講演/セミナー

International Workshop on “Intimate Lives of Intimate Laborers”

日時: 2015年3月1日(日)  10:30-16:30
会場:

Waseda University, Nishi-Waseda Building, Room 309

プログラム:

    Although the past decade has witnessed resurgence of interest in questions of human trafficking, intimate labor, and the feminization of migration, few scholars have positioned the intimate lives of laborers at the center of analysis. This workshop proposes to address this gap in our understanding of the intersections of family, kinship, and the intimate choices of those working in the sphere of intimate labor. Much scholarly writing focuses predominantly on migrants as products of their labor or circumstances. Rather than focusing on the labor performed by intimate laborers, we focus instead on the intimate lives of intimate laborers, exploring ways in which their ideas of intimacy, family, kinship, and love are both affected by and affect their migratory labor. Focusing on migrants solely within the framework of the type of labor they engage in, or the circumstances of their migration functions to flatten migrant identities by reducing them to their employment or locale. This flattening of their identities occurs through hegemonic state discourses and policies (such as those pertaining to human trafficking or labor regulations), instead of the needed attention to the contours of migrants’ lives and the structural factors that they are up against. Migrants are not just ‘victims’ or ‘laborers’, but are mothers, daughters, activists, and entrepreneurs who employ strategic decision making within and throughout the migratory process.


     In this workshop, we propose to bring together a group of scholars writing about various types of intimate laborers (including domestic workers, nannies, care givers, beauticians, and sex workers) who have migrated across Asia as well as their employers. The goal is to look in comparative contexts across Asia to ask questions such as: How is the notion of family changing for intimate laborers? How do migrant women’s working environments change their understanding of their own intimate lives? How do women draw on their intimate lives to affect change in their working environments? And how do employers experience the presence of intimate laborers in their own intimate lives? These and other questions will be explored through ethnographic fieldwork conducted by scholars in locales from West to East Asia over the past decade.


 


Programme
10:30-10:40  Introduction  By Pardis Mahdavi

10:40-12:00  Session 1  Domestic workers in Asian countries
                          forming intimate ties

10:40-11:00  Pardis Mahdavi (Waseda University)
                         “Immobilized Migrancy: Family, Labor, and the Law 
                         for Migrants in the Gulf”
11:00-11:20  Naomi Hosoda (Kagawa University) & Akiko Watanabe 
                         (Bunkyo University)
                        “Migration, Religion, and Transformation of Intimate 
                         Relations among Filipina Domestic Workers  in 
                         Dubai and Doha”
11:20-11:40  Kayoko Ueno (Tokushima University)
                        “From a Closet in the Employer’s House: Facebook 
                        Activism among Foreign Domestic Workers”
11:40-11:55  Commentator: Gracia Liu-Farrer (Waseda University)


12:00-13:00  Lunch Break


13:00-14:20  Session 2  Mother-child intimacy in transition
13:00-13:20  Yumiko Tokita-Tanabe (Osaka University) 
                         “Beyond the ‘Baby Factory’: Construction of 
                          Intimacy in Commercial Surrogacy Practices
                          in India”
13:20-13:40  Fumie Ohashi (Waseda University) 
                         “Intimate Lives around Domestic Workers in China: 
                         Care Relations behind Migrants’ Split Household 
                         Strategy”
13:40-14:00  Nobue Suzuki (Chiba University) 
                         “Family Nightmares: Ironies of the Law and Lives
                         of Japanese Filipino Children”
14:00-14:15  Commentator: Masako Ishii (Osaka University)


14:20-14:30  Coffee Break


14:30-15:30  Session 3  Transformation of intimate ties in Japan
14:30-14:50  Akiko Takeyama (Kansas University)
                         "Private Lives of Professional Seducers: Male Hosts 
                         in Tokyo Host Clubs”
14:50-15:10  Sachi Takahata (University of Shizuoka)
                        “From Entertainers to Caregivers: Changing Faces 
                        of Filipino Women in Japan”
15:10-15:25  Commentator: Pardis Mahdavi


 15:30-16:20  Open Floor Discussion  Moderator: Masako Ishii


16:20-16:30  Wrap-up   By Naomi Hosoda


Inquiry:
Visiting researcher at WIAPS: Prof. Pardis Mahdavi at [email protected]
Prof. Gracia Liu-Farrer at [email protected]

主催:

WIASP Migration and Citizenship Research Group
Abe Fellowship

共催:

Waseda University Insitute of Asia-Pacific Studies(WIAPS)

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