About CGraSS

Mission

The Center for Gender Research and Social Sciences (CGraSS) was founded as: 1) an interdisciplinary research center that combines the methods of social sciences and gender studies and 2) an educational entity that oversees the introduction of gender studies into the curriculum at Hitotsubashi University. Following this two-pronged approach to scholarly exchange and education, the Center aims to educate students to be successful, progressive researchers and/or citizens working to advance gender equality.

CGraSS consists of three divisions:

1) Research Division

In addition to furthering graduate student education through collaborative research projects outlined in “Advanced Research Projects” (determined by the Graduate School of Social Sciences), the members of CGraSS also undertake individual research. The 2010 edited volume, Gender and Society: History of Masculinities, Military and Sexuality (Kimoto Kimiko and Kido Yoshiyuki, eds.) presented the research results of a large number of graduate students in addition to those of faculty members, and was the outcome of “Advanced  Research Project 7—Gender as Everyday Practice and Method” (2006–2008). This division aims to create new horizons in social science methodology by complicating its existing methods with perspectives on gender, and disseminating its research outcomes through publication.

2) Division for Scholarly Exchange

This division administers a lecture series featuring both domestic and international scholars. It  also holds symposia, during which students and scholars may present their latest research. Our goal is to connect researchers, research institutions, and students in gender studies from all over the world.

3) Gender Education Program (GenEP) Division

This division is responsible for education in gender studies at Hitotsubashi University, from General Education to Foundation and Applied courses in undergraduate and graduate programs. By integrating up-to-date research conducted by the Research Division or featured in our lecture series and symposia, Gender Education Program provides an additional platform for the further dissemination of our work.

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History

The Center for Gender Research and Social Sciences (CGRaSS) was established by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University on April 1st 2007. It has its roots in the Gender Education Program Project (“Proposal for a General Education Program at Hitotsubashi University to encourage gender equity”) of 2005 to 2006. The Center’s mission is to integrate social sciences and gender studies research, so that both fields may be expanded and enriched.

The GenEP project was funded by Hitotsubashi University’s Grant for Restructuring and Improvement of Education and Research. Under its auspices, the faculty worked to tailor an educational program that was suitable to the needs of the University and its students, while adhering to the standards of scholarship expected of advanced research institutions both at home and abroad. In keeping with the University’s institutional identity as a center for research and education specializing in social sciences, in which the social sciences are envisioned as a discipline fundamental to the interrogation and improvement of civil society, faculty members worked to expand the boundaries of social science research by introducing perspectives on gender. The 2006 Advanced Research Project 7, “Gender as Everyday Practice and Method” comprised one step towards the goal of integrating social science research and gender studies.

The Center for Gender Research and Social Sciences was established in the hope of bringing new perspectives to social science research, but also continues to pursue the goals originally outlined in the Gender Education Program. Hence, GenEP continues to be an active division of the Center, constituting an additional platform for the introduction of new research on gender into the University’s undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

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Organizational structure

The representative, in conjunction with the Center’s executive committee, oversee and approve: 1) the annual budget and statement of accounts and 2) annual proposals for Center activities. In addition, the representative and committee considers the appointment of new members to the executive committee. The executive committee consists of representatives from the Educational Division, Research Division, and Financial and Administrative Affairs. The list of center representatives follows:

2007–2008: Kimoto Kimiko and Kido Yoshiyuki
2009–2010: Kimoto Kimiko
2011–2012: Sakamoto Hiroko
2013–2014: Ito Ruri
2015–2016: Sato Fumika
2017–2018: Saka Natsuko

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Members (as of April 1st 2016)

Representative

Administrative role Name Affiliation Research field
Representative SAKA Natsuko Graduate School of Social Sciences, Reshaping Society, Advancing Human Development Sociology of sport

Executive Committee

Education Division Representative KOH Ikujo/HUNG Yuru Graduate School of Social Sciences: Humanities and Philosophy Social History of Modern Taiwan, Gender Studies
Research Division Representative ITO Ruri Graduate School of Social Sciences, Studies of Social Structure and Socio-Cultural Transformation International Sociology and Gender Studies
Research Division Representative KIDO Yoshiyuki Graduate School of Social Sciences, Studies in Social History American History
Research Division Representative OHTA Miyuki Graduate School of Social Sciences, Reshaping Society, Advancing Human Development, Global Issues Course Social History of Modern Taiwan, Gender Studies
Financial and Administrative Affairs Representative SATO Fumika Graduate School of Social Sciences, Studies of Social Structure and Socio-Cultural Transformation Gender Studies

Members (Research Division)

  IKAWA Chitose Graduate School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Philosophy English Literature
  OKOCHI Taiju Graduate School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Philosophy Philosophy
  OZAKI Masataka Graduate School of Social Sciences, Reshaping Society, Advancing Human Development Sociology of Sport
  KIMOTO Kimiko Graduate School of Social Sciences, Emeritus Professor Sociology and Social Research
  KOIDO Akihiro Graduate School of Social Sciences, Studies of Social Structure and Socio-Cultural Transformation International Sociology
  MORI Chikako Graduate School of Law, Theories of Law and Language Graduate School of Law, Theories of Law and Language
  SAKAMOTO Hiroko Graduate School of Social Sciences, Emeritus Professor Intellectual and Cultural History of Modern China
  DALE, Sonja Graduate School  of Social Sciences, Global Education Program Gender and sexuality studies (in particular LGBT/queer studies), Sociology
  NAKANO Satoshi Graduate School  of Social Sciences, Studies in Social History, Global Education Program History of International Relations
  YAMADA Tetsuya Graduate School of Social Sciences, Reshaping Society, Advancing Human Development Sociology of Education
  AHMADJIAN, Christina L.   Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Business Management Program Sociology of Organizations
  OCHI Hiromi Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Culture and Industry Studies Program American Literature
  KONO Shintaro Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Culture and Industry Studies Program English Literature
  TAKEUCHI Kan Graduate School of Economics, Public Economics Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics
  YOKOYAMA Izumi Graduate School of Economics, Public Economics Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics
  LEE Yeounsuk Graduate School of Languages and Society Cultural Studies
  INOUE Mayumo Graduate School of Languages and Society American literature, Post-colonial studies, aesthetic theory
  NAKAI Asako Graduate School of Languages and Society English Literature
  NAGATSUKA Makoto Graduate School of Law, Theories of Law and Language, Corporate and Economic Law Copyright Law, French Law, Intellectual Property Law
  TSUGE Michiko Student Support Center Psychology

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