Joint lecture series : Sexuality Issues- Global Perspectives

Jan. 23, 2019

 A team of academics from Meiji University School of Arts and Letters and Temple University Japan Campus, considering the importance and necessity to introduce sexuality studies to academics and broader audience, is starting a new open joint lecture series. Sexuality Issues – Global Perspectives, the first lecture series of this kind in Japan, covers broad topics of sexuality mainly with multidisciplinary perspectives of clinical psychology, sociology, anthropology, cross-cultural studies and other studies. The lectures will offer modern and comprehensive understanding of human sexuality, giving a completely different light to the topics that have been thought to be a taboo or vulgar topics in Japan. This series will contribute to improving sexuality studies in any academic fields and people’s sexual competency providing an intellectual foundation for social discourse on sexuality.
 Temple University website eventpage

Sexuality Issues Poster
The following talks are included in the first series:

 First presentation: Monday, Jan 28th, 18.30-20.30, at Meiji University Global Hall in Global Front Bud.
Lecturer: Dariusz P. Skowronski
- The Introduction to Sexology and Couples Sexual Problems and Clinical Interventions.
The presentation introduces the modern approaches to human sexuality and clinical sexology, based on the interdisciplinary and comprehensive perspectives on psychological, medical, social and cultural aspects of sexual expressions. The focus of the presentation is placed on the assessment and treatment of couples' sexual issues and it offers the outline of clinical interventions offered in the clinical sexology field, as well as modern counseling approaches used to improve the sexual well-being.
Meiji University Surugadai Campus, Global Front bud.1F Global Hall

 Second presentation: Thursday, February 7th, 18.30 - 20.30, at Temple University Japan Campus
Lecturer: Maki Hirayama
- The Customs and the Universe of Meaning of the Japanese Sexuality before the Era of Modernization and Westernization.
Before the era of modernization and Westernization in Japan, the unique sexual customs such as the orgy at the festival nights were common and popular features of Japanese culture. The lecturer talks about the variety of sexual customs, with the focus on various time periods, geographical locations, social classes, etc. The lecturer also focuses on the meanings of these customs, with reference to the religion, family systems, and community relationships.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall, 1st floor, Student Lounge "The Parliament"

 Third presentation: Thursday, March 28th, 18.30 - 20.30, at Temple University Japan Campus
Lecturer: Alice Pacher
– An Exploration of (No) Sexual Intimacy in Contemporary Japan and German-Speaking Countries: Introducing Interview Results about Sexless Couples.
The beginning of the twenty-first century is marked by a particular discourse on sexuality within couple relationships, a discourse which emerged in the West and which includes beliefs that sex is an important value for building intimacy and bonding for seeking pleasure, and for recreation. However in Japan we witness other trends, namely that people who do not desire any sexual intercourse with their spouses are defining characteristics of Japanese couple relationships in the contemporary society.
This presentation shows the results of a qualitative interview with Japanese men and women whose specific sexual trend is made, by a comparison with Interview results of men and women from German-speaking countries. This comparison highlights how sexual contexts, especially sexlessness are portrayed differently in the respective society.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall, 1st floor, Student Lounge "The Parliament"

 Fourth presentation: Wednesday, April 10th, 18.30 - 20.30, at Meiji University
Lecturer:Yoshie Moriki - Kawanoji-sleeping Practice and Sexuality in the Japanese Families.
The talk will focus on the relationships between the kawanoji-sleeping arrangements and women's sexuality in the Japanese families. Japanese women strongly internalize their roles as the "mother," a role that is socially seen as non-sexual, and she is expected to behave such. From a viewpoint of "sexless" marriages in Japan, sexuality and parenting are explored.

No pre-registration required, free entry.
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