The event – open to a general audience – will be held on 8 September and has an international line-up of speakers. The speakers represent various disciplines such as art history, anthropology, literature and ethnomusicology and they will address the symposium theme in relation to Japanese woodblock prints, paintings and beer posters amongst others. In 8 presentations the role of material objects in shaping ideas about women, masculinity and social place will be discussed.


9.30 – 9.45            Registration
9.45 – 10.00          Opening Remarks

10.00 -11.45         Panel:  Performing Beauty

  • Sawako Takemura Chang (Leiden University), Beyond the Male Gaze: Images of Beauties by Keisai Eisen
  • Julie Nelson Davis (University of Pennsylvania), Writing and Picturing the Yoshiwara
  • Mio Wakita-Elis (Heidelberg University), Geisha and Her Image in Meiji Visual Practices 

Discussant: Guita Winkel (Leiden University)

11.45 – 12.00    Coffee

12.00 -13.15       Panel:  Performing Warrior

  • Naoko Gunji (Independent Scholar), Reception of Heike Arts Among Women in Early Modern Japan
  • Naama Eisenstein (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Poetic Battlefields: Ujigawa senjin and Edo Period Warriors’ Self-Image

Discussant: Daan Kok (Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde Museum)

13.15 – 14.30     Lunch

14.30 – 15.45     Panel:  Gender and Material Culture

  • Ewa Machotka (Stockholm University), Marketing Modernity: Women in Japanese Pre-war Beer Posters
  • Angelika Koch-Low (University of Ghent), The Body as Gendered Space in Early Modern Japanese Medicine 

Discussant: Annick Horiuchi (Paris Diderot University)

16.00 – 17.15     Panel: Performing and Transgressing Social Place

  • Gerald Groemer (Yamanashi University), Musician, Woman, Outcaste, Blind Man, or Candy Vendor: Conflict Among Discriminated Groups in Late Tokugawa Japan
  • Doreen Mueller (Leiden University), Uncanny Specter or Pitiable Creature: Hinin (non-persons) in the Grotesque Imagination in Nineteenth-century Japan

Discussant: Kiri Paramore (Leiden University)

17.15– 17.30      Discussion

Date: 8 September 2018
Time: 9:30-17:30hrs
Location: Lipsius Building (Room 147), Leiden University, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden

For abstracts of the papers and how to register for the symposium, please visit the website of Leiden University.