Attend our public seminar series on Language and Culture, presented by RMIT Global and Language Studies.
Guest speaker: Emma Dalton
Emma Dalton is the author of Women and politics in contemporary Japan, published in 2015. Emma’s research investigates reasons for women’s political under-representation in Japan, and in particular, considers structural and institutional barriers, such as political parties. In addition to this research, she looks at Japanese online matrimonial sites to explore contemporary understandings of gender, intimacy, nationhood, marriage and family.
In 2016 in Japan, three women were appointed to politically powerful and historically significant positions. Koike Yuriko became the first female governor of Tokyo, Renho Murata became the leader of the opposition party, the Democratic Party, and Inada Tomomi became only the second woman to lead the Ministry of Defense. Despite these gains, the Japanese political world can be a hostile place for women.
Japan has the lowest representation of women in its national legislative assembly amongst OECD countries, and harassment of women in politics is common. By drawing on a 2014 survey of women politicians about their experiences of sexual harassment and from individual cases of harassment, this examination shows the extent and nature of sexual harassment endured by Japanese women politicians and highlights the ways that women’s voices are constrained in the public domain thus impinging on their ability to exercise full citizenship.
I also propose an understanding of enduring sexual harassment in Japan, that, in addition to acknowledging the inadequacy of current legislation, places it in the context of the normalisation of the sexual objectification and commodification of Japanese women and girls and the cultural and gendered norms that discourage speaking out against assault or harassment.
Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS)
This Series is focused on research in:
1. Language, society, culture, history and politics
2. Applied linguistics, language pedagogy
The Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS) is a new forum for RMIT researchers, including HDR students to share their research and engage in cross-cultural dialogues. It is open to anyone interested in the field.
The seminar will run once a month from Sem 1, 2017. If you are interested in presenting please contact Dr. Glenda Mejía (LACSS convenor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LACSS is located within the Centre of Global Research (CGR).