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.

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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