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Dr. Kazuyoshi Kawasaka

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Dr. Kazuyoshi Kawasaka
Gebäude: 24.21.
Etage/Raum: 05.68
+49 211 81-14709
+49 211 81-14714


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Research interests

In my PhD dissertation, I focused on male same-sex sexual politics in postwar Japan and explored how gender and sexuality have contributed to senses of cultural differences between Japan and the West in Japanese modernity and how male same-sex sexual politics have been negotiated with Japanese nationalism. My current research centres on Japanese contemporary LGBT policy and values of diversity in relation to globalisation of LGBT politics (including US political/diplomatic influence over Japan), Japanese economic demands (including 2020 Olympics), race, and Japanese nationalism.

Dissertation: undefined“Between Nationalisation and Globalisation: Male Same-Sex Politics in Post-War Japan” (2015)

Fields of research

  • Queer Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies


2011–2016 DPhil in Gender Studies (Humanities), University of Sussex, UK. Dissertation: “Between Nationalisation and Globalisation: Male Same-Sex Politics in Post-War Japan”. Supervised by Professor Sally R. Munt
2009–2015 Completed Ph.D program without a Ph.D. degree in Culture and Representation (Specialised in Queer Studies, Critical Theory), The University of Tokyo
2006–2008 MA (Comparatives Culture), International Christian University in Tokyo.
2002–2006 BA (Liberal Arts), International Christian University in Tokyo.




Academic Publications (Peer-reviewed)

(2018) Mishima Yukio and the Homoeroticisation of the Emperor of Japan. In: Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, 2(2), 23, pp. 1-11. 

(2018) Contradictory Discourses on Sexual Normality and National Identity in Japanese Modernity. In: Sexuality & Culture, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp. 593–613. 

(2013) Amerika-ka sareru LGBT no kenri: “Gei no kenri wa jinken dearu” enzetsu to shinpo to iu naratību [Americanized LGBT Human Rights: The Narrative of Progress and the Speech “Gay Rights Are Human Rights”] (in Japanese). In: Gender and Sexuality. Journal of the Center for Gender Studies (International Christian University) 08, pp. 5-28.

(2010) Gei sutadīzu ni okeru tōjisha no gensetsu no tokuchō to mondai-ten [Characteristics and Problems of Discourse Surrounding Tōjisha in Gay Studies in Japan] (in Japanese). In: Journal of Queer Studies Japan 03, pp. 86-109.

(2009) Misheru Fukō to gendai no sekushuaritī kenkyu no taikō gensetsu [Michel Foucault, and the Counter Discourses of Contemporary Sexuality Studies] (in Japanese). In: Gender and Sexuality. Journal of center for Gender Studies (International Christian University) 04, pp. 39-60. 

(2008) Kamingu auto no konnan [The Problem of Coming Out] (in Japanese). In: Gender and Sexuality. Journal of Center for Gender Studies (International Christian University) 03, pp. 59-75. 

Articles in Newspapers, Reports or Academic Magazines:

(2018) Hiseijika sareru puraido parēdo [De-politicisation of Pride Parade] (in Japanese). In: Sekai, Octorber, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, pp. 150-156.

(2015) The Censorship of Pornography: Masculinity and Nationalism in Japan. In: Global Information Society Watch Report, pp. 160-163.

(2015) Jinken ka, tokken ka, onkei ka?: Nihon ni okeru LGBT no kenri [Human rights, Privileges, or Benefits? LGBT Rights in Japan] (in Japanese). In: Gendai Shiso, October, Tokyo: Seidosha, pp. 96-108.

Reviews and Review Articles:

(2011) Book Review: Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation By Dennis Altman and Iseiai to dōsei ai by Kazama Takashi and Kawagushi Kazuya.In:  Journal of Queer Studies Japan 04, pp.176-186.


Conference Presentations (in English)

(2018) European and East-Asian Perspectives on Queer Theory. In: The 6thAnnual Conference of the Gender Studies Association Austria. At: University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, 28 September. (With Jasmin Rückert)

(2018) Japanese LGBTQ Rights in the Trump Age. In: New Terrains in Asian Humanities. At Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, 22 September. 

(2018) LGBT Rights are Human Rights, but in What Sense? In: Queerying Japan: Transnational Perspectives on Politics, Society and Culture .At: Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany, 6th July. (Invited)

(2016) LGBT Progress and Neoliberalism in Japan. In: The 11TH Crossroads Conference. At: The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 15 December.

(2014) Queer Shame, Japanese Morals and Togo Ken’s Politics. In: Radical Negativity: An Interdisciplinary Conference Interrogating Productive Possibilities for Negative States of Being. At: Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK, 13 June. 

(2013) Are LGBT Rights Becoming Americanised? In: International Feminist Journal of Politics 2nd Annual Conference. At: University of Sussex, Falmer, UK. 19 May.

(2012) Global Academic Discourses and Gay Politics in Japan. In: The 6th Annual The Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Network Conference. At: the University of Sussex, Falmer, UK. 13 September.

(2011) Queer Femininities in Negotiation with the Cultural/National Norm in Japan. In: Women’s Worlds 2011. At: The University of Ottawa and Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 7 July.

(2010) Queer Discourse in/and Japan. (Panel Title: Queer(s) in Japan). In: The British Association for Japanese Studies Tri-Annual Conference. At: The School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK, 10 September. 

(2009) The ‘Future’ of ‘Queer Time’ (Panel Title: Queer Time and Timing). In: Inter-Asia Cultural Typhoon 2009: Cultural Studies and Asia. At: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan, 5 July. 

Conference Presentations (in Japanese)

(2018) Nihon wa kuia ka? [Is Japan Queer?] At: Center for Gender Studies, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. 1 February. (Invited)

(2011)  Kiki no Seiji: Mishima Yukio no nihon to shintai no mondai [Politics of ‘Crisis’: Yukio Mishima’s Japan and Bodies].  In: The Annual Conference of the Women’s Studies Association of Japan in 2011. At: Nagoya City Gender Equality  Promotion Center, Nagoya, Japan. 31 July.

(2010) Seikenryoku no naka no kuia [‘Queer’ in Biopolitics]. In: The Annual Conference of Japan Association for Queer Studies. At: Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan, 21 November. 

(2009) Tōjisha towa nanika? [What is Tojisha?].  In: The Annual Conference of Japan Association for Queer Studies in 2009. Tsuda College, Tokyo, Japan, 18 October.

(2008) ‘Shutai’ heno kaiki? [Returning to Subject?] In: The Annual Conference of Japan Association for Queer Studies in 2008. At: Hiroshima Shudo University, Hiroshima, Japan, 9 November.

(2008) ‘Nihon’ wo nihon kara kirihanasu [Disconnecting ‘Japan’ from Japan]. (Panel Title: Queer on Borders). In: The Annual Conference of the Women’s Studies Association of Japan in 2008. At: Apio Aomori, Aomori, Japan 15 June.