The CSEAS Gender Equality Promotion Committee

Outline

The CSEAS Gender Equality Promotion Committee was established in 2016. Based on Kyoto University’s and CSEAS’s Action Plan for Gender Equality Promotion, we take the initiative to organize the following activities for the purpose of promoting gender equality and diversity.

(1) Organization of “Seminar on Gender Equality in Academia” and “Special Seminar: Frontiers of Gender Studies in Asia”: These seminars provide opportunities for the sharing of information and exchange of opinions on situations pertaining to gender equality promotion at overseas institutions, as well as overviews of the latest academic trends in, and discussions on, gender studies. We invite distinguished scholars from abroad who are part of CSEAS’s international network.

(2) Improvement of support system for CSEAS staff with small children: We give various kinds of support for child care during CSEAS-organized and -sponsored events. We also provide for the maintenance of child care space at CSEAS, and conduct regular inquiries to determine the basic child care needs of CSEAS staff.

(3) Publicity on HP:
We provide information and reports on seminars mentioned above (1) on the Committee’s HP.

Seminar Lists

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Date Venue Title / Speaker Poster
2018.02.02 Room 213 Seminar:
Special Seminar: Frontiers of Gender Studies in Asia

[Talk1]
Speaker:
Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Huong (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU, Vietnam)
Title: ‘Queering Death Rites’: Cultural Legacy, Identities and Rights among Transgender Funeral Performers in Southern Vietnam

[Talk2]
Speaker:
Prof. Peter A. Jackson (Australian National University, Visiting Researcher of CSEAS)
Titile: From Premodern Androgyny to Modern Gender Binary: Semicolonialism and the Making of Gender in Thailand

Commentators:
Atsufumi Kato
(Kyoto Sangyo University)

2017.11.13 Room 213 Seminar:
The 3rd Seminar on Gender Issues in Academia

[Talk1]
Speaker:
Dr. Kurniawati Hastuti Dewi
Titile: More than Just Passion: Reflective Note of Female Young Scholar in Promoting Gender Studies and Improving Participation of Women in Academia Indonesia

[Talk2] (Cancelled)
Speaker:
Dr. Shanthi Thambiah (Associate Professor, Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Titile: The Development and Growth of the Gender Studies Program at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Commentators:
Takuro Furusawa
(Chair, Fieldworker Family Care Support Group, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)

Liulan Wang-Kanda
(Associate Professor, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Doshisha University)

 

Seminar:
Special Seminar: Frontiers of Gender Studies in Asia

[Talk1]
Speaker:
Dr. Kurniawati Hastuti Dewi
Titile: Research on Women’s Leadership in Indonesia: Women as the Source of Knowledge, New Narratives,and Existing Limitations (2005-2017)

[Talk2] (Cancelled)
Speaker:
Dr. Shanthi Thambiah (Associate Professor, Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Titile: Gender in Southeast Asia: Fluid, Contested and Negotiable

Commentators:
Yoko Hayami
(Professor, CSEAS)

Emi Goto
(Associate Professor, Network for Education and Research on Asia & Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo)

2017.2.14 CSEAS Tonantei (Room No.201) Seminar: The 2nd Seminar on gender issues in academia with Prof. Chalidaporn Songsamphan

[Talk1] Speaker:
Prof. Chalidaporn Songsamphan

Titile: Subverting Sexism: Women in the Academic World

ABSTRACT:
Despite the fact that women outnumber men, as lecturers and students, in the universities in so many countries, they are still facing many problems relating to gender stereotypes and biases. The belief in the incompatibility between femininity and academic activities has influenced the perception and assessment of women as researchers/lecturers. This line of thinking reflects the cultural images of women in different cultures. The experiences and understanding regarding the impact of gender can be distinctive among women in the universities due to differences in social and class positions and the academic disciplines. Women in the academic world can have different views on the gender situation and its impacts and the approaches to deal with hierarchical genders. Although academic women are quite divisive, their contribution and presence will gradually change many beliefs and values of sexism. This presentation will depict the interaction between gender, intersectionality, sexism and the experiences of women as academics by pointing out several important issues and using the experiences or situations in Thailand and Japan to elaborate some of the points. The implication of the establishment of women’s studies as a distinctive arena for women’s academic activities will be addressed.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Chalidaporn Songsamphan is an associate professor of political science at Thammasat University in Bangkok. She is currently the head of Department of Politics and Government, a Vice-President of the Association of Asian Women’s Studies (AAWS), and the president of the Service Workers in Groups Foundation (SWING). Her main research interest include feminist political theory, politics of sexuality, and gender – based/sexual violence. Her current research projects are “Femininity, Pop Culture and Beauty Industry”and “Supernatural Prophecy: Construction/Reflection of Hope and Fear in Thai Politics.”
Some of her publications are:
“The Political and Gender Power Relations: Contemporary Discourse on Sexuality in Thai Society,” in _Women’s Studies in Thailand: Power, Knowledge and Justice_, edited by Suwanna Satha-anand (Seoul, South Korea: Ewha Womans University Press, 2004; History of Sexuality: Sexual History/Sexuality in Thai History (2008); “Localizing Feminism: Women’s Voices and Social Activism in Thai Context” (2011); Reproductive Autonomy and Public Policy: Contestation on Unintended Pregnancy/Abortion in Thai Society (forthcoming).

2017.1.26 Large Meeting Room, the 3rd floor Seminar: The 1st Seminar on Gender Issues in Academia organized by the Gender Equality Committee of CSEAS, Kyoto University

[Talk1] Speaker:
Prof. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio, the Chairperson of the Department of Women and Development Studies, College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines

Titile: Always Mainstreaming but never Mainstream: Feminists in Academia

ABSTRACT:
The talk will cover my own experiences in trying to bring gender perspectives to one academic institution: the University of the Philippines. This will be my insights into my roles as professor of the Department of Women and Development Studies, and former Director of the UP Center for Gender and Women’s Studies.

This involves different arenas of advocacy—in the area of academic teaching and scholarship, in the area of policy development and implementation.

Finally, the paper will look at the engagement of women’s studies professors with the women’s movement and how this enriches scholarship.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio is a doctor of medicine who also holds a PhD in Psychology. She is currently the Chairperson of the Department of Women and Development Studies, College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines. She was formerly Director of the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies.

She is author 2 books, Rape Love and Sexuality: The Construction of Woman in Discourse (UP Press, 2002) and €œAnd Then She Laughed: Experiences in Counseling Women (Anvil Press, 2015). She is also a regular columnist for Rappler, the Philippines€™ leading social and news network.

Like most Filipinas, she is known to friends by a nickname, Guy.

Guy considers herself an activist and academic because she has spent most of her life working in social movements. She is proudest of being co-founder, and now Chair of the Board of Directors of Likhaan, an organization working with grassroots women on issues of reproductive and sexual health and rights.

Commentator: Dr. Hidefumi Hitokoto (Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)