SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Slavery and Consent in Meiji Japan

Yoshiwara Tokyo
Dr Bill Mihalopoulos (School of Languages and Global Studies, UCLAN)

Date: 16 October 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 16 October 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)

Type of Event: Seminar


This talk focuses on a colourful diplomat incident known as the Maria Luz Incident (1872) to reveal the historical moment when labour and consent took on a new meaning via Japan’s encounter with contractual arrangements based on the principle of property in person. The talk investigates one of the rare moments when fundamental concepts that define the modern - property in person and contractual consent - are made and modelled in front of our eyes in Meiji Japan.

Speaker Biography

Dr Mihalopoulos is author of Sex in Japan’s Globalization, 1870-1930: Japanese Prostitutes Abroad and Nation Building.


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