SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

JRC Seminar Programme

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Forthcoming Events

A Disappearing Kingdom: Studio Ghibli’s Legacy in the Ni no Kuni Franchise

Dr Rayna Denison (University of East Anglia)

This talk explores the links between the Ni no Kuni game franchise and Studio Ghibli to argue that figures like Yoshiyuki Momose and Jo Hisaishi are vital to understanding how Ghibli has shaped Japan’s media ‘kingdoms’.

9 October 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, TBC, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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.

23 October 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, TBC, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Dr Mateja Kovacic
30 October 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, TBC, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Dr Sarah Teasley
20 November 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, TBC, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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.

4 December 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, TBC, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM