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Self/Selfie in Japan

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Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC)

Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken 252-0882

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Self-identity is a complex concept. In Japan, honne and tatemae don’t only refer to the fluidity of identity but often also as a way of life. This, together with the growing interest in cosmetic treatments, tells many stories about contemporary Japan. One concern that interweaves many of the stories is the wellbeing of young people – particularly women – who continue to face ongoing pressure to embody beauty ideals, which involves significant economic consequences, as well as emotional and physical risks. While these risks can be life-threatening, there is limited systematic care and support to ensure their health and wellbeing or sociocultural, economic, and political empowerment.

How might we bring together technological, design, and sociocultural possibilities to empower women? To respond to this question, we are exploring how you, who study or work at Keio University, care for themselves and others online and offline, to co-create new ways towards empowerment. In this workshop, we will collaboratively and creatively explore the following themes:

  • Self-care and representation online and offline
  • Needs, wants, and expectations around giving and receiving care online and offline
  • Ways to help transform and empower self and others

While the focus is on women for the aforementioned reason, the workshop is also open to people of all genders.

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Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC)

Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-ken 252-0882

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