Associate Professor of Japanese History, Columbia University
Gregory Pflugfelder specializes in Japanese history and gender studies. His books include Seiji to Daidokoro: Akita-ken joshi sanseiken undôshi [Politics and the Kitchen: A History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Akita Prefecture] (1986), awarded the Yamakawa Kikue Prize, and Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950 (1999), which received honorable mention for the John Boswell Prize of the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History. His current work engages the historical construction of masculinities, the history of the body, and representations of monstrosity.
Assistant Professor of Japanese History, Boston University
Suzanne O'Brien's current research interests include changes in ideas and practices of daily life in nineteenth-century Japan, the movements to redress imperial Japanese war crimes, and the construction of new Japanese masculine identities in the postwar era. She is the author of articles on kabuki and daily life in the Meiji era and a book chapter on the efforts of women enslaved by the imperial Japanese military to gain redress and an apology for the crimes committed against them. She also translated the foundational work of Japanese historian Yoshimi Yoshiaki on imperial Japanese war crimes against women into English as Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery in the Japanese Military during World War II.
*November 17, 2010
Jonathan Zwicker, University of Michigan, will present "Grappling with Modernity: Judo and Shaping the Athletic Body in Pre-War Japan"