The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fourth annual graduate student conference: On Belonging: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Japan. We invite proposals for papers from current graduate students and recent graduates from any discipline that focus on past and present inquiries into and expressions of identity and community formation vis-à-vis gender and sexuality in Japan. In particular we welcome abstracts that explore the role of identity (including gendered, sexual, social, and ethnic) in relation to Japanese Buddhist institutions, texts, and community practices.
This conference will also explore representations of and critical engagements with notions of gender, sexuality, and identity that illuminate where and how interpretations of such concepts have manifested barriers to belonging in the forms of discrimination and marginalization.
Friday, April 7, 2017
OPENING REMARKS - Prof. Dana Buntrock
Panel 1: "Transformations, Gender, and Buddhism in the Popular Imaginary"
Kim McNelly (UCLA)
Deirdre Clyde (University of Hawaii, Manoa)
Stephanie Hohlios (UC Berkeley)
Respondent: Professor Mark Blum, Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley
KEYNOTE TALK: Professor Jessica Main, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chair in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, University of British Columbia
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Panel 2: "Constructing Race and Gender"
Wakako Suzuki (UCLA)
Lani Alden (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Asheli Mosley (International Christian University)
Respondent: Professor Alan Tansman, Louis B. Agassiz Chair in Japanese, UC Berkeley
Panel 3: "The Construction and Consumption of Gender and Sexuality"
Sayo Sakamoto (University of Washington)
Hannah Dodd (Ohio State University)
Kirsten Seuffert (USC)
Respondent: Professor Joseph Lavery, UC Berkeley
Panel 4: "Voice, Identity, and the Performance of Community"
Pedro Bassoe (UC Berkeley)
Pontus Andersson (University of Helsinki)
Justine Wiesinger (Yale)
Respondent: Professor Jessica Main, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chair in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, University of British Columbia
Panel 5: "Economies of Identity"
Andrea Horbinski (UC Berkeley)
Valerie Black (UC Berkeley)
Caitlin Casiello (Yale)
Respondent: Professor Karen Nakamura, UC Berkeley