Center for Japanese Studies

University of California, Berkeley

1995 University Avenue, Suite 520G

Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cjs

cjs@berkeley.edu

13-14 APRIL 2018
0220 STEPHENS HALL, TOWNSEND CENTER
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

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Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan
13-14 April 2018
University of California, Berkeley

The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fifth annual graduate student conference: Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan. The conference will explore how historically situated configurations of “work,” “labor,” and “livelihood” operate in Japan ranging from the household to the transnational. We invite proposals for papers from current graduate students from all disciplines that use conceptions, manifestations, and representations of labor as a framework in the study of Japan across all historical periods.

 

Labor has and continues to be an important analytic in Japan Studies as it illuminates diverse phenomena such as macro-economic change, state-society relations, and industrial development, among other topics. Yet, drawing upon recent approaches in anthropology, sociology, and legal studies, we also seek to invoke the concepts of work and livelihood, which can emphasize subjectivity, sociality and the material conditions to sustaining life in ways that complement and complicate previous studies focusing on traditional concepts of labor. While we welcome papers focusing on labor configurations in Japan such as the salaryman, craftsman, guilds, and factory and day laborers, we also invite papers that reframe what constitutes “labor” by invoking “work” and “livelihood” as a means of addressing categories such as domestic structures, underemployment, volunteerism, care and unwaged labor, among other topics.

 

This year's keynote speaker is Anne Allison (Duke University), author of Precarious Japan (2013).

 

LOCATION

 

Geballe Room | 220 Stephens Hall
The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

Stephens Hall is located in the central part of the campus near Sather Tower (the clock tower). It is a cream-colored stucco building with a large arched breezeway in its center.


From the south entrance at Telegraph Avenue, proceed across the plaza to Sather Gate and turn right, walking up the hill past Wheeler Hall and South Hall. Stephens Hall is on your right, directly south of the clock tower. Once you are in in the breezeway of Stephens Hall, take the door on the right, walk through the hallway, and exit to the terrace; walk across the terrace to the Center’s entrance.

 

PAST CONFERENCES

2017
2016
2015
2014

ECOLOGY X SPACE
​May 2-3, 2014

Keynote Speaker: 

Prof. Christine Marran, 

Department of Asian Languages and Literatures,

University of Minnesota


Literature Without Us: Theorizing the Human in Contemporary Japanese Fiction

http://cjsgradconference2014.weebly.com/

 

MEDIA & TRANSMISSION
April 17-18, 2015

Keynote Speaker: 

Prof. Susan Burns, Department of History, University of Chicago

Marketing Health, Marketing Modernity: Advertising Pharmaceuticals in the Japanese Empire

http://cjsgradconference2015.weebly.com/

 

EMBODIED HEALTH, 
​EMBODIED KNOWLEDGE

​April 22-23, 2016

Keynote Speaker: 

Prof. Noriko Horiguchi, Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures,

University of Tennessee


Devouring Body of Empire: Eating the Other in Modern Japanese Narratives

http://cjsgradconference

2016.weebly.com/

ON BELONGING: GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND IDENTITY IN JAPAN

April 7-8, 2017

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Jessica L. Main, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chair in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, 

University of British Columbia

Inescapably Sexed, Gendered, and Estranged: Negative Identities in 20th Century Japan

https://cjsgradconference2017.weebly.com/

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