Lee, Sujin: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

College of Arts and Sciences
Project Title: 
Problematizing Population : The Politics of the Birth Control Movement and Eugenics in Modern Japan
Project Abstract: 
     The purpose of my project is to explore the discursive structure of the population problem at the historical intersection of eugenics and the birth control movement in modern Japan (between the late 1910s to the mid 1950s). The multilayered voices of problematizing population in Japan in the modern period can be situated in relation with the coeval, transnational discourse of overpopulation and counter-selection. The re-contextualized debate on eugenic contraception among Japanese birth control advocates (mainly, neo-Malthusianists, socialists, feminists) reveals the ways in which sexuality and reproduction were invariably represented as the focal point of varied political goals.