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Laura Dales

Asst/Prof Laura Dales

Assistant Professor
Asian Studies

Contact details
Asian Studies
The University of Western Australia (M257)
35 Stirling Highway
6488 2979
6488 1167
BA PhD W.Aust.
Key research
Research interests and publication themes include women’s groups, feminist identification, sexuality and gender in Japan, agency and feminist ethnography.
Laura is currently doing a postdoctoral research project on transgressive women, marriage and singlehood in contemporary Japan.
Dales, L. 2009. “Feminist Movements in Contemporary Japan”, London: Routledge.

Dales, L. 2008. “Feminist erotica @ the Love Piece Club” electronic journal of contemporary Japanese studies,

Chapman, D. Laura Dales and Vera Mackie. 2008. “’Minority Women Will Change the World!’ Perspectives on Multiple Discrimination in Japan”, Women’s Studies International Forum, vol. 31, no.3, pp.192-199.

Dales, L. 2007. “Feminist fieldwork in Japan (and beyond)”, Outskirts: feminisms along the edge (online journal), Vol 17.
Dales, L. 2007. “Connection and Collaboration: Women’s centres and NGO women’s groups in Japan”, Intersections (online journal) no.14,

Dales, L. 2005. “On (Not) Being Feminist: Feminist Identification and Praxis in a Kyoto Women’s Group”, Graduate Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, vol. 3, no.1, pp. 13-27. Online:

Dales, L. 2005 “Agency and the Parasite Single Issue”, in Lyn Parker (ed) The Agency of Women in Asia, Marshall Cavendish Academic: Singapore, pp.133-157

Dales, L. 2005. “Feminist Futures in Japan– Exploring the Work of Haruka Yōko and Kitahara Minori”, in Mark McLelland and Romit Dasgupta (eds.) Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan, RoutledgeCurzon: London, pp. 183-199.

Dales, L (forthcoming). “Language and Learning: Commitments to Asian Studies and the Future”, Transmission of Academic Values in Asian Studies Workshop 2009, Canberra.
Dales, L. 2008. “Connecting Women: NGOs and women’s activism in contemporary Japan”, Activating Human Rights and Peace Conference 2008, Byron Bay.

Dales L. and Chapman, D. 2006. “Feminisms and differences in Japan: Korean-Japanese women’s activism and Japanese feminisms”, Oceanic Conference of International Studies 2006, Melbourne.

Dales, L. 2010. Yu, W-H. “Gendered trajectories: Women, work and social change in Japan“, Japanese Studies. Vol.30, no.2, pp. 309-10.

Dales, L. 2010. Two decades of gender and difference: Celebrating the work of Chilla Bulbeck. A view from Japan, Australian Feminist Studies

Dales, L. 2010. Bulbeck, C. “Sex, Love and Feminism in the Asia Pacific”, International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 12, no.2, pp. 279-281.

Dales, L. 2010 「キャリアはスプリントじゃなくて、マラソンだ!」―ワーク・ライフ・バランスの問題
(“A career is a marathon, not a sprint!”: The question of work/life balance), Cutting Edge, Kitakyushu Gender Equality Center magazine, vol. 37.

Dales, L. 2009 「オーストラリアから見た日本の女性センター」(Japan’s women’s centres from an Australian perspective), Women’s Asia 21, Asia Women’s Resource Centre, no. 60, pg 39.
Funding received
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2009-10.
Laura is a member of the following professional associations:

Japanese Studies Association of Australia
Asian Studies Association of Australia
Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association
International Gender and Language Association
Previous positions
* JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow
* Lecturer in Japanese, School of Communications, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia
Current external positions
2009-10 JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

2009-10 Research Fellow, Osaka Gender Equality Foundation
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