Bodies of Knowledge 11.7.14
Bodies of Knowledge in the Japanese Empire

Gender studies, history of science, and Japanese studies intertwine in “Bodies of Knowledge in the Japanese Empire,” a panel featuring Susan Burns (University of Chicago) and Mark Driscoll (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Susan Burns examines gendered conceptions of mental and physical health that drove the development of “alternative” therapies to orthodox biomedicine. Mark Driscoll explores a critique of Euro-American sciences of the body raised in early twentieth-century Japanese sexology. The speakers reveal how re-conceptualization of human bodies as objects of modern scientific knowledge was inflected by the uneasy space of imperial Japan.
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