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- Slavery and Consent in Meiji Japan
Dr Bill Mihalopoulos (School of Languages and Global Studies, UCLAN)
The talk investigates one of the rare moments when fundamental concepts that define the modern - property in person and contractual consent - are made and modelled in front of our eyes in Meiji Japan.
- Oppenheimer: a modern Noh play (2015) about karma, suffering and liberation
Prof Allan Marett FAHA (University of Sydney)
Allan Marett’s modern Noh play Oppenheimer (2015), presents a Buddhist perspective on the role of Robert Oppenheimer in the creation of the bombs that destroyed the cities or Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- Japanese Mermaids in Darwin’s West
Dr Mateja Kovacic (Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford)
Japanese fabricated mermaids, scientific modernity and the making of Darwin’s West.
- “Marriage? I’m too busy for that…”: Japan's Volleyball Women of 1968 and Overcoming Gender Norms
PD Dr Christian Tagsold (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany)
A year before the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Christian Tagsold analyzes, how the Japanese volleyball women of the 1968 Olympic team struggled with gender norms and social expectations of marriage.
- Waste knot: Materials, waste and productivity in postwar Japan
Dr Sarah Teasley (Royal College of Art)
What materials can tell us about industrial and social change in postwar Japan.
- Kumo (work in progress): sci-fi, folklore and disaster in future Japan
Kirsten Irving (Editor at Sidekick Books) and Renee O'Drobinak (Co-founder at Ladies of the Press)
Post-apocalyptic poet and artist discuss their WIP poetry/illustration sci-fi collaboration, Kumo.
- Overcome by the Present: The Tyranny of the Immediate in the Literature of Takahashi Gen’ichirō
Dr Filippo Cervelli (SOAS)
This talk argues that immediacy and the longing to forge new communal ties are a fundamental theme in the literature by postmodern writer Takahashi Gen’ichirō, especially in light of recurring critical debates theorising the “end of literature” in the contemporary age.
- Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan
Assoc. Prof. Justin Jesty (University of Washington)
Justin Jesty presents the talk "Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan" based on his recent book by the same title.