The 17th UT-ISS Symposium (International Symposium)

‘New Economy’ in a Global Era: Comparative Gender Analysis of US, Europe and Japan

Date: 13:00〜17:00, September 3, 2002, followed by a reception

Venue: The Sanjo Conference Hall, University of Tokyo, Hongo campus

Language:Japanese/English(simultaneously interpreted)


13:00 Opening Remarks:

Michio Nitta Director of the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

Mari Osawa Prof., Institute of Social Science,University of Tokyo


13:10〜13:30 Sylvia Walby, Prof., University of Leeds

Globalization and Regulation: the New Economy and Gender in the UK

13:30〜13:50 Karin Gottschall Prof., University of Bremen

New Forms of Employment in Germany: Labor Market Regulation and its Gendered Implications

13:50〜14:10 Ilse Lenz Prof., the Ruhr-University, Bocham

Globalization, Gender and Work: Perspectives on Global Regulation

14:10〜14:30 Heidi Gottfried Prof., Wayne State University

Gender, Policy, Politics and Work: Feminist Comparative and Transnational Research


14:30〜14:45 Joan Acker Prof. Emerita, University of Oegon

14:45〜15:00 Cecilia Ng Independent Researcher

15:00〜15:15 Mariko Adachi Prof., Osaka Women’s University

15:15〜15:30 Chizuko Ueno Prof., Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo

15:30〜15:50 Break

15:50〜17:00 Open Discussion

17:00 End of Symposium   followed by a reception


Mari Osawa

Doctor of Economics, is Professor of Social Policy at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo. She specializes in welfare issues, especially in relation to gender. She has worked as Marie Jahoda Professor (International Visiting Professorship) at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, as well as Visiting Faculty at Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institute of Technology. She also works for the Council for Gender Equality under the Cabinet Office of Japan, as the Chair of the Committee of Specialists on Gender Impact Assessment and evaluation of Public Policies. Recent publications:“Government Approaches to Gender equality in the mid-1990s,” Social Science Japan Journal, Vol.3, No.1, Oxford University Press, 2000, pp.3-19.21-seiki no Josei-seisaku to Danjo kyoudou sankaku shakai kihonhou (Policies for/by Women and the Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society), edited by Mari Osawa, Gyosei, 2000; Joseigaku Jiten(Women’s Studies Dictionary), co-edited with Inoue Teruko, Ueno Chizuko, Ehara Yumiko and Kano Mikiyo, Iwanami Shoten, 2002.

Sylvia Walby

Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, UK. She was the founding President of the European Sociological Association 1995-7. She was the founding Director of the Gender Institute at the LSE. She has focused on gender relation, globalization and employment practices. Recent publications: Theorising Patriarchy (Blackwell 1990), Patriarchy at Work (Polity 1986);Joint authored: Contemporary British Society (Polity 2000), Edited books: New Agendas for Women (Macmillan 1999), Joint-edited: European Societies: Fusion or Fission? (Routledge 1999).

Karin Gottschall

Professor of Sociology and Chair of the section ‘Gender Policy in the Welfare State’ at the Centre for Social Policy Research at the University of Bremen. Her recent work has focused on the transformation of service sector work and labour market regulation in Germany and the impact of gender relations on welfare state reforms. She is currently directing several Reserch projects on new forms of work in cultural professions and new media on the one hand and ambulant health care services on the other. Recent publications: The German sociological discourse on social inequality and gender. Gottschall, Karin 2000: Soziale Ungleichheit und Geschlecht. Opladen: Leske+Budrich)

Ilse Lenz

Professor of Sociology (specialising in social structure/gender studies) at the Ruhr-University, Bochum, where she is affiliated to the Faculty of Social Science and to East Asian Studies. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, and the Center for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University. Her main fields of research are gender and work in the service and knowledge sectors, gender and globalization, women´s movements, gender and ethnicity, using a comparative perspective (mainly involving Germany and Japan). She has been the chair of the women’s section of the German Sociological Association (1995-99). Recent Publications: Ilse Lenz and Mae, Michiko (eds.) Separate Worlds, Shared Modernity: Gender Relations in Japan (Getrennte Welten, gemeinsame Moderne? Geschlechter-ver-haltnisse in Japan: Opladen, 1997); Ilse Lenz et al. (eds.) Women´s Movements Worldwide: Departures, Continuities, Changes (Frauenbewegungen weltweit. Aufbruche, Kontinuitaten, Veranderungen: Opladen, 2000).

Heidi Gottfried

Associate Professor of Labor Studies in the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs at Wayne State University, USA. She has focused on comparative analysis of flexible employment practices and regulation in the US, Germany, Sweden and Japan. Her edited book, Feminism and Social Change: Bridging Theory and Practice, University of Illinois Press, 1996, was selected by Choice Magazine as one of their Outstanding Academic Books for 1997. Recent publications include; "Gendering Work: Deconstructing the Narrative of the Japanese Economic Miracle" (with Nagisa Hayashi), Work, Employment and Society (1998); “Comments on ‘Atypical’ and “Irregular’ Labour in Contemporary Japan,” Social Science Japan Journal, (2002); “Re-regulating Breadwinner Models in Socially Conservative Welfare Regimes: Comparing Germany and Japan,” (with Jacqueline O’Reilly) Social Politics, (2002); ”Temp(t)ing Bodies: Shaping Gender at Work in Japan,” Sociology: Journal of the British Sociological Association (2003)

Joan Acker

Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, University ofOregon, USA. Her scholarship has focussed on class, women and work, gender and organizations, and feminist theory. She has been awarded the American Sociological Association's Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award and the ASA Jessie Bernard Award for feminist scholarship. She is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, a major feminist center for scholarship on gender and women. Her most recent research is a large, collaborative study of welfare reform in the state of Oregon, Oregon Families who Left TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) or Food Stamps: A Study of Economic and Family Well-Being from 1998 to 2000. Recent publications: “The Continuing Necessity of ‘Class’ in Feminist Thinking.” In Axeli Knapp, ed., Social Theory and Feminism (Forthcoming); “Oregon Families who Left Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Food Stamps: A Study of Economic and Family Well-Being from 1998 to2000.” With Sandra Morgen; "Revisiting Class: Thinking from Gender, Race, and Organizations" (Social Politics 2000); “Gender and Class,” in Judith Lorber, Beth Hess and Myra Marx Ferree (eds.), Revisioning Gender, Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage.

Cecilia Ng

An Independent researcher, and visiting Faculty at Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institute of Technology. From 1994 till 1999 she was a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute for New Technologies. Associate Professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) before she opted for early retirement in July 2000. She has conducted research and published widely on gender, development and work with a focus on technological change and women’s employment. She sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal, Gender, Development and Technology. She is also active in women’s group in Malaysia and is the founder member of the All Women’s Action Society and the Women’s Development Collective. Recent publication; Positioning Women in Malaysia, Palgrave Macmillan, 1999.

Mariko Adachi

Professor, faculty of Human and Social Sciences, coordinator of Women’s Studies Research Center, at Osaka Women’s University. She is focused on Feminist Economics, and Gender and Development Studies. Recent publications:“Globalization to Hi-renzoku” (Globalization and Discontinuity), Toshio Iotani (ed.), Keizai no Globalization to Gender (Economic Globalization and Gender), Akashi shoten, 2001; “Shijou, Seido, ‘Kazoku’” (Markets, Institutions, ‘Family’), in co-authored, Tagenteki Keizai Shakai no Koso (A Design of Pluralistic Social Economy), Nihon Hyoronsha, 2001.

Chizuko Ueno

Professor of Sociology, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo. M.A. in sociology, finished doctoral course at Kyoto University in 1977. Pioneering women's studies in Japan, and member of Japanese Society of Women's Studies, Women's Studie's Society of Japan. Majoring in gender and sexuality studies and feminist theories. Current research topic is women's unpaid work for care-taking for the elderly in regard to the care insurance. Author of Kafuchousei to Shihonnsei (Patriarchy and Capitalism), Iwanamishoten,1990; Kindai Kazoku no Seiritsu to Shuen (Rise and Fall of Japanese Modern Family), Iwanamishotenn, 1994; Nationalisum to Jenda (Engendering Nationalism), Seidosha, 1998; Hatsujou Souchi (The Erotic Apparatus), 1998; Sai no Seijigaku (Politics of Difference), Iwanamishoten, 2002 and many others. Co-editor of Gender in Japanese History, 1996.

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