Rediscovering the Diva; Considering the Impact of Female Star Personae on Japanese Film and Visual Media

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6:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Brunei Gallery

About this event

In the wake of a series of film retrospectives celebrating Japanese ‘divas’ and auteurs, this symposium critically addresses the application of the term ‘diva’ to the Japanese context.  Can we speak of ‘divas’ in the context of the Japanese film and media industries?  If so, who are these divas and what forms and functions do they take?


The event is free and open to the public but registration is essential to guarantee a place. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
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Monday 10 June 2013
18:00-21:00 Screening of Akira Kurosawa’s The Idiot (Hakuchi, 1951)
Tuesday 11 June 2013
9:45-10:00 Registration and Welcome
10:00-11:00 Keynote
Dr Irena Hayter (University of Leeds)
11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

Panel 1: Golden-Age Divas (Chair: Dr Isolde Standish, SOAS)

Kinuyo Tanaka and Ida Lupino: Stardom, Gender and Filmmaking
Michael Smith (University of Leeds)

Wakao Ayako and Postwar Japanese Studio System: From Celebrity to Performer
Irene Gonzalez (SOAS)

The Shape Shifting Diva: Yamaguchi Yoshiko and the National Body
Jennifer Coates (SOAS)

12:45-14:00 Lunch Break

Panel 2: Cross-Cultural Contexts and the Diva (Chair: Dr Griseldis Kirsch, SOAS)

Fräulein Setsuko Hara: Constructing an International Film Star in Nationalist Contexts
Iris Haukamp (SOAS)

Problematising the Diva: Studio Ghibli, (Re-)Dubbing and the Animated Star Image
Lawrence Carter (SOAS)

Rogue Diva Flows: Aoi Sola’s Reception in Chinese Media
Dr Jamie Coates (Australian National University)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

Panel 3: The Diva Image (Chair: Dr Irena Hayter, University of Leeds)

Next-Door Divas – Japanese Tarento, Television and Media Image
Dr Griseldis Kirsch (SOAS)

The angura Diva: Photodynamism and Identity in Matsumoto Toshio's Funeral Parade of Roses
Dr Felicity Gee (Royal Holloway)

The Diva's Body in Metaphorical Communication
Dr Ulrich Heinze (Sainsbury Institute)

Funded by the Sasakawa Foundation
A SOAS Centre for Film and Screen Studies event.

Organiser: Centre for Film & Screen Studies

Contact email: divasymposium@gmail.com

Sponsor: Funded by the Sasakawa Foundation