International Symposium - Gender, Media And Japan’s Imperial Succession 2019

Country: Australia

City: Melbourne

Abstr. due: 15.07.2019

Dates: 04.11.19 — 04.11.19

Organizing comittee e-mail: Alison.Tokita@monash.edu

Organizers: Monash University

 

2019 is a highly significant year for Japan, marking the beginning of the Reiwa era, and offering a new definition of the “postwar”. The Heisei Emperor Akihito on April 30 abdicated in favour of his son Crown Prince Naruhito, who will be formally enthroned as Emperor in November. This changeover opens the possibility for change in the role of the Emperor, change within Japanese society, and change for Japan’s international relations.

This symposium aims to explore

  • the nature of the Japanese and international media coverage of the reign change and accompanying rituals
  • changing Japanese attitudes to the Emperor system
  • the significance of the rituals surrounding the accession and enthronement and how that significance has changed in this fifth enthronement in the modern era
  • the recent law excluding female succession and the impact of this exclusion on the status and morale of Japanese women, and how it reflects the status quo of Japanese women’s position
  • the reactions of other countries to this momentous changeover, particularly those of China and Korea
  • the extent to which the imperial succession provides a chance to reassess Australia-Japan relations

Conference Web-Site: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/4091370/cfp-gender-media-and-japan%E2%80%99s-imperial-succession