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The battle against sexual violence in times of war

Lutter contre les violences sexuelles en temps de guerre

The example of "Comfort women" and the Japanese Imperial Army

Réflexions à partir du problème des « femmes de réconfort » de l'armée impériale du Japon

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Published on Thursday, March 02, 2017 by João Fernandes

Summary

Since 1991 when the former comfort women in South Korea firstly came out to accuse the system of sexual slavery of Japanese Imperial Army, the issues of sexual violence against women by the military system, nationalism, colonialism, and political responsibility of the post-war generations have been controversial in Japan. We will discuss about the importance for feminists in the 21st century to face the war memories, especially which are being faded into oblivion or denied to be remembered as a part of national history.

Announcement

Argument and program

March 13th 2017  - 14h - 18h

LEGS/CNRS, 27 rue Paul Bert, Ivry-sur-Seine 

Why should we discuss seriously sexual violence in war time now? Is there any connections between the current political situation of gender inequality and the way we restate or ignore the history of sexual violence during the war time?  Since 1991 when the former comfort women in South Korea firstly came out to accuse the system of sexual slavery of Japanese Imperial Army, the issues of sexual violence against women by the military system, nationalism, colonialism, and political responsibility of the post-war generations have been controversial in Japan. We will discuss about the importance for feminists in the 21 century to face the war memories, especially which are being faded into oblivion or denied to be remembered as a part of national history. Through the case of Japan and Japanese women’s activism, those issues will be presented by the following panelists.  

  • Yayo Okano (Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan), whose specialty is political philosophy and feminist theory. She is the author of Against the War: The Ethics of Care and a Vision of Peace (2016), The Politics of Feminism: Introducing the Ethics of Care to the Global Society (2012) and other works. Her English publications include “Reconciliation over Past Sexual Slavery in Japan” in The Gender Politics of War Memory (2012).
  • Kazue Muta (University of Osaka, Osaka, Japan), whose specialty is whose specialty is historical sociology and gender studies. Her English publications include “The “Comfort Women” issue and the embedded culture of sexual violence in contemporary Japan” (Current Sociology,2016; vol. 64, 4), for which she is named as Sociologist of the Month, March 2017 of the journal, International Sociological Association’s main journal. She is also co-editor of The Gender Politics of War Memory (2012) and the author of numerous papers and books in Japanese
  • Naoko Ikeda (a part-time lecturer, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan), whose specialty is feminism and militarization. She is a co-author of “Seeing the Whole Picture” in C. Cockburn ed., Antimilitarism (2012), and “Representation of ‘Deviant’ Gender as a Decoy for Militarism” in Women, Human Rights, and War (Vo.11, 2011) and other works.  
  • Aya Takeuchi (Writer and Activist, Tokyo, Japan), who writes for progressive media and Japan's Social Democratic Party's journals. She has engaged in labor union specially around the cases of night club and nuclear power plant workers. Currently she is an active member of "24 jo kaesasenai campaign"(Campaign against revising Article 24) and others.

Commentator : Carol Mann, LEGS and www.womeninwar.org

Moderator; Patricia Paperman 

Showing a Video “1000 times anniversary of Wednesday Protest in Seoul” recoded by Yayo Okano on Dec. 14th, 2011, edited by Kazue Muta

Places

  • CNRS, Porte d'Ivry ou Porte de Choisy - 27 rue Paul Bert
    Ivry-sur-Seine, France (94)

Date(s)

  • Monday, March 13, 2017

Keywords

  • violence sexuelle, guerre, Japon, Corée du Sud

Contact(s)

  • Patricia Paperman
    courriel : patriciapaperman [at] wanadoo [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Patricia Paperman
    courriel : patriciapaperman [at] wanadoo [dot] fr

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« The battle against sexual violence in times of war », Colloquium, Calenda, Published on Thursday, March 02, 2017, https://calenda.org/397044

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