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Feminist Friday: Researching Women in the History of Japanese Tea Culture

Friday, October 26, 2018,12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Dr. Rebecca Corbett, Japanese Studies librarian at the University of Southern California, will be speaking on “Researching Women in the History of Japanese Tea Culture.”

While the majority of tea ceremony practitioners in contemporary Japan are women and the practice has a decidedly feminine image, the history of tea culture is largely told as a narrative of male practice with female practitioners only appearing from the late nineteenth century when they were supposedly “allowed” to enter the practice.

Corbett has employed feminist and gender studies theory to shed light on women’s tea practice prior to the late 19th century, explore how this changes our understanding of both tea culture historically and women’s position within early modern Japanese society, and highlight the extent to which contemporary discourse around women’s tea practice has deep historical connections. In so doing , she has tried to counteract a male-dominated narrative that dismisses women’s tea practice as not serious because it is largely focused on training in etiquette and comportment.\

Dr. Corbett is also giving a talk related to this topic Saturday, Oct. 27  at 10:30 a.m. at the Ringling Museum of Art. This event is free for Cross College Alliance (that includes NCF!) students; when “purchasing” tickets, you simply have to select “student” as the price type and use the code CCA2019. Click here to register.


Friday, October 26, 2018,
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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