[CFP] Japan and Asia: Representations of Selfness and Otherness (5th Mutual Images Workshop)

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Film and Film History, Japanese History / Studies, Literature, Sociology

The fifth Mutual Images Workshop will be held 22-23 April at Nagoya University (Japan).

We seek papers exploring representations of Selfness and Otherness in and between Japan and other Asian nations. We are particularly interested in presentations that critically interrogate current imaginations of self-other, Japan-Asia, modern-premodern, and other commonly employed conceptual pairs. Rather than being confined by contested geographical definitions of Asia, we invite participants to consider “Japan” and “Asia” as imaginaries, as discursive, constructed spaces.
Our primary interest is in mutual imaginings. What roles have colonialism, war, and contemporary transnational flows of people, goods, and ideas played in the formation of Selfness, Otherness, and their conceptual, literary, visual, and broadly cultural representations? What has been the interplay between hybrid(izing) modern global culture and these representations? What about changing technologies and modalities of production and consumption? By breaking away from binaries of “Self” and “Other,” what new visions and directions in the investigation of cultural processes and products can be generated?
We are soliciting case studies in the fields of literature, visual and media studies, cultural sociology, and the fine and performing arts. We welcome contributions examining the dual role of cultural works as both participant in and product of the discourse on “Selfness” and “Otherness” from the mid-nineteenth century to present day.
This inter-disciplinary workshop is open to both postgraduates and academics at any stage of their career.

DEADLINE: 300 word abstracts should be submitted to mutualimages@gmail.com by 31st January 2017.
Presentations will be scheduled for 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion and exchange.

For additional details, please see the announcement here.

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Joint Organising Chairs:
Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, Nagoya University, Japan
Aurore Yamagata-Montoya, University of the West of England, UK
Danesin Maxime, Université François Rabelais de Tours, France
Marco Pellitteri, Kobe University, Japan
Matteo Fabbretti, Cardiff University, UK

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