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March 2021

Art and Gender in an Age of Revolution. A lecture by Simon Partner, Professor of History, Duke University

March 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The talk will be based on the life of Kawai Koume, an artist and housewife in a bushi family in Kishūdomain who kept a diary from the 1830s till the 1880s. Koume’s diary offers a window into life in a scholarly middle-class family before and after the Meiji Restoration. The talk will focus on the social economy of Koume’s artistic production – who she painted for, what rewards she got, and how the transformations of Japan’s society and economy following the Meiji Restoration…

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April 2021

From Victim to Artist: Maiko Stories in Movies and Manga. A lecture by Jan Bardsley, Professor Emerita, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This talk is based on a chapter from Dr. Bardsley's book, Maiko Masquerade: Crafting Geisha Girlhood in Japan <> (forthcoming March 2021, UC Press).   Maiko Masquerade explores Japanese representations of the maiko, or apprentice geisha, in films, manga, and other popular media as an icon of exemplary girlhood. Jan Bardsley traces how the maiko, long stigmatized as a victim of sexual exploitation, emerges in the 2000s as the chaste keeper of Kyoto’s classical artistic traditions. Insider accounts by maiko…

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