10 Apr 2014

Toshio Miyake "When History Becomes Sexy: Nation, Parody and Moe in Japanese Media Convergence"

 Dear all,

The Birkbeck Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice in partnership with the London Asia Pacific Cultural Studies Forum is pleased to invite you to a talk by Dr Toshio Miyake (University of Venice).

"When History Becomes Sexy: Nation, Parody and Moe in Japanese Media Convergence" 

Monday 28th of April 2014, 6:30pm
Birkbeck, University of London
Clore Management Centre - Room G01
Torrington Square
London WC1 7HX

Following Q&A session and a wine reception.

Everybody is invited. Please, book your ticket here.

The increasing intermingling in contemporary Japan between historical revisionism, youth subcultures and the nation branding of Cool Japan have contributed to raise popular cultures as a strategic site in the hegemonic re-definition of the past, present, and future of the nation. 
This paper addresses the ongoing transformation among younger generations towards a post-ideological and post-modern experience of their national ‘imagined comunity,’ described as 'pop nationalism' (Sakamoto 2008) or 'cynical romanticism' (Kitada 2005). Through the case study of the multiple media platform originated by the historical web-manga Axis Powers Hetalia (2006-present) and its worldwide success among female fandom, this paper aims to shed lights on the biopolitical mobilisation of moe ('burning passion') as a combination of polymorphous pleasure and sexualised parody shaping emergent memories of national history and identity.

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Kind regards,
Dario Lolli

Toshio MIYAKE (PhD) is adjunct lecturer in Japanese social and cultural studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy). He is author of a monograph on the Japanese representations of the 'West' (Occidentalismi, Cafoscarina 2010) and has been recipient of a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship for a research project on Occidentalism, Orientalism and self-Orientalism in Italy-Japan relations.

11 Apr 2013

The Logic of the De-cinematic, or, Origins of Japanese Cinema:
From the Magic Lantern through Avant-Garde Cinema to Anime.
A Talk by Professor Kitano Keisuke (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto)
Time and Venue:
Tuesday 30 April 2013, 6:30pm
Birkbeck College, Room 417
Malet Street, Bloomsbury,
London WC1E 7HX
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The Birkbeck Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice and the London Asia Pacific Cultural Studies Forum are delighted to invite you to a talk by distinguished Japanese film scholar Kitano Keisuke.
In his talk, professor Kitano will outline an alternative trajectory of the engines that have been mobilised during the history of Japanese cinema. He will conduct this attempt firstly by examining the pre-cinematic devices and their relationship with the import of cinema in Japan, and, secondly, by offering a theorization of the process of “Japanese cinema” as an embodiment of its differentiation from its own preceding cultural forms as well as from Western cinema. Finally, he will consider how many Japanese film productions have been driven by the expressive engines that had been formulated in that earlier self-formation process.
Kitano Keisuke is professor at the College of Image Arts and Science, Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto), of which he has been vice-dean from 2009 to 2012. In addition to his numerous books and essays, including Eizoron-Jyosetu [Introduction to the Theories of Visual Image] (Jinbunshoin, 2009), Professor Kitano has participated in many international conferences and events. These include 'Contemporary Japanese Cinema: Outside, Elsewhere, In the World' (University of Southern California); ‘International Meeting for Film Experts’ (Berlin Film Festival, 2007); ‘Creative Industry Conference’ (Berlin, 2007); and ‘Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival’ (2007). His forthcoming book will reconsider Gilles Deleuze’s concept of the ‘Societies of Control’ following the digitalisation of society through a rethinking of the power of expressive medium in the fine arts.

The event is free and open to all. Please, book your ticket in advance from:

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11 Jan 2013

Manga Studies: From Architecture to Female Otaku

Speakers: Dr. Ryuichi Tanigawa, Dr. Chie Yamanaka, Mr. Yu Ito, and Dr. Sonoko Azuma
Discussant: Mr. Simon Turner
Chair: Dr. Mariko Murata

Date: 28 January 2013, 18:00-20:15
Venue: Room B33, Birkebeck, Malet Street, WC1E 7HX, London. http://goo.gl/maps/BKcXF

Organized by the Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice (Birkbeck, University of London) and LAPCSF, supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research 2012 (Challenging Exploratory Research, Ryuichi TANIGAWA, Grant No.24656343) MEXT, Japan.

LAPCSF is organizing a session devoted to Manga Studies with researchers and professionals visiting from Japan.
The global circulation of manga has attracted increased attention and Manga Studies has now developed as an international, multidisciplinary field that attracts researchers from a wide area of study from the visual arts to the social sciences. This session is expected to be a multidisciplinary event that invites scholars from a range of fields to observe the diversity of manga consumption as popular culture, worldwide.
*The talks will be in English and the discussion will be interpreted.

18:00-18:10 A Welcome from the Organizers (Dr Shinji Oyama and Dr. Mariko Murata)

18:10-18:30 Manga, Architecture, and Cities: Interpreting Space in JOJO's Bizarre Adventure (Dr. Ryuichi Tanigawa)

18:30-18:50 The Reception of Manga in the Republic of Korea: A Case Study on NARUTO (Dr. Chie Yamanaka)

18:50-19:10 Barefoot Gen in Japan: War and Boys’ Comics (Mr. Yu Ito)

Short break

19:20-19:40 How to Enjoy 'Yaoi' Texts: Manga Consumption of Female Otaku in Japan (Dr. Sonoko Azuma)

19:40-20:10 Discussion (Discussant: Mr. Simon Turner)

Dr Ryuichi Tanigawa is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto University. He specializes in Modern Asian Architectural and Urban History, Architectural Theory.

Dr Chie Yamanaka is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Human Studies, Jin-ai University. She specializes in Sociology, Manga Comics Studies, and Korean Studies.

Mr Yu Ito is a Researcher/ curator of Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center, Kyoto International Manga Museum. He has organized many manga exhibitions and workshops over the past years. He specializes in Manga Comics Studies and Folklore.

Dr Sonoko Azuma is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University. She specializes in Sociology of Culture and Gender Studies.

Mr Simon Turner is a Ph.D student at Birkbeck College, University of London. His main research interest lies in the field of Japanese Cultural Studies and New Media Studies.

Dr Shinji Oyama  is a Sasakawa Research and Teaching Associate in Japanese Creative Industries Studies head of Japanese cultural studies at Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College.

Dr Mariko Murata is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University, Japan. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at Birkbeck.

Attendance is free, please book your seat here:  http://mangastudies.eventbrite.co.uk 

5 Nov 2012

Manga Museums and Their Audiences: a Case Study on the Consumption of Popular Culture in Museums

A talk by Dr Mariko Murata

Discussant: Dr Lorraine Lim (Birkbeck)

23 November 2012, 6.30 pm
Birkbeck College, Room G01 – Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London WC1 7HX

Organized by the Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice (Birkbeck, University of London) and LAPCSF

In recent years the number of museums and exhibitions dedicated to manga has been on the rise. Throughout Japan fifty to sixty institutions that can be said to fall under this category have been established. This is a typical case in which popular culture such as anime and manga, films and music, finds itself within the museum
context. However, a closer look into the institutions will tell us that they deal with manga in very different ways. For example, there are ‘manga art galleries’ which conceptualise manga as an art form, and equate it with original artwork; ‘manga museums’ which deal with manga related materials as historical artefacts; and ‘manga artist memorial halls’ which focus on a single artist as a celebrated local figure. Yet it remains true that in our everyday lives, manga as a medium takes the format of a book, and so these institutions can be conceived of as ‘manga libraries.’ Such combination of museums and popular culture, often referred to as the ‘high and low’ of the cultural axes, is not a phenomenon a priori. It arouses interesting questions on the consumption of popular culture.
What kind of a medium is manga when we see them in museums? How are manga generally consumed in Japan, and why should we have them in museums anyway? What do visitors do there? Looking into the results of the audience research that our research group has conducted over the past years, I would like to discuss on what the blend of popular culture and museums can bring to our society today.

Mariko Murata, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University, Japan. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at Birkbeck from September 2012. Her research is on ‘museums as media’, or media and cultural studies on museums. She is interested in the differences and the negotiations between Japanese museums and Western museums in the age of globalization and popular culture. One of her latest topics is about ‘manga’ (Japanese comics) museums, which she will be presenting at the meeting.

Admission is free, but seats are limited. Please book your seat at: http://mangamuseums.eventbrite.co.uk

23 Jun 2012

Public Symposium: Creative Industries in East and Southeast Asia

Birkbeck College, University of London and the Japan Foundation are pleased to present a public symposium on the subject of Creative Industries in East and Southeast Asia, which provides an opportunity to hear the results of an academic conference held the day before. Spurred, but no longer led by Japan, countries in this region have endeavoured to catch-up with Western economies and are now competing against each other. Audiences in East and Southeast Asia are increasingly attracted to the cultures of other countries from within the region in an on-going interplay with globalised popular culture. This symposium will provide a fresh look at these dynamics, looking at how creative industries in these countries are moving up the global value chain, as well as examining growing regionalisation and the unexpected trajectory and localisation of the idea of ‘creative industries’ itself.

This event will feature a panel of academics from across the region, includingProf Yoshitaka Mouri from the Tokyo University of Arts, Prof Anthony Fung from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Dr Kim Yeran from Kwangwoon University. The timetable for the day will be:

DATE: 30 June, 2012  12noon to 3pm
VENUE: Richmix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

12:00 - 13:00 
Focus on Fashion - Keynote presentation by Prof Hiroshi Narumi, Kyoto University of Art & Design, on A New Era of Tokyo Fashion with Dr Wessie Ling, Senior Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, as discussant.

13:00 - 13:30
Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:15
Panel - ‘Government and the Creative Industries: what is the right balance?’  - including Jenny White the British Council's Head of Art in its Tokyo Office and response from Dr Kim Yeran, Kwangwoon University.

14:15 - 15:00
Panel - ‘From Importer to Exporter: how can new generations of Creative Industry professionals form distinctive national identities? - including Ryo Sanada from The SRK, a production studio based in London & Jakarta.
This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

7 Jun 2012

Symposium: Creative Industries in East and Southeast Asia

The Japan Foundation & Birkbeck College’s Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practices present


This symposium will bring together some of the world’s foremost experts to examine creative industries in East and Southeast Asia and how it is shaped by and shaping the global relation of power which is rapidly tilting towards the East. Spurred but no longer led by Japan, countries in East Asia have endeavored to catch-up with Western economies and increasingly compete against each other. The focus is no longer exclusively on manufacturing and productivity but has shifted to nurturing creativity and culture and becoming a branded cool nation. In this historical conjuncture, this symposium provides a fresh look at East Asia’s move up the global value chain, growing regional cooperation and competition, and unexpected trajectory and localization of the idea of creative industries, which originated in the UK.

This event is free but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please visit our event page <http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3666087366>.

Date: (Fri) 29 June 2012 from 10:30 to 18:00
Venue: The Japan Foundation, London, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH

Speakers include
Professor Anthony Fung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Professor Yoshitaka Mouri (Tokyo University of the Arts)
Professor Eunmee Kim (Seoul National University, South Korea)
Dr Yeran Kim (Kwangwoon University, South Korea)
Dr Lorraine Lim (Birkbeck)

For more information contact the organiser <s.oyama@bbk.ac.uk>