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Emory conference explores evolution of Japanese feminism

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Ueno Chizuko, professor emerita of sociology at Tokyo University, is among the conference's keynote speakers. Photo by Mikuriya Shinichiro.

Japanese studies scholars from around the world will gather at Emory University April 19-20 for a conference on “Sex, Gender and Society: Rethinking Modern Japanese Feminisms.”  

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature presentations by a range of experts conducting innovative research on the diversity and evolution of Japanese feminist thought and activism.  

Presented by Emory’s Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning and the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, the conference will take place at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd NE.  

Friday’s program begins at 8 a.m. and includes panels on sexuality, motherhood, education and employment. The day culminates in a keynote panel at 6 p.m., featuring Asian studies professor Vera Mackie of the University of Wollongong, Japanese historian Barbara Molony of Santa Clara University and professor emerita of sociology Ueno Chizuko of Tokyo University.  

A discussion on feminist theory will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. The full schedule of speakers and panels is available on the Halle Institute’s website.  

The conference is co-sponsored by the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, the Emory Conference Center Subvention Fund, the Hightower Fund and Emory’s Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  

Registration: Admission is free, but guests should register online to attend. Registration includes meals and refreshments throughout the day.  

Parking: Event parking is available on site.  

About the Halle Institute

Established in 1997 with a gift from Claus M. Halle, the Halle Institute for Global Learning ( is Emory’s premier venue for visits by heads of state, distinguished policymakers and influential public intellectuals from around the world. The Halle Institute’s programs strengthen faculty distinction, prepare engaged scholars and foster greater involvement from local, national and international communities.

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