October 2006 Archives

Our third International Workshop will address issues of human security in the fields of sexuality and reproduction. The central theme is "'Body Knowledge' in Asia - Towards a Knowledge of One's Body".

In many Asian countries, 'body knowledge' according to Western natural science and medicine co-exists with indigenous skills and knowledge. What are the conflicts and fusions between them? And how does this complex relationship affect the lives of people of different genders and sexualities? We invite a variety of professionals - researchers, obstetric nurses, social workers, and teachers - from Japan and five other Asian countries. Learning about the similarities and differences in each country will enable us to discern key issues and discuss and possible solutions. Simultaneous interpretation will be available. We hope to help participants build co-operative networks both within and outside Japan.