Asia-Pacific Research Unit Seminar “Remarks on the Discourse History of the ‘Comfort Women”

Title: “Remarks on the Discourse History of the ‘Comfort Women”
Abstract: Since the 1930s, the problem of “comfort women” has been debated in different discourse contexts. Based on the discourse theory of Jean-Francois Lyotard, I will discuss the main arguments and aporias of these discourses and why, despite decades of research and debate, a consensus is not in sight.

Date: Friday, June 24, 2022, 15:00-16:30
Venue: Small Meeting Room, 3rd floor, Inamori Foundation Memorial Hall, Kyoto University

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Language: English  (Q&A session in English or Japanese)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Zöllner (Abteilung für Japanologie und Koreanistik, Universität Bonn, Germany)
Reinhard Zöllner was born in 1961. He studied History and Latin in Kiel, Japanese Studies in Hamburg and Tokyo. After receiving his PhD in 1992 and Habilitation in 1997, he served as professor for Japanese and East Asian History in Halle-Wittenberg, Erfurt, Michigan, and (since 2008) Bonn.

Commentator: Prof. Kozue Akibayashi (Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University)

Moderator: Prof. Yusuke Murakami, Kyoto University

Organizers:  Kyoto University Asia-Pacific Research Unit. JSPS KAKENHI Grant No. JP 21H00557, 21H00707, 21H04392
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