Featuring Bettina Gramlich-Oka, Professor of Japanese History at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University.
For the edited volume Women and Networks in Nineteenth Century Japan (University of Michigan Press, 2020) ten scholars gathered to identify and examine women’s involvement in networks. With the aim to heighten awareness of the gendered history of research on networks, all ten authors thus placed women in the center of their analyses. The result paints a heterogeneous picture which preempts the determination of one simple network pattern or a uniform type of networks particular to “women.” Rather the diversity indicate that not gender alone but many other factors play into the individual’s form of participation in networks. In the presentation, I take this specific result of the volume further by making a comparison of the involvement in networks by a husband and a wife: Rai Shizu and Rai Shunsui. I do with the help of the visualization tools of the Japan Biographical Database.
This colloquium series is made possible by the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.