Japan Research Centre
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- The Music of Ancient Greece in Modern Japan
Jonathan Service (JRC Research Associate)
- Bushidô beyond the Samurai: death and violence in the modern world
Prof Chris Goto-Jones (Leiden University)
- Creative Industries in Japan
Dr Shinji Oyama (Lecturer in Japanese Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College)
- British propaganda in Japan, her ally, during the First World War
Dr Ayako Hotta-Lister (Independent scholar/historian)
- Angry Drummers: A Taiko Group from Osaka, Japan
Professor Yoshitaka Terada
Powerful documentary film by TERADA Yoshitaka of Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology. The film deals with music’s role in helping two minorities in the Osaka area - Okinawans and the so-called Burakumin ‘outcasts’ - actively and publicly deal with prejudice and injustice.
- History of Postwar Japan as Told by Cinema
Jennifer Coates (SOAS, University of London)
- Making Sense of Japan's Lost Decades
Andrew Gordon (Harvard)
- Drumming out a Message: Eisa and the Okinawan Diaspora in Japan
Professor Terada Yoshitaka
The second film in the series deals with music’s role in helping two minorities in the Osaka area - Okinawans and the so-called Burakumin ‘outcasts’ - actively and publicly deal with prejudice and injustice.
- Garo and the Birth of Alternative Manga
Dr Ryan Holmberg (Sainsbury Centre for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
- Japanese literature since 3/11
Furukawa Hideo, Keiijiro Suga, Mizuho Ishida
- Manufacturing Heritage in Contemporary Japan
Dr Christopher Gerteis (SOAS, University of London)
- The seasons, the moon, and the Chinese calendar in ancient Japan
Dr Gerhard Leinss (University of Cambridge)
- Strategies of ‘writing back’ in contemporary representations of Okinawa – a postcolonial approach
Prof Dr Ina Hein (Institute of East Asian Studies / Department for Japanese Studies, University of Vienna)
- Japanese Poetry in English
Professor Forrest Gander (Brown University, US)
A brief introduction to Japanese modern and contemporary poetry translated in English
- BAJS Advanced Postgraduate Conference
This conference provides the opportunity for PhD students in any field of Japanese studies working within any academic institution internationally to present the results of their fieldwork, engage with other postgraduate students as well as established academics in the field, and meet key academic publishers.
- Gambarou Nippon – Imagi(ni)ng Japan post 3/11
Iwabuchi Koichi and others
- Washoku on the World Stage: Japanese Traditional Cuisine as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
Theodore Bestor (Professor of Social Anthropology Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Harvard University)
This lecture examines the global popularity of Japanese food, and the recent UNESCO designation of washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) as a Global Cultural Heritage item.
- Brewed in Japan: The Evolution of the Japanese Beer Industry
Dr Jeffrey W Alexander (University of Wisconsin – Parkside)
- The Battles of Battleship Island: History, Memory, Heritage
Dr Mark Pendleton (University of Sheffield)
- Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushido in Modern Japan
Dr Oleg Benesch (University of York)
- Women Adrift: Narratives and Memories of Empire in Modern Japan
Dr Noriko Horiguchi (University of Tennessee)