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First published: August 1, 2023 - Last updated: August 1, 2023


Organizers: Claudia Kraft and Reinhard Zöllner

Title: Sexual Violence in World War II

Subtitle: -

Place: Bonn, Germany

Date: February 19-22, 2010

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Asian History: Japanese History; European History: German History | Types: Forced Prostitution / "Comfort Women" System; Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Second World War


Link: Online Program (Free Access)


- Claudia Kraft, Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Department of Contemporary History), Univerisität Wien (University of Vienna)

- Reinhard Zöllner, Abteilung für Japanologie und Koreanistik, Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften (Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (University of Bonn)

Description: »From February 19 to 21, an international workshop on "Sexual Violence in World War II" will be held at the University of Bonn. Specialists from Europe, East Asia and the U.S.A. will compare manifestations, results and reconciliation of sexual violence on both theatres of World War II.
While international political, academic and media debates since the 1980s have extensively addressed sexual violence in East and South East Asian under the topic of the "comfort women" of the Japanese military, analogous events and issues of the European war theatre have so far received much less attention.
A comparative perspective is however necessary to fully analyze the interplay of modern warfare, gender politics, and nationalism. The "comfort women" issue can be seen as one of the hithero rare cases where East Asian history may serve as a methodological blueprint for a neglected chapter of European history. On the other hand, the ways in which analogous problems of reconciliation related to World War II have been solved in Europe may be tested as models for overcoming the apparent deadlock in the "comfort women" issue.« (Source: H-Soz-Kult)

  Friday, February 19
  14:30 Opening Ceremony
Representative of the University of Bonn
  15:00 Introduction
Claudia Kraft, Reinhard Zöllner:
Sexual Violence in World War II in Comparative Perspective - Observations from East Asia and Eastern Europe
  16:00 Coffee Break
  State of the Art: Sexual Violence in Wartimes
  16:30 Hyeon-Ju Seo:
Current Status and Future Prospects of Issues concerning Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in Korea
  17:15 Regina Mühlhäuser:
Methodological Remarks Concerning the Comparison between the Comfort Women System of the Japanese army and sexual violence carried out by Wehrmacht and SS in the Soviet Union
  18:00 Reinhard Zöllner:
A Media History of the "Comfort Women"
  19:30 Conference Dinner
  Saturday, February 20
  Gender Relations and Gendered Violence during War
  09:30 Kerstin Bischl:
Gender and Violence in the "Great Patriotic War" in the Soviet Union
  10:15 Dobrochna Kałwa:
Gender Politics and Sexual Violence in Occupied Poland
  11:00 Coffee Break
  Sexual Violence in Concentration Camps
  11:30 Elissa Mailänder-Koslov:
Sexual Violence in Concentration Camps - Outside the Brothels
  12:15 Robert Sommer:
  13:00 Lunch Break
  Politics of Memory
  15:00 Joanna Ostrowska:
Tabooing War-Time "Prostitution" in Post-War Poland
  16:15 Hyun-Baek Chung:
Memory and Commemoration of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in Korea
  17:00 Sarah Soh:
Truth, Justice, Reconciliation
  17:45 Chizuko Ueno:
Troubled Reconciliation: "Comfort Women" issue in Japan 1991-2007
  18:15 Coffee Break
  18:30 Keynote
John Lie:
Gender, Nationalism, and War
  20:00 Conference Dinner
  Sunday, February 21
  Identifying Research Topics and Tasks for Joint Comparative Research
  09:30 Summary and Comment
  Alf Lüdtke
10:30 Roundtable
  12:00 Closing

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa era | History of Europe: History of Germany / Nazi Germany | Prostitution: Forced prostitution / Comfort women | Sex and the law: Sexual violence / Wartime sexual violence | War: World War II / Wartime sexual violence in World War II