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75th Conflict Studies Seminar in the Humanities -- "Yaoi & BL Symposium #2"

2011-10-2 (Sun) 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The 75th Conflict Studies Seminar in the Humanities: Global COE Program, A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities -- "Yaoi & BL Symposium #2" -- "Women who write June Novels -- The Era of Novel Dojo by NAKAJIMA Azusa" will be held on Sunday, October 2.

What do creative activities mean for women who live in a society that represses women? This symposium will discuss this issue, based on the series in the magazine June in the 1980s, "Nakajima Azusa's Novel Dojo."
"Nakajima Azusa's Novel Dojo" was the series in which Nakajima Azusa, aka KURIMOTO Kaoru, a kind of promogenitor of Boys' Love (BL) or Yaoi, a homoerotic category about male relationships for female readers, made comments on novels submitted by readers. The section produced popular BL book authors such as EMORI Sonae, OZAKE Asami, ISHIHARA Ikuko, AKIZUKI Koo, KAZUMI Maki, SUWA Yukisato, SASAKI Sadako, KASHIWAE Masato, and EDA Yuuri.
However, Nakajima's purpose was not to nurture professional authors, but to help persons who submitted work express themselves. What was this Novel Dojo that supported many women's creative activities like?
In this symposium, participants will discuss what women expected from the Novel Dojo with the guests. The guests include NOMURA Fumiko and NAKANO Fuyumi who submitted their works to the Novel Dojo while carrying out women's liberation activities and publishing their works in book form and gaining popularity from readers, SAGAWA Toshihiko, the editor of the magazine June, who also served as a moderator of the Novel Dojo, ISHIDA Minori who wrote about NAKAJIMA Azusa in Hisoyakana Kyoiku, and NISHIHARA Mari, a researcher on the history of Boys' Love category.

  • NOMURA Fumiko, author
  • NAKANO Fuyumi, Counselor, coleader of Street Counseling Room for Women, Kokokara Saloon
  • SAGAWA Toshihiko, Associate professor, Kyoto Seika University, former editor of June
  • ISHIDA Minori, Associate professor, Niigata University
  • NISHIHARA Mari, contract lecturer, Doshisha University
  • Questioner: TOMIYAMA Ichiro, Professor, Osaka University
  • M.C.: AZUMA Sonoko, Assistant professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

Venue: Seminar Room #1, 2nd floor, Student Commons, Research building I, Institute for Higher Education Research and Practice, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University (#10 on the map)
The nearest stations are Hankyu Ishibashi station and Osaka Monorail Shibahara station
How to apply:
To make application, please send your name, the name of your occupation, your age, and your email address by email to the address below by Sunday, September 25. If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity, successful applicants will be chosen by lottery.
Sponsored by: Osaka University Global COE Program, A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities
In cooperation with: Osaka Fujoshi Study Group

For more information, contact: Osaka Fujoshi Study Group

Email: yaoibl.symposium[at]

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Date: 2011-10-2 (Sun) 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration: Registration by email is necessary.

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