Simone de Beauvoir through the Lens of Modern-Day Japan - Tokyo College

Simone de Beauvoir through the Lens of Modern-Day Japan

2021.12.10 @ 17:00 – 20:00
Simone de Beauvoir through the Lens of Modern-Day Japan


From the Ambassade du Japon en France: Leaflet "Livres français et en français, libres et égalitaires

Zoom Webinar
Date(s) Friday, 10 December 2021, 5:00-8:00 pm

Online (register here)

Language Japanese French simultaneous interpretation (*French-Japanese simultaneous interpretation will only be available during the live event. However, a recording with the original audio will be made available on the Tokyo College website at a later date. )

Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, philosopher and rights holder of the work of Simone de Beauvoir, introduces us to “Inseparable” (“Les inséparables”), an unpublished work by Simone de Beauvoir. This autobiographical text depicts the sexual and intellectual education of two girls who rebel against the world’s attempts to deprive them of free thought and force them into becoming wives and mothers in service to society. 


This symposium is not only an introduction to this unpublished work, but also an opportunity for the people of Japan to (re-)discover a founder of modern feminism and her works, as well as place her in context with the struggles of today’s feminists. 


Keynote Speech (Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir)

Part I Simone de Beauvoir and her works

Part II Simone de Beauvoir in the context of today’s society

Speaker Profile


Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir (Philosopher, Editer)

NAKAMURA Aya (Ph.D Candidate, Université Lumière Lyon 2)

INOUE Takako(Professor Emeritus, Dokkyo University)

SHAKUTO Shiori(Project Assistant Professor, Tokyo College, the University of Tokyo)

HAYASHI Kaori(Executive Vice President, the University of Tokyo)

MATSUO Akiko(CEO and Editor, etc.books)



YOSHIKAWA Kaeko(Professor, Aichi Institute of Technology; Centre de Documentation Franco-Japonais sur les Femmes)


For a detailed profile of each speaker, see the website of Institut Français (in French and Japanese)

Organizers Ambassade de France au Japon/Institut français du Japon
Tokyo College, The University of Tokyo
Maison Franco-Japanaise/Institut Français de Recherche sur le Japon
Centre de Documentation Franco-Japonais sur les Femmes
Sponsor Institut français de Paris
Collaborators Hayakawa Publishing

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