The College of Liberal Arts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of International Christian University (ICU) form a united department system in both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students are able to study and research freely without being constrained by their own departments. Similarly, CGS brings together professors from a diverse range of fields, who share an interest in gender and/or sexuality. Below you will find a list of the CGS members and their 1) majors & research areas, as well as their 2) current interests & a short message about their research and its relation to gender studies.
In addition, we will introduce the research institute assistants who are involved in the management of CGS, as well as the researchers associated to the center.
(Last updated: April 17, 2020)
AMMOUR-MAYEUR, Olivier (Director, Steering Member)
1. French Literature, Comparative Literature, Film Studies and Popular Culture (Francophone, Anglophone and Japanese cultures)
2. My research interests are focused on the representations of genders in Literature, Films and Popular Culture (Manga, TV dramas). Working at the intersection of Aesthetics, Philosophy and Social Theories of representation (Sociology and Anthropology), my research focuses on the political aspects of the representations of genders and sexualities in Arts (Literature, Cinema, Painting, Photography).
IKOMA, Natsumi (Vice-director, Steering Member, Editorial Board Member, pGSS Major Coodinator)
1. Contemporary English Literature, Literary Theory, Feminist Theory, especially, the representation of the body and structure of terror.
2. All forms of knowledge and study have been expressed by humans as “texts,” which reflect the subjectivity of the writer and the ideologies and biases of their society and age. As the prejudices and ideas of the reader intervene to create an act of interpretation, and through this twist, I think it is possible to see—not an "objective" or "scientific" "truth" (which does not even exist in the first place)—but a possibility for tolerance and open-mindedness. The perspective of gender is a must when it comes to taking this sort of approach. Will you join us in the search for new possibilities for literature?
CURRAN, Beverley F. M. (Steering Member, Editorial Board Member)
1. Inter-lingual translation, cultural translation, media translation, translation studies
2. The impact of feminism and gender studies on translation theorization and practice, and translation as trope, theory and practice that has affected gender studies continue to be research interests.
KATO, Etsuko (Steering Member, Chair of the Editorial Board)
1. Cultural Anthropology: Cultural nationalism and gender; migration and gender; critique of the representations of Japanese sexuality in English ethnography.
2. One cannot observe and write sociocultural phenomena without considering gender and sexuality. As a fieldworker of globally mobile Japanese workers, I keep analyzing how their perception of easiness and uneasiness of everyday life relates to gender and sexuality.
TAKAMATSU, Kana (Steering Member, Editorial Board Member)
1. International Relations, Gender and Development
2. My research examines how gender influences post-conflict reconstruction assistance by focusing on social reintegration of female ex-combatants. Also, I research gender issues and politics in Myanmar.
GUARINI, Letizia （Research Institute Assistant Professor, Steering Member, Editorial Board Member)
1. Contemporary Japanese Literature, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies.
2. My research examines contemporary Japanese culture and literature from a gender perspective. I have a strong interest in the emergence of new father figures in Japanese society and the father-daughter relationship in contemporary literature and the representation of child-birth and child-care in works by contemporary women authors.
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1. Bi/multilinguism, Learner Autonomy, Blended Learning
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1. Modern Japanese History and Japan Studies: Japanese imperialism; the intersection of foreign relations and culture
2. I just finished a project on the early history of Japanese imperialism, and now am turning my attention to the history of Yokohama. I deal with gender-related questions more in the courses I teach, especially History of Contemporary Japan, but occasionally I take them up in my research. For example, in a recent paper I looked at how the mixed-race children of soldiers were treated differently in Japan depending on whether the fathers were Japanese or American, a difference that was driven mostly by Japanese women’s participation in media and politics in the 1950s.
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1. History of Italian Art, History of Costume in Italy
2. The “ideal dress” of the 16th century Italy. From costume depictions in a variety of writings on women, and from costume print collections from the 16th century Italy, we can think of the ideal “good dress” of that time. Recently, I am interested in the first European female professional author, Christine de Pisan and her clothing.
1. Behavioral ecology of wild animals. Endocrinological research on the relationship between symbiotic microbe and sex determination in invertebrates.
2. I would like to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary gender studies—typical of ICU—which consider the concept of biological sex. From my research on sex determination in invertebrates a connection to CGS is born. Even though my research looks at the symbiosis of animals and humans, the diversity of human society shares common aspects with the ecological diversity, and this can provide a new perspective.
1. History: Chinese History
2. I am exploring research beyond fixed frameworks in Chinese women’s history. I personally want to revise or rethink women’s history of modern China.
1. Sociology, Asian American Studies, men in families, men's movements, race and ethnicity, life course and aging.
2. I examine the changing culture and conduct of fatherhood through the prism of a non-Western men's movement. I am interested in the intersection of masculinity, race and ethnicity, religion and immigration.
1. Japanese Literature and Semiotics, Japanese Classical Literature, Poetry
2. I am especially interested in Japanese texts and kana literature, and the semiotics of women in literature of the Heian period.
1. International Comparative Education: Biliteracy Acquisition and Education for Sustainable Development
2. I come from a family of seven children, which was a lot of fun, but I see overpopulation as one of the most serious problems facing the world. In addressing this and other global problems, many solutions are rooted in the policy of including women at the decision making table, and that will only be possible through access to education.
1. Sociolinguistics: Multilingualism in Japan, language and postmodern identity, semiotics, Freudian theory and language, language and politics
2. New ways of talking about social identity have emerged in the postmodern world. Our cultural identity (gender, occupation, ethnicity, religious) can be hybrid, ambiguous, non-essentialist, post-ethnic.
1. Atmospheric Chemistry
2. There are still less female researchers in the STEM field, so I am hoping to support others to some extent.
1. Cultural Anthropology and Demography: Non-marriage, low fertility, representations of intimacy.
2. My research examines sexuality and reproduction issues from both cultural anthropology and demographic perspectives. I am interested in people’s values including the concept of gender as a cultural construction, and its effect on population structures.
1. History: Religion in England during the 16th and 17th centuries
2. I would like to contribute to gender studies through the analysis of different societies and cultures, and their various patterns in the past of a foreign country.
1. Sociology of Education, International Educational Development
2. Gender cuts across the forms, processes, and outcomes of education and yet the international goals often simplify the gender issue to be measured by quantitative indicators such as enrollment and literacy rates. I have discussed such contradiction in a recent book entitled Gender and International Educational Development: Problems and Challenges.
1. International Politics and Economics, Public Policy
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1. My research is in the field of English Literature, particularly Shakespeare, English Renaissance literature (poetry and drama), English Romanticism (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), and modern and contemporary British and Irish poetry.
2. My current research includes work on William and Dorothy Wordsworth, W. B. Yeats (and Irish folklore and mythology), and the uses of mythology and symbolism in contemporary British and Irish poetry. I am interested in the relationship between authorial and social power in women writers, particularly in medieval female poets, Romantic women writers, and contemporary women poets. I am also interested in the evolution of feminism in literature in the works of writers such as Henrik Ibsen and Sylvia Plath.
1. Administrative Law and Administrative Organizations, Telecommunication and Administrative Organizations, Laws and Regulations of AI (Artificial Intelligence)
2. I research laws and regulations, artificial intelligence AI in the fields of administration and administrative organizations, and telecommunications from a jurisprudential perspective. I also think it is important to introduce a gender perspective when thinking about organizations, and the whole concept of organization and humans.
1.European History (French History, Early Modern France, Social History, Urban History, Christianity)
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TANAKA, Kazuko（Former professor of International Christian University, Founder of Center for Gender Studies at International Christian University）
Research Institute Assistants
HUNG, Yuh-Chain (languages: Taiwanese, Mandarin, English, and Japanese) Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo
Research areas include feminist/queer readings of representations of monsters; feminist and queer theory; gender and sexuality studies; and disability studies.
KUZUHARA, Atsuyoshi (languages: English and Japanese) Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo
１．Feminism, Queer Theory, Disability Studies, Transgender Studies
２．My thesis is about temporality of transgender. It theorizes alternative temporality not only against ablistic, reproductive and cisnormative time but also linear time of transition created by medical discourses.
OKA, Shunichiro (languages: English and Japanese) Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo
I am a Ph.D. candidate of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at The University of Tokyo. My research focus is on contemporary art history. My dissertation project investigates postwar Japanese art in the context of the cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. I am also interested in the way how gender and sexuality were represented through visual cultures, especially through postwar visual arts, and how such representations relate to other ideas, including nation and space.
WADA, Chihiro (languages: English and Japanese) Ph.D. student at the Tokyo Institute of Technology
1. Research areas include feminist science and technology studies, men and masculinities studies, and gender and sexuality studies.
2. I’m interested in how inanimate objects as an actor work and are involved in gender sexuality system in Japanese society and its interaction with people in everyday life.