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- Japan's post-war migration: topic, method, and research
Pedro Iacobelli (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
- Nostalgia, Soft Power and the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
Dr Sharleen Estampador Hughson (University of Sheffield)
- A reading of Saikaku’s Wankyū isse monogatari
Daniel Struve (University Paris-Diderot)
- Is Anime Really Popular in the World? An Alternative Way to Approach Anime’s Globalisation from the Case of a Trans-Asian Anime Business Project
Ryotaro Mihara (Lecturer in International Management, School of Finance and Management, SOAS University of London)
- The Death of Landscape in Post-War Japanese Art and Visual Culture
Three historically important incidents occurred almost simultaneously in the realm of contemporary art and visual culture around 1970 in Japan: these incidents have neither been analyzed as belonging to a larger epistemic shift nor studied together as forming a symptomatic triad to indicate the nature of that shift.
- Blasts from the past: Memory and history in Sakiyama Tami’s ‘Kuja’ Stories
Vicky Young (Kawashima Lecturer in Japanese Literature and Culture, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge)
- The Invention and Reinvention of Local Food in Japan
Eric C. Rath (University of Michigan)
- CANCELLED: Air Art, Expanded Cinema and Intermedia in 1960s Japan
Julian Ross, Research Fellow, Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster
This event has been CANCELLED.
This presentation will explore how the interaction between air art and expanded cinema materialised Japan’s understanding of intermedia arts (intāmedia).
- Leaning Out for the Long Span: Married Japanese Salarywomen’s strategies for maintaining careers and well-being in the 2000s
Professor Glenda S. Roberts (Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University)
- Disciplining Shit
Dr Alexander Bay (Associate Professor, Chapman University)
- Abe’s Japan, Strategic Options and the Korean nuclear crisis
- Shakuhachi Symposium at SOAS
- Keynotes speakers include Prof Shimura Satoshi (Osaka University of Fine Arts) and Dr David W. Hughes (SOAS).
- Countdown to kickoff: Japan's rugby history one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Helen Macnaughtan (SOAS), J. Simon Rofe (SOAS), Phil McGowan (World Rugby Museum, Twickenham), Simon Chadwick (Salford University Manchester), Hilary Frank (Cornwall Council)
This event, exactly one year out from the start of the 2019 fixtures, will reflect on the history of rugby in Japan and the potential impact of hosting this sports mega-event.
- The Merchant’s Tale: one family’s experience of the Meiji Restoration and the transformation of Japan
Prof Simon Partner (Duke University)
This lecture examines the dynamics of Japan’s revolutionary 1860s, focusing on the economic opportunities, political threats, and social and economic disruptions of the restoration era, as seen through the eyes of one participant and his family.
- A Celebration of 40 Years of the SOAS Japan Research Centre
JRC academic members will give visual presentations providing insight into the various fields of research and activity in Japanese Studies covered at SOAS.
Experience traditional Japanese stories told through the art of Rakugo and performed in english for all to hear.
- What is an author’s view of noh? How is a new noh in traditional style conceived from ‘page to stage’?
Jannette Cheong (Poet, writer, designer and curator)
- Poisoning the Well: From Postwar Anti-Nuclear Protest to J-Horror
Jennifer Coates (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
A Halloween-themed public talk tracing the iconography of 1990s Japanese horror film back to 1950s anti-nuclear protest.
- History of the Japanese Video Game Industry
Prof Yuhsuke Koyama (Shibaura Institute of Technology)
Brief history of the Japanese video game industry from Space Invaders to smartphone games.
- Journalists and the Establishment of Cold War Sino-Japanese Relations
Dr Casper Wits (University of Cambridge)
An exploration of relations between Japan and China during the Cold War through the lens of journalism.
- Nihon to Seiyō – Japan and the West
Prof Neil Jackson (University of Liverpool in London)
An illustrated exploration of Japanese and Western architecture over the last 150 years.
- Kanai Mieko's Textual Bodies: Dancing Girls and Inflated Men
Dr Hannah Osborne (SOAS)
A talk which focuses on the recurring motif of the textual body in Kanai's early writings, and discusses its implications for the acts of reading and writing.
- The Relationship between Credit Guarantees and Zombie Firms: A Case Study of Japan's Credit Guarantee System for SME
Dr Scott Wilbur (EHESS)
An examination of Japan's credit guarantee system for small and medium enterprises (SME).