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'Race and Gender' Workshop with Kyoto University

Dec 04, 2017

On December 1, the Kyoto-Heidelberg joint workshop "Race and Gender" took place at the Karl Jaspers Center. Researchers from both universities gathered to develop their research as part of the DAAD-JSPS funded collaborative project "Entangled Pasts in a Global Present: Gender, Labor and Citizenship", led by Prof. Harald Fuess and Prof. Yoko Nagahara.

Following the first meeting in Kyoto in April 2017, under the title of ‘Labor and Citizenship in the 20th Century’, this marked the second phase of the two-year-long collaborative project. The participants discussed their projects including a gendered re-examination of Pan-Asianism, women in Japanese Buddhism, the racial identity of Japan in the Meiji period, and the culture of collecting among farmers in colonial Taiwan. The research team from Heidelberg will return to Kyoto for the third workshop prior to the HeKKSaGOn meeting in April 2018 to discuss the politics of competing memories and the writing of common histories.

The funding is a joint program between the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is an independent administrative institution, established for contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities.

Harald Fuess is Chair for Cultural Economic History at the Cluster “Asia and Europe” and at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. He is also Project Professor in Top Global University Program at Kyoto University.

The team from Heidelberg consisting of researchers and young scholars is represented by: Takuma Melber, Andreas Eichleter, Takahiro Yamamoto, Maksym Grinenko, Till Knaudt, Jaok Kwon-Hein and Hyojin Lee.


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