Desired Identities. New Technology-based Metamorphosis in Japan

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April 29, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies
Desired Identities:
New Technology-based Metamorphosis in Japan
Conference Organized by the ERC-Funded Research Project “Emotional Machines: The Technological Transformation of Intimacy in Japan” (EMTECH) in cooperation with the Department of Research and Higher Education of the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

Event Date: April 29–30, 2020

Location: musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac (Paris)

Organizers: Elena Giannoulis, Agnès Giard and Berthold Frommann

Free admission. No registration required. 
WEDNESDAY: 10:15–18:00 | April 29, 2020
musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
. Salle de cinéma

10:15–10:30 | Welcome Coffee

10:30–10:45 | Elena GIANNOULIS & EMTECH Team

10:45-11:00 | Philippe CHARLIER
Director of the Department of Research and Higher Education of musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, France
Welcome Speech – “How to Make Love with a Ghost?”

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11:00–12:00 | Dominique BOULLIER
Professor, Sciences Po, CEE, France
Extension of the Domain of Fake

12:00–12:30 | Alain DELLA NEGRA & Kaori KINOSHITA
Spotting “Tsuma”
(short film, 2019)

12:30–14:00 | Lunch

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° PANEL: High-tech and kyara-ka °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

14:00–14:45 | Patrick W. GALBRAITH
Lecturer, Senshū University, Japan
Character, Culture, Platform: Locating Emotional Technology in Contemporary Japan

14:45–15:30 | Alisa FREEDMAN
Professor, University of Oregon, USA
My Author is an Android, My Monk a Robot: Kyara-ka and the Endurance of Human Culture

15:30–16:00 | Break

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° PANEL: Avatars and Self-Presentation °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

16:00–16:45 | Chloé PABERZ
Associate Professor, Inalco / IFRAE, France
Playing with Lines: Korean Manhwagas’ Personae within an Ecology of Characters

16:45–17:30 | Agnès GIARD
Postdoctoral Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin, EMTECH, Germany
Becoming an Avatar in a Japanese Love Game: Female Identity and Desired Alienation

17:30–18:00 | Lou RAMBERT PREISS
Les Zumains
/ DOLLER (short film, 2017)


THURSDAY: 09:30–18:15 | April 30, 2020

09:30–09:45 | Welcome Coffee

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° PANEL: VirtualTuber and Visual Transgendering °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

09:45–10:30 | Akihiko SHIRAI
Director of GREE VR Studio Lab, Japan
Research and Development for Avatar-Driven Virtual Society in VR4.0 Era

10:30–11:15 | Edmond ERNEST DIT ALBAN
Course Lecturer, McGill University, Canada
Kyara-ka as a Queering Process? From Queer Animation to Online VTubers Personas

11:15–12:30 | HOLOGRAPHIC
VTubers, graduates from Tōkyō University & Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS), Japan
The Babiniku Phenomenon in Japan: when Men Metamorphose into Bishōjo Characters

12:30–14:00 | Lunch

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° PANEL: Hatsune Miku and Vocaloid Metamorphoses °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

14:00–14:45 | Rafal ZABOROWSKI
Lecturer, King’s College London, United Kingdom
Virtually Authentic: Co-creating Hatsune Miku

14:45–15:30 | Cody POULTON
Professor, University of Victoria, Canada
Performative Metamorphoses: Hatsune Miku and 3.5 Dimension Culture

15:30–16:00 | Break

°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° PANEL: Kyara-ka and Embodiment °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°

16:00–16:45 | Shunsuke NOZAWA
Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan
The Seiyūesque: the Layering of Agency and the Labor of Characterization

16:45–17:30 | Debra J. OCCHI
Professor, Miyazaki International College, Japan
Kyara-ka Characterizations, Technologies, and Tensions of Embodiment for Local Tokusatsu Action Heroes
in Miyazaki’s
Himukaizer Media Mix

17:30–18:15 | Panel discussion


Language of the conference : English
Scientific Program Planning Committee members
Elena Giannoulis, Agnès Giard, Berthold Frommann
Anna Gianotti-Laban, Coordination manager of scientific events, musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. Email:
Liudmila Bredikhina (EMTECH)
Contact : All questions should be emailed to


Time & Location
Apr 29, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020
musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac (Paris)
Contact Info: 

Agnès Giard

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