ICJS Event: Mala Htun "Gender Equality and the State: Japan in Comparative Perspective"

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
6:30 p.m. (talk will start at 7 p.m.)
Temple University, Japan Campus
Azabu Hall Room 212 (Access)
Open to general public.
There will be a buffet available for a fee (¥1000 to ¥2,500 depending on the menu, desserts ¥300, full meal at ¥1,000 for students). There is no fee if you opt–out of food service.
Registration closed

We are happy to invite you to a Temple University ICJS Special Program with Mala Htun, associate professor at the New School University and Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi Fellow in Japan. She will lead a discussion on gender equality in the state, focusing on Japan in a comparative perspective.

Mala's work focuses on the initiatives and responses that states take with regard to gender, race, and ethnicity. Her first book analyzed how-and whether-gender policy reform is possible in countries with hegemonic religious institutions undergoing major political changes. Through a close examination of the politics of abortion, divorce, and the family in Latin America, she theorized the gendered dimensions of transitions to democracy, religious conflict, and social activism. Her second book explains why governments offer guarantees of political inclusion—through candidate quotas in parties and reserved seats in parliament—to women, ethnic minorities, and subordinate racial groups. Her third book, written in collaboration with Laurel Weldon, will explore when and why governments promote women's rights through a comparative analysis of the experiences of 70 countries between 1975 and 2005. (http://www.newschool.edu/gf/polsci/faculty/htun/index.htm)

Mala is currently undertaking research at Tokyo University's Institute of Social Science, where she is a Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi Fellow. She brings to her analysis of Japanese society a strong comparative knowledge of other countries which will allow us to get a different perspective on this issue.

About Mala Htun

Mala Htun is associate professor of political science at the New School for Social Research. She is the author of Sex and the State: Abortion, Divorce, and the Family under Latin American Dictatorships and Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and her work has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Latin American Research Review, and Politics and Gender, among other journals and edited volumes. She is currently writing a book on the politics of representing women and ethnic and racial minorities in Latin America and worldwide. Her article, "Is Gender Like Ethnicity? The Political Representation of Identity Groups" won the Heinz Eulau award from the American Political Science Association in 2005 and she has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and National Security Education Program. A former fellow of the Kellogg Institute of the University of Notre Dame and the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard, she holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and an A.B. in international relations from Stanford. In 2006-07, she is a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo.