日本語ジェンダー学会評議員、斎藤理香氏のご尽力でウエスタンミシガン大学で研究例会を開催することができました。 日本語ジェンダー学会からはシンポジウムで佐々木瑞枝会長、宇佐美まゆみ・立松喜久子評議員、そして新たに会員に加わった 示村陽一教授(武蔵野大学)の4名が参加しました。

ウエスタンミシガン大学 キャンパス風景

Symposium on
Gender Studies across Languages and Disciplines


Monday, September 21, 2009, 12:00-5:00 PM
(Open at 11:30AM Reception after 5PM)
Bernhard Center Rm 157, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008


Symposium on Gender Studies across Languages and Disciplines will be held to promote research presentations on gender to collaborate with different linguistic/cultural backgrounds and the various disciplines of Japanese studies. The speakers are:

Keynote Speech:
Geisha, Pop Star, Princess: Japan Miscast?
Jan Bardsley, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
No Womanly Women?: Blurring Gender Boundaries in Contemporary Japan
Yoichi Shimemura, Musashino University, Tokyo
Marriage of Cultures: An Online, Role-Playing Simulation for Japanese Anthropology
Laura Spielvogel, WMU Anthropology
Japanese Women’s Language and Politeness: A Hidden Hegemony
Mayumi Usami, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Why So Different?: Women and Men Expressed in Japanese Discourse

Mizue Sasaki, Musashino University, Tokyo
Bite Your Tongue!: Language, Power, and the Negation of Female Desire.
Adrienne Redding, WMU English
Reversing Dictatorship: Power of Transgender/Transnational Visuality for Latin American Women
Mayra Bonet, University of Illinois, Springfield

Organized by Western Michigan University Japanese Studies Program
Funded by Instructional Development Grants, Visiting Scholars and Artists Program Grants
Department of Foreign Languages, Soga Japan Center
Gender and Women’s Studies Program, Women’s Caucus
Please direct any questions about the event to Rika Saito, the symposium organizer, at 269-387-3020 / jimukyoku@gender.jp


パネリスト

Jan Bardsley, Associate Professor of Japanese Humanities and Chair of the Department of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Yoichi Shimemura, Professor of English Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Literature, Musashino University, Tokyo

Laura Spielvogel, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Western Michigan University

Mizue Sasaki, President of The Society for Gender Studies in Japanese and Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Musashino University, Tokyo

Mayumi Usami, Professor of Social Psychology of Language and Teaching of Japanese as a Second Language, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Mayra Bonet, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of Foreign Languages Program, University of Illinois at Springfield

Adrienne Redding, Doctoral Student, Department of English, Western Michigan University




Abstracts


Geisha, Pop Star, Princess: Japan Miscast?
Jan Bardsley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Who can represent Japan? Controversy arose in China and Japan when Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi took the lead role in Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005. In the same year, heated debate raced over the internet when American pop star Gwen Stefani dipped into Japanese youth fashion to create her own version of “Harajuku Girls.” Even Crown Princess Masako, a bona fide Japanese royal, has ruffled feathers over her representation of Japan. Each case—the geisha, pop star, and princess—point to questions of authenticity and appropriation, revealing an uneasy politics of race and gender. Ultimately, these debates push us to ask about the boundaries of difference and whether or not they may be crossed in the imaginative worlds of film, music video, and royal pageantry.



No Womanly Women?: Blurring Gender Boundaries in Contemporary Japan
Yoichi Shimemura, Musashino University, Tokyo

    Born and raised under the ideology of gender equality, today’s younger generation in Japan appear to be paying little attention to gender stereotypes of masculinity and femininity. With the expansion of the job market for women and influenced by the women’s liberation movement in the United States, young women have become more and more career-oriented and less and less family-oriented. The first age at marriage for women has risen from 24.4 in 1960 to 28.3 in 2007, and the percentage of unmarried women has drastically increased, from 24.0 in 1980 to 54.0 in 2000 among the 25-29 age group, and from 9.1 to 26.6 among the 30-34 year old group
    As far as the younger generations are concerned, traditional boundaries which used to be clearly demarcated based on sex are now in the process of blurring or disappearing. Young women increasingly tend to penetrate into traditional men’s domains and young men increasingly into women’s domains, thus women’s and men’s spheres are now merging and overlapping, with various social or cultural consequences.
    Japanese language, for example, is generally a gender differentiated language but it is now becoming more and more gender-neutral among the young. Masculinity and femininity of speech have been diminishing and there is clear movement toward gender-free speech.



Marriage of Cultures: An Online, Role-Playing Simulation for Japanese Anthropology
Laura Spielvogel, Department of Anthropology, Western Michigan University

    In this presentation, I will discuss and demonstrate a web-based role-playing simulation created around the narrative framework of a cross-cultural wedding between an American man and a Japanese woman. This simulation helps students experience learning as a goal-oriented process involving experimentation, practice, play, and problem solving. Marriage of Cultures requires that each student play a character in a 3-4 week, open-ended narrative that requires collaboration to achieve a particular goal or resolve a cross-cultural dilemma. The learning process is accelerated and enhanced in web-based role-play simulations when students are required both to successfully role-play characters whose profiles reflect the knowledge and expertise taught in the course, and when students collaboratively apply theories and concepts learned in the classroom to real-life problems and processes. It is my hope that through using this simulation, students of anthropology, women’s studies, Asian studies, sociology, and other disciplines can better experience how culture shapes everyday human behavior by playing a character in a dynamic, intellectually rich learning environment that unfolds through synchronous and asynchronous chat and discussion.



Japanese Women’s Language and Politeness: A Hidden Hegemony
Mayumi Usami, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

    In this talk, I will first analyze and explain several Japanese linguistic forms used differently by men and women from linguistic point of view. And then, I will discuss how gender ideology has been realized in women’s language in Japanese. Based on these observations and analyses, I will discuss that the true identity of the so-called “women’s language” in Japanese is actually not a women’s language but is no more than “the aggregate of Japanese language from which the use of assertive and low-level politeness expressions were prohibited.” In other words, there had been no women’s language which had an independent rule as has been believed. The reason why women's language has been claimed to exist,and be maintained is that it is one of the most effective and convenient devices to maintain a hidden hegemony. The phenomenon of the use of so-called men’s language by young women, however, can be considered as unconscious movement of women's gaining of the right to speak unrestricted “basic Japanese”. It is necessary to understand, therefore, that the use of language by modern young women is tearing down “restrictions of women’s language” as they want to “express themselves, express their emotions in a straightforward manner.” The verbal behavior of these women whose post-war education taught the “equality of men and women” shows that there is no “validity” and “inevitability” in the pragmatic rules that only women have to use linguistic forms that are “more polite” and “avoid assertiveness.”



Why So Different?: Women and Men Expressed in Japanese Discourse
Mizue Sasaki, Musashino University, Tokyo

    I will present my examinations of gendered expressions which are included in Japanese novels, magazines, journals, newspapers, commercial advertisements, books, classics and other materials, as well as n everyday language by both men and women. In the past, studies of language and gender have, for the most part, only looked at the topic from the point of view of discrimination against women. In this study I intend to show the importance of analyzing forms regarding both women and men. The following are my suggested categories of gendered expressions:
① Expressions which differ in meaning depending on whether they refer to men or women.
② Women and children and their expected personality traits.
③ Men and their expected personality traits.
④ Expressions peculiar to a patriarchal society and the vestiges of the ‘ie’ system2.
⑤ The division of labor by sex and its terminology.
⑥ The sexual division of roles and the implications of this division for the employment of women.
⑦ Naming and forms of address for women and men
⑧ Expressions used by men to evaluate women on physical attributes.
⑨ Terms used to imply a masculine connotation when attached to certain words, e.g. ~ kan.
⑩ The figurative use of male or female images when referring to animals.
⑪ Expressions which have arisen from cultural differences.
⑫ Expressions which show changes in women's status and roles.
⑬ Words which have become obsolete as a result of changes in the way society views men and women.
Until now, research tended to be conducted from a feminist standpoint and concentrated on the search for terms indicating discrimination against women. As seen in the classifications above, the gendered terms are still clearly in use today. Therefore gendered expressions should be examined from wider perspectives of cultural and historical studies.



Bite Your Tongue!: Language, Power, and the Negation of Female Desire.
Adrienne Redding, Department of English, Western Michigan University

    The license to openly and effectively communicate desire has long been the prerogative of men. Society valorizes male expressions of desire, whether through discourse or through action, and stigmatizes female attempts to usurp this patriarchal privilege, allowing agency only in the selection of alternative forms of non-existence. Cultural reinforcement of these gendered roles, sometimes strident and sometimes subtle, appearing across the literary timeline of western civilization as early as ancient Greece and Rome, extends even to contemporary society whose supposedly liberated citizenry might not immediately recognize or openly acknowledge such a paradigm. Especially evident in the arena of romantic or sexual relations, whether investigating the ancient Greek medical theories of Galen and Plutarch, the classical Roman poetry of Virgil, Juan Luis Vives’ Renaissance conduct manuals, or modern day pop-psychology best sellers such as Greg Behrendt and Liz Trucillo’s He’s Just Not That Into You, male narratives rigorously seek to predominate, strive to subjugate and objectify women, paralyze the female enactment of desire and ultimately demand the sacrifice of that most powerful facilitator of agency, the voice.



Reversing Dictatorship: Power of Transgender/Transnational Visuality for Latin American Women
Mayra Bonet, Spanish, University of Illinois at Springfield

    Literature, film, and art unfold the intricate correlation between political regimes and gender roles in Latin America. Since the end of the XIX century, these artistic expressions display the process in which notions of femininity-masculinity and patriarchy-matriarchy are deconstructed to enact multiple forms of authoritarianism. Caciques, caudillos, and dictators misconstrue their public image, redefine social spaces, and trigger transitory gender reversals. In this political context, ceremonies of violence, sacred/profane practices surrounding the leaders and his followers, and secretive performances reached the category of political rituals.
    A gradual metamorphosis of this ritualistic society reveals two dimensions, on one hand, women become visible in the society and, on the other hand, the regime acquires an in crescendo visibility. By the same token, an (in)visible force creates a reign of terror, control, and power. Supernatural entities dominate this society generating a new identity for the dissident voices that do not conform to the decrees of the regime.
    In this presentation, I explore how these changes create a dialectic process between the visibility and invisibility of women of certain social classes and the rulers. The works of the Argentinean filmmaker Maria Luisa Bemberg, the Mexican and Brazilian soldaderas, the literary works of Julia Alvarez and Gabriel García Márquez, and the tapestry tradition of the Chilean arpilleras, encompass distinctive examples of the power of transgender and transnational visibility of Latin American and Caribbean women.






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9月23日 ROUND TABLE




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ウエスタンミシガン大学のスタッフとシンポジウムパネリストたち
前列左から(敬称略) Jan Bardsley, 佐々木瑞枝、立松喜久子、宇佐美まゆみ  (以上symposium panelists), Tom Marks (Master Faculty Specialist, Career English Language Center for International Students: CELCIS), 示村陽一 (symposium panelist)

後列左から(敬称略) Steve Covell (Director of the Soga Japan Center), Diana Vreeland (CELCIS Director), Mayra Bonet (symposium panelist), Joel Boyd ( Interim Associate CELCIS Director), Don McCloud (Dean of the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education)


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