‘Toward a Comparative History of War and Sexual Violence’

‘Toward a Comparative History of War and Sexual Violence’
Edited by Ueno Chizuko, Araragi Shinzo, and Hirai Kazuko

‘Toward a Comparative History of War and Sexual Violence’ (published February 2018 by Iwanami Shoten)


Date and time:
2018/05/13 (Sunday) 13:00 - 18:00

Araragi Shinzo and Sato Fumika

13:00 Greeting by the representative editor
Ueno Chizuko
13:10 Part 1
Comments: How to read ‘Toward a Comparative History of War and Sexual Violence’ Kawakita Atsuko (Chuo University)
Nakamura Rika (Seijo University)
Sakurai Atsushi (Japanese Life Story Research Institute)
Okano Yayo (Doshisha University)
Iwasaki Minoru (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
14:50 Break
15:30 Part 2
Replies from the authors
16:20 Part 3 – Comprehensive discussion
17:50 Closing greeting by the editors
Hirai Kazuko
18:30 - 20:00 Reception

Commentator Profile
Kawakita Atsuko: Contemporary German History, ‘History Education in Germany’ (Hakusuisha Publishing, 2005)
Nakamura Rika: Asian-American Literature and Culture / Gender / Postcolonial Theory, ‘Asian America and War Memory: The Atomic Bomb, ‘Comfort Women’, and Internment’ (Seikyusha Publishing, 2017)
Sakurai Atsushi: Sociology and Life History / Life history research, social problems etc., ‘The Life History of Border Cultures’ (Serika Shobo, 2005)
Okano Yayo: History of Political Thought / Feminist Theory, ‘The Politics of Feminism: Transmitting the Ethics of Care to the Global Community’ (Misuzu Shobo, 2012)
Iwasaki Minoru: Philosophy / Political Theory, ‘Postwar Japan Illuminated through the ‘Comfort Women’ Issue’, ‘Iwanami Lecture Series, Asia-Pacific War: the Asia-Pacific War in Memories and Perception’ (Iwanami Shobo, 2015, collaboration with Osa Shizue)

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‘Toward a Comparative History of War and Sexual Violence’ (published February 2018 by Iwanami Shoten)
Edited by Ueno Chizuko, Araragi Shinzo, and Hirai Kazuko

Table of Contents
Preface – Toward a Comparative History of War and Sexual Violence (the editors)
Introductory Chapter: The Perspective of Comparative History of War and Sexual Violence (Ueno Chizuko)
Part I: How ‘Comfort Women’ has been Narrated
Chapter 1: The History behind the Work of Listening to the Testimonies of ’Comfort Women’: Memories and the Undertaking of their Representation (Yamashita Yeong-ae)
Chapter 2: The ’Forced Recruitment’ Discourse and the Invisibilization of Japanese ‘Comfort Women’ (Naoko Kinoshita)
Chapter 3: The Japanese ‘Comfort Women’ System and Sexual Violence: The Conflict of Compulsiveness and Legality (Okada Taihei)
Chapter 4: Soldiers and Masculinity: The Soldiers who went to the ‘Comfort Stations’ and those who didn’t (Hirai Kazuko)
Part II: The Memories that cannot be Spoken of
Chapter 5: The Contact Zone that is Sex: From the Experiences of the Japanese Occupation (Chazono Toshimi)
Chapter 6: The Victims of Sexual Violence who have Begun to Speak: Deciphering the Sacrificial Victim Discourse of Manchuria Repatriates (Inomata Yusuke)
Chapter 7: The ‘Illegal Pregnancies’ of Female Repatriates and the ‘Freedom of Abortion’ in Postwar Japan (Higuchi Keiko)
Chapter 8: How Sexual Violence in Nazi Germany was made Invisible: Focusing on Brothels inside Concentration Camps (Himeoka Toshiko)
Part III: The Challenge to the Discipline of History
Chapter 9: Sexual Violence and Modern Japanese History: ‘Encounters’ and ‘Encounters that never were’ (Narita Ryuichi)
Chapter 10: The Act of Listening to Wartime Sexual Violence: Based on ‘Odo no Mura no Seiboryoku’ (Araragi Shinzo)
Chapter 11: War and Sexual Violence: on the Legitimacy of Narratives (Sato Fumika) Afterword (the editors)

The contents of this book
While defying the narrative that either regards wartime sexual violence as inevitable or acceptable – though not denying women’s agency exercised as a strategy for survival – this book focuses on the gradation of relations amongst first-hand actors of sexual violence (allies and enemies / allied countries / occupied territories / colonies, rape / prostitution / dealings / love / marriage) in order to show the ways in which it is possible to problematize war and sexual violence. Furthermore, by comparing various examples, it analyzes which narratives of perpetratorhood and victimhood that are socially accepted in various historical backgrounds, as well as how narratives and the act of listening change depending on time period.

From the homepage of Iwanami Shoten https://www.iwanami.co.jp/book/b345698.html