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H-ASIA Sept 23 2012 Panel Proposal, Asian Studies Conference Japan, Tokyo, June 29-30, 2013 ******************************************* From: Mo Tian <email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> Dear colleagues, This is Mo TIAN from Australian National University, Australia. The deadline for the Asian studies conference Japan to be held in Tokyo 2013 is calling for panel proposals, so I am interested in putting together a panel on power, propaganda and gender of Japanese colonialism. I am looking for three presenters and a discussant/chair if possible. Please find below my paper abstract. The panel aims to examine the propaganda and power of Japan colonialism in relation to Korea, Taiwan and Manchuria before WWII. As I am a doctoral student, I would like to welcome graduate students and young scholars in particular to join this panel. In addition, since the panel abstract is not ready yet, I would also love to invite participants who can contribute a general panel abstract for us. As the deadline for the panel abstract is November 15, 2012, I am kindly asking that potential panelists/ contributors send their 250 word abstract (and/or panel abstract) to me by October 25, 2012 so I can make a decision and put together the panel (and work out the panel abstract). Enquires and submissions should be sent to Mo TIAN at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> by October 25, 2012. Regards, Mo TIAN Australian National University Mo TIAN Gender, Nationalism and Propaganda, A Case Study of the National Defense Womenís Association of Manchukuo, 1934-1945 Being a part of political discourse, gender mirrors the ideologies of a given society. Established in 1934, the National Defense Womenís Association of Manchukuo served to condition a gender identity in the social rhetoric of colonial Manchukuo. As a result of Japanís organized and ceaseless national campaigns, members of the association actively responded to the call of the state by way of vigorous participation in and devotion to Japanís rule in Manchukuo. In contrast to their less significant activities and obligations, members were also manipulated, persuaded, if not coerced, into involvement in wartime work and, during such process, ideas of that role were also reconstructed to constitute an alternate discourse on women in Manchukuo. Thus, gender gradually developed as an idea to validate Japanís social policy and glorify the ideology of war. In examining the historical trajectories of womanhood, the paper seeks to clarify the process of Manchukuoís gender construction in relation to Japanís wartime nationalism. The paper will explore the role of women in the association by interrogating propaganda magazines, pamphlets and brochures published in Manchukuo. The paper argues that women, during the campaign of mobilization, played a significant role in Japanís management of Manchukuo. The concept of domestic women constructed by Confucianism came to be replaced by the emergence of feminist activism which repositioned womenís status in society. The paper also suggests that the feminism of Manchukuo differed from our understanding of contemporary feminism and is to be interpreted within the context of Japanese colonialism. H-Net reproduces announcements that have been submitted to us as a free service to the academic community. If you are interested in an announcement listed here, please contact the organizers or patrons directly. Though we strive to provide accurate information, H-Net (and H-ASIA)cannot accept responsibility for the text of announcements appearing in this service. Send comments and questions to H-Net Webstaff: <email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>>. ***************************************************************** H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online Humanities & Social Sciences Online Hosted by Matrix at Michigan State University Copyright (c) 1995-2012 To post to H-ASIA simply send your message to: <H-ASIA@h-net.msu.edu<mailto:H-ASIA@h-net.msu.edu>> For holidays or short absences send post to: <email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> with message: SET H-ASIA NOMAIL Upon return, send post with message SET H-ASIA MAIL H-ASIA WEB HOMEPAGE URL: <http://h-net.msu.edu/~asia/>