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Sex and Power in Occupied Japan

Start Date and Time:

Monday, March 25, 2019, 4:00PM

End Date and Time:

Monday, March 25, 2019, 6:00PM

Speaker(s):

Robert Kramm (Post-doctoral Fellow In The Society Of Fellows In The Humanities; Department Of History - University Of Hong Kong)

Based on Robert Kramm's book Sanitized Sex, the talk will discuss the various attempts to sanitize sexuality through the regulation of prostitution, venereal disease and intimacy in occupied Japan after World War II. It features sexuality as key element in issues of security, health and morale during the occupation period. In doing so it underscores how the sanitization of sex was a male-dominated struggle for control and authority in the clash of two competing patriarchal, imperial powers: Japan and the United States.

That said, the talk is more than a study of the postwar sexual encounters. An analysis of sex, its regulation and negotiation between occupiers and occupied sheds new light on the everyday experiences and asymmetries of power in occupied Japan, the legacies of the Japanese Empire, and the particularities of postwar U.S. imperialism in the postcolonial formation of the Asia-Pacific region.

Sponsor(s)

  • Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies

Contact Information

Dasha Kuznetsova
asian.institute@utoronto.ca

Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies

Location:

208N - North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3K7

Categories:

Lectures

Audiences:

Alumni and Friends, Community, Faculty, Staff, First-Year Students, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Prospective Graduate Students, Prospective Undergraduate Students

Cover of the book Sanitized Sex by Robert Kramm
Cover of the book Sanitized Sex by Robert Kramm