Lyman Gamberton

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BA (Oxford), MA (SOAS), MA (Oxon)
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Thesis title
'Each Life Has Its Place': Transgender Experiences in Contemporary Japan
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Dr Fabio Gygi


Born in England and raised here and in northern Japan, I read Classics at Oxford University before coming to SOAS for postgraduate study in Social Anthropology. My region of specialisation is the culture and society of Japan.

My MA dissertation was a historical-ethnographic study of the role of gender difference in Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors' narratives, 1947-1990. My current research involves transgender, transsexual, and gender non-conforming identities in contemporary Japan. I am particularly interested in the relationship between transgender people and the Japanese State in the wake of the 2003 Gender Recognition Act.

Broader research interests include: the culture and society of Japan; Transgender Studies; gender and sexuality; Critical Disability Studies; material culture; embodiment; and A-bomb Studies.

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