Sex and Power in Occupied Japan

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Monday, March 25th, 2019

Monday, March 25, 20194:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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Based on Robert Kramm’s book Sanitized Sex, the talk will discuss the various attempts to sanitize sexuality through the regulation of prostitution, venereal disease and intimacy in occupied Japan after World War II. It features sexuality as key element in issues of security, health and morale during the occupation period. In doing so it underscores how the sanitization of sex was a male-dominated struggle for control and authority in the clash of two competing patriarchal, imperial powers: Japan and the United States. That said, the talk is more than a study of the postwar sexual encounters. An analysis of sex, its regulation and negotiation between occupiers and occupied sheds new light on the everyday experiences and asymmetries of power in occupied Japan, the legacies of the Japanese Empire, and the particularities of postwar U.S. imperialism in the postcolonial formation of the Asia-Pacific region.

Robert Kramm is a post-doctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities and is affiliated with the Department of History at the University of Hong Kong. He holds a doctoral degree in history from ETH Zurich and received his B.A. and M.A., also in history, from the University of Erfurt.


Robert Kramm
Post-doctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Department of History, University of Hong Kong

Takashi Fujitani
Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies; Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto


Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

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